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    Hockey Rumours!

    I know there is already an all things hockey thread, but ive posted some things like these before and they have gone unoticed. I love the all things hockey thread, dont get me wrong, but right now all thats being talked about in there is teams winning and losing, and im guilty cus, well ive done it 2.
    Anyways what im saying is this can be the place to post your rumours!
    Leave a source though, so we know that your not making it up!

    Here are mine for the day:
    DATSYUK RE-SIGNS WITH WINGS, LOMBARDI WITH FLAMES.

    KUKLA'S KORNER (CITING WDFN RADIO IN DETROIT) REPORTS THE DETROIT RED WINGS HAVE RE-SIGNED FORWARD PAVEL DATSYUK, WHO WAS ELIGIBLE FOR UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENCY THIS SUMMER. THE RED WINGS HAVE CALLED A PRESS CONFERENCE FOR 1:00 PM EST TO ANNOUNCE THE DEAL.

    THE CALGARY HERALD REPORTS FORWARD MATTHEW LOMBARDI HAS VERBALLY AGREED TO A LONG-TERM CONTRACT WITH THE FLAMES.

    Spector's Note: Hat tip to "Barbara", "Edward from Detroit" (who says WDFN reports the Datsyuk signing is a four-year deal) and "hootinani" for the Datsyuk links and regular contributor GJ Berg for the Lombardi links. The Datsyuk signing is particularly significant as there were concerns he might test the UFA market if he didn't get a deal he liked from the Wings.


    KHABIBULIN HOPES TO REMAIN A BLACKHAWK.

    CHICAGO TRIBUNE: Bob Foltman reports there were rumours at the trade deadline that the Tampa Bay Lightning, the former team of Blackhawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin, wanted him back. "Those rumors might heat up if the Lightning makes a quick exit in the postseason because of poor goaltending", writes Foltman, but also reported that Khabibulin hopes to stay. ""I've been a very loyal person, and the Blackhawks signed me to a contract and I really like it in Chicago," he said. "This is a challenge that I don't want to bail out on and that I think is unfinished. I'm pretty stubborn that way."

    Spector's Note: The remaining $13. 5 million on Khabibulin's contract is also a great trade deterrant. As for the Lightning, they've got just under $32 million committed to payroll for next season, and team ownership hopes to hold the line at $40 million. The only realistic way the Bolts could bring back Khabibulin would be to dump one of their high-salaries forwards but management insists that won't happen.


    THE LATEST PANTHERS NEWS.

    MIAMI HERALD: George Richards reports Florida Panthers forward Martin Gelinas doesn't know if he'll return with the club next season. He's an unrestricted free agent and has plenty of family in the Calgary area, leading Richards to suggest that "it's assumed a serious offer from either the Flames or Edmonton could swing Gelinas' return to western Canada." Also, team owner Alan Cohen said he intends to keep payroll "in the same ballpark" as this season (close to $40 million) which'll allow GM Jacques Martin to bring in the players he sees fit. Richards suggests one potential target could be Anaheim Ducks goalie J-S Giguere, who's expected to become an unrestricted free agent this summer and could command up to $6 million per season.

    Spector's note: If there's no offers coming from a Western Canadian team Gelinas might find himself back with the Panthers if there's room for him. As for Giguere, it remains to be seen if he'd sign with the Panthers, although he could be the missing piece needed that could finally turn them into a playoff club.


    SPECTOR'S MAILBAG.

    "Daniel" recently sent in the following on the Canadiens: "This is probably not possible to check if it's true or not but former referee Ron Fournier said yesterday on popular radio show "Les amateurs de sports" that Gainey's plan is to have Huet as a starter next season and have Halak or young Carey Price as a backup. On defence, the 7 starter planned are Dandenault, Markov, Streit, Komisarek, Gorges with young Jean-Philippe Côté and Ryan O'Byrne leading to the speculation that Souray and Niinimaa won't be signed and Bouillon will be traded somewhere this summer. He also said that Gainey want to pursue big UFA name such as Bill Guerin, Daniel Brière and Chris Phillips. Fournier said that there's some big surprise for the forwards and don't want to reveal them until the Habs season end. He also said that he has a source from the Habs management but don't want to say who it is. This have been heard on CKAC 730AM around 5PM tuesday."

    Source: http://www.spectorshockey.tripod.com...e_rumours.html

    Plus this will be good after the postseason when all the teams are making offers to free agents, and we all get excited to see if a star is coming to our teams!

