Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Chris Vivlamore reports, Craig Ramsay sits and waits. The Atlanta Thrashers head coach still doesn’t know if he will be joining his team when it relocates to Winnipeg next season. Other members of the organization have already been told not to pack their bags.
St. Petersburg Times: Damian Cristodero reports, For Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman, the heavy lifting began Thursday, when he really got down to the business of signing Tampa Bay’s free agents. Yzerman said he is working off a list “because every contract I do is going to affect the next one.” No surprise, then, the list begins with the players who will command the most money: center Steven Stamkos and top-four defenseman Eric Brewer.
Slam! Sports: Fresh off coaching the Binghamton Senators to an AHL Calder Cup championship, Kurt Kleindendorst officially threw his name into the hat for the Ottawa Senators coaching job Friday.
Edmonton Journal: Jim Matheson reports, Sheldon Souray’s agent Paul Theofanous says he has yet to hear from the Edmonton Oilers on whether they plan to buy out the last year of his client’s contract and salary-cap hit with the buyout window opening next Wednesday. But it’s likely coming.
northjersey.com – Fire & Ice: Tom Gulitti reports, Two months after the team’s season ended and nearly eight weeks since Lou Lamoriello said the New Jersey Devils would do “everything we possibly can as expeditious as possible” to re-sign him, left wing Zach Parise said there is still “nothing” going on with his contract. At this point, it appears inevitable that the Devils will file for team-elected arbitration before next week’s deadline, which will either be 5 p.m. Wednesday or next Friday if there is a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup Finals. Filing for team-elected arbitration would prevent Parise from fielding offer sheets from other teams if he’s still unsigned at noon on July 1, when he’d become a restricted free agent.
Topics: Atlanta Thrashers, Binghamton Senators, Craig Ramsay, Edmonton Oilers, Eric Brewer, Kurt Kleindendorst, Lou Lamoriello, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators, Paul Theofanous, Sheldon Souray, Steve Yzerman, Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning, Winnipeg, Zach Parise