The NHL Insider: Rumours and Gossip From Around the League

Steve McSweenSenior Analyst IJuly 12, 2008

Well summer is in full force, and the new hockey season is two and a half months away.

No need to panic Bleacher Report faithful, I've got a few juicy stories that will give you a quick NHL fix.

Something that will cure those shakes almost as good as an ice cold Budweiser(if the maker's of Budweiser are reading this article please send me some free booze).

The NHL Insider with Daniel Sallows.

Jason Allison to Make Return to the NHL

After going through a tough divorce, as well as battling some re-occurring injuries Jason Allison says he is physically and mentally healthier than he has been in 6 years.

That being said the 33 year old is ready to return to the NHL after yet another two year departure.

he returned to play 66 games with the Leafs in 2005-06 and recorded 17 goals and added 43 assists.

"I think I'm probably the lowest-risk guy out there", said Allison. "I'll be on a one-year deal for less money than anybody who can score a point a game and yet I've done it my whole career."

In 552 games played in the NHL Allison has scored 154 goals and added 331 assists, good for 485 points, but his skating is a question that may detour any GM's from being interested even though he is very effective on the power play.

The Legend of "Iron Mike" Keenan Not Dead Just Yet

For those who believe that Mike Keenan has gotten soft, just ask former Flame tough guy Eric Godard.

On one occasion, after the Flames had beaten the division rival Minnesota Wild, Godard stumbled upon Keenan slamming the bathroom stall door repeatedly in a rage.

"Shit", Godard thought. "What would he have done if we lost?"

Blackhawks Want to Tear Down Bulin Wall

After the signing of goaltender Cristobal Huet at $5.6 million, it is now apparent that Nikolai Khabibulin's days in the windy city are numbered, despite what the Blackhawks brass will tell you.

The goaltender tandem takes up over $12 million in cap space, and the Hawks need help at the back end and would like to shore up their forward lines.

The Oilers, Kings, Canadiens and Blue Jackets have apparently all expressed interest.

With one year left on his contract, his value is higher now than it would be come the trade deadline next season, so this move may be done sooner than later.

No Luck of the Irish for Canucks

After loosing both Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison to free agency, the Canucks made a pitch for UFA Brendan Shanahan only to be denied.

Apparently the one-year deal worth $2 million with bonuses wasn't the main detourent in Shanny's reason to reject the offer.

At 39, Shanahan wants to go to a contender, and who wouldn't want him after coming off yet another solid campaign that saw the winger pop in 23 goals despite his lack of foot speed.

The San Jose Sharks and Montreal Canadiens are also apparently interested in aquiring the veteran of nearly 1500 games played.

Renney to Get Rid of Call Display

New York Ranger coach Tom Renney will be able to sleep easy now that Jaromir Jagr is no longer in the mix.

Apparently Jagr frequently called coach Renney late into the night, with concerns of the higher paid Drury and Gomez taking top billing away from the blue shirts captain.

Well they did just that Jaromir.

Good luck in Russia!