Welcome to your NHL Roundup, where we provide you with your Morning Links from around the NHL. The action on the ice may be over but there is never an off-season off the ice.
Everyone’s favorite Tea Party goalie, Tim Thomas, is looking to make a comeback. Who else is happy? Huh? Huh?:
Former Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas is thinking about making a return to the NHL after spending the 2012-13 season on the sidelines as a suspended player, his agent confirmed to NHL.com Monday night.
ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun reported earlier Monday that Thomas’ agent, Bill Zito, said the goalie has asked him to explore options for next season. Zito later confirmed the report to NHL.com via e-mail.
Thomas, 39, is technically a member of the New York Islanders, who acquired him in a trade from the Bruins on Feb. 2. The Islanders have the right to toll Thomas’ contract into the 2013-14 season, but the team has given no indication that it plans to do so, which would make Thomas an unrestricted free agent at noon ET on Friday.
The Rick DiPietro saga, which seemed over at various points throughout the 31-year-old’s career, will finally come to an end for real, you guys. The Isles will be buying out the remaining 8 years(!!!) of his contract:
The 31-year-old DiPietro, the No. 1 pick in the 2000 NHL draft, will be placed on waivers Tuesday before the compliance buyout can be used, the Islanders official told The Associated Press on Monday night on condition of anonymity.
The club will have to pay DiPietro $1.5 million for each of the next 16 years—double the years left on his original 15-year pact with New York. That amount won’t count against the Islanders’ salary cap.
Turns out that locking up your Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender is important. The Blue Jackets and Sergei Bobrovsky got things figured out on a two-year deal:
The 24-year-old Russian, recipient of the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goalie this past season, could have become a restricted free agent this week.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team. Bobrovsky was paid $1.750 million last season. His representative, Paul Theofanous, was not immediately available. The Columbus Dispatch reported that the new deal was for $5.625 million per year.
And finally, after months and months of nothing, we might finally have an answer on just what will happen with the Phoenix Coyotes:
With Tuesday night’s Glendale City Council meeting, the Coyotes will find out if the city will approve an arena lease agreement with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment, which has an agreement in place to buy the franchise from the NHL.
Should the council approve the 15-year, $225 million deal for Jobing.com Arena, the path will be cleared for the Coyotes to stay in Arizona.
A vote against the lease agreement means the Coyotes are almost certainly headed out of town for good.
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