Will Kovalchuk be surrounded by reporters today as he was on July 20th?
*Sorry for not having an update for the last two days. I just came home from a 12 hour flight! Updates will once again be daily.*
As you may already know, the NHL's deadline has been moved to 5 PM EST on Friday (today). Could it finally be over today? Let's hope so since training camp is just around the corner.
Unfortunately, the 5 PM deadline looks like it could be extended (once again) though as the NHL and NHLPA are having their own disputes that seem like they are finally being fixed. The disputes have come out of this Kovalchuk fiasco regarding the several front-loaded long-term contracts and since the disputes are coming to an end, expect both parties (NHL and Kovalchuk's group) to be clear of what is allowed and what is not allowed.
Therefore, the 5 PM deadline looks like it could be extended by a few hours or maybe even a few more days.
Note that the KHL offer still stands and if the NHL rejects the contract, Kovalchuk will be moving to Russia for a nice contract. So be on the lookout for more updates today!
Also related to Kovalchuk's contract:
- Chris Pronger- Larry Brooks of the New York Post has reported that the NHL has reviewed and accepted Pronger's contract. I honestly believe that contract is worse than any of the Devils' offers. If they finally reviewed and accepted Pronger's contract, the acceptance of the Devils' latest offer is inevitable.
Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe is reporting that Boston GM Peter Chiarelli met with Savard last month and reassured him that he will not be traded. He could be bluffing.
David Pollak of San Jose Mercury News reports that the young goaltender admitted being upset with the signing of Antti Niemi. He has confirmed that he has talked to GM Doug WIlson about his situation and future with the club.
Mark Miller of Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Philadelphia-Flyers-?urn=nhl-266819" target="_blank">veteran winger Bill Guerin might tryout for the Philadelpha Flyers. All this buzz is coming from his skate with the team on Wednesday. Could he be a fit? A veteran winger with offensive presence should be a fit on most teams especially one who's on the hunt for the Cup. Also some sources are saying that he might land in LA?
According to George Sipple of the Detroit Free News, the Red Wings are waiting on veteran forward Kirk Maltby on whether or not he accepts their one year contract. He should be re-signing with the club soon.
Signings Around the League:
- Carey Price (MTL): $5.5M (2 Years)
- Chris Stewart (COL): $5.75M (2 Years)
- Mike Comrie (PIT): $500K (1 Year)
- Roman Wick (OTT): ELC
Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!
- Added news on Bill Guerin
- Added signings from past two days including today
- Kovalchuk has signed with the Devils!
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