Ray Whitney is one of a handful of veteran players that has yet to sign on with a new team. At 42 years old and having been in the NHL since 1992, it might be a little tricky for him to score a deal with a team.
If that sounds like the kind of situation that would bother a player that’s been around as long as he has, think again. Pierre LeBrun at ESPN.com caught up with Whitney to find out he’s not exactly stressing out about not having a new contract.
“I’m in shape, I’m skating, but I’m not too worried,” Whitney said. “There’s obviously limitations to where I would go, but I’m not out there searching for anything, either.”
Whitney said he won’t keep skating for much longer as the clock ticks down towards the start of training camp – now two weeks away – and his interest in playing wanes more as time rolls on.
Last season with the Dallas Stars, Whitney had nine goals and 23 assists in 69 games – his lowest full-season point output since 2003-04 with the Detroit Red Wings.
If this is the end of the road, it’s been a heck of a run that’s taken him into parts of three decades and netted him a Stanley Cup in 2006 with the Carolina Hurricanes.
If the St. Louis Blues are looking for Stanley Cup-winning experience, they just found a guy to help provide that.
The Blues announced they’ve signed forward Colin Fraser to a one-year two-way contract. He spent the past three seasons with the Los Angeles Kings and was an important player in their Stanley Cup win in 2012.
Fraser, 29, was a favorite of Kings coach Darryl Sutter and played well on the fourth line for Los Angeles. Last season, he struggled a bit and spent some time in the AHL before being recalled for the Kings playoff run. He did not participate in the playoffs, however, as the Kings four steady lines rolled strong throughout the postseason.
In his career, Fraser has been part of three Cup-winning teams also playing on the 2010 Chicago Blackhawks team that knocked off Philly in the Final. His brand of physical, defensive play should have Blues coach Ken Hitchcock over the moon to have him potentially help in the bottom six.
It’s starting to look like New York Islanders owner Charles Wang had his hands full when looking for someone to buy the team.
According to Dan Primack at Fortune.com, Wang had a third party separate from Jon Ledecky, whom he sold the team to, and Andrew Barroway, who he’s now being sued by, he was negotiating with.
Apparently unbeknownst to Barroway, Fortune has learned that Wang also was negotiating to sell the team to a Boston-based investment firm called Peak Ridge Capital. Not beginning in March, but several months earlier.
According to Primack, Peak Ridge was aware of Wang’s negotiations with Barroway and they came in with a bid of around $478 million for the team. Peak Ridge also would’ve had a former NHL player involved to help run the operations. Let’s all ponder who that could’ve been had they won out.
Of course, Wang went away from Barroway after he balked at his final asking price of around $548 million. Peak Ridge’s CEO, like Barroway did before Wang upped the ante, thought he had a deal done. According to Fortune, Peak Ridge isn’t interested in suing Wang.
Negotiating with multiple interested parties doesn’t seem uncommon, but it doesn’t do much for having good faith in those talks if you’re playing them all against each other.
Ultimately Wang got what he wanted so he’s satisfied. Of course, if he winds up stuck paying millions to Barroway for legal costs he might think otherwise.
In case you haven’t noticed, the San Jose Sharks haven’t had the best of luck in the postseason in recent years. They’ve also done so wearing their black alternate sweaters at home.
After last season’s failure to close out the Los Angeles Kings after being up 3-0 in the series, things are apparently about to change.
David Pollak of the San Jose Mercury News reports the team will be changing things up should they make the playoffs in the upcoming season and opting to wear their regular teal home sweaters instead of the black thirds.
The Sharks have worn black in the playoffs in each of the past four postseasons starting in 2010-11. That season, San Jose made it to the Western Conference Final for the second straight year, ultimately losing to the Vancouver Canucks.
Since then, they’ve been bumped out in the first round twice and the second round once. Given how superstitious hockey players are in the first place, it’s amazing they kept wearing black this long.
If Detroit Red Wings fans are looking for some good news heading into the new season, captain Henrik Zetterberg has some.
The 33-year-old Swede told Ansar Khan of Mlive.com that the back issue that hampered him most of last season is healed and he’s ready to go.
“That part of the back is healed,” Zetterberg said Thursday. “I feel good. I can do everything on the ice and in the weight room. I had a really good summer, workout-wise, so I look forward to seeing what results that will give me. It’s nice to come in and feel good and not think about (his back) and just go out and play hockey.”
Zetterberg’s back limited him to 45 games last season and kept him from captaining Team Sweden at the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
When he played, he was outstanding putting up 48 points with 16 goals in that time. His back kept him out of most of the Red Wings’ playoffs against the Boston Bruins as he played in just two out of the five games.
Safe to say the Red Wings don’t need more injury problems this season after going through so many last season. Zetterberg’s aching back staying healthy will go a long way to helping them out.