After talking to a couple of people tonight, I can shed a little more light on the proceedings this week while unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk was in Los Angeles visiting with the Kings.
As the Los Angeles Times reported earlier, Kovalchuk left Los Angeles Tuesday while his agent, Jay Grossman, stayed behind for a while longer to meet with Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. Grossman then left Tuesday night without the sides reaching an agreement on a contract.
The only NHL team currently operating above the NHL salary cap, the Flyers have until the start of the regular season on Oct. 7 to trim their payroll to $59.4 million. They are believed to be in trade talks with a handful of NHL teams interested in Gagne, who has one year and $5.25 million remaining on his contract.
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Kevin Bieksa, speaking publicly for the first time since July 1, conceded Tuesday he knows he’s a candidate to be traded away.
“I’m not an idiot,” Bieksa said on TSN’s Off the Record program. “I can put two and two together. Anything could happen right now.”
During one of the snowstorms that blanketed New Jersey last winter, Russian-born Ilya Kovalchuk said it didn’t faze him in the least.
Nevertheless, the 27-year-old left winger seemingly prefers the southern California weather and maybe a beach house in Malibu.
Niklas Hjalmarsson is a Blackhawk and will be for some time.
General manager Stan Bowman wasn’t about to let the San Jose Sharks — perennial contenders in the Western Conference — steal the Hawks’ promising young defenseman.
So Bowman announced Monday the Hawks are matching the Sharks’ four-year, $14 million offer sheet that Hjalmarsson, a restricted free agent, signed last week.