On his list of priorities as the Lightning’s new general manager, Steve Yzerman has signing Steven Stamko s to a contract extension close to the top.
Yzerman acknowledged the sides cannot speak until July 1, when the final year of Stamkos’ three-year rookie deal that pays a base salary of $875,000 begins. But Yzerman said considering what the star center means to the franchise, it’s never too early to prepare.
In a real bad showing in the 2009-2010 NHL season, there weren’t very many positives that could come from the Oilers who finished 20 games under .500. On a positive note, the Oilers won the nhl draft lottery and will hit the podium to make the first pick in this June’s entry draft. And that brings me to ask you Taylor or Tyler ?
The Montreal Canadiens surprised everyone by beating the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins before losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals. This team had been depleted by injuries all season long and were finally able to pull everything together in the playoffs despite playing without their number one defenseman Andrei Markov.
Bob Gainey was heavily criticized for a number of his moves over the past few years but his overall record doesn’t look so bad. The Montreal Canadiens made it to the playoffs in five of the six years that Gainey was GM and three of those times they made it past the first round. He was also criticized for signing small players last summer but it certainly wasn’t a factor in these playoffs.
LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
The Maple Leafs could have a brawny German defenceman joining their internationally flavoured roster next season.
Korbinian Holzer , a draft pick from the John Ferguson Jr. era in 2006, signed a two-year entry level contract on Thursday morning.
Ilya Kovalchuk is not heading to Russia to play for the KHL, at least not yet.
According to sources, the KHL will be an option for Kovalchuk , but there is nothing imminent.
Sovsports, a Russian sports website, is reporting that SKA St Petersburg made an offer to Kovalchuk that would see the sniper make $30 million over a three-year span.