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.
"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."
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!