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TSN Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie, Pierre LeBrun and Darren Dreger gathered for the latest installment of Insider Trading and the topics discussed were Tim Thomass professional tryout with the Panthers, the status of contract extension talks between the Canucks and the Sedin twins, the Rangers negotiations with Henrik Lundqvist on an extension and restricted free agent Derek Stepan on a new deal, the chances of free agent Brenden Morrow signing with a new team, as well the NHLs new rule that sees a minor penalty given to a player who removes his helmet prior to a fight. D.J. Fluker Jersey . Why are the Florida Panthers taking a chance on a 39-year-old Tim Thomas who hasnt played in 17 months? Pierre LeBrun: For Dale Tallon, hes got a young goalie in Jakob Markstrom that struggled at times last season when given the No. 1 mantle. Dale Tallon wants Tim Thomas to come in and be a mentor for Jakob Markstrom just as he was for Tuukka Rask in Boston. Now, hes 39. He hasnt played in a year-and-a-half. All indications are that hes in pretty good shape and hes going to hit the ice for the first time on Tuesday, but its a tryout. If this doesnt work out, there are no strings attached. In the end, this is about Markstrom so that he isnt overwhelmed at being No. 1. Bob McKenzie: This is also about Tim Thomas knowing that theres an Olympics this year. People realize that this is a long shot and he hasnt played in over a year, but just for the record the Team USA had added him to their long list. That didnt just happen today in light of what happened with the Florida Panthers. It was actually done in the summer. David Poile and Team USA are not taking any chances. Tim Thomas is on the long list of players eligible to be named to Team USA. Are the Canucks and Sedins getting any closer on dollar figure and what kind of term that were talking about? What about the Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist? Darren Dreger: Yes, because theyre talking about it on almost a daily basis, so they are inching towards it. J.P. Barry, who represents Daniel and Henrik Sedin, met with Canucks management on Thursday. They talked again on Friday and it was quiet over the weekend. Claes Elefalk, who represents the twins out of Sweden, has made his way over to Canada, so the expectation is that negotiations will continue this week, perhaps, midweek. The tricky part is going to be the term. You know what the dollars are going to be. Certainly, theyre going to get a raise better than their current $6.1 mill. per year, but is it a three-year term, four-year term, five-year term? The Canucks will likely want a lower end term and the players are going to want a four or five-year term. Bob McKenzie: And thats also the thorny issue there could be with Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers. When Henrik Lundqvists current deal expires and hes on an extension, hell be 33-years-old on the first year of that extension. Do you want to give a 33-year-old goaltender, as good as Henrik Lundqvist is and as much as he means to the New York Rangers, a long term deal or do you want it shorter? Don Meehan, the agent for Henrik Lundqvist, was in Manhattan last week talking with Glen Sather from the New York Rangers. Nobodys sounding any alarm bells, but there is that issue of term. Everybody knows that Lundqvist is going to get north of the $7 mill. a year that Pekka Rinne and Tuukka Rask get, the highest-paid goaltenders in the NHL, but the question is how long is it going to be and how much more than $7 mill.? What about a contract for Derek Stepan while were with the Rangers? Bob McKenzie: Still no word on the restricted free agent. The word out of New York is that not only is he looking for Matt Duchene money, which is a bridge deal of two years and $3.5 mill. per year, the word out of New York is that hes actually looking for somewhere north of $3.5 mill. a year. The Rangers sound like theyre prepared to pay $3 mill. or $3 mill. and change, but right now, there is still a significant distance. With the cap down to $64.3 mill., there are a lot of unrestricted free agents who have been frozen out of this, does Brenden Morrow get a contract? Pierre LeBrun: Ive never been asked on Twitter more about what “PTO” met than whats happening here over the last month. Brenden Morrow doesnt want a PTO. He wants to sign an honest-to-goodness NHL contract, so hes sitting at home, working out and waiting for that. Pittsburgh and Philadelphia are among the contenders that are keeping an eye on Brenden Morrow, but they dont have any cap room to sign him right now, so theyre just waiting to see what transpires. Carolina Hurricanes, with the Kirk Muller-Dallas connection, they also value Brenden Morrow, but again, right now nothing imminent on that front. Theyre going to have to wait and be patient. New rule this year - you cant talk your helmet off for a fight or its an extra two-minute penalty. We saw David Broll and Doug Clarkson get penalized for that, but is there concern that its a meaningless rule? Darren Dreger: A bit toothless, yes, because it makes sense that, if one player removes his helmet, then the other player, who is a willing combatant in this fight, takes his helmet off as well, each player gets a five-minute fighting major and a two-minute minor for removing the helmet and, effectively, its a wash. There are some in the