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    OFF-SEASON CHANGES IN STORE FOR LEAFS?

    ESPN.COM: Scott Burnside recently wrote tonight's Toronto-Montreal game could be Mats Sundin's last as a Leaf if the club fails to make the playoffs. Although Sundin has frequently expressed his desire to finish his career as a Leaf and the club has made the right noises about retaining him, Burnside suggests parting ways with Sundin "provides one of the only real clear paths to improvement" for the team.

    Spector's Note: Burnside is suggesting that the money the Leafs would spend to retain an aging Sundin might be better spent pursuing a younger centre in his prime, like Daniel Briere or Chris Drury. Logically, it makes sense, but the Leafs will look at this from a marketing standpoint and since Sundin remains the face of the franchise, they'll likely retain him.

    TORONTO SUN: Mike Zeisberger reports changes could be in the offing for the Leafs should they be eliminated from the playoffs. "A loss means a second-consecutive non-playoff season, opening the door to all kinds of scrutiny," writes Zeisberger. "Will the Leafs fire general manager John Ferguson or open talks for an extension? Will Sundin be back? How about Jeff O'Neill and Michael Peca?"

    Spector's Note: Even if the Leafs making the playoffs puts these questions on the backburner as Zeisberger suggests, I'll be bold enough to predict the future of those four. "JFJ" and Sundin will be back, win or lose. O'Neill and Peca won't. Discuss amongst yourselves, Leafs fans.


    ZHERDEV PLAYING HIMSELF OUT OF COLUMBUS?

    COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports forward Nikolai Zherdev remains an enigma to Blue Jackets management, coaching staff and players. "Zherdev's attitude and his spotty work ethic seem to have worn thin only 2½ years into his NHL career. He has been described by those who know him best thusly: stubborn, a malcontent and an enigma. "A diva," one fellow Blue Jacket said." Zherdev however appears unconcerned, saying "I can't help it". His stats dropped noticeably over last season's career year, he has few friends on the team and his teammates resent his attitude. "When coaches confront Zherdev, often he stares back at them blankly. Sometimes he smirks. When the anger and frustration fade, they wonder whether he'll ever get the message. Why?" Portzline also reports Zherdev compares himself to Montreal's Sergei Samsonov, and given the fact Samsonov's played on three teams over the past two seasons "that may send a chill down the Blue Jackets' collective spine."

    Spector's Note: Porztline's article is a rather lengthy one so I posted only key extracts. One you've read the entire thing, you can't help but feel that Zherdev could not only be playing his way out of Columbus but potentially out of the NHL as well. Under the old CBA there's always be a team willing to take on a player like him either via trade or free agency in hopes a change of scenery would improve his game, but in today's cap world fewer teams would be willing to take that chance. If he tanks it again next season the Jackets will either try to trade him or failing that, buy out the final year of his contract following next season. With his well-documented poor work ethic and attitude, he'd have a very tough time signing with another NHL team. That probably wouldn't concern Zherdev, however, as he'd likely land on his feet either in Russia or with a top European club.


    TENKRAT HOPES TO RETURN WITH BRUINS.

    BOSTON GLOBE: Fluto Shinzawa reports forward Petr Tenkrat is eligible for UFA status this summer but hopes to return with the Bruins next season. He has 13 points in 63 games this season.

    source: http://www.spectorshockey.tripod.com...e_rumours.html

    No one else has any? Or doesnt want to discuss these?

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    COULD FORSBERG RETURN TO COLORADO?

    DENVER POST: Mark Kiszla reports former Colorado Avalanche and current Nashville Predators forward Peter Forsberg seems open to the possibility of returning to the Avs as a UFA in the off-season.

    Spector's Note: Forsberg might consider it, and Kiszla is certainly pushing for it, but a lot depends on the status of Forsberg's reconstructed right foot, the willingness of the Avs management to bring him back, and of course the cost of doing so. If Forsberg seeks an expensive, multi-year contract, forget about it, but if he's open to an affordable, conditional one-year contract, it might - emphasis on the word "might" - be a possibility. That being said, I get the sense that new Avs GM Francois Giguere is looking to the future rather than to the past and his plans may not include "Foppa".


    MacLEAN ON THIN ICE IN COLUMBUS?

    COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Bob Hunter and Michael Arace are calling for the Blue Jackets to make changes at the top, singling out current GM Doug MacLean for the team's inability to make the playoffs since the club's inception. "In the eyes of much of the fan base, the big picture is what is so damning. For nine years, MacLean has controlled the franchise and, on the hockey side, he has served with no great distinction. He has had seven drafts and six seasons and has shown nothing in the way of bold and creative thinking. He hasn't come close to delivering a playoff team. He is no longer an inspiring presence", writes Arace, who also listed several potential replacements, including Red Wings assistant GM Jim Nill and former NHL GMs Dave Taylor, Craig Patrick, Bob Murray, Rick Dudley, Craig Button, Neil Smith and Pat Quinn.

    Spector's Note: These two make a very compelling case for ousting MacLean, however, his hiring of Ken Hitchcock as head coach last fall could give him a reprieve for one more season. Regardless, it's obvious that MacLean's tenure as the Jackets GM could be in danger of ending soon, either this summer or at some point next season should the club fail to show any substantial improvement.


    BRUINS TO SHOP FOR A GOALIE?

    BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports it's "highly doubtful" Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli, who inherited Tim Thomas and Hannu Toivonen from his predecessor, " will leave the starting job to be sorted out among those two and, if still here, Joey MacDonald." Dupont notes Chiarelli could be restricted by limited cap space, having committed $28 million to half-a-dozen players, and suggests flipping winger Glen Murray, but he has a no-trade clause and his salary and recent injury history could make him a "tough sell". He suggests one potential target as San Jose's Evgeny Nabokov should the Sharks come up short in the playoffs, noting that Murray's "good pal" and former teammate Joe Thornton will enter the final year of his contract there. However, Dupont believes Sharks management would want more that Murray, perhaps targeting Patrice Bergeron.

    Spector's Note: One serious flaw with this scenary is the fact Nabokov has a no-trade clause. It's unlikely he'll waive it, especially for a struggling club like the Bruins. A better target for the Bruins if they were truly interested in a Sharks goalie is Vesa Toskala, who's much more affordable that Nabokov and doesn't have a no-trade clause. Dupont's right about one thing, that the Sharks aren't likely to be interested in Murray. His age, injury history and salary does indeed make him a "tough sell".


    SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVING THE BLACKHAWKS.

    CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Len Ziehm offers up "six ways the Hawks might dig themselves out of their sorry situation in time for next season". Among them, pursuing a star centerman like "Scott Gomez, Daniel Briere, Chris Drury, Jason Blake and Peter Forsberg" via free agency, preferably Briere or Gomez; "cooling it" in contract talks with Michal Handzus, who doesn't appear keen to return to the 'Hawks; and re-signing goalie Patrick Lalime.

    Spector's Note: Good luck signing any of those aforementioned UFA centers. Quite frankly, Chicago ain't a popular destination for top UFA talent unless the 'Hawks are willing to break the bank to do so like they did with Nikolai Khabibulin, and that's no guarantee of success. Ziehm's probably right about Handzus, and I agree with his suggestion about re-signing Lalime, who played reasonably well after returning from back surgery.


    QUESTIONS IN GOAL FOR PANTHERS.

    PALM BEACH POST: Brian Biggane reports goaltending looms as the largest question Florida Panthers management will have to address in the off-season. Veteran netminder Ed Belfour's play this season may earn him another season with the club but there could be other options available via free agency (Niklas Backstrom, JS Giguere, Mathieu Garon) or trade (Evgeny Nabokov, Manny Fernandez, Tomas Vokoun).

    Spector's Note: Hat tip to regular contributor GJ Berg. The Wild will likely re-sign Backstrom, which could mean Fernandez would be available. Giguere will be far too expensive for the Panthers to sign. Garon will be affordable but he may not be much of an upgrade. Nabokov has a no-trade clause so rule him out. Vokoun's status could depend on his playoff performance.


    KINGS MUST IMPROVE THEIR GOALTENDING.

    LOS ANGELES TIMES: Chris Foster reports goaltending was the main problem area for the Kings this season, one that GM Dean Lombardi acknowledged needs to be addressed in the off-season. Lombardi did say, however, the team needs to develop a young goalie and intends to look to within to address his goalie woes. Dan Cloutier and Jason Labarbera are "the only two goaltenders guaranteed to be with the Kings when training camp opens in September." Lombardi also has to decide if he'll re-sign impending UFAs Mathieu Garon or Sean Burke.

