Dallas Morning News: Mike Heika reports, Dallas Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk today confirmed that the team is trying to trade the rights to leading scorer Brad Richards, who can become a free agent on July 1. “We have had talks with Brad throughout the year, and he’s not going to sign with us unless we have the ownership situation resolved, and it doesn’t look like that’s going to happen by the start of free agency,” Nieuwendyk said. “So while we could have discussions, it just doesn’t make much sense right now. So we would like to see if we could get something for his rights and allow another team to have a chance to sign him, but a lot of that is up to Brad and his agent.”
MLive.com: Ansar Khan reports, Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland will start contract talks this week with some of the team’s impending free agents, including forwards Patrick Eaves and Drew Miller. Holland also will resume negotiations with the agent for defenseman Jonathan Ericsson in hopes of closing the gap that existed in talks during the season.
Andrew’s Stars Page: Mark Stepneski reports, Montreal Canadiens assistant coach Kirk Muller is the latest candidate to interview for the head coaching job of the Dallas Stars. Muller met with Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk Wednesday night and then again Thursday morning.
The Tennessean: Josh Cooper reports, Nashville Predators assistant coach Peter Horachek confirmed Wednesday that he interviewed with the Dallas Stars this week for their head coaching vacancy.Horachek, 51, said he met with Stars Director of Scouting and Player Development Les Jackson and General Manager Joe Nieuwendyk.
Slam! Sports: Don Peat reports, Councillor Josh Colle wants Toronto to make a power play for another hockey team. While Winnipeg celebrates the return of the National Hockey League to its city, Colle will ask Thursday for Toronto‘s economic development committee to get Toronto in the game to score the next team the league decides to relocate to Canada.