NHL Roundup

Per tsn.ca, The Carolina Hurricanes have acquired forward Matt Cullen from the New York Rangers for defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes and a third round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren is interested in unrestricted free agent Chris Simon, but Philadelphia has only about $800,000 left to spend under the salary cap. Former Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Star tough guy Todd Fedoruk, believes Philly needs another tough guy to help last season’s NHL penalty minutes leader Ben Eager, 23. “Eags did a good job last year,” Fedoruk told the Courier-Post. “He saw a lot of heavyweights and I think he’s very capable of fighting the heavyweights in this league. “But I think at his age he does need a veteran heavyweight or maybe a young up-and-comer.”

A Flyers bum and career minor leaguer named Riley Cote, 25, says if he is given the chance he will run Sidney Crosby every chance he has. “I want to run around hammering everybody I can,” Cote told the Courier-Post. “My goal is to be more of a pest and run guys like Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin and let them come at me. I want guys looking over their shoulders

Stars LW Jussi Jokinen didn’t accept his qualifying offer from the team before Sunday’s deadline, but the club continues to negotiate with him, according to The Dallas Morning News. The Dallas Morning News said Jokinen wants to double his current salary of 605,000. Jokinen, 24, had 14 goals and 48 points in 82 games last season, his second in the NHL. He was also 15-25 in shootout attempts the past two seasons

Agents for junior hockey sensation John Tavares are pushing hard to get the Oshawa Generals star eligible for next year’s NHL draft, one year ahead of schedule, according to the Toronto Sun. Tavares, 16, was born Sept. 20, but the NHL declared that it will stand by its Sept. 15 cutoff, meaning Tavares will have to wait for the 2009 draft. We’re talking to the NHL Players’ Association about it because we believe the Sept. 15 cutoff date is antiquated and doesn’t fit in with the present-day player,” Bryan Deasley, director of sports for Siskinds Sports Management, which represents Tavares, told the Toronto Sun.

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