Weak free-agent class fuels trade talks
Trade frenzy could replace the free-agent kind this NHL off-season.
With a weak free-agent class — especially at forward — expected to hit the market July 1 and the draft set for June 25 in Los Angeles, GMs have stepped up their efforts to make changes.
With the Stanley Cup final shifting back to Philadelphia for Wednesday’s Game 6, the Chicago Tribune today offered a little gift to Blackhawks fans in the form of Chris Pronger showing some (Photoshopped) leg on its back page with the tagline of “Chrissy Pronger : Looks like Tarzan, skates like Jane,” highlighting just how serious a slight this really is.
It appears the Caps are prepared to make a change in net next season.
The agent for goaltender Jose Theodore , who just completed his second season in Washington, said there have been no discussions regarding an extension for the 33-year-old unrestricted free agent to be.
“They haven’t communicated with me at all,” Don Meehan said this morning from his Toronto-area office.
The words “offer sheet” combine for a horribly dirty phrase for some in the hockey world. It’s considered dirty pool by many fans and major media personalities, while general managers like Darcy Regier and Brian Burke take it as a personal affront. Though it’s not such a terrible sleight that it prevents them from later making moves that they deem right for the team, such as unloading Ales Kotalik on the evil guys that send out offer sheets.
The Wings have offered a two-year deal to unrestricted free-agent forward Todd Bertuzzi . They also have extended qualifying offers to all five of their restricted free agents: forwards Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm and defenseman Derek Meech . There have been some preliminary talks with the agents for Eaves and Miller. Eaves, Miller and Meech all have arbitration rights.