According to Ilya Bryzgalov's agent, Ritch Winter, Flyers' GM Paul Holmgren assured him that Bryzgalov will not be bought out by the team, contrary to a number of recent reports.
The news is a bit surprising considering all indications were pointing towards both Daniel Briere and Bryz being bought out. The Flyers followed through with their decision on Briere, but apparently are leaning towards keeping their much-maligned goaltender. However, there is some reason to be skeptical, as Holmgren also assured Jeff Carter's agent back in 2011 that he wouldn't be traded, only to find Carter on a plane to L.A. a week later. Moreover, with news today that the Flyers are targeting Jonathan Bernier in a trade, Bryz's future in Philly is still up in the air.
Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero and Kris Letang's agent, Kent Hughes, are set to meet in Boston on Wednesday to discuss Letang's potential contract extension.
Letang has just one year left on his deal, and Shero is known for locking his players up before their contracts expire. The prevailing assumption is that Letang is seeking a deal worth at least $7 million per season. Whether the Pens' brass bites on this demand is the question. Stay tuned for any updates on the situation after the meeting transpires.
Joe Sakic told the Denver Post late Tuesday night that if the Avs keep the first overall selection in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, they will select a forward, and not their presumptive top target Seth Jones.
"If we do pick first, we're leaning more toward one of those three forwards," Sakic said. ""We feel those three forwards are just too good to pass up." This comes as a huge shock, as most had pegged Jones to the Avs with the top selection for a number of reasons, including his prior relationship with Sakic and the Avs organization. Whether Sakic is setting up a smokescreen is unclear, but if the Avs do decide to pass on Jones, they will select either Nathan MacKinnon, Jonathan Drouin, or Alexander Barkov, with MacKinnon the likely pick despite already holding a surplus of talent at the center position.
Daniel Briere has reportedly been told by the Philadelphia Flyers that he will be bought out, according to team sources.
He will be given a compliance buyout 48 hours after the Stanley Cup Finals is over, which is when those transactions can start occurring. If the Washington Capitals can't retain the services of Mike Ribeiro, who might be heading for unrestricted free agency, then Briere could be an option there.
Anthony Brodeur, who is the oldest son of future Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur, will play for the Gatineau Olympiques of the QMJHL next season.
He posted a 21-5-2 record with a 2.48 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage during his senior year at Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep. He is eligible for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Last summer, he projected as a fourth to a sixth round selection.
According to two NHL sources not associated with the Flyers, CSNPhilly.com is hearing that Anaheim is listening to offers for Bobby Ryan and Philadelphia is interested.
One source said that there's still "a lot to be worked out," but one scenario could see Braydon Coburn and the 11th overall pick in the 2013 draft going to Anaheim for Ryan. It's not uncommon for the Flyers to be mentioned in several trade rumors, but this off-season could be busy for them since they failed to make the playoffs and they have a difficult cap situation.
The Red Wings hope that Darren Helm will be able to take part in the team's development camp in mid-July.
Detroit wants to see how his ailing back has come along after a few setbacks during the lockout-shortened season. If he doesn't show improvement over the summer then he could be a candidate to start the 2013-14 campaign on injured reserve.
Marian Hossa was criticized by former Chicago Blackhawks star Tony Amonte Tuesday on WEEI-FM 93.7 in Boston.
"I think you play until you can't play anymore," said Amonte who used Nathan Horton, who is playing through a shoulder injury, as an example. Amonte said he heard that Hossa told the training staff he couldn't play after testing his upper-body injury during the warmup and it clearly irked him. "You just don't see guys do things like that in the NHL," he said. "It sounds like it came out of nowhere." Hossa is considered "likely" to play in Game 4 though, according to Hawks coach Joel Quenneville.