Found June 28, 2013 on Kukla's Korner:
This post took a very big Red Wings-related turn in the middle of writing it, so while the vast majority of its thrust is more "KK Hockey" than Red Wings-related, I'm co-opting it for my blog and my Wings audence. So you'll have to deal with the non-Wings content, TMR readers: TSN's Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger got together with James Duthie to hold an "Insider Trading" segment from the draft floor in Newark, and, among their topics of discussion: 1. LeBrun suggests that Kris Letang's agent, Kent Hughes, and Penguins GM Ray Shero will chat after the Penguins turned down a nearly $8-million-a-year counter-offer, and Shero may be "laying the groundwork" for a trade; 2. Regarding Roberto Luongo, Bob McKenzie believes that the Vancouver Canucks want to have Luongo off their roster after this weekend, even though the Canucks insist that they have trade options (Philly? Long Island? Edmonton?) and won't have to buy h...

The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Trading Roberto Luongo’s Contract

Roberto Luongo is a goalie. He gets paid a lot of money. The Canucks haven’t been able to trade him. Why? The answer to this question is far ranging, particularly if you don’t necessarily know the ins and outs of the NHL collective bargaining agreement. Luongo’s situation is a complex one, but lucky for you, I’m here to answer all your questions. Why doesn’t anybody want...

Dan Bylsma and Ray Shero selected to Team USA

  Photo: The Pittsburgh Penguins will be well represented at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, according to Kevin Allen at General Manager Ray Shero has been selected as the associate general manager and Head Coach Dan Bylsma will be the head coach of Team USA. Shero will work along side Nashville Predators’ general manager, David Poile. Poile...

Canucks open to trading Schneider?

The Vancouver Canucks are still looking to deal one of their two goaltenders. They reportedly are open to dealing Schneider.

An In-Depth Look At The Rick DiPietro for Roberto Luongo Trade That May Actually Happen

There was a problem connecting to Twitter. New York Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple tweeted today that the Islanders would be interested in swapping Rick DiPietro for Roberto Luongo. On the surface it looks like a swap of two albatross contracts, but both Islander fans and Canucks fans know there is a lot more to this potential deal than meets the eye. Luongo was drafted 4th...

Ray Shero on Kris Letang Negotiations

Of course, the Kris Letang contract negotiations/trade rumors/speculation/mudslinging festival continues.  Today, Ray Shero commented on the whole thing. From “There is a time to make a deal, time to sign a contract, agree on a contract or not agree on a contract,” Shero said. “There is a point in the negotiation where you have to make a decision...

Report: Ray Shero & Dan Bylsma to Team USA

Via USA Today: USA Hockey is putting the band back together for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, although the members will have a different place on the stage. According to two people with knowledge of the decision, the Nashville Predators' David Poile will be the team's general manager, while Pittsburgh Penguins Ray Shero will be his associate general manager...

Chris Kunitz inks three-year extension

Ray Shero kept the re-up’s coming Thursday morning, signing Chris Kunitz to a three-year extension. Kunitz’s new contract will have a cap hit of just $3.85 million. He has one year remaining on his old contract before this one takes effect.

Pittsburgh Penguins: Ray Shero Shouldn’t Pay Kris Letang What He’s Seeking

Photo credit: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images By: Ryan Kiray (@RyanK_THG) In the wake of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ recent respectable but disappointing playoff run, Penguins General Manager Ray Shero immediately set to work negotiating with a number of crucial potential unrestricted free agents. After locking superstar center Evgeni Malkin into an eight-year extension, his attention...

Rumor: Letang has interest in the Leafs

Penguins defenseman Kristopher Letang is most likely going to stay in Pittsburgh, but, according to reports, if he were top be traded, he would prefer the Leafs. "GM Ray Shero already locked in Evgeni Malkin to a massive contract extension that will kick in after next season and that adds to the mega deals for Sidney Crosby and James Neal. Between just the three of them they...

Vancouver Canucks could move Cory Schneider

If the Vancouver Canucks cannot trade goaltender Roberto Luongo and his onerous contract, could Cory Schneider exit instead?Sure, according to a CBC report. Schneider could fetch a nice return after finishing 17-9-4 last season while playing ahead of Luongo for much of the season. He has two years left on a contract that carries a moderate $4 million annual cap hit.The contract isn’t...

Chris Kunitz gets a three-year contract extension

Ray Shero has locked up another player. Via Dave Molinari on Twitter: Penguins have agreed to a three-year contract extension with LW Chris Kunitz. — Dave Molinari (@MolinariPG) June 27, 2013 According to both Molinari and Bob McKenzie, the deal will pay Kunitz a slightly higher average yearly salary than his current deal. He makes $3.725 million for one more season...

Canucks Goalie Controversy Over

The NHL Draft will have wide ranging implications that may take years to become clear.  It is usually the trades that make a more immediate impact.  There was a very interesting one today.  The Vancouver Canucks traded Cory Schneider to the New Jersey Devils for their first round pick in the draft.  Vancouver picked Bo Horvat, who was one of the most significant players with...

The Blackhawk Blueprint for Penguin Success by @ExcitedBobErrey

It's become a tendency to look at a team that just won the Stanley Cup as if it has unlocked a secret for success in the league.  Depending on the year and who won, you either need to have strength down the middle, or solid goaltending and defensemen.  Maybe you need to have size and skill, or possibly just a well rounded game with speed.  Of course, looking at what the reigning...

Devils Pull Off Surprise; Acquire Cory Schneider from Canucks

In a bit of a stunner the New Jersey Devils have acquired Martin Brodeur’s eventual replacement in goal by dealing the 9th overall selection in this year’s entry draft to Vancouver in exchange for Cory Schneider. It was a foregone conclusion that Vancouver would move one of Schneider or Roberto Luongo but up until the [...]

The Top 5 NHL Goalies Available Heading Into the Draft

Mike Smith- Getty Images By: Mike Joachim (@mike_joachim) With the news that Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov would get bought out and rumors that Roberto Luongo is close to a similar fate, it’s a great time to look at whose available to replace these guys and what options are available for NHL teams looking to add a new goaltender. For now, we can’t include Luongo...
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