A rumor claiming Winnipeg Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec has an offer from a KHL team, plus the latest on the Canadiens front office staffing.
WINNIPEG SUN/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS: cited a report from Hockey Night in Canada’s “Hotstove” claiming Jets goaltender Ondrej Pavelec had received a “big money, one-year offer” from a KHL team, believed to be SKA St. Petersburg.
Neither Pavelec’s agent Allan Walsh or Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff had any comment on the report. Pavelec is slated to become a restricted free agent on July 1. Ed Tait of the Free Press suggested the KHL offer could not only provide Pavelec with leverage in his contract talks with the Jets, but also give him an option should there be another NHL lockout.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Given that neither side is willing to comment, I’d suggest this report (from CBC’s well-respected and well-connected Elliotte Friedman) has “legs”. As it’s only a one-year offer, it sounds like Pavelec can use it to leverage a lucrative multi-year deal from the Jets, as well as possible insurance if there’s an NHL lockout.
CANOE.CA/RDS.CA: The Montreal Canadiens have met, or will meet, with Donald Audette and Gerard Gallant regarding their assistant head coaching positions, while Patrice Brisebois could be returning to the club in a front office role.