New Panthers general manager Dale Tallon implied Tuesday he won’t sign very expensive free agents this summer: “I don’t know if it’s necessary to do that. There are other priorities now, to rebuild through the draft.” He supports signing a high-end player when a team needs one piece “to put you over the top.” . . .
CHIP ALEXANDER – Staff writer
RALEIGH — It appears winger Ray Whitney and defenseman Anton Babchuk will be with the Carolina Hurricanes next season, general manager Jim Rutherford said Tuesday.
And Rod Brind’Amour ? Still pending.
Matt Cullen hasn’t ruled out a return to the Senators.
The centre, acquired from the Hurricanes in February in exchange for defenceman Alex Picard and a second-round pick, said Monday his agent, Pat Morris, has held preliminary talks with Ottawa GM Bryan Murray about a new contract.
Cullen, 33 , who can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, was one of the Senators’ top performers in the playoffs, recording three goals and five assists in their first-round loss in six games to the Penguins.
IN LATE MARCH, Paul Holmgren answered a question about the Flyers’ disappointing season by saying, “There are certain guys on this team that are going to be back here next year. And there are certain guys who aren’t.”
Asked if he had a “pretty good idea of w
There was no magic in goaltender Jaroslav Halak’s game Sunday night as he gave up four goals on 13 shots and the Philadelphia Flyers went on to beat the Canadiens 6-0 in Game 1 of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference final.
Halak was pulled after Philadelphia scored three times in the first 9:53 of the second period to take a 4-0 lead.