NHL Rumor Wire – May 15th, 2011

With the rumors of Winnipeg having an NHL team again in the future, is it possible the Detroit Red Wings could move to the Eastern Conference?

From Craig Custance (Sporting News)

One assumed solution is that the Detroit Red Wings would move to the Eastern Conference. The Ilitch family has pull among the Board of Governors, and the organization hasn’t exactly kept its desire to leave the Western Conference a secret.

According to Jimmy Devellano, Detroit’s senior vice president, a move won’t be happening next season for the Red Wings. “We’re going to be right where we are next year,” he said on Saturday. “Beyond that, I can’t comment. Next year we’re right where we are.”

Detroit Red WingsMike Modano discusses his future

From Mark Stepneski (ESPN Dallas)

The Detroit Red Wings cleaned out their lockers today and that meant forward Mike Modano spent some time discussing his future with the Detroit media.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do,” Modano told reporters. “Your knee-jerk reaction is to walk away considering the way things ended and not give it a chance, but I think you need to give it a fair assessment, a long thought process and then hopefully I can come up with answer.”

He did indicate he is leaning towards not playing another season.

Jaromir Jagr could find his way back in the NHL and the Pittsburgh Penguins seem like a good fit.

From Dejan Kovacevic (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Connecting the various dots, it would appear that the Penguins are interested in mending fences with Jaromir Jagr , and that Jagr is interested in returning to the NHL. Add into that his hat trick Wednesday against the United States in Slovakia and, man, that sure sounds to me like a connection worth making.

In fact, it sounds like a win-win-win.

Edmonton Oilers are interested in Finland’s defenceman Ville Lajunen

From Dan Barnes (Edmonton Journal)

Bratislava, Slovakia – The agent for Finnish defenceman Ville Lajunen said the Edmonton Oilers are one of a few National Hockey League teams interested in the 23-year-old member of the Espoo Blues.

Juuso Pulliainen said Friday he has held preliminary discussions with Oilers president of hockey operations Kevin Lowe and general manager Steve Tambellini, who had been scouting free agents at the world hockey championship.

Tags: Detroit Red Wings Edmonton Oilers Jaromir Jagr Mike Modano Pittsburgh Penguins Ville Lajunen

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