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NHL rumours are super hot, juicy

David Pratt

The Province

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

In less than 18 days, 173 players -- including some of the best talent in the game -- will become unrestricted free agents.

It's a Boxing Day sale, a real-estate closing and a divorce settlement all wrapped up into one.

The first hot rumour comes out of Vancouver. Last week, a league source said Canucks defenceman Ed Jovanovski is "very interested" in playing for the Florida Panthers.

Thanks to the Toronto Maple Leafs and Bryan McCabe, Jovo will easily get more than $6 million per season no matter where he signs, so this is not about the money.

Last month, Jovo's wife, Kirstin, gave birth to twins in her hometown of Boca Raton, Fla. They've also bought a home in south Florida, where they and their four children now spend most of the offseason.

Rumour has it Jovo has already played his last game with the Canucks.

The second hot rumour also involves the Panthers. For the second straight year, goalie Roberto Luongo is expected to take Florida GM Mike Keenan to arbitration.

Such a move wouldn't allow the two sides to talk long-term contract until next January and would also allow Luongo to become an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Trading Luongo would certainly free up the needed money to sign Jovo.

The third hot rumour has unrestricted free agent defenceman Wade Redden going to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.

Redden would be a great fit because the Ducks have lots of room under the cap and GM Brian Burke seems to enjoy the spotlight that goes with making the big deal.

The fourth hot rumour is out of Buffalo, where the Sabres currently have only three players under contract. Word has it the team can't afford to re-sign unrestricted free agent defencemen Teppo Numminen and Jay McKee, either of whom would look just fine in a Canucks jersey.

In all, 15 Sabres are in a position to take Buffalo to arbitration this summer and the list includes the core of the team, such as Daniel Briere, Ryan Miller, Maxim Afinogenov and J.P. Dumont.

Such is the price of success in the new NHL.

The fifth hot rumour is out of Dallas. The Stars are said to be shopping goalie Marty Turco and have already talked to Vancouver, Toronto and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Trouble is, Turco had another playoff meltdown this spring and has three years left at $3.16-million per.

Is it any wonder GM Doug Armstrong is not getting his calls returned?

The sixth hot rumour comes from New Jersey, where unrestricted free agent Patrik Elias wants a raise from $4.2 million per season. Word has it the Devils have said no, but the New York Rangers are saying yes.

The Rangers have five unrestricted free agents, all over the age of 30, who made a total of $13.7 million last season. To make room, somebody is going to have to sell his Manhattan condo.

Over the next few days, there are going to be dozens more of these hot, juicy NHL rumours, and who knows, some of them may even turn out to be true.

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So according to this article the Rangers have tampered with Elias? How silly.

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Is the article saying the Devils said he isn't getting a raise?? That's just...well...silly. I guess that's why it's called a rumor but there is NOOOOOOOOOO way Elias doesn't deserve some kind of raise and it would be stubborn, ignorant, and self-destructive for anyone in Devils management to think he shouldn't get one....That is definitely mind-boggling if they have in fact said no to some sort of raise....as I've said many times if Elias doesn't sign I don't think it will have anything to do with him rather the organization messing up....

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The Devils opened the bank for Holik and Nieds, I would guess they will do the same for Elias if need be. That doesn't mean he stays a Devil but it won't be for lack of dollars from the Devils, IMO. I stick by saying this is silliness, but silliness is better to BS on then nothing.

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Lou can be a stickler but hed certainly give a raise from 4.2.

What a stupid article.

The "raise" could be to 7 million, in which case, Id say hell no too.

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If Elias goes to NY, i'm not watching hockey anymore.

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i read on hfboards that elias has chosen an agent (or at least an agency) and it's octagon, the same agency that reps havlat (no surprise).

this was the same agency that sued gaborik after he fired them.

i'm hoping (probably against hope) that elias has told his agents that he wants to stay in NJ, but he needs them to squeeze the most money they can out of lou.

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Elias and Havlat= Package deal???

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Elias and Havlat= Package deal???

For the Senators, maybe. Doesn't Havlat have another year or two on his contract? I have a hard time believing the agent's going to be able to strong-arm Lou into trading for Havlat as a condition for signing Elias.

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For the Senators, maybe. Doesn't Havlat have another year or two on his contract? I have a hard time believing the agent's going to be able to strong-arm Lou into trading for Havlat as a condition for signing Elias.

