- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: The sale of the Dallas Stars may drag on for months as the lenders may wait for a deal they deem worthy. Monarch Investment Group and Galatioto Sports Group are the leading lenders involved, and are in control of the team. They have not gotten into serious negotiations, as potential buyers are not interested in purchasing the team at the current asking price. The longer this drags on, the harder it will be to sign Brad Richards to a contract extension. If they don’t have him signed by the trade deadline, they could look at dealing him, rather than losing him for nothing. Forbes valued the team at $246 million last year. The Tampa Bay Lightning were sold for between $110-170 million this year, after being sold for $206 million in 2008.
- Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News: Stars goalie Kari Lehtonen will not play in Tuesday’s pre-season game as he has an groin injury. It sounds like it’s minor as he may play in Thursday game.
- Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune: Jose Theodore’s agent has said his client would be interested in being the backup in Minnesota if the team decides to go that route.
“I told Chuck to keep me in mind. I think they’ll probably get their staff together and assess where they go from here, but I’d say, ‘It’s a consideration for them, yes, and Jose would be intrigued by Minnesota.'”
Theodore, who was the NHL’s 2002 winner of the Hart (MVP) and Vezina (best goaltender) trophies, is training every day as he waits for an opportunity. Meehan said Theodore, 34, hasn’t ruled out playing in Europe.
GM Cliff Fletcher said he’s received several calls from teams that could be interested in sending them their 2nd or 3rd goalies. Pierre-Marc Bouchard practiced for the first time in a year. He hopes to be ready for the start of the year, but that is doubtful.
- Tom Gulitti of the Bergon Record: Zach Parise has said he’s open to contract talks with the New Jersey Devils during the season, if the team is open to doing that. Parise will be a RFA on July 1st 2011, a UFA in 2012. He currently doesn’t have an agent, but could hire one quickly if needed.
- Bruce Garrioch via twitter: At some point the New York Rangers will buyout Wade Redden, as he’s not going to play 4 years in the AHL.
- Jim Jamieson of the Vancouver Province: Vancouver Canucks winger Sergei Shirokov may have lost his chance to make the opening day roster because of poor conditioning. Shirokov was held out of practice and worked with their fitness and skills coaches. The 24 year old turned down more money from the KHL for a chance to play in the NHL.
- Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun: Maple Leafs winger Fredrik Sjostrom will play his 1st pre-season game this weekend. Sjostrom has been recovering from shoulder surgery. The battle for the 3rd line center position has comes down to John Mitchell, Tim Brent, or Nazem Kadri.
- John Wawrow (AP) on The Globe and Mail: The Buffalo Sabres have resumed talks with 2009 1st round pick, Zack Kassian. The Sabres had suspended talks after Kassian was charged with assault for punching a man at a bar in Windsor. He’s close to reaching an out-of-court settlement in that matter. I’ve seen him play a couple pre-season games this year, he looks like he can be a solid NHLer, and might be ready this year.