Sunday Night Rumor Roundup – June 7, 2009

RANGERS NEED STAR FOR LEGIT CUP SHOT

Ley-Quinn reunion unlikely

New Wild GM hints trades in the offing

Rumour mill goes Wild

RANGERS NEED STAR FOR LEGIT CUP SHOT

Larry Brooks Writes

28-year-old Marian Gaborik, eligible to become a free agent on July 1 following a season in which he, a) turned down an $80 million contract extension from the Wild because he had no interest in continuing to play for Jacques Lemaire; and, b) was limited to 17 games because of a hip injury for which he underwent surgery in early January.

Gaborik is one of the NHL’s great talents, having scored 219 goals in 502 games after joining Minnesota as the third-overall selection in the 2000 Entry Draft (after Rick DiPietro and Dany Heatley). But he also has been a chronic visitor to the injured reserve, having played 65 games or fewer in four of his last five seasons. As such, he presents a significant risk, even though he nearly carried the Wild into the playoffs after returning for the final 11 games of the season.

The question is whether he is a risk worth taking for the Rangers, who historically have swung and missed in free agency more often than Alex Rodriguez in the playoffs.

And the answer is . . . well, the answer is a qualified yes,

http://www.nypost.com/seven/06072009/sports/rangers/rangers_need_star_for_legit_cup_shot_172910.htm

Ley-Quinn reunion unlikely

Jim Matheson writes – Journal Hockey Writer

Rick Ley has been a member of two Pat Quinn coaching staffs in the NHL, but he doesn’t think he’ll get the hat trick and join the Edmonton Oilers as an assistant.

“Just because Pat and I have a history does not mean we are tied at the hip,” said Ley, who was on the bench with Quinn (Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks) for 11 years.

“I’ve talked to Pat and they seem to have their people in place. They have very good people out there,” said Ley, 60, who was also head coach of the Canucks and the Hartford Whalers.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Quinn+reunion+unlikely/1670332/story.html

New Wild GM hints trades in the offing

MICHAEL RUSSO of the Star Tribune reports that

“We’re reviewing every team in the league and trying to find areas where we may have a common interest in terms of a trade,” Fletcher said. “We’ll refine our list even more as we get ready for the trades that may or may not happen around the draft.”
Because of the uncertain economic future of the NHL, Fletcher said he believes there will be more players to acquire via trade than ever. The Wild is expected to dangle players such as goalie Josh Harding, enforcer Derek Boogaard, winger Pierre-Marc Bouchard and minor-leaguer Benoit Pouliot.

http://www.startribune.com/sports/wild/47109677.html?elr=KArksi8cyaiUBP7hUiD3aPc:_Yyc:aULPQL7PQLanchO7DiUr

Rumour mill goes Wild

Jim Matheson writes – Journal Hockey Writer

Former Edmonton Oilers coach Craig MacTavish could investigate a broadcasting job next season which he jokingly says “would be safer,” but sources in Minnesota say he has had an interview for the Wild’s head coaching job.
MacTavish wouldn’t comment Thursday on persistent reports that he’s in the running after Jacques Lemaire, the only man to coach the Wild, quit after the regular season.

MacTavish wouldn’t confirm nor deny he had talked to anybody from the Wild.

He did admit he’s not burned out from his time behind the bench in Edmonton. He was fired shortly after the Oilers missed the playoffs for the third straight year.

“I want to coach again,” said MacTavish, who turns 51 in August.

http://www.edmontonjournal.com/sports/hockey/edmonton-oilers/Rumour+mill+goes+Wild/1665757/story.html

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