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.
Detroit Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock tells the Detroit News that Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg will center the top two lines and won’t play together when the team is at full strength. Early indications are Pavel Datsyuk will center Marian Hossa and Henrik Zetterberg will center Johan Franzen. Source: Detroit News
Anaheim Ducks super star Teemu Selanne is ready to return to the Anaheim Ducks but is growing concerned with the Anaheim Ducks lack of ability to move salary. The Ducks have been aggressively trying to move defenseman Mathieu Schneider and his cap hit of $5.6 million but have yet to find a taker. Clearing Schneider‚Äôs salary will only free up about 3 million in cap space. The Ducks are also willing to move forward Todd Marchant who currently has a cap hit of $2.5 million. Selanne is seeking $4.5 – $5 million per season and according to a source Selanne has indicated to Anaheim GM Brian Burke that he is willing to play for less money but Selanne will not play for less than $4 million per season. The Ducks have their work cut out to clear enough salary to satisfy Selanne. Will Selanne listen to offers from other teams?
Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Willie Anderson has drawn interest from up to three teams according to multiple reports. Adam Schefter of NFL Network reports the Ravens, Chargers, and Buccaneers have shown the most interest in Anderson. Anderson was in Baltimore on Wednesday and passed a physical. Anderson is expected to make a decision by the end of the week. The Bears previously showed interested but have eyed cheaper solutions like Wayne Gandy. The Steelers never inquired about Anderson, according to a source.