AUGUST 31, 2001.
BLACKHAWKS DENY THEY'RE TRADING FOR OATES.
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Jennifer Jones reports Blackhawks general manager
Mike Smith is denying a report out of Montreal his club is planning
to trade for Washington Capitals centre Adam Oates. While
acknowledging he's still looking to improve his team via trades,
Smith said there was nothing to the rumour of his obtaining Oates,
who has demanded a trade from Washington.
AUGUST 30, 2001.
WHAT'S UP WITH OATES?
WASHINGTON POST: Jason La Canfora reports the Washington Capitals
don't know whether team captain Adam Oates will show up for training
camp, which opens in less than two weeks. Upset over his ice time
being cut in last spring's playoff series against the Pittsburgh
Penguins, Oates demanded a trade, however, the Caps have been unable
to find a deal, nor a suitable replacement if they did trade him. The
club exercised it's option on his contract for another season, and La
Canfora writes Oates will be seeking a one-year extension from any
club he's dealt to. Head coach Ron Wilson denies he has a problem
with the veteran, and hopes Oates will return. There is speculation
whether Oates will retain his captaincy, or whether another player
will wear the "C" for Washington this season.
AUGUST 29, 2001.
ARE AMONTE'S DAYS IN CHICAGO NUMBERED?
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES: Brian Hanley reports Tony Amonte's agent doesn't
believe his client will be re-signing with the Blackhawks. Michael
Gillis expressed his frustration with Chicago GM Mike Smith, saying
it was "extremely unlikely" Amonte will be re-signed. Hanley notes
Smith is planning to get back to Gillis by week's end, but believes
Smith has already tipped his hand regarding Amonte by noting earlier
comments about the club's unwillingness to pursue top free agents
this summer like Jaromir Jagr, Doug Weight, Eric Lindros, Jeremy
Roenick, Alexei Yashin, Adam Oates, Pierre Turgeon, Jason Allison and
Michael Peca. Hanley believes Amonte is among this class, and takes
Smith's comments regarding them being out of the 'Hawks price range
as indicative Amonte will be too.
AUGUST 28, 2001.
CANUCKS WANT ALFREDSSON?
THE SPORTING NEWS: In his "Inside Dish" column, Larry Wigge writes
the Vancouver Canucks apparently are very interested in Ottawa
Senators forward Daniel Alfredsson, who's a restricted free agent.
Wigge doesn't elaborate as to what offers, if any, the Canucks may
have made. In his "Mailbag" section, Wigge also speculates the
Pittsburgh Penguins could shop defenceman Darius Kasparaitis if
they're out of playoff contention by mid-season. He
believes "Kaspar", an unrestricted free agent next summer, could
attract the attention of the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, or
other club who could use some help on the blueline.
AUGUST 27, 2001.
THE LATEST ON ALLISON.
BOSTON GLOBE: Kevin Paul Dupont reports contract talks between the
Boston Bruins and star centre Jason Allison remain at an impasse.
Dupont speculates the Washington Capitals, Los Angeles Kings and
possibly the Dallas Stars may be interested. With their hopes of
landing Brett Hull now dashed, it's possible New York Rangers GM Glen
Sather may be interested in Allison, but Dupont speculates he'd
rather sign Bruins winger - and ex-Oiler - Bill Guerin next summer
via free agency.
CANUCKS GM COMMENTS ON GOALIE RUMOURS.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: Ed Willes reports Canucks general manager Brian
Burke states he's "had discussions about a number of goalies" but
isn't elaborating as to who he may be pursuing. Willes questioned
Burke following yesterday's report in the Tennessean of the Canucks
interest in Nashville Predators backup Tomas Vokoun. Burke brushed
aside concerns regarding his club's goaltending, saying he wasn't
going to worry about it until the team's season opener on October
4th. Willes also commented on the club's potential interest in
Montreal's Jeff Hackett and LA's Stephane Fiset, although he notes
the pair's salaries could get in the way of a potential deal, unlike
Vokoun, who made only $600K last season.