Chris pronger has been traded but sources close to Pronger tell me he has not agreed to a contract extension. Technically he can't sign until July first, but he could certainly agree to a deal in principle today. Interesting a deal was completed without an extension in place. That's a lot to give up for one season.
The St. Louis Blues are likely watching how this develops as they will aggressively try to sign the All-Star D-man if he becomes unrestricted next summer.
Scott Niedermayer's agent Kevin Epp tells me Niedermayer has decided to play in the NHL next season. This doesn't mean he's definitely returning to Anaheim. More on this later.
It's being reported that the Canucks and the Sedins have broken off talks. My source with first hand knowledge tells me negotiations are ongoing and the report is false.
Despite what you might be hearing, yesterday was a very quiet day around the NHL. Very little talk taking place here in Montreal on Thursday. I don't expect the same to happen today.
Things are about to get real interesting in regards to Ottawa forward Dany Heatley.
Senators GM Bryan Murray is struggling holding back his emotions when talking to people around the NHL .
Murray is telling people that if they’re stuck paying Heatley his signing bonus on July first then they won’t be moving him. How awkward will that be for Heatley and everyone else in the Senators organization if he ends up playing in Ottawa this season?
Things would really be interesting if Senators Owner Eugene Melnyk sticks to his threat of not paying Heatley his signing bonus if they are unsuccessful in moving him.
A league source tells me Melnyk has said “There is no way we are paying him his $4 million bonus, I don’t care if he sues us.”
Who knows if Melnyk will follow through with such a claim? Can you blame him for being angry though?
I'm not so sure they can find a way to get around paying Heatley, but it gives fans a idea of how upset the club is at their star player.
Ottawa has bent over backwards for Heatley since the day he was traded there. His career was at a crossroads when you consider his off-ice issues combined with a serious eye injury he suffered.
Ottawa did everything to protect him from the media when Heatley was performing his community service hours which was required as part of his plea deal. They also hired and paid for a personal driver to chauffer Heatley around after he had his driver’s license suspended.
The bottom line is Ottawa went above and beyond for Dany Heatley to revive his career and this is what they get in return. Sources with first hand knowledge of the Senators tell me the whole Heatley situation has made Melnyk “sick”.
There is no doubt he’s an awesome hockey player, but you can’t overlook what Ottawa has done to help this kid out.
You would think a team who is close to trading for Chris Pronger would be negotiating a contract extension with the All-world D-man. I spoke to Pronger as recently as Thursday night and he tells me he has yet to hear from anybody. Is Anaheim even saying they are trading Pronger? As of Thursday night they have not. Things could obviously change in a hurry today.
A league sources tells me an NHL GM called Blues GM Larry Pleau asking for a top six forward and the team was interested in promising talent David Perron. Word is Pleau told the other GM Perron is not available.
Colorado is trying to move both Ryan Smyth and D-man Scott Hannan.
The average salary in today’s NHL is just under $2 million. Compare that to an average of $1.7 prior to the NHL lockout. Every year the NHLPA and the league get together to determine the dollar amounts and the compensation for signing players to offer sheets.
Offer Sheet (AAV)
3rd Round Pick
2nd Round Pick
1st, 2nd, 3rd
(2) 1st, 2nd, 3rd
(4) 1st Round Picks
(Dollar amounts to be increased each year per the increase in NHL Ave Salary)
That’s a pretty big increase when you consider the 2nd round compensation last season was cut off at $2.5 compared to $3.3 this season.
It’s pretty amazing that you can sign a player to an offer for $3 million and only have to give up a 2nd round pick. Even worse than that is if you can’t afford to keep the player and all you get in return is a 2nd rounder!
The reasoning behind Lightning GM Brian Lawton sending out the infamous e-mail is because Len Barrie was calling agents trying to negotiate contracts before July first.
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