A lot going on today as the Sharks showed up to clean out their lockers and meet with the media for the first time since leaving the United Center on Sunday night. Coach Todd McLellan and GM Doug Wilson were also on hand and here are some of the highlights:
***Evgeni Nabokov sounded Wednesday like a goalie who wanted to be back with the Sharks next season, but wasn’t sure if he would get that opportunity.
New Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he wants to have a coach in place by the start of free agency, meaning July 1. Most interesting is that Yzerman, while saying he wants someone who has been a head coach, that person does not necessarily need head coaching experience in the NHL.
In other words, the Lightning’s next coach may not be a household name.
Dean Lombardi did an interview this morning with a friend of mine, Dustin Nielson, who does the morning show for 1260-AM in Edmonton. Some of the interview covered some familiar ground, but at one point Lombardi was asked about the future of Alexander Frolov, and whether he saw Frolov returning to the Kings or whether it was time to move on. Here’s Lombardi’s answer, followed by a link to the entire interview. Incidentally, I’ll be doing my lengthy interview with Lombardi tomorrow afternoon…
New York, NY (Sports Network) – The New York Rangers have agreed to terms with forward Mats Zuccarello Aasen , a native of Norway who played in both the 2010 Winter Olympics and World Hockey Championship.
Courting of Marian Hossa began in Dale Tallon’s Montreal hotel room at last June’s draft. It was there that the Tallon, then general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks, met seriously with agent Ritch Winter for the first time. It was there he let Winter know just how interested he was in signing Hossa .