MAY 2, 2003.
DUCKS BACKUP TO BECOME TRADE BAIT?
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson reported last Sunday the Anaheim
Mighty Ducks might put backup goalie Martin Gerber on the trade block
in the off-season. Matheson considers Gerber perhaps "the best number
two goalie in the league", but points out the outstanding post-season
performance of JS Giguere, and the presence of prospect Ilya
Bryzgalov in the Ducks system could make Gerber attractive "trade-
MAY 1, 2003.
SVEHLA THREATENS RETIREMENT.
TORONTO STAR: Ken Campbell reported on April 29th that Maple Leafs
defenceman Robert Svehla is threatening to retire unless he gets a
significant raise from the club within ten days. His agent, Rich
Winter, isn't optimistic of his client getting a new contract.
Apparently, Leafs management views Svehla's threat as a "powerplay",
much like what he did a year ago with the Florida Panthers, which
ultimately saw his rights dealt to Toronto for Dmitri Yushkevich. His
present deal paid him $3.8 million US last season, with two years at
the club's option worth $4 mil per season plus bonuses. Svehla is
apparently seeking $5 million per season. Winter's says money isn't
the only issue here, as the blueliner has strong ties to his home
country of Slovakia.
APRIL 30, 2003.
HATCHER OPEN TO FREE AGENT OFFERS?
NATIONAL POST: Howard Berger reports Dallas Stars defenceman and
captain Derian Hatcher will be open to "any and all" free agent
offers this summer if the Stars fail to re-sign him. Hatcher becomes
an unrestricted free agent on July 1 if he and Dallas management fail
to reach terms on a new deal. Hatcher said he'd listen to
offers "from a team in Canada, in Florida or in California."
de VRIES A GONER?
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reported last week that Colorado Avalanche
GM Pierre Lacroix had to decide if he'd re-sign impending UFA
defencemen Bryan Marchment and Greg de Vries. Regarding the latter,
Dater noted de Vries had rejected a contract offer from the Avs
earlier in the season, which apparently didn't sit well with Lacroix.
Dater suggested the Toronto Maple Leafs might attempt to sign de
Vries if he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
APRIL 29, 2003.
ROY TO RETIRE?
DENVER POST: Adrian Dater reports RDS commentator and former Montreal
Canadiens coach Jacques Demers suggests Colorado Avalanche goaltender
Patrick Roy may retire in the coming weeks. Quoting a source
supposedly close to Roy, Demers - who coached Roy in Montreal and
supposedly maintains a close relationship with him - believes the
future Hall-of-Famer may decide to pack it in while his skills are
still "relatively sharp". Demers also cited concern over Roy's ailing
hips. Meanwhile, Roy's agent, Bob Sauve, is denying his client has
made a decision to retire, saying only that Roy is still considering
his options. If Roy does retire this summer, Dater claims the
Avalanche will have to dip into the UFA market for a short-term
replacement, and could make a pitch for Phoenix's Sean Burke.
APRIL 28, 2003.
HURRICANES NOT INTERESTED IN EXPENSIVE FREE AGENTS.
RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER: Luke Decock reports Carolina Hurricanes GM
Jim Rutherford denying a report in Sunday's NY Post that his club
will pursue expensive free agents this summer. The Post claimed
the 'Canes were gearing up for another run at signing Detroit's
Sergei Fedorov if he opts for UFA status in July. Owner Peter
Karmanos stated there would be "no repeat of 1998" when his club had
Fedorov signed to an offer sheet, only to see the Wings match it.
Karmanos and Rutherford both claim money was "too tight" to afford a
major acquisition such as Fedorov. The only exception could be
attempting to re-sign defenceman Glen Wesley, who waived his no-trade
clause to join the Maple Leafs prior to the trade deadline. The
blueliner maintains a home in Carolina and stated he was open to
returning to the Hurricanes.
COULD TODD MARCHANT BECOME A SABRE?
WAYMORESPORTS.COM: reported a week ago the new ownership of the
Buffalo Sabres might give management the go-ahead to pursue impending
UFA forward Todd Marchant. Apparently the Sabres have been interested
in Marchant, a Buffalo native, for some time, but until now have been
rebuffed by the Edmonton Oilers. Marchant would provide much needed
leadership and two-way skills and at 29 is still in his prime.