June 27, 2011

Jeff Angus

2011-06-27

 

The ‘Canes have walked away from Jiri Tlusty, not qualifying him. The Devils did qualify Alexander Vasyunov, although he has signed a contract with the KHL.

 

The Canucks have signed Bieksa to a long-term contract.

 

News of unqualified RFAs will continue to trickle in today – ttwo somewhat noteworthy ones – Sami Lepisto (CBJ), Anton Stralman (CBJ). Great news for Grant Clitsome owners, also points to the fact that Columbus will aggressively pursue a puck moving defenseman in free agency.

 

The Setoguchi trade opens up a spot in San Jose’s top six. Does Pavelski move to the wing? Last year he skated on a line with two other centers (Torrey Mitchell and Kyle Wellwood). I could see Mitchell sliding to center on the third line.

 

Marleau-Thornton-Pavelski, Clowe-Couture-Heatley? Lots of options in San Jose.

 

Kirk Muller is expected to be named as the Milwaukee head coach today.

 

The Canucks and the Chicago Wolves have announced a two year partnership agreement. The Wolves are run more like an NHL club than a development club, with an emphasis on generating reveune (winning). How will this affect the likes of Jordan Schroeder, Cody Hodgson, Eddie Lack, Kevin Connauton, and so on? Remains to be seen.

 

Mike Gillis is very shrewd, smart, and calculating. I don’t think he signs off on this move if he thinks it will in any way negatively impact the development of Vancouver’s prospects.

 

Michael Russo believes that the Wild will buy out the final year of Cam Barker’s contract if they are unable to trade him by Thursday. Barker has been below average for Minnesota (at best) since coming over from Chicago in exchange for Kim Johnsson and Nick Leddy.

 

Something tells me there are at least a few teams out there that would gladly give Barker, the former 3rd overall draft pick  a shot at cracking their roster.

 

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Based on the comments in my latest 15 Points to Consider column, the Flames were left with little choice regarding Tanguay’s extension. It was either term, or cap hit. In the end, the cap hit is reasonable, but the term isn’t.

 

Jarome Iginla likely did request that Tanguay return, but was that move in the best interest of the organization?  The Flames do have a ton of bad money coming off the books after this season, so it will be interesting to see what they do if they are out of playoff contention before the trade deadline in 2011-12.

 

According to Larry Brooks, Brad Richards is telling people that he is heading to New York. The obvious plan would be to line him up alongside Gaborik. The LW spot would be up for grabs -Dubinsky, Stepan (if he moves from center), Avery, and so on.

 

Check out my interview on The Program from the past weekend.

 

Interesting book to read – The Extra 2%. About three Wall Street executives taking over the Tampa Bay Rays and turning them into a powerhouse baseball club. In addition to being a fantastic r