Zigmund Palffy, a former Los Angeles Kings forward and now an unrestricted free agent, wants to sign a contract to last him through the end of his NHL career, a newspaper reported yesterday.
"The avalanche with contract signing ... will start on Aug. 1," Palffy told Slovak daily SME. "My former club, Los Angeles Kings, is showing greatest interest, but I don't exclude that in the end I will end up in Toronto, Detroit or in Florida."
The 33-year-old, who has played in the NHL since the 1993-94 season, said he was not nervous about his future.
"I will certainly not take the first contract they will offer," Palffy said. "I want a more long-term contract, three to four years, which would last until the end of my career in the NHL."
Holik headed back to Swamp?August 2 @ 10:00 AM
Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello is said to have initiated negotiations yesterday aimed at bringing the bought-out center back to the Devils as an unrestricted free agent, reports the New York Post. Lamoriello appears to be juggling several negotiations at once, and he may be unable to manage them all. His salary cap room appears to be between $7-8 million, and it is believed he has offered some $6.8M of that to unrestricted free agent Norris Trophy holder Scott Niedermayer.