NHL Rumor Wire – May 19th, 2011

Two days ago,  a report came out that Atlanta hip hop artist and producer Lil’ Jon and big-time film and TV producer Jerry Bruckheimer, where interested in buying the Atlanta Thrashers.

Yesterday Lil’ Jon said the report was not true..

From Chris Vivlamore (AJC.com)

Here is what he had to say:

“I love the Thrashers, but I’m not investing in them. The one good thing about that rumor is that it’s stirring up a lot of people talking and saying we gotta keep them here, it brings awareness to it. But I’m not investing. That’s a lot of money to buy a professional hockey team! I’ll help then out with some awareness, though.”

Los Angeles Kings forward Oscar Moller will likely be playing in Sweden next year, but it’s almost certain that the Kings will retain his rights.

From Rich Hammond (LA Kings Insider)

Here’s a follow-up on yesterday’s post about Oscar Moller. Even if, as expected, Moller starts next season playing professionally in Sweden, it’s almost certain that the Kings will retain his rights. Moller, according to reports overseas, is expected to sign a two-year contract with a team in Sweden. In terms of the NHL, Moller is a restricted free agent this summer.

Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Ray Shero would like to retain Tyler Kennedy.

Kennedy will be an restricted free agent on July 1st.

From Rob Rossi (Pittsburgh Tribune)

Kennedy, who will turn 25 in July, is expected to at least double his previous salary-cap hit ($725,000) on any new contract – and that number could inch toward $2 million if he goes to arbitration. As a restricted free agent, Kennedy’s rights belong exclusively to the Penguins until July 1. They can match any offer he receives after that date.

Shero said impending restricted free agents often are traded by NHL teams rather than be extended a qualifying offer that would start the path toward an arbitration hearing if a contract is not reached.

“I’ve told Tyler that, and I’ve said that in a few conversations I’ve had with the agent (Steve Bartlett),” Shero said. “I’ve told Tyler I want to have him back, but I said that and I wanted (former defensemen Hal) Gill and (Rob) Scuderi back, too.”

New York Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will report to training camp.

From Canoe.ca(Translated by Google)

The goaltender Evgeni Nabokov will report to training camp next New York Islanders, who currently hold his rights in the National League (NHL). The information was reported by Newsday.com website on Wednesday.

According to agent Don Meehan, his client now aged 35 will appear on the site in September to meet its contractual obligations.

Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk has started to make phone calls to potential head coaching candidates. RDS.ca reports that Guy Carbonneau, Kirk Muller, Ken Hitchcock, Cory Clouston and Mike Keenan where all called.

From RDS.ca (Translated by Goole)

The CEO of the Dallas Stars, Joe Nieuwendyk, confirmed Wednesday it had telephone conversations with six potential candidates for the position of head coach. The group includes Guy Carbonneau and Kirk Muller.

Nieuwendyk was also told he discussed with former Stars coach Ken Hitchcock, the former driver of the Ottawa Senators coach Cory Clouston and Mike Keenan.

Tags: Atlanta Thrashers Cory Clouston Dallas Stars Evgeni Nabokov Guy Carbonneau Joe Nieuwendyk Ken Hitchcock Kirk Muller Los Angeles Kings Mike Keenan New York Islanders Oscar Moller Pittsburgh Penguins Ray Shero Tyler Kennedy

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