For the time being the New England Patriots are expected to stand pat at quarterback. There has been some speculation that the Patriots had an interest in Chris Simms and Tim Rattay. Daunte Culpepper‚Äôs name has also come up on the rumor mill but according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, the Patriots will likely bring back second-year QB Matt Gutierrez and go from there.
Detroit Red Wings forward Marian Hossa has arrived in Detroit and hinted to the Detroit media yesterday that he knows it is likely a one- and-done situation. Hossa was the most sought out free agent this past summer and Pittsburgh put all their efforts into re-signing the star forward. Hossa turned down a 9yr – $81 million offer from the Edmonton Oilers and a 7yr – $52 million offer from the Pittsburgh Penguins. Hossa eventually signed with the Detroit Red Wings, the team he was waiting on all summer to see what kind of offer they could make. Inside Pittsburgh Sports gives you some insight on which team is already being regarded among inner circles as the favorite to sign Marian Hossa next summer
J.P. Barry the agent for Mats Sundin has confirmed two new teams have expressed an interest in forward Mats Sundin. According to the Globeandmail.com, one team is believed to be the Tampa Lightning. Sundin recently met with the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. The Lightning are a major longshot due to their cap issues and just like the Rangers would have to get creative and move $5 to $6 million in cap space to have a legitimate shot of signing Sundin before the regular season.
According to a league source the LA Kings and center Patrick O‚ÄôSullivan are on the verge of agreeing to a 4 year deal.The deal is believed to be worth close to $4.25 million per season. Expect an official announcement later in the week. O’Sullivan was previously seeking up to $5 million per season.
Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports Tim Rattay and Chris Simms left New England without a contract and were told the team has other plans. The Patriots could have decided to go the trade route or just maybe Daunte Culpepper could be re-joining Randy Moss in New England. The two players looked into the possibility of signing with the same team during the off-season and now ESPN‚Äôs Chris Mortensen suggested on Monday Night Countdown that Randy Moss might have recommended Daunte Culpepper to the Patriots front office. Culpepper retired last week but it remains to be seen how long that will last
The Houston Texans remain in the market for a running back and according to the Chicago Tribune, former Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson has a tryout with the Houston Texans. Benson also tells the paper he had a tryout with the New Orleans Saints two weeks ago. The Texans have also explored the possibility of signing Tatum Bell according to reports.
The Orange County Register reports Anaheim Ducks General Manager Brian Burke has denied a report from the New York Post that the Anaheim Ducks are pursuing Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan. The Rangers front office remains split on what to do with Shanahan but a source indicates the Rangers will make an offer in the $1.5 million range. Shanahan‚Äôs focus remains on New York but is seeking $2.25 – $2.5 million per season. The St.Louis Blues have been keeping a close eye on the Shanahan situation. The Blues are believed to be prepared to offer Shanahan a contract in excess of $3 million per season. Sources indicate the New Jersey Devils are not interested despite what the New York Post is reporting.
The Minnesota Wild remain hopeful that the franchise will be able to sign Marian Gaborik to a long term extension but Wild GM Doug Riseborough is coming around to the idea that he may have to move his star winger. Gaborik remains non-committal and according to a source the Wild’s scouting staff has begun targeting potential players the Wild could get in return for Gaborik. A player the Wild have at the top of their wishlist plays in the Atlantic Division.