Doughty hasn’t heard from Kings since late June … Brodeur to play out deal … NHL Realignment … Plenty of interest in Blues … Jets have 8 RFAs

  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Drew Doughty’s side hasn’t heard from the Kings since June 23rd. The Kings are believed to have offered a 9 year deal worth more than $6.5 million per season.

    “I think he’d be happy to stay if we agree upon terms that are acceptable to him,” Meehan said. “And those are our instructions, to negotiate with L.A. on that basis to secure something that he’d be happy with.”

    There isn’t really any salary comparables for Doughty. They may be waiting for Shea Weber’s deal to get done, he has an arbitration date set for August 2nd.

    “I know how important Drew Doughty is to the Los Angeles Kings on a going-forward basis,” Meehan said. “I think that’s something that they’re very well aware of and they know what they have to do. And I’m sure at the appropriate time we’ll all get together and have further discussions.”

  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: Devils goalie Martin Brodeur isn’t interested in signing a contract extension as he plans on playing out the final year of his contract.

    “I’m going to go through the season first, and then see. I’m going to play out this year,” Brodeur told The Post.

  • Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun: Re-alignment could find the Jets in the Central division next year with the Wild, Blackhawks, Predators, Blues, Stars and possibly the Blue Jackets. The Pacific division could include the Canucks, Oilers, Flames, Sharks, Kings, Ducks and the Avalanche. The Red Wings and the Blue Jackets would like to move to the East.
  • Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post Dispatch: Interest in buying the Blues has picked up over the past 10 days, with 5 groups listed as “very interested parties.” A date has been set to give all interested parties time to do their homework to see if they want to put in a bid for the team. The purchase would include the team, management contracts on the Scottrade Center and their AHL team Peoria. 70% share in the team is up for sale.
  • Eric Stephens of the OC Register: Teemu Selanne had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee 2 weeks ago, and has begun light skating.

    “His kids are at camp and he’s out there skating with them,” Murray said. “He feels fine. He said, ‘OK, let’s talk next week like we always planned.”

    The Ducks  are also awaiting word on Jonas Hiller who is expected to face some shots during a Francois Allaire goalie camp.

  • Kirkland Crawford of the Detroit Free Press: After Tomas Vokoun decided he didn’t want to re-sign with the Panthers, he didn’t receive that much interest,

    “I did not get a single offer. No one! Then at the end came the Detroit and Washington. That was all.”

    Vokoun’s role with the Red Wings would have been in the backup role to Jimmy Howard.

  • Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press: Blake Wheeler and the Jets are still talking about about a new contract for the right winger. Wheeler made $2.2 million last season, scoring 18 goals. From his agent, Matt Keator,

    “Still talking. We agree to disagree on some points, but both sides trying hard to reach an agreement.”

    The Jets have other RFAs they need to re-sign as well: Zach Bogosian, Brett Festerling, Arturs Kulda, Spencer Machacek, Ben Maxwell, Riley Holzapfel and Kenndal McArdle.