Updates on Brenden Morrow, Derek Stepan, the Sedins, Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Whitney, Tom Gilbert and Alexander Radulov.
TSN.CA: Pierre LeBrun speculates the Florida Panthers are bringing in Tim Thomas to mentor Jacob Markstrom…The Sedins and the Vancouver Canucks are inching closer toward new contracts. Darren Dreger believes the twins will get raises over their current $6.1 million per season, but term (three, four or five years) have to be determined…Henrik Lundqvist’s agent was recently in New York meeting with Rangers GM Glen Sather. Term is expected to be an issue for the 33-year-old Lundqvist. It’s expected he’ll receive more than $7 million per season, but how much more?…No progress on the Derek Stepan contract talks with the Rangers…
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Sedins reportedly hope to have new contracts in place with the Canucks before the season opens in October. Regarding Lundqvist, I expect the Rangers will make him the highest-paid goalie in the league, likely on a five-year term. If he should backstop the Blueshirts to the Cup Final, they’ll happily open the vault.
DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports former Stars captain Brenden Morrow is back in Dallas still looking for the right team and the right fit. Heika writes Morrow has several teams interested in him, but only at the right price. He believes he still has enough to contribute to an NHL club and remains confident he’ll be playing again at some point in the season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Morrow was linked during the summer to the Carolina Hurricanes and Montreal Canadiens.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Jim Matheson wonders which former Oilers defenseman – Ryan Whitney or Tom Gilbert – gets signed first. Whitney is on a PTO with the St. Louis Blues, while Gilbert yesterday accepted a PTO with the Florida Panthers.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Between the two, Gilbert could stand the better chance, as Whitney has to crack a much deeper Blues defense corps.
TVA SPORTS: Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy dismissed the notion former Nashville Predators forward Alexander Radulov could join the Avs. Radulov played for Roy with the Quebec Remparts, and their good relationship during that time prompted some speculation about Roy enticing Radulov to join the Avalanche.