No deal between former Bruin Samsonov and Sharks

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No deal between former Bruin Samsonov and Sharks

The reports of Sergei Samsonov heading to training camp with the San Jose Sharks are not quite accurate, according to his agent Neil Abbott. The Edmonton Journal reported earlier this week that Samsonov was headed to camp with the Sharks to fight for a spot on their Opening Night roster.

But thats not quite the case right now, though Samsonovs camp and San Jose have had discussions.

The report in the Journal stated Samsonovs agent, Igor Larionov, said the Russian winger and former top-10 first round pick would be in camp with the Sharks if the CBA was completed in a timely fashion.

That might be a nice little scoop if Larionov was, in fact, Samsonovs agent.

But Abbott was, is and will continue to be the agent for the former Bruins, Oilers, Canadiens, Blackhawks, Panthers and Canes winger, and he indicated nothing has been agreed to between his client and the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks issued a no comment when asked to confirm the signing by CSNBayArea.com reporter Kevin Kurz on Tuesday in keeping with Abbotts consistent message.

The only thing thats 100 percent accurate: Samsonov is definitely coming back after sitting the 2011-12 hockey season.

Sergei is definitely making a comeback, said Abbott to CSNNE.com. He is skating with Igor in Detroit, but Larionov is not his agent. I am speaking with several teams and we have not made a deal with the San Jose Sharks.

Abbott wouldnt elaborate on which teams he was speaking with, but it sounds like San Jose isnt the only team with a hat in the Samsonov ring.

Samsonov put up 13 goals and 27 assists for 40 points in 78 games split between the Carolina Hurricanes and Florida Panthers when he last played in the NHL during the 2010-11 season. He also still just 33 years old with enough skill to fill out a top-9 forward role for some team thats in need, but his days of being a consistent 20-goal scorer in the NHL -- like he was with the Bruins -- appear to be long gone.

The idea of Samsonov reuniting with his fellow former Bruins prodigy Joe Thornton in San Jose is an intriguing one, and it may still happen. But it's not a done deal yet.

Report: Marchand agrees to eight-year extension with Bruins

Report: Marchand agrees to eight-year extension with Bruins

The Bruins took care of their biggest priority today as they reached agreement with Brad Marchand on an eight-year contract extension, according to several reports.

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Elliotte Friedman reports Marchand has agreed to an eight year, $49 million extension ($6.125 million per season) that will effectively allow him to finish his career in Boston.

It was felt the Bruins would have been playing with fire if they allowed Marchand -- a 37-goal scorer last year -- to start the season unsigned, especially after he ripped up the World Cup of Hockey competition on a line with Patrice Bergeron and Sidney Crosby. Bruins president Cam Neely told CSN a couple of weeks ago that Boston was aiming to get the deal done with Marchand prior to the start of the regular season. In fact, they managed to get it done before the start of even the preseason.

Marchand has consistently said that he wants to finish out his career with the Bruins, who drafted and developed him and with whom he turned into an elite player in the last couple of years. He’s clearly taking a hometown discount to stick with Boston.

This is what Marchand said to CSN on breakup day last April:

“I obviously love being a part of this organization, this city and this team, and I don’t think this team is done having some good runs. I would love to be a part of this organization for the rest of my career, but the reality is when you look around the league that it doesn’t happen for many guys. We’ll deal with it when the time comes.”

Well, the time came and Marchand put his money where his sometimes big mouth usually is. The Bruins agitator easily could have demanded a yearly salary of $7 million-plus in free agency.

Credit to Don Sweeney and Neely for closing the deal with Marchand, and ticking one very important thing off their checklist that will help make the Bruins great again.

Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

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Monday, Sept. 26: So what happens if Canada loses World Cup final?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading while finding it hard to believe that it’s game day for the Boston Bruins. Summer is officially O-V-A.
 
-- The Montreal media is starting to get on board with this tougher, grittier version of the Habs, along with a healthy Carey Price.
 
-- Pierre McGuire sits in with Ottawa’s TSN sports radio station and talks Team Europe in the World Cup, as well as a number of other things.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Mike Zeisberger is already openly wondering what would happen in Canada if they lose to Team Europe in the best-of-three final to the World Cup.

-- FOH (Friend of Haggs) Puck Daddy Greg Wyshynski asks Brad Marchand if a part of him has thought about playing with Sidney Crosby on the Penguins if he hits free agency. Bells, alarms and whistles should be going off on Causeway Street to give No. 63 whatever he wants at this point. In case you missed it, I talked about the danger of Crosby trying to woo his Nova Scotian buddy to Pittsburgh last week.
 
-- PHT writer James O’Brien says it sounds like the St. Louis Blues are going to play a more aggressive brand of hockey this season.
 
-- For something completely different: Forbes Magazine says Pete Carroll, not Bill Belichick, should be considered the NFL’s foremost cheater.