Tuesday, August 02, 2005
Oilers, Flames pressing for Niedermayer
Scott Niedermayer and Sergei Gonchar remain the two key defencemen left on the free agent market.
Sources tell Sportsnet both the Calgary Flames and Edmonton Oilers are among the teams expressing the most interest in Niedermayer. The Vancouver Canucks have also made gestures, although the Canucks are believed to be reluctant to commit to the millions Niedermayer is sure to demand.Sources also say former Vancouver general manger Brian Burke will meet face-to-face with Niedermayer's agent, Kevin Epp, this week in an effort to present a case on why the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim make a good fit for the veteran blueliner. And while there has been great interest in Niedermayer across the league, the only Eastern Conference team, at this point to make a significant push is the New Jersey Devils. As far as Gonchar is concerned, he is considered Niedermayer's closest rival and will undoubtedly wait until Niedermayer is signed to gauge where his value in the market place should be.
-referenced from www.sportsnet.ca