NHL Buzz: Sunday, July 4th

Todd CordellCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2010

NEW YORK - APRIL 22:  Nikolai Zherdev #13 of the New York Rangers skates against David Steckel #39 of the Washington Capitals during Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Round of the 2009 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on April 22, 2008 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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It was a busy week in the NHL, here is a recap of everything that happened as well as some rumors of what might be on the horizon.


Yesterday I spoke to Miroslav Satan's agent Allan Walsh and asked him about the rumors that he and his client were in talks with the Blues, he replied "no truth" so you can put the Satan to the Blues rumors to rest.

Rumours continue to circulate that Russian sniper Nikolai Zherdev is hoping to return to the NHL this season. The main teams interested are the Maple Leafs and Sabres however the Ducks, Devils and Kings could be teams to watch out for as well.

The Maple Leafs have contacted Russian forward Maxim Afinogenov, rumor has it they are offering around 2 million a year.

As most of you know Simon Gagne has been asked to waive his NTC by the Flyers, nothing is close yet but expect Gagne to be moved sometime next week if not today.

Versteeg Trade

I personally think the deal was good for both teams as the Blackhawks got Viktor Stalberg who can replace Versteeg and added 2 very solid prospects. As for the Maple Leafs they got a pretty solid prospect and a top-6 forward in Kris Versteeg.

Lombardi to the Predators

That was a GREAT move by the Predators in signing Matthew Lombardi. He will be the team's #1 center and comes at a price of 3.5 million a year, which is less then Arnott who was traded to the Devils recently. If you combine the trade that sent Arnott out of town with the Lombardi signing the Predators add Matt Halischuk, Matthew Lombardi, a 2nd round pick and clear over a million in cap space....nice work.

Crowning Kovalchuk

The 3 main suitors for Kovalchuk's services right now appear to be the Islanders, Devils and Kings. Rumor has it the Kings are going after Simon Gagne and if they were to acquire him that would likely kill any chance Kovalchuk has of coming to LA, unless the Kings clear some cap...

This concludes today's edition of NHL Buzz, enjoy!

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