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

John TaboneCorrespondent IAugust 24, 2010

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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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

Sheldon Souray
Jim Matheson of the Vancouver Son is reporting that Oilers GM Jeff Tambellini is still looking to trade Souray. The latest rumor to come out has Souray going to the Caps for Thomas Fleischmann. The only problems with trading Souray are his salary and injury history.
Some more news from the Oilers:
  • The Oilers have not re-signed RFAs Cogliano and Gagner yet. Matheson states that Gagner might be looking for $2.15 million/year, which is comparable with the contract that David Perron of the Blues just signed. Cogliano could fit into the Oilers lineup, but at this point he remains as trade bait. 


Owen Nolan

Mike Russo of the Star Tribune has tweeted that 38-year-old Owen Nolan has been skating with the San Jose Sharks.


Ales Kotalik

Peter Adler of the Edmonton Journal reports that, according to sources in the Czech Republic, Flames management has contacted Ales Kotalik telling him that they will not buy him out.


Cristobal Huet

After some confusion on when Huet will be moved, Huet's contract will officially be gone 12 days before the start of the 2010-2011 NHL season when his contract will be eligible to be put on waivers and claimed/loaned to another team (HC Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss League).


Stay tuned for more daily updates!


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