Canucks’ Plan V?

Vancouver may trade for Antoine Vermette if they don’t land Mats Sundin.

From the Vancouver Province, based on an Ottawa Sun story:

According to a report in the Ottawa Sun, the Canucks have kicked the tires on a deal for the 26-year-old restricted free agent who scored 53 points (24-29) in 81 games last season for Ottawa.
Vermette will go to salary arbitration at the end of July and the Senators are apparently concerned he may be awarded $2.5 to $3 million.
The other reason the Sens might be willing to part with the second-line scoring of Vermette is they are desperate to add some offence to their back end. GM Brian Murray tried to get free-agent offensive defenceman Brian Campbell, but he signed with Chicago.
Canucks defencemen Sami Salo and Kevin Bieksa have had their names thrown out as possibilities to be included in a potential deal.

Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated reports Brandan Shanahan will be back for another season:

Shanahan, a free agent, is seeking a one-year contract. If a deal with the Rangers can’t be worked out — and currently New York is his only focus — he would be willing to listen to offers from other teams. He already has deflected off-ice offers, including from media outlets.

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John Tortorella meets Garth Snow tomorrow.

Islanders’ players won’t hate him until Monday.

Tortorella may not be in a big rush to resume coaching. The remaining year of his Tamba Bay contract pays Tortorella $1.3 million – more than twice as much as Ted Nolan was making.


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The Gazette has a feature on innovative uses of the Stanley Cup.

The latest is Tomas Holmstrom lending the cherished chalice to his cousin as a baptismal font.

"Tomas came up with the idea when we were sitting in his summer cabin kitchen a week ago," Robert Sundstrom told Associated Press. "Me and my wife thought it would be fun to christen our daughter in such a priceless object." The Sundstrom’s seven-week-old daughter, Alva Felicia, was baptized during a ceremony in northern Sweden, near Holmstrom’s hometown of Pitea. Watching the proceedings were two members of the NHL’s security staff, who kept guard over the Stanley Cup.

Beats the Kris Draper episode.

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