Hopefully you didn't pre-order that Dan Fritsche jersey

June 18, 2008

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Ryan Malone isn't going anywhere. At least not yet.

According to Mike Liut, Malone's agent, his client is opposed to a potential trade that would send his exclusive negotiating rights to Columbus in exchange for a draft pick or players such as center Dan Fritsche.

Basically Malone wants to cash in on July 1 when the free agent signing period starts. He's not going to negotiate with anyone and he says he doesn't want a team to give up a potential teammate.

The only way the Penguins would get anything in return in a potential trade would be if Malone agreed to terms with the Blue Jackets.

It's hard to blame Malone on this. He's just trying to make as much money as possible. He'll probably never be a hotter commodity on the free agent market. It's entirely possible someone will go all Kevin Lowe and offer him a Dustin Penner type of deal. Malone's not being selfish. He's being smart.

P.S. For what it's worth, Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch said the Penguins never officially offered Malone to the Blue Jackets.

EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS

Penguins

-If you were still holding out hope in getting Kris Beech's game-used shorts, we have some good news. The Penguins will hold an equipment sale June 27.

Atlantic Division

-R.J. Umberger, who we heard is from Pittsburgh, is among a group of restricted free agents the Flyers are trying to sign.

-Islanders forward Bill Guerin underwent shoulder surgery.

-Former Islanders goaltender Glenn Healy quit his job as an analyst with TSN to take a position with the NHLPA which apparently requires the ability to speak out of more than one hole on your body.

-By the looks of things, the Rangers signed a Swedish version of Jarkko Ruutu named Andreas Jamtin.

-The Rangers have yet to contact unrestricted free agent forward and captain Jaromir Jagr about coming back for 2008-09.

-Rangers assistant coach Perry Pearn is not happy with Panthers general manager Jacques Martin. Pearn was considered a candidate for the Panthers' head coaching position until it was filled by Peter DeBoers.

Northeast Division

-If you're a Senators fan, don't pay $125 for tickets to the draft. It's a free event.

Southeast Division

-The Thrashers plan on hanging on to defenseman Alexei Zhitnik.

Central Division

-In a shocking discovery, it was revealed Chris Chelios had a hand in the damage the Stanley Cup suffered recently.

Smythe Division

-Former Red Wings forward Igor Larionov and former Oilers forward Glenn Anderson were announced as inductees in the Hockey Hall of Fame's class of 2008. They will be joined by former official Ray Scapinello and former junior hockey executive Ed Chynoweth.

-They're still mad about the Hockey Night in Canada song up there in the great white north.

-Current and former NHLers Byron Dafoe, Brent Johnson, Olaf Kolzig and Sheldon Souray will be taking part in the Athletes Against Autism Golf Tournament June 22-23. For more information visit http://www.athletesagainstautism.org.



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