    Spector's Note: This isn't surprising for Lombardi, as he handcuffed himself with Cloutier's contract and has no choice but to hope he'll rebound from a horrible, injury-shortened season. Labarbera was impressive in the AHL this season but it remains to be seen if he can carry that over into the NHL. Garon and Burke are likely goners, unless the latter agrees to a two-way contract.


    RUMOURS FROM THE OTTAWA SUN.

    Bruce Garrioch reports the following:

    - The stock of Ottawa Senators goalie Ray Emery could rise considerably should he have a strong post-season. He's an RFA this summer and might receive an offer sheet from a rival club seeking a goaltending upgrade. "Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Florida, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Tampa Bay" are teams that may be shopping for goaltending depth this summer.

    Spector's Note: An offer sheet for Emery is possible, considering the lack of quality goaltending depth in this summer's UFA market, but the Senators could match any offer. They have some key players to re-sign besides Emery, including Chris Phillips and Anton Volchenkov, but if their payroll comes in around $45 million for next season they should be able to retain them. If the Sens can get Phillips re-signed soon, don't be surprised if they waste little time getting Emery under contract.

    - New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello might hire San Jose Sharks head coach Ron Wilson should he get the boot if the Sharks fail to go deep in the playoffs this year. "Other candidates: assistant John MacLean, former coach Pat Burns and Boston assistant Marc Habscheid."

    Spector's Note: I doubt Doug Wilson will fire Ron Wilson if the Sharks fail to go deep this season. Besides, it's widely believed MacLean will likely take over the role behind the Devils bench next season.

    - Former LA Kings GM Dave Taylor could be the top candidate to replace Doug MacLean as GM of the Columbus Blue Jackets.

    Spector's Note: The press in Columbus (see above) are calling for MacLean's head, likely reflecting the opinion of Jackets fans that a change is needed at the top. Still, MacLean's hiring of Ken Hitchcock as head coach earlier this season may have bought him one more season.

    - "There's strong belief" the LA Kings might sign Robert Esche this summer to bolster their goaltending depth.

    Spector's Note: As noted above, Kings GM Dean Lombardi acknowledged the need to improve the club's goaltending, which was its achilles heel all season. Esche could be an affordable option but as Lombardi noted above he doesn't expect to bolster his goaltending via free agency.

    - The Boston Bruins are expected to move winger Glen Murray and his $4.5 million salary.

    Spector's Note: Good luck with that. Actually, Murray's salary is $4.15 million per season with two years remaining on his current contract. Regardless, that'll be too steep for most teams to absorb unless the Bruins toss in one helluva sweetener.

    - Edmonton Oilers forward Petr Sykora is a UFA this summer and likely won't be back with the Oilers. The Bruins and Flyers might be interested in him.

    Spector's Note: Sykora has earlier stated his desire to remain with the Oilers but it remains to be seen if management believes he can be a part of their long-term plans.

    - "The Capitals might take a run at Daniel Briere or Chris Drury if they make it to unrestricted free agency this summer. The club has promised young star Alexander Ovechkin they're going to put better players around him to try to help ease some of the pressure."

    Spector's Note: Toss Devils centre Scott Gomez into that mix too, if he's available after July 1.

    - Pavel Datsyuk's new contract could push Briere and Drury's asking price to between $6-$7 million per season.

    Spector's Note: Datsyuk's new salary will definitely be used as a comparable by those two, as well as by Gomez.

    source: http://www.spectorshockey.tripod.com...e_rumours.html

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    dude, Nabby for Murray and Bergeron, I'd take that in a heartbeat. Then we could re-sign Hannan and Rivet, plus have some extra room next year when we need to re-sign Joe and patty.
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    WHAT'S NEXT FOR THE HABS, LEAFS, 'CANES AND PANTHERS?

    TSN.CA/THE GLOBE & MAIL/MONTREAL GAZETTE: reported changes could be in store for the Montreal Canadiens this summer in the wake of their failure to make the playoffs this season. All three sites single out forwards Sergei Samsonov and Alex Kovalev for their poor performances this season, with the consensus being Samsonov could be bought out or traded. All three also noted the Canadiens possess plenty of promising young talent, and noted the Habs have some decisions to make regarding several of their potential UFA players, most notably defencemen Sheldon Souray and Andrei Markov.

