Quick Leaf Tidbit

Burke continues to hear offers for defenceman Tomas Kaberle , but denies reports he’s speaking specifically to the New Jersey Devils and old pal Lou Lamoriello … Though nothing is moving in talks with restricted free-agent winger Nikolai Kulemin , Burke stressed there was plenty of time for the two sides to reach a common number.

Tomas Vokoun looking more likely to stay with Panthers

Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon isn’t looking to trade goalie Tomas Vokoun.

Tallon called Vokoun on Monday night and assured him of that.

“He likes me, and he has no interest in shopping me or trading me unless there’s a great deal that would make sense,” Vokoun told the Sun Sentinel.

Off Season Report – Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks are going to have to do some shuffling this summer, as the defense obviously needs an upgrade. I believe Willie Mitchell’s career is over, so that is a MAJOR hole to fill on the backend. The Canucks have a few options about how there going to fill that gapping hole on the blueline though.

Leafs not interested in Kovalchuk

Lebrun is posting on his twitter account this morning that Brian Burke has told him that he has no interest in Kovalchuk. This goes right along with what Hockey trade Rumors has been saying, burke wants to move Europeans off his team, he wants to bring in big tough Canadian/American players just like what he did in Anaheim.

# I’ve got a Kovalchuk blog coming later here’s what Burke told me today: “We’re not going to be involved in that race,” Burke said of Kovy.

Kovalchuk camp continues to gauge market

I laugh every time. The most common question I get from nonhockey people at this time of year is, “So, are you off now for the summer?”

Yeah, I wish.

Nope, this is when it actually starts to get busy. Between trades at the NHL draft on June 25-26 in Los Angeles and the free-agency market opening July 1, many players will switch uniforms during the next month or so.

It’s the NHL’s crazy season.