Thrashers talk contract extension with Kubina and Afinogenov… Armstrong, not so

According to Kevin Allen of USA Today, the Atlanta Thrashers have begun talks with defenseman Pavel Kubina and forward Maxim Afinogenov regarding keeping the two in Thrasherville next season.

Allen also indicates that they have no chance of re-signing forward Colby Armstrong .

Time is right for Habs to give Price a shot

Sometimes digging out of a hole in a playoff series is about finding a way to break the pattern. Sometimes that takes something bold and unexpected.

Bold and unexpected, it’s fair to say, does not characterize Jacques Martin’s coaching style. Maybe that’s a contributing factor in his sub-.500 playoff record as an NHL coach.

Wild free-agent thoughts

Fletcher talked about the team’s current unrestricted free agents (Boogaard , Nolan , Scott , Ebbett, Hnidy , Earl ). He said he’s had conversations with a few but indicated that they’ll likely reach July 1. Usually this late, it always goes to July 1. And usually if it gets to July 1, players leave.

No talks on tap for Zach Parise

If the Devils plan to lock up left wing Zach Parise to a long-term deal this off-season, that’s news to him.

Parise confirmed that he has “parted ways” with his agent, but it was not in anticipation of negotiating an extension with the Devils in the summer.

Evgeni Nabokov's Last games with the Sharks?

You wonder on every goal he allows. You wonder on every save he makes. You wonder on every breath Evgeni Nabokov takes.

OK, so that last line might be a Russian song lyric. But you wonder — no, you realize — that Nabokov’s lasting legacy with the Sharks is being defined right here in these Western Conference finals.

So far, it is not going well. Not well enough, at least.