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Monday, June 29, 2009

Pivotal Monday

We will see the free agent market reset at midnight. With the Bouwmeester and Pronger trades being the only significant moves made at the NHL Draft, we could see some literal 11th hour deals struck!

Although not a free agent, he's a man potentially on the move...The story out of Ottawa is Dany Heatley was offered around, but no team wanted him. According to the Ottawa Sun, the Senators have given Heatley's agents permission to make their own deal. The "Heater" is due a $4 million bonus on July 1st, so if there is no trade today, it most likely will not happen this season.

The Flames are talking to Jay Bouwmeester today to hammer out an agreement. Some of the "rumor sites" are reporting that a deal has been struck, but no news outlets have confirmed it. I believe that the Flames are in the best position to land JayBo. He has stated that he wants to play in Western Canada. The Flames have the cap room, offer him a competitive team and face little roster turnover this season. Neither Vancouver, nor Edmonton can make that claim.
The Detroit Free Press has indicated that the Red Wings and Marian Hossa's agent have had talks regarding an extension. However, Detroit could only offer Hossa a deal in the $4 million/per range without dumping other players. I believe that Hossa would return to the Wings at a discount, but not at thrift store prices. With teams like the Kings, Habs, Oilers, Canucks and Bruins out there... and have much more money to offer, I just can't see this working out for the Wings or Hoss.
There has been little news on Marian Gaborik, other than the Vancouver Sun reporting that there has been no confirmed real estate purchase by MG in the area. Newly appointed GM Chuck Fletcher, no doubt will be working hard to retain him before the deadline.
Although Vancouver's Mike Gillis has stated that he was "still very optimistic" about resigning them, the Sedin twins do not appear to have any offer from Vancouver. Like Hossa, there seems to be other interested suitors willing to pay more. Atlanta and Toronto in particular.

There have been no new reports regarding Lacavalier or Mike Komisarek other than the Habs are working on putting together "something" for both...
Stay tuned... we will try to keep this space updated as much as possible!

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