Speculation and Rumors for June 21st (Fathers Day Edition)

New Wild GM ready to deal

Sutter close to signing as Flames head coach

Gustafsson hopes to have decision made by June 29
New Wild GM ready to deal

By WILD INSIDER MICHAEL RUSSO

If Chuck Fletcher had made a list of things to accomplish last September, it probably would have had only two entries: 1) Win Stanley Cup, 2) Get GM job.

Check. Check. Good year.

Now the new Wild general manager, having been handed the keys to his first organization, is hoping to crash through Montreal’s Bell Centre with a loud first impression at the NHL draft on Friday and Saturday.

We’re not just talking about which player the Wild takes at 12th overall, although it’s very conceivable the Wild, which is again without a second- or third-round pick, drops down with the aim of adding picks.

We’re talking about actual player trades — maybe significant ones — as Fletcher, the assistant GM for the Pittsburgh Penguins until a month ago, works toward potentially making a splash. “I’m excited about the opportunity to put my stamp on the team, change the culture of the team, put a different foundation in place and steer the team in the direction we want to go in,” Fletcher said.

http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/48643462.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUBP7hUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUr

Sutter close to signing as Flames head coach

By STEVE MACFARLANE, SUN MEDIA

His cellphone going unanswered and his voicemail inbox full, one could only wonder Saturday what Brent Sutter was up to.

But there’s been plenty of talk despite the undisputed (at least in media circles) future head coach of the Calgary Flames not picking up his mobile.

Sources suggest an official announcement as early as Sunday — before Flames GM Darryl Sutter heads off to Montreal for the weekend’s draft — declaring his brother Brent Sutter as the man to take over behind the bench for the fired Mike Keenan.

http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Calgary/2009/06/20/9874106-sun.html

Gustafsson hopes to have decision made by June 29

Craig Custance

The final leg of free agent goalie prospect Jonas Gustafsson’s North American tour concluded this weekend with a visit to Brian Burke and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Now comes decision time.

The talented goalie heads back to Sweden on Sunday where he’ll weigh the pros and cons of signing with one of four teams – The Avalanche, Sharks, Stars and Maple Leafs.

The visit with the Leafs went well, although Gustafsson already knew Burke well.

“[Burke] had already spent an enormous amount of time going to Sweden to see Jonas,” Gustafsson’s agent Joe Resnick told SportingNews.com. “He’s been very involved since early on.”

Resnick said Gustafsson will go home to make his decision and expects to sign with a team before July 1, so teams have time to plan for free agency. Ideally, the decision will be made by June 29.

http://www.sportingnews.com/blog/ccustance.tsn/193906