Don Baizley the agent for Paul Kariya announced this evening that his client will not play hockey in 2010-2011. “Paul Kariya will not play hockey during the 2010/11 season. After being examined by concussion specialist Dr. Mark Lovell, Paul is not able to play hockey due to post-concussion syndrome, ” Baizley announced in a statement today. Kariya has been recently working out in Anaheim and was eyeing a return to the Ducks. The Ducks were the only team Kariya was considering this summer. As I have stated on multiple occasions, the Penguins were never engaged in talks with Kariya’s agent nor were any expected if Kariya was able to play this year. Kariya, 35, had 18 goals and 25 assists last season for the St. Louis Blues. The former All-Star winger has 402 career goals in 989 games.
The Latest NHL Buzz The 2010 NHL Free Agency Period has been a unique year and a frustrating summer for agents trying to find their clients jobs and the right fit. After the first frenzy of signings on July 1, the second wave of signings has been prominently slow for mid-tier players who are suddenly finding it very difficult to find work and the right fit. Many agents of established productive veterans I’ve spoken with in the past couple days tell me signings may not pick up again until mid-to-late September when camps open. One-way contracts will be difficult to earn as teams are looking to go with cheaper younger alternatives to fill their 3rd and 4th lines. “League seems to be caught between capped out and using the one-way money already spent and ELS players who were top draft picks, an NHL agent on the condition of anonymity whoRead More »
Anaheim Ducks star forward Teemu Selanne is actively courting close friend Paul Kariya to Anaheim and Kariya is eyeing a return to Anaheim. Agent Don Baizley who represents both Selanne and Kariya, has spoken with Ducks GM Bob Murray on multiple occasions throughout the past 7-to-10 days. There is a mutual interest from both sides but it is not a slam dunk that Anaheim will make an offer or sign Kariya. As of this morning, the Ducks have yet to make an official offer and Kariya is not operating on any kind of timetable. “No timetable and nothing imminent, ” Don Baizley the agent for Kariya told Inside Pittsburgh Sports via email today, when asked if a deal with Anaheim is imminent and if a timetable was established from Kariya to pick his next NHL home whether it be Anaheim or elsewhere.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 Bruins in on Whitney, Tkachuk The Boston Bruins are free falling in the standings and the Bruins are making a hard attempt to land Ray Whitney before the Olympic break. The Bruins have also be engaged in trade talks with the St. Louis Blues regarding forward Keith Tkachuk but the Blues aren’t ready to move the veteran forward. The asking price for Ray Whitney is a first round pick and a mid-tier prospect. A steep price for teams like Pittsburgh that won’t go that high. Vancouver, Calgary, Los Angeles, are among a number of teams interested. Maple Leafs mulling trade options The Globe and Mail reports, Toronto Maple Leafs have to make a decision at goaltender. The Globe and Mail lists three options that will be considered: *Hand the No. 1 job to Gustavsson next season and sign a good backup from the list of free agents.Read More »