league who wanted it to be an automatic game misconduct or, perhaps, be cumulative, but the players association wasnt onside with that because it becomes a bit too prohibitive and the players around the National Hockey League still want to protect the role of the fighter. Sterling Shepard Jersey .NYCFC confirmed to The Associated Press on Saturday that this week Lampard signed a contract to start in July — midway through the new teams first season in MLS. John Jerry Jersey . Stiverne stopped Chris Arreola in the sixth round Saturday night, claiming the WBC heavyweight title belt vacated by Vitali Klitschko. http://www.nygiantsfanatic.com/c-59-giants-andrew-adams-jersey.aspx . Cilic cruised to victory, beating the seventh-seeded Seppi 6-1, 6-3 in just 72 minutes. He faced only one break point, winning 24 out of 29 points played on the first serve.CALGARY -- Steve Yzerman would prefer to get Canadas players on the ice at the upcoming orientation camp for the Olympic mens hockey team. But the price tag to insure players against injury is too high for Hockey Canada, so the four-day camp starting Sunday in Calgary will consist of informational meetings about the Games in Sochi, Russia, and fostering team chemistry off the ice. "Not going on the ice isnt the end of the world," says Yzerman, the executive director of the national mens team. "Theres lot of other things that need to be done in preparation, logistically going through how were going to get there, where well stay, where family and friends may stay, a walkthrough of the venues, drug testing policy, a lot of informational things we need to go through and get out of the way. This is a good time to do it." Forty-seven players -- five goaltenders, 17 defencemen and 25 forwards -- are scheduled to arrive in Calgary on Sunday and head to Hockey Canadas headquarters at Canada Olympic Park on the citys west side. Canada can take three goaltenders and 22 skaters to Sochi. Among the summer camp invitees are 15 players who won Olympic gold in Vancouver in 2010, including Sidney Crosby. The Pittsburgh stars overtime goal lifted Canada to a 3-2 win over the U.S. in the final. Players invited to the same orientation camp in the summer of 2009 skated daily and finished with an intra-squad game that drew a sellout crowd to the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Saddledome is undergoing restoration from severe flooding in June, but thats not keeping the players off the ice next week, says Yzerman. "Its strictly insurance," he explains. "Its because of the high cost of insurance Hockey Canada is obligated to place on the players were not going to skate." Its up to each countrys federation to insure NHL players against injury at summer camps. Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson has said that would cost over $1 million for the invited 47, whose combined 2013-14 salaries total $259 million, according to capgeek.com. Canadas isnt the only ice-free summer camp. USA Hockey has also decided against an on-ice component to its mens Olympic camp in Arlington, Va., on Monday and Tuesday. The 2014 mens Olympic hockey tournament will be played on wide, internationnal ice, which places a premium on a players skating ability. J.T. Thomas Jersey. The new Markin MacPhail Centre at COP boasts a rink that size. When asked if he wished the Canadians could make use of it next week, Yzerman said "yes" twice. The 2002 Olympic gold medallist was also executive director of the victorious 2010 squad. He says even a couple of practices could lay important groundwork for the Winter Games in February. "We have such a limited amount of time to prepare," said Yzerman, the general manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. "I think well have two, maybe three, practices in Sochi prior to the Olympics. "The summer camp, and its only a few days and six months in advance, but its a little time for the players and coaches to get on the ice and kind of run through some of the systems, the way theyll play, the power play, penalty killing, neutral zone and things like that. "At least youll have an idea way ahead of time as to how were going to play. That, to me, was the most important part of going on the ice in August for a few days." Strategy can still be communicated without skating, Yzerman adds. Head coach Mike Babcock and assistants Lindy Ruff, Claude Julien and Ken Hitchcock will have a video session with the players in Calgary. "Im sure well go over different stuff," says Pittsburgh Penguins forward and camp invitee James Neal. "Its a lot tougher when youre not on the ice, but were going there for a reason and Im sure it will help us," Its also crucial players get face time with the coaches, support staff and each other, Yzerman says. "The more time they can spend together, the more comfortable theyll be when they get to Sochi and thats a big part of it, particularly for the young players that havent been to NHL all-star games, havent been to Olympic camps before," Yzerman says. "Theyll walk into the (dressing) room and have spent time with Sidney Crosby before, theyve spent time with some of these veteran guys and theyll be much more comfortable around them." He says players will have time to golf, fish and go for dinner together, as well as work out while theyre in Calgary. NHL training camps start earlier this season because the league breaks Feb. 9-26 for the Winter Games. 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