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It had been a busy week for the Maple Leafs. Bryan Burke has done a great job so far but he has definatly set himself up for future trades and possible buyouts. So far this week he has accomplished in no perticular order..
Signing Mike Komiserak 5-year, 22.5 million contract
Signing Francois Beauchemin 3-year, 11.4 million contract
Signing Jonas the MONSTER Gustavsson 1-year, 900k contract
Signing Colton Orr 4-year, 4 million contract
Re-signed Mikhail Grabovski 3-year, 8.7 million contract
Traded Pavel Kubina to ATL for Garnett Exelby and Colin Stuart
Also re-signed Ben Ondrus (Marlies captain) and a couple others
As a leaf fan, I cannot see how our team is going to penalty kill let alone score goals. One thing that I think Burkie should do is this:
With the departure of captain Saku Koivu now official, the team habs fans have supported (or critizised) through thick and thin has now been all but dissolved. Although this change in personnel could’ve been seen coming a mile away, most fans would’ve expected more than what Gainey has put together. What’s even more discouraging is the salaries of the newly signed players leave next to no room for improvement.
1. Spezza speaks about Heatley
2. Free Agent Winners and Losers so far
3. Sharks could be in the Market for a free Agent
4. Devils interested in Brendan Morrison
5. Leafs shopping for a penality Killer
Former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu has landed in Anaheim and will join the Ducks.
He signed a 1 year contract worth 3.25 million.
This is a tough goodbye to a legendary player. Every year we lose guys who will likely make the Hall of Fame. Sometimes we lose them in groups of three, four, or five. But it’s not often we lose the quality of man we are about to lose in Joe Sakic, and I have one word for him.
1. Salary Cap could squeeze out veteran players
2. Leafs Not Done Yet
3. Kris Versteeg to Resign with Hawks
4. Claude Lemiux retires
ESPN is reporting that after 20 seasons, Avalanche superstar Joe Sakic has decided to retire. Sakic spent his entire career with the Nordiques/Avalanche and has been a face of the franchise ever since Quebec moved to Denver, Colorado in 1995. Sakic is one of seven players that has 600 career goals to go alongside 1,000 career assists. Sakic is just one of the greats on that list, one that includes greats like Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, and Mario Lemieux.
According to sportsnet.ca and tsn.ca the Leafs have signed Swedish sensation Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year $810,000 contract with $90,000 in signing bonus.
nordiques100 writes” The Ottawa Senators have made a major bold signing, picking up former Hab Alexei Kovalev on a 2 year 10 million dollar deal.
The signing comes on the heels of the failed Dany Heatley trade and now with Kovalev in the fold, it likely means something may be in the oven involving Heatley.
The team has chosen to move forward, and the skilled Kovalev is a fine start. He is one of the best one on one players in the NHL when he puts his mind to it.
Spurned by the Habs, Kovalev now joins the rival Sens. With Komisarek in Toronto, Ryder in Boston, Rivet in Buffalo, several former Canadiens will be seen often in Northeast Division battles.
It will now be interesting to see what can be salvaged with Heatley. They are in a cap conundrum if he stays, and really, they will be in trouble if he stays whatever the reason. He is the most hated man in Ottawa. His time to leave is now.
But if there is a team out there willing to shell out big dollars and big assets, its not been found just yet. Until then, Sens fans should at least be appeased by this signing as its a good indication the team isnt going to let one player ruin their ability to move forward.
1. Nikolai Zherdev one and done with the Rangers
2. Leafs want Swedish teammates
3. Canucks resign O’Brian and Pick up Goalie Raycroft
4. List of 20 players that have elected to take their teams to Salary arbitration.
TSN is reporting that the Nhl is going to investigate the leafs for tampering due to Ron Wilsons remarks about Daniel and Henrick Sedin. The Globe and Mail is reporting that the Maple Leafs are under investigation by the NHL due to Wilson’s comments on the club’s interest in Daniel and Henrik Sedin prior to July 1st, the first day that unrestricted free-agents could test the market.