NHL Rumor Wire – May 21st, 2011

With all signs pointing to Atlanta Thrashers relocating to Winnipeg, is it possible Anaheim Ducks‘ Teemu Selanne could play one final year where his NHL career started?

From Eric Stephens (Ducks Blog)

Might Teemu Selanne be back in Winnipeg after all?

We’re being tongue in cheek here at Ducks Blog with that question. As much as we’ve been told, Selanne isn’t going anywhere. And we don’t even know if The Ageless One is going to grace us and hockey fans around the world with one more NHL season.

But with all signs pointing to the Atlanta Thrashers being sold and relocated to Winnipeg to fill the NHL void that occurred when the Jets moved south to Phoenix, one small enticing nugget is the possibility that Selanne could play a game in the place where he took the league by storm with a rookie record of 76 goals that may never be duplicated.

The Chicago Blackhawks are expected to loose some free agents this off-season.

From Jesse Rogers (ESPN Chicago)

With restricted free agents Michael Frolik and Chris Campoli, in particular, expected back, it leaves little wiggle room for others unless the Hawks plan on doing little else in free agency. The prospects of unrestricted free agent Tomas Kopecky returning are slim, and how the Hawks will afford Troy Brouwer remains to be seen. Several players, including Campoli and Brouwer, are arbitration eligible, giving them some leverage as restricted free-agents.

Expect one or more of the restricted free agents to be traded, otherwise the Hawks could free some money by moving defensemen Brian Campbell or Niklas Hjalmarsson. As has been well documented Campbell is a tough buy for another team but he’s not impossible to move, just unlikely. Hjalmarsson, on the other hand, is very attractive. There are enough teams needing to spend to the salary cap floor, and Hjalmarsson is young enough (23) to create a market for the Hawks.

With the Minnesota Wild looking for a new head coach, Star Tribune’s Michael Russo reports, Wild have received permission from the Columbus Blue Jackets to interview Ken Hitchcock.

From Michael Russo (Star Tribune)

General Manager Chuck Fletcher’s methodical search for the third coach in Wild history doesn’t appear close to a conclusion, but the list of legitimate candidates is beginning to take shape.

Coming off his stint as coach of Team Canada at the world championships, Ken Hitchcock has joined two other veteran coaches as a candidate. The Wild, according to sources, has received permission from the Columbus Blue Jackets to interview Hitchcock, a veteran of 15 seasons as an NHL head coach.

Tags: Anaheim Ducks Atlanta Thrashers Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets Ken Hitchcock Minnesota Wild Teemu Selanne

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