September 10, 2012
NHL notes: Tyler Seguin wants extension before CBA expires
By QMI Agency
Forward Tyler Seguin wants a contract extension from the Boston Bruins.
And he wants it now. Well, at least before the current collective bargaining agreement expires on Saturday.
According to WEEI, Seguin wasn't worried about getting the deal done when asked about it during the Bruins annual golf tournament Monday and indicated contract talks have gone well. The report indicated something could be announced soon.
Seguin, the second overall pick in 2010 behind Taylor Hall, is going into the final year of his entry-level contract. The Edmonton Oilers recently signed Hall to a seven-year, $42 million extension.
Among the NHL's proposals has been a clause that limits the length of contracts, reportedly to five years, so it's easy to see why Seguin wants it done ASAP.
The Bruins could be in the same situation with forward Milan Lucic, who is going into the last year of a contract that pays him $4.08 million annually. Boston just signed Brad Marchand to a four-year, $18 million contract -- an average of $4.5 million -- so Lucic's asking price could go up considerably.
EX-NHLER FEELS HEAT
Former NHL defenceman Brent Sopel has really bad timing.
Sopel, who plays for Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the KHL after more than a decade in the NHL, struck a nerve by tweeting Monday that he wasn't pleased about Chicago public school teachers going on strike.
"CPS teachers strike during this economy. Be happy you have a job in a profession YOU chose. #wasteoftime," Sopel said on his Twitter account.
The tweet comes at the same time as his former union -- the NHL Players Association -- is trying to negotiate a new contract with the league and is in danger of being locked out this weekend. Sopel had responses ready for those mentioning the whole pot-kettle thing.
"All who would like to throw out the hockey comments because of my CPS comments just remember that hockey isn't funded by tax payers," he tweeted. "Go ahead and hate me because I have an opinion. I donate countless hours to charity and put my money where my mouth is. Yes arenas are funded with tax payer money. Along with that they bring jobs and revenue to the cities. Gov. money doesn't fund our pension."
CATS' D-MAN OUT
Florida Panthers defenceman Erik Gudbranson could be out until the new year after having shoulder surgery last week.
Gudbranson was hurt during an informal workout with teammates at the team's practice site in Coral Springs, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinal. He had surgery Sept. 6, according to the team.
The Panthers didn't give a timetable for Gudbranson's return but the Sun Sentinal reported that it could be up to four months.
Gudbranson had two goals and six assists in 72 games as a rookie last season.
The New York Rangers re-signed restricted free agent defenceman Steve Eminger to a reported one-year, $750,000 contract. A former first-round pick of the Washington Capitals, Eminger had two goals and three assists in 42 games with the Rangers last season ... The Florida Panthers announced that their home arena will now be known as the BB&T Center. It was previously the BankAtlantic Center.