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.
The Phoenix Coyotes have re-signed Teppo Numminen to a one-year deal, terms undisclosed reports www.slamsports.com.
Darren McCarty has re-signed with the Detroit Red Wings. TSN.ca reports that it is a four year deal worth $8.75M. And, Jason Wooley will also be back with the Red Wings.
According to philadelphiaflyers.com, he Philadelphia Flyers have re-signed Eric Desjardins and Claude Lapointe to NEW two-year contracts.
Eric Desjardins receives a two year deal worth $8M with an option of $3M. Claude Lapointe receives a contratc worth $2M.
The following will have all of the news of re-signed players, and players who received and did not received qualifying offers.
Updated July 1st, 2003. 12,10 pm et.
www.sportnet.ca has talked with Sergei Fedorov’s agent, and here is the agent’s quote:
“We know we have a great asset and we’re not expecting a crazy deal. Something can be structured and will even wait if it takes a month or two months…we’ll do the right deal. I just highly doubt he’ll re-sign in Detroit. They never really wanted to sign him. They have the money, I know they have the money. They’ll replace him, maybe by trading Joseph.”
Reliable sources from RDS, SRC and Le Journal de Montreal (contacts, not print) have all stated that Jose Theodore will in fact be traded. Along with the trouble he and his family have been in as of late regarding some loansharking operations, Theo’s high market value is apparently reason enough to attempt to trade him. The word on the street is that the Habs are trying to sign Felix Potvin for a couple seasons in order to prepare Mathieu Garon’s ascension to the #1 spot. Trade rumours include: Theo to Boston for Joe Thornton (Boston is in need of a number one goalie, and Jeff Hackett is a free agent) and Theo + another player to Colorado for Alex Tanguay, David Aebischer and Martin Skoula (Colorado is in need of a #1 goalie).
TSN reports that the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim have not made an qualifying offer to team captain Paul Kariya. Paul Kariya will be a UFA when the clock hits midnight.
TSN.ca’ Gord Miller has already talked to Ducks GM Murray and Murray responded to Gord when asked how Kariya reacted to this decision by management, and Paul Kariya was disappointed; a sign that he will most likely leave Anaheim.
TSN.ca reports that the red wings have chosen to pick up Dominik Hasek’s option for the 2003-2004 season, effectively taking him off the free agent list. However, this option does not guarantee that he will play, but from reports surfacing from around the league, Hasek will replace Joseph as the #1 goaltender in “hockeytown”.
The only last hurdle in this situation is trading Curtis Joseph and the $16m left over in his contract. That will be a tough duty because he has a no-trade clause which he may decide to keep, and force the wings to either trade Hasek or buy him out.
What are your thoughts? who will play next season and what will happen with the other?
Danny Markov is not a Carolina Hurricane yet as much as I would love for him to be one! I think Danny Markov is a great veteram defenceman, still young, and if he does sign a contract with Carolina, doesn’t become a unrestricted free agent, and go play in Russia he will get lots of ice time in Carolina as he would be a top defenceman for the club.
I will give my look on where,
And more on where these names will sign next year?….
A couple days ago the Toronto Sun reported that during some meetings at the NHL draft a conflict between the NHL coachs and the League itself started.
The Philadelphia Flyers are said to have a trade in place to acquire San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov….
Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Sabres General Manger Darcy Regier today announced the organization has acquired defenseman Andy Delmore from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a third round pick in the 2004 NHL Draft.
A minor trade, but a proactive move by the Sabres management. Delmore had 72 points in the last 2 seasons with the Predators after being traded from the Flyers in exchange for a 3rd rounder in the 2002 draft. This move adds more depth to the sabres blue line, and should provide the sabres with a scoring punch.