    Spector's Note: Samsonov's a goner via buyout, that much is certain. Nobody'll trade for him and it makes no sense to swap him for someone else's problem children (so enough of those stupid "Samsonov to Chicago for Adrian Aucoin" rumours!). The two years and $9 million remaining on Kovalev's contract makes him untradeable, but I think Gainey may take a serious look at buying him out, since it's been obvious over the past season that he's not happy in Montreal. The last thing they need is another petulant Russian forward sapping team morale or taking away playing time from a more deserving young player for the next two seasons. As for their impending UFAs, Markov's a lock to be re-signed long term for $3.5-$4 million per season. Souray, on the other hand, is a tougher call. He's suggested he'd like to stay in Montreal, he emerged as a leader and his big shot powered the Habs PP this season, but his defensive game was atrocious, he's got a lengthy injury history, and he could seek Bryan McCabe money to remain in Montreal. It's possible forward Mike Johnson could return, but it remains to be seen if Radek Bonk does. Fortunately, the Canadiens have plenty of available cap space to retain their key free agents and go shopping this summer, although given their track record in the free agent market, I wouldn't get my hopes up for a major signing, Habs fans.

    TORONTO SUN/TORONTO STAR/GLOBE & MAIL: all speculated on what might be in store for the Maple Leafs after missing the playoffs for the second straight season. All three wondered if GM John Ferguson Jr would return or if Leafs ownership would fire him and find a replacement. "JFJ" is under contract with the club for one more season. The Globe & Mail noted Ferguson hasn't left himself much cap room for improvement, with $33.8 million already committed and the salary cap expected to rise to $47 million next season. It's expected free agents Jeff O'Neill, JS Aubin, Travis Green and Yanic Perreault won't be back. The Leafs still have to figure out a new deal for team captain Mats Sundin, re-sign their key RFAs and land a backup goalie. The Star believes the Leafs must upgrade in goal, where Andrew Raycroft struggled despite winning 37 games this season, and suggested moving Bryan McCabe, considering that no-trade clauses aren't a problem to overcome by using Keith Tkachuk and Peter Forsberg as comparables.

    Spector's Note: There's seems to be some confusion about Sundin's contract status. The Leafs tried to get a buyout option regarding a rejection of their club option overturned in order to re-sign him to a more affordable deal but to date I've seen nothing to suggest this has been done. If anyone can find me a link or reference indicating otherwise, please let me know. As for their goaltending, the Leafs are stuck with Raycroft for two reasons: lack of quality depth in this summer's UFA market and lack of cap space to land one. If the Leafs are forced to pick up Sundin's club option that'll take a big bite out of their available cap space, which'll also prevent them from being a major player in this summer's UFA market. Forget about moving McCabe, as he won't waive that clause and with that hefty salary nobody'll take him off the Leafs hands anyway. The most logical cap move for the Leafs would be to bide Sundin farewell, but the Leafs won't do that because he's the face of their franchise. I foresee the Leafs retaining Sundin, re-signing their key RFAs, probably retaining Peca as he'll probably accept less money to stay in Toronto, and signing an affordable backup via the UFA market. There simply won't be enough cap space to land a big name UFA forward for Sundin's line or a star goalie.

    RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER: Luke Decock recently reported the Carolina Hurricanes face changes after failing to make the playoffs one year after winning the Stanley Cup. Topping the list is whether or not to re-sign impending UFA forwards Ray Whitney and Scott Walker. GM Jim Rutherford said re-signing both is a priority but it won't be easy as both will seek significant raises over this year's salaries, especially Whitney who led the 'Canes in scoring whilst earning $1.5 million this season. "Anson Carter, David Tanabe, Josef Vasicek and (Glen) Wesley are all unrestricted free agents", writes Decock. "Only Carter, a trade-deadline acquisition, is unlikely to return." The club also has to re-sign goalie Cam Ward and defenceman Anton Babchuk, although the latter may have hurt his chances of remaining a 'Cane by his refusal to accept demotion to the minors at mid-season.

    Spector's Note: The 'Canes will have roughly $30 million committed to payroll already this season, which would appear to give them plenty of cap space to retain those key aforementioned free agents, however, that'll depend on how much ownership is willing to spend. The 'Canes started last season with over $38 million in payroll, which eventually nudged up to $40 million with callups and trades. If the 'Canes only commit to $40 million or less, it certainly won't be easy to retain Whitney and Carter and still re-sign Ward.

