NHL: Ex Penguins GM Craig Patrick interested in Minnesota

 

Former Pittsburgh Penguins General Manager Craig Patrick, the architect of two Stanley Cups in the early 1990’s has contacted the Minnesota Wild to express his interest in the Wild’s GM job, a league source tells Inside Pittsburgh Sports. Patrick, the Penguins general manager from 1989-2006 has only interviewed for two GM jobs since being let go from the Penguins in the spring of 2006. Patrick has not ruled out getting back into the game in the role of an advisor or assistant GM but Patrick did decline an offer from the Tampa Bay Lightning this past summer, to work as an advisor under current GM Brian Lawton As for Penguins assistant GM Chuck Fletcher, sources tell Inside Pittsburgh Sports Fletcher remains

NHL: Assistant GM Chuck Fletcher is of interest to the Minnesota Wild

 

Sources with the Penguins have been speculating for the past week that Assistant GM Chuck Fletcher would draw considerable interest from the Minnesota Wild, due to Penguins General Manager Ray Shero working for current Wild owner Craig Leopold when Leopold was the owner of the Nashville Predators. While there have been no talks between the Wild and Fletcher to this point, as the Wild are in the beginning stages of their hiring process, I spoke briefly to Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune today, who told me the Wild are interested Fletcher. Plenty of names including Fletcher are already getting mentioned as potential candidates. Russo reported last week that former Vancouver and Toronto GM Pat Quinn, former Columbus GM Doug MacLean, former Ottawa, Tampa Bay and Florida GM Rick Dudley and former Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster have already expressed interest in the job. The Colorado Avalanche are also in theRead More »

Wild will not renew contract of President and G.M. Doug Risebrough

 

Wild GM Doug Risenbrough is out as General Manager of the Minnesota Wild. Owner Craig Leipold sent out a press release indicating, Risenbrough’s contract will not be renewed. The Wild are in the need of moving in another direction and it’s believed Risenbrough wanted to hire Kevin Constantine while ownership wanted to hire a coach from the outside.

Kevin Constantine front runner to replace Jacques Lemaire

 

When Kevin Constantine, the coach of the Minnesota Wild’s AHL affiliate, the Houston Aeros was hired in 2007, the Wild regarded Constantine as the heir apparent to Wild head coach Jacques Lemaire. With Lemaire stepping down as head coach, Constantine is among the front runners to replace Lemaire. What Constantine brings to the Wild is the same kind of strict coaching style that Lemaire brought to the team. Most importantly Constantine gets results but Wild GM Doug Risebrough will make a major mistake hiring Constantine. Lemaire was successful in Minnesota but Risebrough needs to change of the culture and playing style of the team. Top tier Players don‚Äôt want to play in a tight defensive/trapping style that Constantine and Lemaire implement. The Wild have lost Brian Rolston, Pavel Demitra over the past season, will lose Marian Gaborik and have failed to land top tier free agents. Risebrough was very activeRead More »

Penguins trade winds & more

 

A ton of emails from sources have been coming in this morning as the trade deadline is 4 days away. Sidney Crosby will be held out of today’s game against Dallas Could the Penguins make a play for Jonathan Cheechoo? Offer still on the table for Marty St. Louis?; Penguins eyeing two players that use to play with head coach Dan Bylsma; Penguins and Leafs in talks about power forward; What the Penguins don‚Äôt like about Nik Antropov; Listening to offers for one potential FA; Update on Bill Guerin; Read more for the latest

NHL Trade Deadline Chart

 

Photo courtesy of Kaatiya 1. C Vincent Lecavalier Suitors: MTL, ATL, LAK, CHI, EDM, OTT % of trade (5%) Reportedly 6 teams have inquired about Lecavalier 2. D Jay Bouwmeester Suitors: WAS, PHI, TOR, VAN, NJD, BOS, EDM, ANA,¬† OTT, CAL % of trade: (55%) Top D-Man on the market 3. D Chris Pronger, Suitors: FLA, VAN, TOR,¬† PHI, NJD, BOS, SJ, STL % of trade (70%) One year left on his contract. 4. Scott Niedermayer Suitors: PHI, NJD, VAN, BOS % of trade (45%) 5. D Tomas Kaberle Suitors: PHI, VAN, LAK,¬†WAS, NJD, BOS, FLA % of trade (45%) 6. LW Martin St. Louis Suitors: PIT, MIN, NYR, VAN, EDM, SJ % of trade (10%): Asking price: Two top tier prospects/draft pick/roster player.¬†Rangers expressing significant interest. Sources indicate St. Louis nixed a trade to Pittsburgh 7. RW Milan Hejduk Suitors: ANA, PIT, VAN, NYR, EDM, BUF, MTL % ofRead More »

NHL Insider Report: Antropov, Kaberle drawing significant interest; NYR to pursue Scuderi in FA?

 

The Penguins, Hurricanes, Stars and Blue Jackets have had discussions with the Leafs about forward Nik Antropov. Leafs GM Brian Burke is driving up the price for Antropov If Blues forward Andy McDonald hits the free agent market, Brian Burke will look to bring him in. Rob Scuderi has been one of the Penguins most consistent defensemen this season. Scuderi could triple his current salary on the open market and sources indicate the Rangers will make a play for him if he opts for free agency. If Mark Eaton is worth two million per season, Scuderi’s representatives will be using that as a starting point in talks with the Penguins. The Minnesota Wild have inquired about Lightning forward Martin St. Louis. The Wild have Marian Gaborik‚Äôs salary coming off the books next season but their best hope to add a top 6 forward is through a trade. Elite Players justRead More »

NHL: Gaborik likely done for the year

 

According to a report, Marian Gaborik has been told by a specialist in Colorado to have season-ending surgery. Gaborik has been sidelined for 30 of 36 games with a hip deficiency that has caused a groin injury. Gaborik turned down a multi-year deal from the Minnesota Wild believed to be in the range of $8.2 million per season Source Earlier Post Marian Gaborik has appeared in only 6 of 36 games this season with an apparent groin injury and Gaborik could miss even more time. During the holiday break, the Wild decided to hold Gaborik out until Wednesday but Gaborik was not able to play last night and hasn‚Äôt been able to practice. According to the Star Tribune, Gaborik flew to Colorado in recent days to have detailed ultrasounds taken of his troublesome groins. Tension is growing between the Wild and Gaborik as it‚Äôs believed Gaborik will not play unlessRead More »

The Latest Buzz from the BOG Meetings

 

The economy has halted any talk about expansion in the United States. That is a good thing because the NHL needs to downsize or relocate some cities. This talk of expanding into Europe would not be a good thing. The cap will remain in the $55 – $57 million range for the upcoming season but after that it could go down to the $49 – $50 million range. Las Vegas continues to be the most talked about city that could get a team via relocation. Mats Sundin was a popular subject at the meetings. Glen Sather has been telling rival GM‚Äôs that Sundin is only considering the Rangers, Canucks and a mystery team. Dave Tallon has been aggressive in his pursuit of Sundin. Still unclear if they are the third team still being considered. Tallon talked to a lot of teams about Martin Havlat. The Canadiens and Senators remain veryRead More »