March 05, 2007

The guess is Ryan Smyth likely will command a multiyear deal that pays him in excess of $6 million per season. The Islanders likely will make such a bid, but so will the Rangers, as GM Glen Sather was the man who drafted Smyth in Edmonton back in 1994. -- Detroit News

What did Ryan Smyth want? Numerous reports last week had it that the total gap in talks was no more than $1 million, and might have been as short as $100,000 per year. Just prior to the swap, Oilers GM Kevin Lowe warned Smyth's agent Don Meehan of the "ramifications" if the agent didn't call back to accept the standing offer. When the phone didn't ring shortly after noon in Edmonton, Lowe cut the deal with Islanders GM Garth Snow. -- Boston Globe

Word out of L.A. is the Kings dumped captain Mattias Norstrom so they can make a serious run at free-agent-to-be Sheldon Souray, whose ex-wife, actress Angelica Bridges, and daughter live there. Bridges is expecting the couple's second child in May and Souray hopes the two can reconcile. -- Palm Beach Post

The Ottawa Citizen reported that the Bruins offered Tim Thomas and Paul Mara to the Senators for goalie Martin Gerber and defenseman Christoph Schubert prior to Tuesday's trade deadline. Believable? Certainly the money would have worked. -- Boston Globe

Todd Bertuzzi can become an unrestricted free agent July 1, but in many ways staying in Detroit would be ideal. Bertuzzi spends summers in Kitchener, Ontario, a few hours' drive. -- Detroit Free Press

Rumors have swirled that the Flyers might be considering Dale and Mark Hunter as the club's next coach and general manager. -- Camden Courier-Post

Why would the Flyers give up a second-round pick in this year's NHL entry draft for goalie Martin Biron when they could sign the former Sabre for no compensation after he becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1? The answer is simple. By acquiring Biron now, it gives the Flyers the best chance to sign him. -- Philadelphia Inquirer

The Thrashers lose another first-round pick if they re-sign Keith Tkachuk after this season, the final year on his contract. It's not likely that they will. He's here to win now. -- Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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