While not really a rumor HTR thought that Leafs fans may enjoy this article, written from a Leaf fan perspective. The Article is Timlap’s 2007 Draft Preview and it is a quality article about the players that are available for the upcoming draft. If you are not a Leafs fan the information is helpful in order to “get to know” the players that are available at the draft this year.
The Ottawa Sun is reporting that the Senators are trying to move goalie Martin Gerber. One of the problems in moving the goalie is that the Senators paid him a rich contract in which he will earn 3.7 million dollars next season.
ESPN.com is reporting that the Blue Jackets are close to naming their new General Manager. They speculate that Scott Howson who is presently employed as the Oilers assistant GM will take over the position.
Canada.com is reporting that the Detroit Red Wings are apparently close to signing goalie Dominik Hasek to another contract. HTR believes that it is absolutely amazing that the Red Wings are able to keep their players is such great shape for their age. If Hasek does indeed sign a new deal he will be 42 years old next season.
TwinCitites.com is reporting that the Wild are in no rush to trade Manny Fernandez now that they have locked up Nik Backstrom to a two year contract. HTR believes that this is completely false and that the Wild will be looking to deal Fernandez at the draft.
According to the Tennessean Jim Balsillie’s has submitted his bid to buy the Nashville Predators and hopes to have the terms of sale approved by the NHL board of governors on the June 20 meeting.
The 45 year old Chris Chelios re-signed with the Wing’s today. The contract is worth 850k for 1 season.
Alexei Yashin’s agent has said to rds.ca that his client would like to come to Montreal. The 6 foot 3 225lbs center is apparently looking to join his good friends Markov, Kovalev and even Koivu (whom wich he has trained with during the summer in Finland). Sources even say that he would be looking to relaunch Samsonov career.
As Per TSN.Ca
Sundin has Signed to a one year 5.5 million dollar contract! With a NTC.
Sportsnet.ca is reporting that the Islanders buyout of Yashin could lead to the signings of Ryan Smyth and Mike Peca. Sportsnet indicates that Yashin is the main reason for Peca leaving the Islanders and that Nolan will make a huge pitch to bring him back to New York. Also mentioned in this article is that it appears that the Buffalo Sabres are nearing new deals with both Lindy Ruff Coach) and Darcy Regier (G.M.).
(Article in French) Cyberpresse.ca is reporting that it is unlikely that Tom Preissing will return to the Senators for another season. Pressing is set to become unrestricted and is due for a big raise from the 600,000 that he earned last season.
The Denver Post is reporting that long time player Pierre Turgeon is set to retire. The very talented Turgeon has been hammered by injuries of late and has decided to spend some time with his family doing activities such as coaching his daughters hockey team.
The Toronto Star is reporting that the Leafs and Sundin are closing in on a deal. It is speculated that the Leafs will sign Sundin to a two year deal worth 11.5 million, the same as what McCabe earns.