I doubt that is a workable deal, as I have mentioned here before. The Sens couldn't give Elias any more than the Devs could, unless it was a trade deal, but that would also mean parting with, most probably a good forward, since the Sens have their own issues with D (Redden Chara). Not exactly sure who that forward could be......would most likely have been Havlat! The Devs would also have to give up......a Gomez? to take on Havlat?

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Elias and Havlat= Package deal???

No chance. No team in the league has the money to afford both of these players, nor should they want both on their team. There's much better ways to spend $14 million a year.

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For the Senators, maybe. Doesn't Havlat have another year or two on his contract? I have a hard time believing the agent's going to be able to strong-arm Lou into trading for Havlat as a condition for signing Elias.

Havlat is a Group II this summer. Ottawa only has eight guys under contract. Plus Chara and Redden are UFA's July 1. It's going to be an interesting offseason.

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I know Patty loves NYC, but he has too have learned that your talents disappear once you put on Ranger blue. The Rangers will not be a playoff team next year either.

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I know Patty loves NYC, but he has too have learned that your talents disappear once you put on Ranger blue. The Rangers will not be a playoff team next year either.

Would you like to wager on this? The Rangers have the best RW in the game and a top 5 goaltender. They do have a lot of free agents but some of them were garbage down the stretch - their young players, OTOH, should get better. They're not on the road to the Cup but to think they won't make the playoffs will take some serious backsliding.

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Would you like to wager on this? The Rangers have the best RW in the game and a top 5 goaltender. They do have a lot of free agents but some of them were garbage down the stretch - their young players, OTOH, should get better. They're not on the road to the Cup but to think they won't make the playoffs will take some serious backsliding.

Sometimes Tri, there's no sense explaining with Manta.

But in regards to them not making the playoffs, that depends on the Ranger brass. If they don't make the necessary changes to their blueline and add a 2nd line center, then I bet they take a step back next year. They can't sit pat. I would look to add two defensemen who won't cost a lot and a #2 pivot.

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Would you like to wager on this? The Rangers have the best RW in the game and a top 5 goaltender. They do have a lot of free agents but some of them were garbage down the stretch - their young players, OTOH, should get better. They're not on the road to the Cup but to think they won't make the playoffs will take some serious backsliding.

Right now, I would absolutely love to wager. Jagr was incredible last season, no doubt. But he provided 80% of the Ranger offense. He did great because there were no expectations and no pressure---everyone assumed based on the roster--- that they would finish last and were underestimated by everyone.

When the pressure is on Jagr disappears and is easily frustrated (see playoffs) and feigns injury. He does his best when he plays with Straka, whom I believe they maynot re-sign. Lunqvist is the goalie flavor of the year, but lets see how they respond early this season, when the refs don't make the early season calls they did like last year. I don't see alot of GREAT talent in their young players aside from Prucha and maybe Staal.

Pittsburgh, Florida and maybe Atlanta (if they have a goalie for the full season) will take the Rangers and Tampa spot for the final playoff spot.

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Patriks' going to get a big raise. Wherever he goes, I expect him to have a mediocre season, as big raises always tend to produce. Maybe it's the stress of worrying about your Ferrari Modena parked outside the arena so near to Newark. ;)

Regardless, if Elias leaves, it won't be for money. Lou knows this guy is our next franchise player. Maybe he'll do something like sign him for 7-8 years for less money. I don't know.

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Right now, I would absolutely love to wager. Jagr was incredible last season, no doubt. But he provided 80% of the Ranger offense. He did great because there were no expectations and no pressure---everyone assumed based on the roster--- that they would finish last and were underestimated by everyone.

When the pressure is on Jagr disappears and is easily frustrated (see playoffs) and feigns injury. He does his best when he plays with Straka, whom I believe they maynot re-sign. Lunqvist is the goalie flavor of the year, but lets see how they respond early this season, when the refs don't make the early season calls they did like last year. I don't see alot of GREAT talent in their young players aside from Prucha and maybe Staal.

Pittsburgh, Florida and maybe Atlanta (if they have a goalie for the full season) will take the Rangers and Tampa spot for the final playoff spot.

