Rumors: Ovi and Malkin, Wild, Canucks, Heatley and UFAs

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  • Igor Eronko: KHL president Alex Medvedev to on when we’d see Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin in the KHL: ‘You mean comeback to Russia? There might be good surprises in a year’
  • Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Training camp is just over two weeks away for the Wild and they still have to RFAs in Nino Niederreiter and Darcy Kuemper. GM Chuck Fletcher said on Friday that talks continue but gave no indication if they are close on a deal for either.

    “We’d rather have a contract done, but these things happen. You’d like everything to be clean and simple, but it doesn’t always happen that way,” Fletcher said. “We’ll continue to try to etch into it.”

    Fletcher has said they won’t add any UFAs and it’s too early to say if they’ll bring someone in on a tryout. The agents of Ilya Bryzgalov, Ryan Malone, Paul Bissonnette and George Parros have called Fletcher.

  • Iain MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun: The Canucks have added six new players from the end of last season and that doesn’t include prospects Bo Horvat or Nicklas Jensen who could make the team and force another roster move.

    “If these guys come in and show they deserve to be on the team, then I’ll move somebody to make room for them,” Benning said. “But it’s going to be earned, not given. Coming from the organizations I worked for previously (Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres), we let players develop properly in the minor leagues. I don’t want to rush our players on development. I’m glad we have good, young players. But they have to earn their spot on the teams, and when they do we’ll make room for them.”

  • Curtis Zupke of The Ducks signed Dany Heatley to a one-year, $1 million deal this summer, and he’ll get a shot with Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry.

    “Every time we’ve played him, he’s been a dangerous player,” Boudreau said. “I think we can try him with Getzlaf and Perry. We tried Dustin Penner there … I think this can work better.”

  • Ryan Dadoun of Pro Hockey Talk: Five UFAs that could make an impact on a team despite remaining unsigned: Dustin Penner, Scott Gomez (tryout with Devils), Martin Brodeur, Daniel Alfredsson and Ilya Bryzgalov.


  1. Connor

    September 2, 2014 at 11:15 am

    This OV and Malkin to Russia is all circumstantial Russian propaganda. It’s Putin and the KHL trying to flex their muscles and politically take shots at the West through hockey. They aren’t going anywhere. Malkin has a chance to win the cup year after year with the Pens and OV is still hunting for the cup to finally get the respect he deserves as a player. These guys are competitors, they are not going to pack it in and head back to the KHL in the prime of their careers. That being said in their mid to late 30’s do they opt out of the final year or two of their contract and head to the KHL to play into their 40s and then retire? I could see that as a very real scenario, but they aren’t leaving in their prime.

    • Scanny Cruthers

      September 2, 2014 at 5:38 pm

      I hope all the Russians go back to Russia. We (the US and Canada) are basically at war with them as they have been killing our friends in the Ukrane and have blown commercial jets out of the sky.

      • Brendon

        September 2, 2014 at 6:58 pm

        Pretty sure Canada doesn’t go to war. They aren’t war hungry like the US.

    • hankbemis

      September 2, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      LOL, yeah, it’s putin’s fault… you wouldn’t know propaganda if it were right under your nose. proof is in the pudding, you just blamed putin for rumors of two hockey players playing in the KHL. nevermind the fact that it is their home country (much less extreme than the nationalism on this message board), never mind the fact that the $ is way better. never mind they will be the two biggest rock stars in their country, compared to a country that doesn’t give a shit about their sport. . . it’s putin’s fault!

  2. Cole

    September 2, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I’m literally surprised that Penner hasn’t gotten a deal anywhere. He won’t light it up like he did in Edmonton, but he can be a big body to chip in on a scoring line, or would greatly improve a third line. And he drives puck possession. Bryzgalov to Minnesota makes sense, given how well he played for them last season and the unreliability of Minnesota’s existing netminders. Ryan Malone wouldn’t be any more than a fourth-liner on any team, but could be worth a low-paying contract.

    • Scanny Cruthers

      September 2, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Penner is slow and unskilled. I would be surprised to see him get any deal in the NHL, unless it was a 4th liner for league minimum.

  3. seven-deuce

    September 2, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I can honestly say that I wouldn’t care if OV and Malkin decided to pack it up to to the KHL. I’ll still be watching NHL hockey if they’re here or there. If they want to play in their motherland, all the power to them.

  4. Colin N.

    September 2, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    Nino involved in contract issues? Thats so out of character…