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Report: Bruins trying to keep McQuaid


The Boston Bruins are apparently exploring ways to keep defenseman Adam McQuaid, a pending unrestricted free agent.

GM Don Sweeney hinted at it this morning, saying on a conference call that he’s had talks with teams that may allow the Bruins to re-sign one of their UFAs.

Now, according to Joe Haggerty, “multiple league sources have indicated to CSNNE.com that Adam McQuaid is the player Boston would like to re-sign.”

McQuaid would very much like to be back. The physical 28-year-old is coming off a challenging season, one in which the departure of Johnny Boychuk forced him into a bigger role with the B’s. But he’s also the kind of player that would seem to match Sweeney’s plans for the franchise to get back to its aggressive ways.

What’s uncertain is how Sweeney plans to make room for McQuaid. Loui Eriksson and Milan Lucic have both had their names floated in trade rumors. Chris Kelly’s $3 million cap hit stands out, but he’d be tough to move.

Related: ‘Highly unlikely’ Soderberg back in Boston

Report: Wings no longer interested in Phaneuf

Dion Phaneuf

From Red Wings reporter Ansar Khan of MLive:

Phaneuf was reportedly close to joining the Wings in March. Following the trade deadline, it was reported that the two teams may revisit a deal this summer.

That, apparently, is no longer the case.

Phaneuf, 30, is signed through 2020-21 for a cap hit of $7 million. Like with Phil Kessel, any team that’s interested in acquiring the Leafs’ captain will likely ask that Toronto retains salary in the deal. Doesn’t mean the Leafs will agree to that, but based on what was reported, that may ultimately have been a deal-breaker for the Wings.

Related: Nonis wants people to look at Phaneuf’s numbers

After remarkable finish, Cameron focusing on Senators’ start

Pittsburgh Penguins v Ottawa Senators

Dave Cameron knows what the Ottawa Senators did last season was a remarkable story for a reason.

It’s just not very often that a hockey team goes 24-4-4 in its last 32 games, erasing a 14-point deficit to make the playoffs.

As such, Cameron — armed with a two-year contract extension — would, next season, like to avoid the kind of start that put the Sens in such a deep hole this past one.

“As exciting as that run was, you’re not going to be able to duplicate that under too many circumstances and we don’t want to try and be in that position,” Cameron said, per the Canadian Press“Our start is going to be important and what goes into a start is obviously a good training camp.”

The young Sens have plenty of room to improve. If not for the goaltending they received from unlikely hero Andrew Hammond, they’d have been hard-pressed to do what they did. Puck-possession wise, they were simply average.

In a related story, with Hammond signed through 2017-18, the Sens are expected to trade one of Craig Anderson or Robin Lehner.

Ottawa had the NHL’s fourth-best team save percentage (.921) in 2014-15, behind only the Canadiens (.926), Blackhawks (.925) and Rangers (.923).

Related: Cameron ‘extremely proud’ of Senators

Spano gets 10 years in prison for fraud

John Spano

From the Associated Press:

A man who once tried to pull off an audacious scam to buy the National Hockey League’s New York Islanders has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for another fraud case in northeast Ohio.

Fifty-year-old John Spano Jr. was sentenced Thursday in Painesville, 30 miles east of Cleveland, after pleading guilty last month to 16 counts of forgery. 

We wrote last month about Spano’s latest scam. In this one, he collected commissions from selling to false accounts that he’d created. The details of that from an earlier Associated Press story:

Spano was hired as a driver for a company that provides laundry services to medical facilities, police said. He was promoted to salesman, which is when he began creating the fake accounts for which he was paid commissions. Police said he ran the operation from an office he set up inside a self-storage unit.

This will be Spano’s third trip to prison.

Somebody throw a hat.

Graham James pleads guilty to latest charge of sexual assault

Graham James

Graham James has pleaded guilty to the latest charge of sexually assaulting a player he used to coach with the Swift Current Broncos.

From the Calgary Sun:

James, appearing in Swift Current Court of Queen’s Bench via closed-circuit TV, pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the then-teen hockey player in the early 1990s.

James is currently serving out a five-year penitentiary term for sexually assaulting former Calgary Flames star Theoren Fleury and his cousin Todd Holt, a standout player with the Swift Current Broncos between 1989 and 1994.

From the Associated Press:

The government and the defense are presenting a joint request that two years be added onto the five-year sentence he is almost finished serving on other charges. It is the third time James has faced sex charges involving players he coached.

Two of James’ former victims, Todd Holt and Sheldon Kennedy, were reportedly in court to support the latest accuser, whose identity has not been publicized.

The judge has adjourned court to decide whether to accept the joint sentencing request.