NHL Rumor Wire – June 4th, 2011

Columbus Dispatch: Aaron Portzline reports, The Columbus Blue Jackets still may be more than a week away from hiring a goaltending coach, but names of leading candidates are beginning to emerge. And it’s unlikely that either Ron Tugnutt or Marc Denis, both former Blue Jackets, will get the job. Jamie McLennan and Eli Wilson have interviewed for the job, sources told The Dispatch yesterday, with other names still out there.

TheStar.com:  Kevin McGran reports, It’s believed the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs — all big-market, big-money teams with holes to fill — are all interested in the native of Prince Edward Island. Brad Richards earned $7.8 million (U.S.) last year. The front-runner is believed to be the Rangers, given Richards’ history with coach John Tortorella. They won a Cup together in Tampa in 2004.

Pittsburgh Tribune: Rob Rossi reports, Pittsburgh Penguins General manager Ray Shero will look at “available options via trade” for any of the Penguins’ impending unrestricted and restricted free agents who haven’t been re-signed by the NHL Entry Draft at Minnesota later this month. He described talks with representatives for the potential free agents — 10 unrestricted and two restricted — as requiring “more conversations to be had.”


Tags: Brad Richards Columbus Blue Jackets Detroit Red Wings Eli Wilson Jamie McLennan John Tortorella Los Angeles Kings Marc Denis New York Rangers Nhl Entry Draft Pittsburgh Penguins Ray Shero Ron Tugnutt Toronto Maple Leafs

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