JULY 3, 2003.
FEDOROV "FREES" HIMSELF FROM DETROIT.
TSN.CA: reports Sergei Fedorov's agent has announced his client will
not return to the Detroit Red Wings. Agent Pat Brisson told TSN "he
said he feels just like he did 13 years ago when he defected from the
Soviet Union- that he's free and excited for a new challenge." He
said under no circumstances would Fedorov return to the Wings. GM Ken
Holland expressed his disappointment of this decision but stated he
wasn't shocked, given Fedorov's rejection of two previous lucrative
long-term offers from the Wings.
DETROIT NEWS: Ted Kulfan reports Brisson claims "two or three clubs"
are interested in Fedorov. It's believed the NY Rangers have
contacted Brisson and may be making room in their payroll to sign
Fedorov. Brisson also sent DVD packages "extolling Fedorov's value"
to the Maple Leafs, Flyers, Devils, Avalanche, Kings, Blackhawks and
Mighty Ducks. Kulfan also reports the Wings, in addition to
attempting to sign Derian Hatcher, may look at replacing Fedorov,
possibly by making offers to Joe Nieuwenyk or Vaclav Prospal, and
there's rumours of an "Eric Lindros for Curtis Joseph" swap.
WINGS CLOSING IN ON HATCHER.
TSN.CA: reports the Detroit Red Wings made two offers yesterday to
former Dallas Stars captain Derian Hatcher, the latest being a five-
year deal worth $6 million per season. There is a suggestion,
however, that the Wings may be "bidding against themselves", as it's
believed there may not be much of a market for Hatcher. It's believed
Hatcher's former club, the Stars, haven't made any further financial
talks with their former captain.
DUCKS STILL HOPE TO RE-SIGN KARIYA.
LOS ANGELES TIMES: reported yesterday that Paul Kariya's agent
suggested there remains a possibility his client could re-sign with
the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. Kariya, slated to become a Group II free
agent, was not tendered a qualifying offer by the Ducks, thus making
him eligible for unrestricted free agency. Don Baizley said his
client was considering all options, including re-signing with the
Ducks for less than the $10 million he made last season. GM Bryan
Murray told Baizley he still hopes to re-sign Kariya.
THE LATEST ON RAY WHITNEY.
CANADIAN PRESS: Pierre Lebrun reports former Blue Jackets forward Ray
Whitney, who potted 76 points last season, could become the bargain
of this summer's UFA market for clubs seeking affordable offensive
depth. It's believed Whitney is seeking $3.5 million per season,
although his insistence on a three-or-four year deal could be a
sticking point. Lebrun suggests the Vancouver Canucks and Montreal
Canadiens might be interested in Whitney's services.
RANGERS HAVE NO INTEREST IN MARCHANT.
NEWSDAY: Arthur Staple reports the NY Rangers are no longer
interested in signing free agent forward Todd Marchant. Although he
was believed as late as yesterday to be topping the Rangers wish
list, Staple reports Marchant's agent sought a six-year, $24 million
US contract, which the Rangers spurned. It's now believed the
Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabres are interested in his
COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Michael Arace reports Blue Jackets GM Doug MacLean
is waiting to hear back from the Marchant camp. MacLean made a pitch
for Marchant, but the Buffalo Sabres are also believed interested,
and Marchant, a Buffalo area native, apparently is considering
playing there. Arace reports an Edmonton radio station is claiming
Marchant is "leaning toward the Blue Jackets".
LEAFS HAVE NO INTEREST IN BIG-CONTRACT PLAYERS.
NATIONAL POST: Sean Fitzgerald reports Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat
Quinn says his club isn't interested in signing big-contract players
in this summer's UFA market. That would effectively remove the Leafs
from bidding for Sergei Fedorov, Derian Hatcher and Paul Kariya. One
reason for the Leafs reluctance, according to Fitzgerald, is the
uncertainty over the retirement status of defenceman Robert Svehla,
who may once again be wavering over his supposed decision to retire.
Quinn doesn't want to sign another defenceman, only to have Svehla
come out of retirement and forcing Quinn to try to make room in his
payroll. The Leafs are also bidding for defenceman Glen Wesley, who's
received offers from six other clubs.
THE LATEST ON THE HURRICANES.
RALEIGH NEWS AND OBSERVER: Luke Decock reports the Carolina
Hurricanes are interested in free agent defencemen Ken Klee and Oleg
Tverdovsky. They're also attempting to re-sign former Hurricane
blueliner Glen Wesley.
ISLANDERS INTERESTED IN LEETCH?
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: John Dellapina reports the Islanders brass are
discussing the possibility of making a pitch for defenceman Brian
Leetch, who's presently an unrestricted free agent. Dellapina
considers this "an extreme long-shot".
PENGUINS TO ADD DEPTH VIA FREE AGENCY.
PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW: Joe Starkey reports the Penguins are in no
position to make bids for expensive free agents, but GM Craig Patrick
will look into the UFA market for inexpensive free agents to bolster
his roster. One possibility could be former Penguin Ian Moran.