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Today in the NHL (8/24): Kovalchuk, Mitchell, Stempniak, and More

VANCOUVER, CANADA - DECEMBER 22: Willie Mitchell #8 of the Vancouver Canucks leaves the ice after taking part in the pre-game skate prior to NHL action against the Nashville Predators on December 22, 2009 at General Motors Place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)
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John TaboneCorrespondent INovember 17, 2016

UPDATE:

News on Willie Mitchell

Ilya Kovalchuk

According to ESPN, Kovalchuk's agent, Jay Grossman, Devils chairman/managing partner Jeff Vanderbeek, and Devil's GM Lou Lamoriello met at the NHL's office in NYC yestersday.

The Record (Bergen County, NJ) confirmed that the Devils have not pitched a new contract for Kovalchuk yet.

Willie Mitchell

Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province believes Willie Mitchell can sign as soon as today. Rumor has it that the LA Kings have offered him a two-year deal. However, there are still four teams interested in him including the the LA Kings, the San Jose Sharks, the Vancouver Canucks, and the Washington Capitals. 

Lee Stempniak

Dave Vest of the Desert Dog Blog reports that Phoenix GM Don Maloney would like to re-sign Stempniak to a one year deal. However, Stempniak is looking for insurance and wants to sign a multi-year deal. There are teams interested in him, but there has been some disagreement. 

Some more news from the Yotes:

  • Tikhonov rumors can end. Maloney dismissed the rumor as "the internet at its worst."
  • RFA Martin Hanzal will re-sign soon. Both parties are focusing on the money and not the length of the contract

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