No Gretzky in Dallas? Kovalchuk Waiting Until After Playoffs to Talk Contract … Vokoun on the Move?
  • Mark Everson of the NY Post: Ilya Kovalchuk has no plans on having contract negotiations with the New Jersey Devils until the playoffs are over. “I don’t think anything is going to happen before we’re done,” Kovalchuk said. “I don’t want anything to interfere with the team. I’m still looking for my first win in the playoffs.” It might be good news for the Devils in that he at least is interested in the possibility of re-signing with the Devils.
  • George Richards of the Miami Herald: Tomas Vokoun’s tenure as the Florida Panthers goalie could be down to it’s last week. Under contract through next season, Vokoun has been subject to trade rumors for at least a year. The Panthers have Scott Clemmensen under contract for 2 more years and has played well. Tyler Plante and Alexander Salak have been solid in the AHL. They are close to signing U. of Denver goalie, Marc Cheverie. But the one of the main reasons for a likely trade of Vokoun is Jacob Markstrom, their 2008 1st round pick. Markstrom is one of the top goalies outside the NHL, and is likely to sign a contract this summer. They may want Markstrom to start in the minors, but he might be ready to be a backup in the NHL.