Big day for AK46?

Agent Don Meehan told Marc de Foy of the Journal du Montréal he’s in "active" negotiations and has four or five meetings with the Canadiens to discuss a new contract for Andrei Kostitsyn.

They’ll talk again today.

Is there reason to believe an agreement is imminent?

"Not yet," Meehan told de Foy. "We’ll see what Friday has in store for us."

If Kostitsyn is not signed by Tuesday, he becomes a restricted free agent. Should another team offer him huge money – a distinct possibility in the wacky, wonderful NHL (see VANEK, Thomas and PENNER, Dustin) – the Canadiens would have the right to match the offer or obtain draft choices as compensation.

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From Larry Brooks of the New York Post, who reports today the Russian Super league has offered Jaromir Jagr a cool $35 million for the next three of his declining years:

Multiple sources have told The Post that Mats Sundin will be the
Rangers’ No. 1 target when the free agent market opens Tuesday at noon
. . .

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Sean Avery eight times a season?

The Toronto Sun reports the NHL’s Pestmaster-General may consider signing with the Leafs if the price is right:

" … money is the new motivation, with the unrestricted free agent and the Rangers as much as $1 million US apart in talks during the past season and now near an impasse. Avery had made $1.9 million and though he loves the Big Apple limelight, he currently is an intern at Vogue magazine and likely will make New York his permanent residence, the source said he’d be willing to take his on-ice act here, if it meant a big pay day.

Last season Avery, a native of Pickering, just outside Toronto, said "I don’t enjoy hockey-obsessed Canadians. The (US-Canadian dollar) exchange is not very good right now. And it’s going to cost me a lot of money in tickets for people I don’t even like."

There’s also some buzz in Toronto that Gary Roberts (who is not working at Vogue this summer) may be on his way back to the Leafs – which would help Don Cherry get over the departure of Darcy Tucker.



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