Morning Round Up

2001-05-03-inside-niedermayer.jpgNiedermayer eyes NHL’s free market

It’s believed the 31-year-old blue-liner would prefer playing on the West Coast, either with Vancouver, Calgary, Anaheim, Phoenix or Colorado.

Wings look for bargains

Captain Steve Yzerman, with whom Ken Holland is scheduled to meet today in Toronto. The Wings want Yzerman back for a 22nd season, but Yzerman hasn’t publicly committed to play.
There’s also the matter of Brendan Shanahan. The left wing has until 5 p.m. Thursday to exercise his $2.28-million option for the upcoming season, and as of late Tuesday afternoon, the Wings still had not heard from him. It’s possible Shanahan is mulling the chances of signing with his hometown team, Toronto, or his wife’s hometown team, Boston.

Bruins make offer to Thornton

The Boston Bruins made contract offers to several of the team’s restricted and unrestricted free agents Tuesday, including star center Joe Thornton.
Thornton was offered a five-year contract while Sergei Gonchar was tendered a four-year deal. Sergei Samsonov, P. J. Axelsson and Martin Lapointe were given three-year contract offers.

Michigan defenseman best bet as draft’s second pick

Jack Johnson has offensive abilities that make him a top candidate to be the second player chosen after his one-time teammate at Shattuck-St. Mary’s prep school in Minnesota, Sidney Crosby, is claimed by the Penguins with the No. 1 pick.

Ducks shopping second overall pick

Brian Burke says “if we can trade the (No. 2) pick outright for an established player who is a good fit for us, we will do it. And if we get offers to move down a few spots and we can get another (draft) pick, we can do that too. It’s really wide open. We want to see what’s out there.”

Five tips for front-and-center Penguins

Here are some random hockey thoughts as I try to un-squint my eyes that were trying to see those microscopic NHL logos during last week’s NHL Draft Lottery:
If I’m Paul Kariya, I’d sign with the Penguins and play with Super Mario and Sid The Kid.

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