TSN: Theodore still unsigned/ Plus more on the Hackett rumor

(Aug 9) tsn.ca – The agent for goaltender Jose Theodore and Montreal Canadiens general manager Andre Savard met briefly on Thursday but the two sides are still no closer to a deal.
Don Meehan tells the Montreal Gazette he had a “cup of coffee” with Savard to discuss a new contract for Theodore, who is an unsigned restricted free agent.

In depth talks between the two sides are not likely to begin until after the NHL arbitrtion period ends August 17.

Meanwhile, Savard downplayed reports that the Canadiens were working on a deal which would see goaltender Jeff Hackett, defenceman Craig Rivet and forward Joe Juneau go to the Boston Bruins in exchange for forward Brian Rolston and an unnamed player.

Savard told the newspaper that while the deal sounded plausible, it likely won’t happen given that he has not talked recently with Bruins GM Mike O’Connell.