Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings are close to a multi-year contract extension, according to FOX Sports Detroit.
Datsyuk's agent is scheduled to fly to Detroit on Tuesday to talk with Wings GM Ken Holland and Datsyuk tweeted late Monday night, "big day tomorrow' ." A source told FOX Sports Detroit that negotiations have gone very well and the two sides are extremely close to a deal that would keep Datsyuk is Detroit well beyond next season, when his current contract is set to expire. There had been talk after the lockout that Datsyuk would return to Russia after his contract expired, but it looks now like that was nothing more than leverage for contract talks.
The Blackhawks were 0-for-5 on the power play in Monday night's 2-0 Game 3 loss to the Boston Bruins.
Monday's blanking means Chicago hasn't scored a power-play goal in 20 straight chances this postseason, which is starting to upset some of the players. "It's just time to get a goal," defenseman Duncan Keith said. "There's nothing more to say about it." Coach Joel Quenneville called the Hawks' man-advantage unit "not good" and it's hard to disagree with him or Keither. Chicago consistently had trouble getting pucks even into the zone to set up. Once the Hawks did get into the zone, they often made one pass too many or couldn't keep a bouncing puck in at the line. The absence of Marian Hossa was clearly felt, but it's clearly more than a Game 3 issue.
According to source the Flyers were considering trying to trade Daniel Briere prior to the 2013 NHL Entry Draft later this month.
However, according to the source that plan has changed now and Philadelphia appear to be resolved to buying out the remainder of his contract. He has a no-movement clause and would need to approve any trade, so using a compliance buyout is the easier route. The Flyers have to shed some cap space after reportedly agreeing in principle to a 4-year, $21 million deal with defenseman Mark Streit.
Flames CEO/president Ken King says Brendan Shanahan is a candidate to join Calgary's front office but won't replace GM Jay Feaster.
Shanahan admitted Friday that he met with Flames management last week and there was speculation the NHL's czar of discipline was in line to replace Feaster. "This is not a death watch," King said Monday. "I can tell you we are now on a long-term process to add depth to our hockey operations. We want to get back to where we should be, and this is something we think is consistent with that. We have a GM, and Jay is involved in this process." It remains to be seen if Shanahan might be offered a front office position or what sort of role he would have with the Flames.
2013 Calder Trophy winner Jonathan Huberdeau hopes to "get the Hart [Trophy] one day."
"I'm going to work hard for it, but it's the team first and after you get the personal awards," he said. Huberdeau is currently hard at work rehabilitating from his off-season hip procedure and he hopes to add more explosiveness to his skating and strengthen his lower body. He expects to be able to resume on-ice work in August.
The Wings are taking a very close look at the Panthers' Stephen Weiss.
According to Elliotte Friedman on "Hockey Night in Canada," the team has "inquired on the rights" to the center. The Stars and Maple Leafs have also asked the Panthers about Weiss. The 30-year-old will be an unrestricted free agent on July 5 and is coming off a season in which he notched a goal and three assists in 17 games. He is a four-time 20-goal scorer, however.
The San Jose Sharks have agreed to terms on a contract extension with center Logan Couture.
TSN and ESPN.com reported Monday night that the deal is a five- or six-year extension. The contract cannot be officially signed until July 5. A first-round pick by the Sharks in 2007, the 24-year-old Couture has been San Jose's top goal-scorer the past two years. In 48 games last season, the Guelph, Ont., native scored 21 goals and added 16 assists. In 232 career NHL games, he's scored 89 goals and 78 assists with a plus-31 rating. Couture finished the season with a year remaining on his deal at $3 million, but the Sharks wanted to get something done now, even though he's a restricted free agent next season. Couture has developed into one of the great young stars in the NHL, earning an All-Star nod in 2012 and twice being a 30-goal scorer.