Gosh darn it, he’s back…
In trying to play “catch-up” after my little vacation, I noticed the inevitable torrential deluge of “The %$#@^ Avalanche are buying the Stanley Cup” comments in the wake of Kariya / Selanne. You didn’t think I was going to let this continue unchecked, did you?
It appears the LA Kings have made a little splash in the FA market. They have gone and signed former Canuck Trent Klatt. Details of the contract have not been determined yet.
Detroit free press, and TSN.ca, report that Dominik Hasek is said to make his decision today or tomorrow.
In this post-draft free-agent offseason, lots of surprises are the order of the day. I didn’t believe ESPN’s E.J. Hradek when he said that there would be plenty of movement and unexpectedness, but that belief certainly has been thrown out the window over the past couple of days. All we know for sure is that we don’t know anything for sure. Is it October yet?
It was reported earlier today by the Calgary Sun, that the Toronto Maple Leafs will no be acquiring Joe Nieuwendyk or Bryan Marchment. The Leafs feel that anyone that contacts the Leafs for a position on their team should not be welcome.
Also update on Wesley…
Quinn takes a vacation…
Other Leaf possible signings…
I don’t know if HTR members have the patience (or the attention span) for this sort of thing but… How about a little speculation workshop? From time to time I like to ask myself What Would Kevin Lowe Do? (I try to keep this to hockey matters but sometimes I can’t help myself) So now the question for you is what would you do to build the 2003-04 Edmonton Oilers?
Time to put these rumors to rest. Yes, Sather has shown how he feels about Lindros…. And Yes Sather is the GM and Coach of the Rangers … but let’s get one thing straight…..let’s use some common knowledge HTR members…. It’s simple.
As you know this off-season the Maple Leafs have said that they will not be too active on the free agent market, however, that doesn’t mean that they wont make any trades. Fan590 reports that the Leafs and Sabres have been in trade talks for a period of time and they are starting to heat up. Leafs seem to covet defensemen Alexei Zhitnik, and the names that are being discussed are Darcy Tucker and Travis Green. Here is a description on each player
On Thursday an article in the Globe and Mail as well as on faceoff.com suggest that free agent left winger Ray Whitney may be sought after by both the Montreal Canadiens as well as fellow Canadian team, the Vancouver Canucks.
The Tampa Tribune reports trade talks between the Lightning and New York Islanders for Roman Hamrlik have reached an impasse.
-Reports are reporting the Anahiem Mighty Ducks close to signing forward Sergei Federov.
- And Leafs with offensive reaguard Oleg Tverdovsky.
It has been mentioned several times here in Michigan by Detroit writer and talkshow host Bob “Wojo” Wojanowski that the Wings best move would be to trade Curtis Joseph for De-funked Centerman Eric Lindros. Wojo on his radio show, suggested that Captain Steve Yzerman, would like his fellow Canadian Lindros. Down the radio dial, The Locker Room Show’s hockey coverage suggests that Curtis Joseph would rather be traded to St. Louis, where he is said to have close friends. Many nutty fans have been heard calling the local radio stations AM 1130 and AM 1270 that the Wings package some of their young farm prospects to Washington for Jagr. It was also spoke of on AM 1130 the FAN that Federov will likely sign with the Mighty Ducks. Here is what I think the Wings will do, just based I my many years of following the Wings: Look for a three way trade to get it done. Lindros to St. Louis, then Joseph to St. Louis for Lindros. I personally would love to see the Wings acquire both Lindros and Jagr, but the cost in all that does not seem logical. Another centerman the Wings could pick up at a lower cost, would be a well know centerman/freeagent from New Jersey. You think on that a while. Either way, with one of those listed above, adding Hatcher, the loss of Federov will be hardly noticed……count on it!!!
Sources have reported rugged hard nosed defensemen Bryan Marchment wanting to play for the Leafs at any cost…(Or lack there of),
The Detroit Red Wings have signed physical stay at home defenseman Derian Hatcher to a 5 year deal contract worth $30M.
TSN.ca, and various sources report that the Colorado Avalanche have signed BOTH Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne. Terms of deal have not ben yet announced, but the deals will be official at 4 pm et.
Well lots of action already this summer with the Wings but, what will they do? Well yesterday on Fox Sports Detroit TV their rumors were floating around about the whole team:
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TSN.ca reports that the Detroit Red Wings have made a new offer to Derian Hatcher of $6M for four years after offering $5.5M per season.
Newsday reports that the New York Rangers pass on Todd Marchant, who is seeking a six year deal worth $24M. The Columbus Blue Jackets are still interested in signing the checking role player. Stay tuned as signings may happen soon this week.
Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun reported that Sergei Fedorov is interested in signing with the L.A Kings.
GM Glen Sather announced that he will coach the Rangers in the 2003-2004 season, stated TSN.ca.
Also, sportsnet.ca reported that Pavel Bure may retire. Sportsnet.ca has learned that Pavel Bure was appointed as Russia’s Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs. The moves of tradinf Leetch’s and Messier’s rights may also persuade Bure to make the decision.
Furthermore, TSN.ca also made an error regarding Lindros. GM/Coach Glen Sather said that was incorrect. He also said that he expects Brian Leetch to be back in the Big Apple, and maybe Eric Lindros as well. Also, the GM mentioned that he is not looking to change the goaltending and will most likely not acquire Curtis Joseph from the Detroit Wings.
Updated: 3,00 pm:
Sprtsnet.ca has made an error that the Rangers have declined Eric Lindros’ player option, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. However, the sportsnet.ca has reported that the Rangers traded Mark Messier’s rights to the Sharks for future considerations.
TSN.ca reports that Eric Lindros may be a UFA when, and if, placed on the waiver wire on Wednesday.
TSN.ca reports that the Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed center Andrew Cassels to a two-year deal worth $3.05M.
Rem Murray re-signed with the Predators.
Philadelphia signs goaltender Jeff Hackett to a two-year deal worth $6M.
KEN CAMPBELL writes that unrestricted free agent Sergei Fedorov, has listed the Leafs high on his prefered teams, according to his agent Pat Brisson. It will now depend on if the Leafs will make a pitch for Fedorov, which would mean they would give up their prudent attitude they wanted to have coming into this year free agency.