In addition to Eklund's rumor today that the Sabres are extremely interested in Brian Rolston - and why wouldn't they be based on the veteran leadership the team has lacked since Chris Drury departed - I found an interesting tidbit.
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What do he and Thomas Vanek have in common?
Steve Bartlett of Rochester, N.Y., just down the Thruway from Buffalo, represents 35 NHL players including Vanek and Rolston.
Bartlett has not returned any calls from the Minnesota Wild regarding contract negotiations for Rolston in a week, according to a report today by SportsNet.ca.
Buffalo has had a good relationship with Mr. Bartlett despite the offer sheet from Edmonton that his client had no choice but to accept, as anyone would. Bartlett also represents Buffalo's Andrew Peters and Sabres prospect Derek Whitmore.
Maybe they can make something happen with the UFA on July 1.
Also, SportsNet.ca is reporting today that Curtis Joseph does not plan on returning to Calgary, in fact he is saying he wants to return somewhere as close to Toronto as possible.
Buffalo's pretty close, and though I'm not 100% sure the Sabres would be interested in the 41-year-old netminder - he can't have too many years left -, we do know that Buffalo is looking for a backup goaltender and he's a recognizable veteran.
Just a few things to keep an eye on in the coming days.
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