The News and Observer reports Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal is expected to sign a long term extension in the next ten days. The paper speculates Staal could receive a seven-year contract that would pay him between $7 million and $10 million a year. Count on the low number. Could Eric‚Äôs brother Jordan be next in line for an extension from the Pittsburgh Penguins? Check out the ‚ÄúLatest Penguins Buzz Segment‚Äù for the latest insight. Source: News and Observer
Could the Tennessee Titans be moving on from Vince Young? According to the Nashville Tennessean that might be the case. The paper reports Vince Young on Monday told close associates of his that he didn’t want to play football any more. Vince Young will be sidelined for 2-4 weeks and the team may be ready to move forward with Kerry Collins. Source:Nashville Tennessean
According to Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, the Minnesota Wild are expected to resume negotiations with right winger Marian Gaborik. Wild assistant General Manager Tom Lynn and agent Ron Salcer will meet in Los Angeles over the next few days in the hopes of re-signing their star forward. The Wild are expected to make an multi-year offer in the range of 8.5 million per season, according to the paper. Inside Pittsburgh Sports has learned, Wild GM Doug Riseborough has turned down any inquiries about Gaborik but their scouting staff has begun targeting potential trade partners, if the two sides can’t come to an agreement. Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune
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