June 28, 2009
Briere could be Plan B for Habs
By BRUCE GARRIOCH, SUN MEDIA
MONTREAL -- If the Canadiens can't swing a deal for Tampa C Vincent Lecavalier, Flyers C Daniel Briere could be the prize behind door No. 2.
While Flyers GM Paul Holmgren didn't get any bites as he shopped around his high-priced centre at the draft, it doesn't mean he struck out.
Habs GM Bob Gainey could turn his attention to landing Briere, if his bid for Lecavalier fails.
Sources say the Flyers would also like to trade W Simon Gagne.
STILL COURTING HAVLAT
Chicago GM Dale Tallon told Sun Media he's still trying to sign Martin Havlat before the winger becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1. "We're trying to get something done. We want him to be a part of the team. We're looking at several different options. We have until (Wednesday) and we're hopeful," said Tallon. The 'Hawks would like Havlat to sign an eight-year deal. If Havlat hits the open market, the Kings, Wild and Canucks will all be interested. The belief is Havlat wants to stay in the Windy City and contract talks will continue right up until the start of free agency.
OFF THE GLASS
Colorado C Joe Sakic has informed the team he wants to play one more season. Getting a shot at playing for Canada at the Olympics in Vancouver is a huge motivating factor for Sakic, who is from Burnaby, B.C. ... The Senators won't make D Brendan Bell a qualifying offer by tomorrow's deadline, meaning he'll become a UFA. Bell had a strong finish last season with the Senators, but they've been unable to trade D Jason Smith or D Alexandre Picard to free up any cash ... The Flyers spoke to the Sharks about G Evgeni Nabokov, but Philly can't make a trade unless it involves a big salary going back the other way ... The Penguins are expected to sign veteran W Bill Guerin before July 1.