NHL: Hossa eyes Beantown in 09?

 

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

NHL: O’Sullivan & Kings on verge of 4 year deal

 

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.

NHL: Shanahan not on Ducks radar?

 

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’s focus remains on New York but is seeking $2.25 Р$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.

11 days until the Penguins open Camp

 

Who will play with Sidney Crosby? Will Jordan Staal play wing or center? Who replaces Ryan Whitney? Does Janne Pesonen have the skill and toughness to play in the NHL? Are the Penguins looking to upgrade their top 6? Starting Wednesday September 17th, Inside Pittsburgh Sports brings you in-depth daily practice updates and the latest rumblings surrounding Penguins camp. Want to read the Latest Penguins Buzz throughout the season? Sign up for an Inside Access Membership Special offer until September 15th: Sign up today for a 1 year subscription for only $19.99. All viewers who sign up for the special offer will be locked in for a yearly fee of $19.99, if they choose to renew their membership. Prizes Inside Pittsburgh Sports will also be giving away 2 tickets to 5 Penguins Games to viewers who sign up for an inside Access Membership prior to September 16th. Thursday October 23rdRead More »

NHL: Wild pursuing Chris Drury?

 

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.

NHL: Babcock to split up Datsyuk and Zetterberg?

 

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

NHL: Selanne eyes return for 16th NHL season

 

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’s 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 Р$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?