The winnipeg jets have contacted Claude Giroux's agent, and contract talks have began.
“Claude Giroux's agent is coming in the next couple of weeks,” Winnipeg GM said. “And we’ll do everything in our power to sign him. That’s obviously my biggest priority. This isn’t rocket science. I’m going to try everything I can to get him signed.”
Per Bob McKenzie:
The Ottawa Senators are in the mix for Pavel Datsyuk and have had continuous talks with he and his agent on the possibility of playing for them for the upcoming season(s). I am also hearing from multiple sources that forward Artem Anisimov might be traded in the next coming weeks. It also looks like Calder Trophy winner and 2013 1st overall pick "Morgan Klimchuk" has been training hard over the offseason and looks to improve on his 64 point rookie year.
Newly named Captain "Jason Spezza" being interviewed about the possibility of having Pavel Datsyuk on his team and the improvements of his winger "Morgan Klimchuk"
Well I've played with Pavel on All-Star teams and played against him numerous times. He is a very special player who has the best hands in the league and can make any player look silly, says Spezza. He can do things with the puck that make him look like a magician on the ice it's really incredible to watch, i'd love to have him on the team, says Spezza.
Morgan is a very smart skilled player who makes things out on the ice look so simple and effortless he is a very easy and fun player to play with, he did a lot of off season training with Gary Roberts and he looks like he will play better then he did last year, says Spezza
"I'm excited to play in Canada with a team contending for the Stanley Cup" Patrice told media while in Quebec visiting family.
The Vancouver Canucks we're looking to make an impact on July 1st after releasing the Sedin twins just a week ago, and they did just that. Mike Gillis and the Canucks organization signed C Patrice Bergeron to a 7 year, $49M deal, making $7M a season and becoming the highest paid Canuck on their roster. "It's exciting" Bergeron told Canucks media this morning while visiting his relatives in Quebec, "I'm excited to play in Canada with a team contending for the Stanley Cup." Bergeron recorded 57 points last season with the Bruins, the Canucks bitter rival. Bergeron expanded on the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals against the Canucks, "They hated us and we hated them, no two ways about it. There is a whole different core in Vancouver now and I'm ready to bring Vancouver it's first cup."
Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis also spoke to media this morning, and had nothing but good things to say about Patrice. "He's an extremely skilled two-way player" Gillis praised, "his high-end talent along with his playoff experience made him a must have for us, we need guys like Patrice to get us back to where we we're a month ago, and we need guys like him to have a different result." The only question left is, where will he play? signs lead to that he will center the 2nd line with Lars Eller and Bill Sweatt, but Gillis also told media that he's not done yet, "We have a lot of work to do, we need depth on the wings and we're working on it." More fireworks may be coming out of Vancouver in the near future, it will be an interesting off-season for the Canucks and it's fans, as if it hasn't been interesting enough so far.
The decision is in: Claude Giroux is heading north of the border.
After 3˝ days of weighing his options and mulling his future as one of the most coveted restricted free agents in recent years, Giroux committed to the Winnipeg Jets on Friday. Giroux agreed to terms on a 5-year deal worth $60 million, a source confirmed to ESPNNewYork.com. The deal, which carries an average annual value of roughly $12 million, will keep the 26-year-old in winnipeg until age 31.