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As free agency winds down and teams are starting to shape their rosters for 2006-2007, which Canadian team do you feel will be the most improved over last season?
According to TSN.CA, they state that the Maple Leafs have signed their 2006 1st round selection.
Its the bottom paragraph
According Howerd Berger of the Fan 590 – The leafs have offered Michael Peca a 3 year + 1 year player option. A little less money but more tenure. I would expect an announement Monday.
Sportsnet.ca is reporting that the Leafs are very close to resigning Jason Allison for a far lower price than last year. Apparently he really wants to remain in Toronto. On another note, the Edmonton Oilers are making a serious push for the services of Eric Lindros. More to come as it becomes available.
All three groups competing for the slots license have pledged in writing to contribute to building the Penguins a new arena. No matter who wins the slot license, the Pens win. A great day for Pittsburgh hockey fans, not so great for people in Winnipeg and Hamilton.
There is one way to measure the impact thus far Bob has had on the Habs. It should be obvious that under his watch the team has significantly improved. Bob took over the team in may 2003, and has only had 2 working seasons with which to place his mark. One only has to look at what he inherited compared to what he has today.
First of all… Hal Gill was a very good signing by JFJ @ 2 mil. Take Jay McKee on Buffalo for example, he was one of the best defensive D-men in the league last season (although he did lead the league in blocked shots) here are his numbers while playing on the top seeded Sabres last season.
Bob Gainey once again pulled some major moves that none of the rumour mongers were expecting at all. The team’s made significant upgrades in order to keep with the North East arms race. The first saw Richard Zednik dealt to Washington for a pick, another pick sent to Phoenix for Mike Johnson; and most importantly, the signing of Sergei Samsonov to a 2yr, 7.05M contract. The two time All-Star and former Calder Trophy winner is being counted on in Gainey’s words to play alongside fellow Russian Alex Kovalev. But who will be centring this fearsome duo?
According to the Detroit Free Press..
A team spokesperson said Wednesday that the situation between the Red Wings and unrestricted free agent Ed Belfour remained unchanged.
Goaltender Martin Biron has accepted his $2.1-million US, one-year qualifying offer from the Buffalo Sabres, **even though he has asked the club to trade him.**
Sources say on the Team 990 Sports Rage, Gabriel Morency more specifically, that Souray wants out of Montreal. Also Gainey has agreed to grant this request from the D-man. One particular reason for this request is obviously for Souray getting closer to his daughter who lives in L.A. with his ex-wife. Detroit for now would be a most logical destination maybe in a package deal with Abby. Never say Never with Gainey!
This article is an attempt to defend JFJ and his moves as G.M.
Ill start with the players that remain from the starting roster that he inherited: Sundin, Stajan, Kaberle, Kilger, Ponikarovsky, McCabe, Pilar, Antropov, Tucker.
Bob Gainey was busy today as he made 4 moves which I believe will improve the club substantially. TSN.ca reports that Gainey has signed UFA Sergei Samsonov, re-signed RFA David Abeisher, Picked up Mike Johnson from Phoenix and dealt Zednik to Washington.
According to TSN.ca, as well as the Canadiens web page, Bob Gainey has signed the goaltender to a one year deal. While financial terms were not disclosed, NHLPA’s website has Abby’s salary as 1.9mil, the same as last year, meaning he accepted his qualifying offer.
RDS.ca claims the Habs have signed Sergei Samsonov to a 2 year deal (amount of money unkwown for now). The Habs also traded ealier Richard Zednik to the Capitals of Washington for a 3rd round pick to then acquire from Phoenix Mike Johnson for 4th round pick.
Greg Malone, father or Penguins forward Ryan Malone and head scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins, has left the team. He is the first personel move by Shero. Could this be because Ryan Malone is not in Shero’s plans? Maybe he is on the list to be traded for a player that is to much for another teams cap room. Gagne from Philly comes to mind.
NHL.com has released the schedule for the 2006-2007 season. It follows last year’s format of each team playing the teams in its division 8 times, the other teams in its Conference 4 times, and 10 games against the other Conference. This years inter-conference format is as follows:
Canadiens GM Bob Gainey hasn’t given up on upgrading his team through free agency. Gainey confirming to CJAD’s Abe Hefter that although the Habs lost out on the Brendan Shanahan sweepstakes, he believes there’s talent remaining out there that could help the Canadiens, up front. Gainey, at the Martin Lapointe Arena to watch the prospects take to the ice, says it became pretty clear that unrestricted free agent economics would prevent the Canadiens from signing more than one player. And with plenty of wiggle room left within the salary cap, there’s money to spend — for the right player, added the GM.
According to the Toronto Star the pending trade by the Leafs for former Leaf Gary Roberts is now dead according to Florida GM Mike Keenan. It is expected that Roberts will be back with the Cats next season.