Friday, June 24, 2011
Countdown to July 1: Updates on Brewer, Sharp; Jeff Carter's reaction to trade
By Pierre LeBrun
The Tampa Bay Lightning should announce today the re-signing of veteran blueliner Eric Brewer to a four-year contract, a source told ESPN.com.
The deal is expected to be worth in the ballpark of $4 million per year. Brewer, who had a solid postseason for the Bolts after coming over from St. Louis at the trade deadline, would have been an unrestricted free agent July 1.
- Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman met in Minnesota with Rick Curran, the veteran agent for Patrick Sharp. The star center is one year removed from being an unrestricted free agent. Bowman and Curran plan to talk again this summer. The Hawks are optimistic they can get Sharp signed to an extension.
- A source within the Winnipeg NHL front office said there is still internal debate as to whether or not the team name should be announced Friday night before their draft selection. Our bet is that they do. Nick Kypreos of Sportsnet in Canada says the team name will be the Jets.
- Jeff Carter on Friday was still incredibly upset about being traded, a source told ESPN.com. When the Columbus rumors first began to fly earlier this month, he met with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren and was assured not to believe those rumors. Ouch.
- Robyn Regehr remained undecided Friday about waiving his no-movement clause for a trade to Buffalo. "Obviously Robyn's been in Calgary his entire career," his agent, J.P. Barry, told ESPN.com. "This is quite possibly one of the most important decisions regarding the next phase of his career. He needs to think about his family and needs time to determine whether this is the right move."
- The Florida Panthers have the No. 3 overall selection, which makes them an attractive target for other teams wanting to move up. But as of noon ET, a Panthers source said there was nothing going on. That can change in a hurry.