Quick hits from around the NHL:

  • The Winnipeg Free Press’ Gary Lawless had an interesting sentence in an article about this very topic. He wrote, “If the right opportunity comes along to score a franchise-type player in a down market as this summer could well be Jets General Manager Kevin Cheveldayoff may have less trouble getting the green light than some of his counterparts.” Is the, “franchise-type player” Lawless referring to either Ryan Suter or Zach Parise?
  • Brad Stuart tells the San Jose Mercury News’ David Pollak that he wants to move closer to his wife and three kids, who live in Los Gatos, California So Polak writes, “Obviously the Sharks where he started his career would be the perfect landing spot at age 32. Is Stuart limiting his options to California? That could set up an interesting bidding war between Doug Wilson, who traded Stuart to Boston as part of the Joe Thornton deal, and Los Angeles Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi, who drafted Stuart.”
  • The Tampa Bay Lightning signed goalie Sebastien Caron out of Germany, the Tampa Bay Times’ Damian Cristodero reports, adding that this probably means “Dustin Tokarski’s days in Tampa are numbered.”
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs wanted defensive prospect Justin Schultz from the Anaheim Ducks when they made the Francois Beauchemin deal. But the Ducks refused to part with Schultz, who is currently a senior at the University of Wisconsin. However, a provision in the CBA lets Schultz become a free agent this summer and the Toronto Sun’s Steve Simmons writes that the Leafs will take a “serious run” at him.

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