NHL Rumor Wire – June 6th, 2011

Winnipeg Free Press: Gary Lawless and Tim Campbell report, True North has offered the GM position of Winnipeg‘s new NHL franchise to Kevin Cheveldayoff, according to several sources. Cheveldayoff has held the position of assistant GM and senior director of hockey operations with the Chicago Blackhawks for two years and was part of that organization’s Stanley Cup winning management team in 2009-10.

Calgary Sun: Jason Halstead reports,  A playoff tradition of the Winnipeg Jets could make a comeback with the city’s new NHL team. True North Sports and Entertainment have applied to register the word “whiteout” as a trademark in Canada. The whiteout was popularized by Winnipeg Jets fans in the 1980s who dressed in white at playoff games at the old arena.  True North spokesman Scott Brown said the new owners, who purchased the NHL‘s Atlanta Thrashers last week, want the option of using the name in future, though not as the team’s name.

New York Post: Larry Brooks reports, The Rangers have heard through the grapevine that Brad Richards will be seeking a long-term contract worth a minimum of $7 million per when the free-agent market opens on July 1, and they’ve heard it more than once and they’ve heard it from more than one source. New York Rangers impending Group II free agent Brandon Dubinsky is seeking a multi-year deal at $4.5 million a year, we’re told. But not only isn’t he going to get it from Sather, his case became much, much weaker when Buffalo winger Drew Stafford — whose numbers form a direct comparable — re-upped a couple of days ago for four years at $4 million per.

 

Topics: Atlanta Thrashers, Brad Richards, Brandon Dubinsky, Chicago Blackhawks, Drew Stafford, Kevin Cheveldayoff, New York Rangers, NHL, Stanley Cup, True North Sports & Entertainment, True North Sports And Entertainment, Winnipeg, Winnipeg Jets

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