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NHL Rumor Wire – June 2nd, 2011

DetroitRedWings.com: Bill Roose reports, Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland indicated last week that he would like to retain both role-playing forwards Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller. Eaves, who had 25 goals and 17 assists in the last two seasons, told DetroitRedWings.com this month that he would like to return for a third season with the Wings.

Mlive.com: Ansar Khan reports, Detroit Red Wings assistant coach Paul MacLean has interviewed for the Ottawa Senators head coaching position, a league source said. MacLean, whose contract expired at the end of the season, has been offered an extension by the Red Wings. He will first seek an NHL head coaching job.

EdmontonJournal.com:  Jim Matheson reports, Edmonton Oilers’ chief amateur scout Stu MacGregor swears he hasn’t told his boss Steve Tambellini which player they absolutely, positively have to take first June 24 at the NHL draft in St. Paul, Minn.

The Rat Trick: Josh Luecht reports, The Florida Panthers are going back to red…the first time that red will be the team’s primary home jersey since the early 2000s when it was made the third jersey and then dropped in 2007.

Slam! Sports: Ken Wiebe reports, Atlanta Thrashers  Rick Dudley and Craig Ramsay are in limbo. As True North Sports and Entertainment awaits official approval from the NHL board of governors of the sale and relocation of the Atlanta Thrashers to Winnipeg, Dudley and Ramsay still aren’t sure if they’ll be making the trip north.

WGR 550: Paul Hamilton reports, WGR Sports Radio 550 has learned that Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff has released Associate Coach Brian McCutcheon from his staff.  Sources say McCutcheon is in limbo right now. If the Sabres wind up buying the Rochester Amerks, McCutcheon could have a role there. If that doesn’t happen, he may just be released.

Topics: Atlanta Thrashers, Brian McCutcheon, Buffalo Sabres, Craig Ramsay, Detroit Red Wings, Drew Miller, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Ken Holland, Lindy Ruff, Ottawa Senators, Patrick Eaves, Paul MacLean, Rick Dudley, Steve Tambellini, Stu MacGregor, True North Sports And Entertainment, Winnipeg

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