    MIAMI HERALD/SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL: both reported on what changes might be in stores for the Florida Panthers this summer. The Herald suggests the club would love to land JS Giguere as a free agent but he'll be expensive and the Panthers would have plenty of rivals bidding for him. It's expected veteran Ed Belfour will return next season backed up by Alex Auld. The Herald also rejected rumours of the team trading captain Olli Jokinen. Defencemen Steve Montador or Alexei Semenov could be the odd men out on the Panthers blueline and forward Martin Gelinas could be lose to free agency. The Sun-Sentinel believes the Panthers could try to bring in more scoring depth this summer.

    Spector's Note: I think the Panthers will inquire about Giguere and will base any further goaltending decisions on whether or not they can sign him or whoever else might be available. They could also consider trading for a goaltending upgrade. Team ownership has committed to giving GM Jacques Martin the financial resources he needs to improve the club, so expect the Panthers to make at least one splashy UFA signing or swing a major trade.

    source: http://www.spectorshockey.tripod.com...e_rumours.html

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    hey, are there any rumors about the sharks trading for a top-level defenseman for nabby in the offseason? all i heard was that murray trade and even though that would make the best line in the NHL (Murray, Thornton, Cheechoo) we still need a #1 d-man until vlasic is ready for that role.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWELR
    hey, are there any rumors about the sharks trading for a top-level defenseman for nabby in the offseason? all i heard was that murray trade and even though that would make the best line in the NHL (Murray, Thornton, Cheechoo) we still need a #1 d-man until vlasic is ready for that role.
    Well there was some before..but im not sure about now. What they could do is maybe sign sheldon souray someone they were looking at at the deadline. I dont think montreal will resign him or he may decline the offer.

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    THE LATEST CANADIENS NEWS.

    CANADIAN PRESS: Bill Beacon reports both Sheldon Souray and Andrei Markov hope to re-sign with the Montreal Canadiens. Both are eligible for UFA status but they've indicated they wish to give the club opportunities to re-sign them prior to July 1. Disgruntled forward Sergei Samsonov is expected to be bought out of his contract which has another year at $3.75 million remaining. Forward Alex Kovalev said he hoped to return with the Habs next season but rejected the notion that his poor stats this season meant he let the team down this season. Team captain Saku Koivu said he doesn't want out of Montreal but hinted that he may be getting impatient waiting for this team to improve. ""I don't want to be part of a team that's going to rebuild and rebuild and not make the playoffs again. Hopefully, we can compete against the best and have a chance to win."

    Spector's Note: If Souray and Markov both want to return Habs management should do all it can (within financial reason, of course) to retain them. Samsonov will be bought out, and I believe the Canadiens should bite the bullet with Kovalev and buy him out, too. As for Koivu, it's sickening to read comments from Montreal fans and some pundits who want him traded or suggest he's not leading the team. This guy plays his heart out in every game, as his stats indicate. He's never whined about his situation, never demanded a trade, never staged a contract holdout and never demanded more than his worth. It's not his fault that the depth around him during his career hasn't been good. He's doing all he can, plays through pain (which accounts for his offensive drought back in February), including with an eye still damaged since last spring, and makes his linemates better. Trading him away is a stupid idea and those who suggest he's not a real leader or a good player obviously do not know what they're talking about.


    THE LATEST LEAFS NEWS.

    TORONTO STAR: Kevin McGran reports Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin wants to finish his career in Toronto and has no interest in playing elsewhere. "Informal contract talks are believed to be already under way and could yield a two-year deal soon", reports McGran, noting the Leafs hope to re-sign Sundin to a two-year deal worth $5.5 million per season, which would be cheaper than his club option which would count against the Leafs cap as $6.333 million. McGran also notes "Carlo Colaiacovo, Ian White and Alexei Ponikarovsky are sure to demand raises that will probably bring them close to $1 million each", whilst impending UFAs like "Mike Peca, Jeff O'Neill, Nik Antropov, Yanic Perreault, Bates Battaglia, Boyd Devereaux, Travis Green and J.S. Aubin" likely won't be back unless it's for "bargain basement prices", although the Leafs likely want to retain Antropov who had a solid second half. With almost $10 million in available cap space, "it's expected they'll go after some of the bigger names, including Ryan Smyth and Jason Blake of the Islanders and the Sabres' Daniel Briere and Chris Drury."

