Orange alert: sources say Bobrovsky being shopped
Could the Philadelphia Flyers really be looking to deal “goaltender of the future” Sergei Bobrovsky? Given the dealings of Paul Holmgren in recent weeks we wouldn’t be surprised by anything, so we’ll give it some attention. Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that sources have told him that the team has been looking to move Bobrovsky since May.
Seravalli notes that Paul Holmgren has denied reports that he’s shopping Bobrovsky so, um yeah…
Flyers sign Simmonds to two-year deal
Acquired in the Mike Richards’ trade, Wayne Simmonds is set to call Philadelphia his home for at least the next two years with a new two-year $3.5 million deal. He’ll call it home alright, but I wouldn’t take Paul Holmgren’s word on anything. Watch your back, Wayne.
This clip from the 2009 Playoffs made the rounds yesterday, we saw it on Deadspin first, but it’s well worth a look here. Watch as Brad Lazarowich shows up in this shot out of nowhere:
Yzerman says Lightning roster set with Ryan Shannon signing
As Damian Cristodero of Lightning Strikes reports, the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed forward Ryan Shannon to a one-year deal. Lightning GM Steve Yzerman on the acquisition:
“We are in a position now we’re a set roster. We’re comfortable if we want to start in September.”
Locking up that Stamkos fella probably wouldn’t hurt either.
Predators look to capitalize on absence of hockey in Atlanta
The Nashville Predators are running with an interesting promotion for next season that will offer ticket packages to blocks of games with the carrot of a free ticket to a game when the Winnipeg Jets are visiting. The team is attempting to attract hockey fans from Atlanta by giving them a chance to see their former franchise play. More from Greg Wyshynski at Puck Daddy:
Basically, a fan picks five of eight games on the schedule — including a preseason game against the Winnipeg Jets — and they get a March 24 Predators game against the Jets “free,” with tickets in the lower bowl.
It’s a genius move by Nashville, and not just because it included the former Atlanta Flames, too. They might have Thrashers fans that still light a candle for Andrew Ladd(notes) and Evander Kane(notes) heading up the highway to see them again, or they might have Thrashers fans who just want to boo the crap out of the Jets doing the same. (Or, in all likelihood, fans that’ll do a bit of both.)
Columbus Blue Jackets have twins!
Daniel and Henrik they’re not, but Ryan Russell will join his twin brother Kris on the Columbus Blue Jackets after being acquired from Montreal for Mike Blunden.
Former NHL tough guy Patrick Cote surrenders himself to authorities
Semi-interesting bit here from the Press Republican:
A former National Hockey League player is in Franklin County Jail again, charged with violating probation on a conspiracy conviction from nine years ago.
Patrick Cote, 36, of Blairville, Quebec, who played left wing for the Edmonton Oilers, Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars, walked up to the U.S. Port of Entry in Champlain and turned himself in to authorities, said Malone Village Police Chief Chris Premo.
“He’d been serving two years in jail in Canada on an assault charge,” the chief said. “He had just gotten out of jail over there.
“He was dropped off at the border by a taxi and walked up the bus lane. When an officer approached him, he said there was a warrant for him in New York and that he wanted to get it taken care of.”
Here we have a clip sent our way by Ger from Gong Show Hockey that features several NHL players enjoying the off-season as though it’s a Budweiser commercial. Somehow that Erik Johnson golf cart injury from a couple of summers ago makes a lot more sense now: