Chicago Blackhawks Report: Jesse Rogers list candidates to replace Kevin Cheveldayoff as assistant general manager of the Chicago Blackhawks. Names on this list include, Mark Bergevin, Al Macisaac, Mark Kelle and Eddie Olczyk.
Columbus Dispatch: Aaron Portzline reports, Talks have simmered between Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson and Philadelphia Flyers GM Paul Holmgren for more than six months now — they last chatted at the NHL scouting combine two weeks ago — and a Bryzgalov signing could be the trigger. Sources have indicated to The Dispatch that the Blue Jackets would trade a roster player, quite possibly winger Jake Voracek, and their first-round pick (No. 8 overall), to the Flyers for veteran center Jeff Carter.
Detroit News: Chris McCosky reports, Detroit Red Wings‘ Kris Draper, who has already met twice with Ken Holland, the Wings general manager, expects to know his fate in seven to 10 days. One way or another, he said, he plans to be part of the organization — if not on the roster, then in some kind of front-office capacity. The one thing he won’t do is go through what his longtime teammate and friend Kirk Maltby went through last year. Holland offered Maltby a two-way contract and essentially told him he’d have to win a job in training camp. Maltby subsequently retired and worked as a scout last season.
Miami Herald: George Richards reports, Spoke with Florida Panthers assistant general manager Mike Santos on Tuesday afternoon and have a number of updates regarding the Panthers. The biggest news is that Santos has refuted various reports that say prospect Erik Gudbranson isn’t happy with the Panthers, saying Brian Skrudland talks to him “regularly.” That said, the Panthers and Gudbranson’s camp don’t appear close to having a contract done.
TBO.com via Tampa Tribune: Joey Johnston reports, Brad Richards, due to become an NHL unrestricted free agent on July 1, would love a return to his old team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s still something of a fantasy scenario, contingent on the Lightning’s interest. Even when he refuses to prematurely consider the possibilities, inevitably, he will encounter someone who says, “Brad, when are you coming back?” He can’t answer that. But Richards knows this – he never wanted to leave Tampa Bay.
USA Today: Kevin Allen reports, The easiest player the Philadelphia Flyers could move would be Kris Versteeg, earning a fraction over $3 million with only one year left on his contract. If I were Flyers GM Paul Holmgren, the first team I would turn to for moving salaries would be the Florida Panthers. That franchise still has to spend almost $30 million just to get to floor of the salary cap. The Panthers need help front, plus GM Dale Tallon had Versteeg in Chicago. The other player who could be moved easier than Jeff Carter would be defenseman Matt Carle, who also has one year left on his contract at about $3.4 million. It would be logical to conclude that the signing of Bryzgalov would mean that Michael Leighton ($1.5 million) gets buried in the minors. It seems unlikely he could be traded.
Topics: Al Macisaac, Brad Richards, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dale Tallon, Detroit Red Wings, Eddie Olczyk, Edmonton Oilers, Erik Gudbranson, Florida Panthers, Jake Voracek, Jeff Carter, Ken Holland, Kirk Maltby, Kris Draper, Kris Versteeg, Mark Bergevin, Mark Kelle, Matt Carle, Michael Leighton, Mike Santos, Paul Holmgren, Philadelphia Flyers, Scott Howson, Steve Tambellini, Tampa Bay Lightning