NHL Playoff Morning Papers (Wednesday Edition): Penguins start getting some bounces, Jim Balsillie files some more papers and is Vincent Lecavalier readily available?

Posted by Richard Pollock in Atlantic Division,Central Division,Detroit Red Wings,Eastern Conference,NHL Morning Papers,Pacific Division,Phoenix Coyotes,Pittsburgh Penguins,Teams,Western Conference on June 3, 2009 — No Comments

Stanley Cup Final

Detroit Red Wings (2) versus Pittsburgh Penguins (4)

Teams that are not in the playoffs

  • Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe has the details of David Krejci’s contract extension.  (Writer’s note: I feel like Chiarelli did very well in these negotiations.  By maybe even that second year, Krejci could prove to be a very big bargain.)
  • The Stars have signed two goalies in their system to one-year, two-way deals.
  • With a new owner coming to town, Greg Cote of the Miami Herald says nothing can be worse than the Alan Cohen era.  Here are more details on the proposed sale.
  • Head shots? What head shots?  Read Brian Burke’s take on this situation.
  • Pending unrestricted free agent John Madden says there has been no contact between him and the Devils.
  • Looking for hints of which way Islanders GM Garth Snow is leaning for the number one pick?  Well, he’s not giving any.  Meanwhile, here is the latest on the Islanders’ Lighthouse project.  (Writer’s note: If you have any questions on either Islanders topic, send it into our mailbag because we are scheduled to have Greg Logan of Newsday on the IllegalCurve.com Radio Show tonight.)
  • The renovations scheduled for Madison Square Garden have been pushed back to 2012.
  • Former Rangers broadcaster and current Blues executive John Davidson has been selected to receive the Foster Hewwitt Memorial Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame.  (Writer’s note: He’s done a terrific job in St. Louis but he is definitely missed in the broadcast booth.)  “It’s a tad overwhelming,” said Davidson.
  • Comcast Cable has come to an agreement with the NHL Network.
  • The Lightning have begun the search for a new assistant coach.
  • Speaking of the Lightning, Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun says Vincent Lecavalier is readily available via trade.
  • In Toronto, the Leafs are expecting a visit from highly-coveted free agent netminder Jonas Gustavsson within the next two weeks.
  • One of the proposed owners of the Habs, wishes Bob Gainey had waited some time before selecting his new coach.

The Coyotes situation

AHL Calder Cup Final

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