Rachunek, who sat out the final seven games of the regular season and all five playoff games, believes he was punished for talking to teams in Russia about next season.
"Everything happened because of the rumors," Rachunek said as the Devils cleaned out their lockers at the Prudential Center. "I don't think there is anything wrong with talking to European teams. Just like NHL teams talking to European players in the middle of the season. "There were rumors I signed with somebody. I didn't. They called my agent (Petr Svoboda)."
- The Star/Ledger
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Around The League ... Burke About To Cash In ... Rachunek Blasts Devils
Apparently, the Leafs are prepared to offer Anaheim GM Brian Burke up to 25 million over five years to jump ship. According to the Toronto Sun, that salary would make Burke the highest paid hockey executive in history.
There's another reason to jack up those seat-licensing prices.
Best playoff series in the first round? Definitely Washington - Philadelphia. Every game except for maybe game 2 has been must-watch hockey. Players like Alex Semin and Nicklas Backstrom are tearing it up despite most observers predicting they'd have a hard time in the playoffs. Alex Ovechkin is like a perfect mix between Peter Forsberg and Pavel Bure. On the Flyers side, Mike Richards is dominating for them and Derian Hatcher is playing like he's 25.
Ex-Senator News: Karel Rachunek has already waved goodbye to the Devils and there is some big time controversy surrounding his exit.
Mark Purdy of the Mercury News thinks coach Ron Wilson's job is on the line if the Sharks lose Game 7 to the Flames tonight.
Maybe Joe Thornton's reputation is too. This guy seriously needs to win this series to stop the naysayers.