A lot is happening in the hockey world today.
- Henrik Zetterberg got married yesterday to TV presenter Emma Andersson in Molle, Sweden.
- The Canuck’s Sami Salo is out indefinetely after tearing his Achilles tendon playing floor hockey with his colleages .
- Nicklas Grossman is close to resigning with the Dallas Stars for a reported $2M a year.
- Tampa Bay fired AHL coach Jim Johnson & goaltender coach Cap Reader. They also hired Wayne Fleming as an assistant coach. In addition, Steve Yzerman signed Marc-Antoine Pouliot to a 1 year deal.
- Canadian’s GM Martin promised there will be a captain for his team, but who? Leading canidates are Brian Gionta, Josh Gorges, and Andrei Markov. Any of the three would make great captains, but I have to tip this one to Brian Gionta. From winning a National Championship at Boston College to the Stanley Cup with New Jersey at such a young age, Brian has shown he can win. He’s been mentored by some of the greatest leaders (Scott Stevens) and has shown the leadership necessary on and off the ice to captain the Montreal Canadians.
- There is a lot of confusion throughout the league whether or not teams are allowed to talk to Kovalchuk. Technically, he doesn’t have a contract so he is still an UFA but the Devils seem to disagree. The NHL wants the Devils to fix the contract so the cap hit will be at least $7M per year. The Devils don’t want to do this, so there is still a chance he could go elsewhere. More and more reports say the KHL is back in the picture.
- Earlier today it was reported the deal for Ice Edge to buy the Coyotes fell apart and there would be a good chance that the franchise was going to move possibly to Winnipeg. Ice Edge and the NHL have both denied this.
- The Sharks, Sabres, and Devils (only if Kovalchuk deal falls through) are interested in Thomas Kaberle.
- The Predators have a strong interest in acquiring Patrick O’Sullivan.
- The Ducks, Canadians, and Sabres are all interested in Kevin Bieska. But, it is a lot more likely to see him stay in Vancouver because of Salo’s injury situation.
- Alexander Frolov should be making a decision about his future very soon. Nine days ago, his agent tweeted, “He’ll make his decision in ten days”.