“The Blues are trying to find other partners to drive up the price, but the Thrashers are offering the most, and there are only so many teams that can get afford the deal. The teams all would want to negotiate an extension to assure that they have Chris past the one year. He is pretty close to a max player so that is fairly simple.”
The Colorado Avalanche retained the rights to forwards Milan Hejduk and Alex Tanguay, but missing from the list Thursday were possible free agents Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote.
There’s talk the Flyers have also made a pitch for the No. 2 pick because GM Bobby Clarke would like to select Owen Sound right winger Bobby Ryan, whose family has a close relationship with Clarke.