Even with Malkin, Pittsburgh has a long way to go - they will be a lot better off but they desperately need a defense. Florida isn't any better and probably won't be after free agency - for all the young players getting better, they should have older players getting worse. Atlanta should compete but they have salary cap issues and won't be as good up front. The team that really could decline are the Devils if they don't sign Elias, the Flyers if Carter and Richards start the season where they left off in the playoffs, and the Canadiens who really aren't that good and aren't that bad - if Huet comes back to Earth they're probably not a playoff team.

When the pressure is on Jagr, he often dominates. He got hurt and tried to come back unsucessfully. I expect him to be top 10 in the NHL in points once again. The Rangers will almost certainly resign Straka (Nylander is another issue altogether), since Straka and the Rangers are both smart enough to realize this guy stinks without Jagr and always has, or maybe we should find some Islanders fans to talk about him. You're right that they don't have any great young talent, but Tyutin should be better, as should Moore and Lundqvist. They should get Karel Rachunek back from Omsk or wherever he was hiding. Bottom line is that the Rangers actually have a team now - even if Jagr falls back into his Washington form, they could still make the playoffs.

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Nylander is signed for next year already, Tri. Did you mean Rucinsky??? He's the other Czech forward that was there all year that is a UFA. Both he and Straka made $3M apiece.

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The fourth hot rumour is out of Buffalo, where the Sabres currently have only three players under contract. Word has it the team can't afford to re-sign unrestricted free agent defencemen Teppo Numminen and Jay McKee, either of whom would look just fine in a Canucks jersey.

In all, 15 Sabres are in a position to take Buffalo to arbitration this summer and the list includes the core of the team, such as Daniel Briere, Ryan Miller, Maxim Afinogenov and J.P. Dumont.

Such is the price of success in the new NHL.

Cannot afford to sign Jay McKee and Teppo Numminen...are they Bobby Orr and Paul Coffey?? :noclue:

Sabres turn a profit and they might let both guys walk? Nice job if that happens :argh:

The more things change, the more things $tay the $ame

If the Sabres let both guys walk and do not go after a Kubina, Redden, Chara etc or even try to replace either guy....forget even coming close to the Cup next year Goli$ano.

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Even with Malkin, Pittsburgh has a long way to go - they will be a lot better off but they desperately need a defense. Florida isn't any better and probably won't be after free agency - for all the young players getting better, they should have older players getting worse. Atlanta should compete but they have salary cap issues and won't be as good up front. The team that really could decline are the Devils if they don't sign Elias, the Flyers if Carter and Richards start the season where they left off in the playoffs, and the Canadiens who really aren't that good and aren't that bad - if Huet comes back to Earth they're probably not a playoff team.

When the pressure is on Jagr, he often dominates. He got hurt and tried to come back unsucessfully. I expect him to be top 10 in the NHL in points once again. The Rangers will almost certainly resign Straka (Nylander is another issue altogether), since Straka and the Rangers are both smart enough to realize this guy stinks without Jagr and always has, or maybe we should find some Islanders fans to talk about him. You're right that they don't have any great young talent, but Tyutin should be better, as should Moore and Lundqvist. They should get Karel Rachunek back from Omsk or wherever he was hiding. Bottom line is that the Rangers actually have a team now - even if Jagr falls back into his Washington form, they could still make the playoffs.

Pittsburgh started getting it together towards the end of last year as did Florida.

Jagr dominated when he had Mario, since then he doesn't advance past the first round, provided his temam gets in the playoffs. I expect to see the Jagr from Washington this season.

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Pittsburgh started getting it together towards the end of last year as did Florida.

Jagr dominated when he had Mario, since then he doesn't advance past the first round, provided his temam gets in the playoffs. I expect to see the Jagr from Washington this season.

Jagr dominated when he had Mario?!?! Where do you get this - Jagr was a dominant force when Mario was out of the league. He only won 3 Art Ross Trophies when Mario was in retirement - sometimes I have no idea where your hockey history comes from.

Even Jagr from Washington was a point a game player playing under the old obstruction rules - he just wasn't great, he was only good.

Pittsburgh did start to get it together but their team is still some formless entity. Sergei Gonchar started playing decent instead of godawful and Crosby really had a strong finish to the season. Their free agent signings were mostly a complete disaster and it's unknown whether they have the money to sign a free agent defender - if they don't, they're unlikely to have a serious shot at the playoffs.

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