More news is coming on why the Stars did not trade away Mike Ribeiro for a top defenseman. As mentioned in my article yesterday, the Stars are having budget problems and to trade him required taking salary back since Ribeiro has a five million dollar cap hit. A deal was so close that Nieuwendyk was considering moving budding star winger Jamie Benn to center.
However, Ribeiro has a limited NTC and Joe Nieuwendyk has stated that he does not want to take on another team's problem. I believe Riberio will be moved in a year or so. All we can do is wait and see.
RFA forward Peter Mueller still has not re-signed with the Avalanche. What's holding things up? Possibly his concussion history. Or it might be Avalanche management thinking long-term (extending Craig Anderson?). Unless Mueller isn't seeking a ridiclous raise, he should be staying in Denver for now.
I see the Avalanche re-signing him on the cheap, which allows Mueller to have a career year and cash in when his contract goes up.
The Wings should be re-signing Kirk Maltby to a one-year two-way contract very soon. He will most likely start out the season in Detroit's farm club.
Larry Brooks caused havoc via Twitter yesterday reporting that Bobby Ryan had re-signed with the Ducks for $27.5 million over five years. However, Ryan's agent shot the claim down almost immediately.
What also makes the rumor false? Ryan stated that he does not want to be paid more than Perry and Getzlaf (cap hits of $5.325 million) and Brooks had him signing a contract that gave him a $5.5 million cap hit. The main sticking point in the deal for Ryan is the term as he wants a shorter term while the Ducks wants a long-term deal.
Even if the rumor was false, Ryan should re-sign soon. Even Eric Stephens of the Orange County Register thinks so.
"No deal yet but a well-placed source told me late tonight that a Bobby Ryan signing is "very close." Not known when it'll happen. Bed time."
Sources are saying that the RFA center out of Edmonton should re-sign with the Oilers very soon.
A few sources are reporting that Brian Rolston will not be the one on the way out of New Jersey for now. As mentioned in my previous articles, I see Salvador being moved as he has the most trade value.
He was invited by the New York Rangers to training camp yesterday, but he has yet to accept. Could this mean a move is coming? Doubt it, but one Ranger might lose his job as coach John Tortorella is familiar with Fedotenko and his game from his days with the Tampa Bay Lightning.
There are reports saying that talks between former Calder winner, Steve Mason, and the Columbus Blue Jackets have commenced. This doesn't mean a deal will be done soon. It just sets the stage for next year when he will be one of the hottest RFAs on the market.
Stay tuned for more updates coming soon!
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