It would appear that the Buffalo Sabres are trying their hardest to get one or both of Drury and Briere under contract before their go free on Sunday morning.
The Devils yesterday signed free-agent forward Mike Rupp to a two-year, $1 million contract and hope to re-sign defenseman Brian Rafalski by the weekend, but they will take their chances on keeping Johnny Oduya after failing to offer the Swedish-born defenseman a qualifying offer to prevent him from becoming unrestricted.
It’s that time of the year again where the GMs play and the players relax, at least…most of the players. It must be quite a feeling to be a player…say of Ryan Smyth’s caliber and just sit on the couch, looking at the date and say to yourself “Man, in three days I will be destined to become a millionaire.” How about that huh? Anyway, some teams to look at.
Jim Balsillie is apparently losing the bid. Sure, the NHL will risk moving to Kansas City, but who gets the blame?
And….someone replies, via e-mail, from a rumor monger’s Web site. I’ll call him the rumor monger scout who scouted my articles. Geee, I wonder where he came from.
Nashville Predators’ General Manager David Poile, describing his team as “fighting for its life,” has told the Associated Press that Paul Kariya plans to enter free-agency on Sunday.
According to TSN.ca, the Florida Panthers have re-signed Jozef Stumpel, as expected, and the Vancouver Canucks re-signed Jeff Cowan. Stumpel signed for two years worth $4.5M. The Canucks re-signed Jeff Cowan to two years for around $1.5M, total. Also, the Canucks are expected to buy out Marc Chouinard.
Dino Cicarelli will never make it into the hall of fame, despite over 600 NHL goals, because of a violent act against Luke Richardson in 1988.
SI.com is reporting that, as of Wednesday night, the Sabres have offered unrestricted free agent forward Daniel Briere a contract, and are not expected to offer a contract to trade deadling acquisition Dainius Zubrus.
All the talk about John Muckler coming to Toronto has got me concerned. I think this would be a bad decision and here is why. Muckler has made some bad decisions concerning his old club the Senators, he has left them in a pickle concerning the salary cap not looking towards the future at all.
The Penguins latest offer to Ryan Whitney is reportedly a 4 year deal worth 14 million according to the Buzz on the Burgh. The two sides appear close although a 5th year may be tact on. A announcement is due this weekend. This is great news for the Penguins to lock up Ryan Whitney to a multi year deal. Now the Penguins can address their needs through free agency and hopefully sign Sid the Kid to a long term extension.
The Edmonton Journal is reporting that the Oilers will aggressively seek to sign free agent talent come July the first.
The Buffalo News continues speculation with regard to Drury and Briere.
They indicate that the Sabres are saying nothing in regard to Drury or Briere’s pending free agency however they do suggest possible teams (mainly a repeat of past articles) that are said to have supreme interest.
The Daily Herald is reporting that the Chicago Black Hawks are shopping goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.
According to the national post preds owner Craig Liepold has contacted Jim Balsillie’s lawer and informed him that he will not be selling the team to Balsillie. Instead Liepold will sell it to L.A based buisnessman William DelBiaggio so he can move the team to Kansas City. DelBiaggio’s bid is believed to be 190 million US.