    Spector's Note: It'll be interesting to see how the Leafs work out Sundin's salary situation, but rest assured, Leafs fans, he will be back, as will Antropov, I suspect, although I don't see him getting a big raise for the privilege. They will be in the hunt for the top UFA forwards this summer, and Smyth could land in Leafs Nation should he hit the market.


    FLYERS PREPARE FOR FREE AGENCY.

    CHERRY HILL COURIER POST: Chuck Gormley reports Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren "said his goal this summer is to supplement that youth with some strong, talented veterans at both center and defense. The two players believed to be at the top of the Flyers' list are center Daniel Briere of the Buffalo Sabres and Kimmo Timonen of the Nashville Predators." Other potential targets include "veteran forwards Chris Drury, Danius Zubrus, Anson Carter, Michal Handzus, Joe Sakic, Todd Bertuzzi, Radek Bonk, Paul Kariya, Scott Gomez, Jason Blake, Ryan Smyth, Brendan Shanahan and Mark Recchi." Holmgren also has two first round picks "and a few marketable players" ("R.J. Umberger, Stefan Ruzicka, Ryan Potulny, Alexandre Picard, Randy Jones?") to use as potential trade bait. "Mike York, Robert Esche, Denis Hamel and Todd Fedoruk are all scheduled to become free agents on July 1 and Fedoruk is the only one likely to get a contract offer."

    Spector's Note: Regardless of which players Holmgren eventually lands, expect him to be very busy in the off-season. There's a little concern about Philadelphia being a popular destination for potential UFAs, but I don't think one bad season will make it tough for the Flyers to attract marquee talent.


    HAS BELFOUR JEOPARDIZED CHANCE TO RE-SIGN WITH PANTHERS?

    SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL: Steve Gorten reports Florida Panthers goalie Ed Belfour was arrested a"t a South Beach bar early Monday and charged with disorderly intoxication and resisting without violence after a scuffle with an officer, and teammate Ville Peltonen was charged with criminal mischief in a separate incident." Panthers GM Jacques Martin called the incidents "unfortunate" planned to review the incidents with the players today. Gorten suggests that Belfour's future with the team was already in doubt prior to the incident and it could impact any possibility of being retained by the team.

    Spector's Note: Hat tip to GJ Berg. Belfour was voted the team's MVP this season, but unfortunately he has a bit of a history for getting into late night scraps in bars. It'll be interesting to see how the Panthers handle this and if this latest incident has any impact on bringing him back. If he becomes a UFA it could also adversely affect his value on the open market.


    POCK SIGNING CONFIRMED.

    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: John Dellapina confirmed yesterday's report that the NY Rangers re-signed defenceman Thomas Pock to a two -year contract extension, paying him "$650,000 next season and $685,000 in 2008-09."

    Spector's Note: Hat tip to Mitch Beck for the link.


    APRIL 9, 2007.


    **UPDATED: 3:45 PM EST**


    AVALANCHE RE-SIGN SAKIC.

    THE DENVER POST REPORTS THE COLORADO AVALANCHE HAVE RE-SIGNED TEAM CAPTAIN JOE SAKIC TO A ONE-YEAR CONTRACT WORTH $6.75 MILLION.

    Hat tip to "Dave". Analysis shortly on my blog.


    SENATORS RE-SIGN VOLCHENKOV.

    TSN. CA REPORTS THE OTTAWA SENATORS HAVE RE-SIGNED DEFENCEMAN ANTON VOLCHENKOV TO A THREE-YEAR CONTRACT.

    Hat tip to Sandy Gemmiti. Analysis shortly on my blog.


    RANGERS RE-SIGN POCK?

    AUSTRIAN HOCKEY ASSOCIATION: reports NY Rangers defenceman Thomas Pock has signed a two-year contract extension with the team.

    Hat tip to Doodie Machetto. I've checked the Rangers website but found no official confirmation of this re-signing. If any Rangers fans can follow up on this for me I'd appreciate it.

    Source yet again: http://spectorshockey.tripod.com/spe...e_rumours.html

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    Problem is the Sharks are right on the cap, and it's gonna be really hard to get Souray without trading Nabby to clear up some cap space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FWELR
    Problem is the Sharks are right on the cap, and it's gonna be really hard to get Souray without trading Nabby to clear up some cap space.
    Yeah your right, well what they could do is trade him to toronto for bryan mccabe lol.

    I dunno though they would need to trade nabby, im sure there are some teams out there looking for a goalie or will be soon.

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