From RDS.CA: according to RDS, Gainey hopes to keep negotiations with Sheldon Souray open, even though he hasn’t heard back from Souray’s agent, Paul Theofanous, after sending in a contract last week. Gainey also addresses the Kovalev/Carbonneau situation, saying that neither of them has a problem with each other. Gainey also voices pleasure with the rapid development of Bulldogs rookie goaltender Carey Price.
The Star Leger went out on a limb (sarcasm) by reporting that they do not feel that pending free agent Scott Gomez will re-sign with the Devils prior to the July 1 start of free agent season.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that Michael Nylander is not interested in giving the Rangers “a home town discount” to stay in the big apple.
It is speculated that Nylander’s old agent had reached a three year contract with the Rangers for 3.75 million per year for 3 years. Nylanders new agent will be seeking more money … in the 4.5 million dollar range and as a result the Rangers will not be getting a bargain price to keep him under raps for the next few seasons. Nylander is set to become an UFA on July 1st.
Rumors out of Minnesota indicate that the Minnesota Wild may be looking to deal their number one goalie Manny Fernandez.
Pogge is a lock to start with the Marlies, and Raycroft will play SOME role with the big club. The BIG question is what role will that be and who will be the other goaltender.
Taylor Pyatt resigned with the Vancouver on June 1st. The contract is worth 3.2 million over 2 years. I think this was a great signing, and now the only player’s he has to resign are depth players (Smolinski, and Sopel won’t resign so I’m not counting them).
“An adviser to Blue Jackets right winger Nikolai Zherdev said “it maybe would be good for both sides” if Zherdev were traded before the start of the 2007-08 season…. Zherdev dipped from 27 goals in 2005-06 to 10 last season, and his work ethic was questioned by coaches and teammates. It’s only fair to wonder if Zherdev will ever fit into Hitch*****’s style of play, which emphasizes body checking and two-way play.”
What would you trade for him?
John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the club has signed defenceman Phil Oreskovic to a three-year, entry level contract.
LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have signed right wing Vladimir Dravecky to a multi-year entry-level contract and goalie Erik Ersberg to a one-year entry-level contract, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Thursday.
Dravecky, 21, played in 52 games with HC Kosice of the Slovak Extraliga this past season and had 23 points (9-14=23), a plus-26 rating and 16 penalty minutes. He also played in 11 playoff games with HC Kosice and had eight points (5-3=8), a plus-six rating and two penalty minutes, and he played in one game with HKm Humenne of the Slovak First League and had three points (2-1=3), a plus-three rating and two penalty minutes.
We can pretty much guarentee the Canuck’s won’t make a huge splash on July 1st and the very biggest move that could be made will be a trade involving Schiender. So let’s see what these few moves could be, and see what’s left and who has a shot at the getting the final roster spots.
With exactly a month to go before free agency begins its time for the rumor mill to open up, and with a very good crop of UFA’s (unrestricted free agents). Leaf fans across the world are beginning to wonder who the leafs are interested in.
According to TSN.ca, the Habs have dealt a 7th round pick in this years draft to the Rangers for prospect Ryan Russell. Russell had 30 goals and 46 assists in 58 games to rank 16th in the WHL in scoring while playing for the Kootenay Ice.
Hamilton again has given Basillie the rights to Hamilton as a destination for the Predators Franchise. In addition the city has also offered up Hamilton Place and Convention Center to Basillie.