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?
TSN.Ca reports the Toronto Maple Leafs have traded defenseman Bryan McCabe to the Florida Panthers. The New York Islanders made a strong attempt to acquire McCabe and indications are the Leafs preferred to deal McCabe to New York because the Islanders were willing take on all of McCabe‚Äôs salary without sending much salary back to the Leafs. In the end McCabe had the final say and preferred to be dealt to Florida. Glen Murray and Mark Parrish are having trouble getting the multi-year deals their respective agents are seeking. Both players may have to settle for 1 year deals or camp invites. Potential Suitors The Nashville Predators have offered Parrish a training camp invite and have told Murray they are going in another direction. The St.Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, New York Islanders and Atlanta Thrashers have inquired about both forwards. The Phoenix Coyotes appear to be the team showing theRead More »
12:25 a.m. thats it for the night…….everyone have a great holiday…..few updates in the morning back with full coverage over the weekend….. It’s been a pleasure again….. 11:05 p.m. Going into chat in the comments form found at the end of the page 10:37 p.m. The latest on Jagr from one of my insiders — “Jagr and Lemieux had a long talk during the playoff series. Lemieux told Jags that he saw the old fire in his eyes. It somehow got to the statement Jagr made at one point about wanting to finish his career in Pittsburgh. Lemieux said if Jagr was ever available, he would love to see him in a Penguin uniform. Something about unfinished business and trying to clear the animosity the Pens fans had with Jagr.The Pens put it out there and Jagr hesitated, so I don’t know if it will go any further. I don’tRead More »
Day 3 8:40 a.m. – This is what I got right now. Jagr a longshot. Naslund is also looking like a longshot. Most of Naslunds efforts are with the New York Rangers, Vancouver and Minnesota. With Fleurys contract the pens are down to 8 million in cap space with 4 roster sports to fill. Shero looking at older veterans but i was told to lower the expectations. Hearing Jason Williams , Mirsolav Satan and this morning. A lot of pressure on Shero to get a top 6 winger via trade. gotta run… update later. 1:08 a.m. Penguins expect decision from Naslund tomorrow. Talks intensifying with Matt Cooke. Cooke is also in talks with two other teams. Despite Penguins breaking off talks with Bertuzzi, Penguins still interested if his demands come down. Big news of the night — sources are confirming that the Penguins have signed Marc Andre Fleury to aRead More »
Day 2 12:58 a.m. There is a 1yr 1.75 million offer on the table to forward Todd Bertuzzi. Bertuzzi is believed to be looking over three other offers with Calgary among the interested parties. With all of this talk of Jagr, I wouldn’t look past Markus Naslund who has been on the Penguins radar since the clock struck noon on July 1. Source tell TIOPS Ray Shero is taking calls regarding Ryan Whitney and listening to offers but it appears ownership wants Whitney to stay put. Penguins expect a decision from Jarkko Ruutu by Wednesday morning. No offer has been made to Jason Smith but the interest is there. The Penguins have yet to meet the demands of Brooks Orpik (6yrs – 22 million) but the two sides are still in discussions. Penguins offer to Hossa is for 7.2 million per season. The amount of years is up in theRead More »