NHL Rumors: Latest Buzz on Miikka Kiprusoff, Daniel Alfredsson, Artem Anisimov
Now that the Stanley Cup Final is over, the NHL rumor mill is about to kick into high gear.
It's still pretty early in the offseason, so the real juicy stuff is still weeks down the road. There's still plenty to look forward to right now, though. The 2013 NHL draft is on Sunday, and teams are looking to lock up players with expiring contracts.
Here are three updates on players whose futures with their current teams are still up in the air.
Miikka Kiprusoff Still Headed for Retirement
Juha Hiitela of Finnish news service Urheilusanomat reported Miikka Kiprusoff was headed for retirement.
However, Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos reported the Columbus Blue Jackets are going to try and sway the goaltender out of retirement.
The 36-year-old Kiprusoff has seen better days. He finished with a 8-14-2 record as the Calgary Flames finished 13th in the Western Conference. His 3.44 goals against average was the worst of his career, while his .882 save percentage was the second-worst of his career.
Kiprusoff has spent the last nine seasons with the Flames.
It's probably going to be hard to change his mind. The Blue Jackets just missed out on a playoff spot, so Columbus could offer Kiprusoff a chance to be on a more competitive team. If the team can re-sign Sergei Bobrovsky, the veteran would only be relegated to backup duty as well.
Blue Jackets "Pretty Close" on Artem Anisimov
Sticking with the Blue Jackets, it looks like Artem Anisimov is going to stay in Ohio. The Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline reported that Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen is confident a new deal for the 25-year-old center is in the works.
Kekalainen on Anisimov: "We're pretty close with Anisimov, and optimistic that we'll get a deal done sooner rather than later."— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) June 25, 2013
Anisimov is a restricted free agent coming off a two-year, $3.75 million deal. He had a good first season in Columbus after moving from the New York Rangers in the Rick Nash trade. The center finished with 11 goals and seven assists in 35 games.
This has to be good news for Jackets fans. Anisimov is still young and only improving. Plus, the quicker the team can get this done, the quicker it can turn all of its attention to re-signing Sergei Bobrovsky. R-Sport reported he's spoken with KHL club SKA St. Petersburg about a possible move.
Alfredsson's Future Set by Friday
The Daniel Alfredsson retirement talk has been going on for a few weeks now. According to the Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch, Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray expects an answer by Friday.
Murray says he will have an answer from Alfredsson by Friday. Feels he will play.— Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) June 25, 2013
Seeing Alfredsson retire would mean the end of an era in Ottawa. The 40-year-old winger has spent his entire 16-year NHL career with the Senators.
It looks like he's got plenty in the tank as well. Alfredsson finished the season with 10 goals and 16 assists. He helped the Senators finish seventh in the Eastern Conference and upset the second-seeded Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.
This past season was the last in a four-year, $19.5 million deal for Alfredsson.
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