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It’s a tough time to be a free agent.
Tomas Kaberle, Christian Hanson and Darryl Boyce are finding that out as unrestricted free agents.
Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak are going to find that out as restricted free agents.
Tuesday is the deadline for MacArthur and Bozak to file for arbitration. If it goes that far, arbitration on their cases could go as late as the first week of August.
Boston will have to replace the experience and leadership of retired second-line right wing Mark Recchi. They may also need another winger on the third line if unrestricted free agent Michael Ryder signs elsewhere.
For all the moves the Maple Leafs have made, going back before the NHL draft, there is still great uncertainty about them making the playoffs.
But what’s important to note is that the Brian Burke broom is no longer solely aimed at those brought here by previous general managers. Players and staff that came here under his watch are starting to disappear, too, or at least, look over their shoulders.
The San Jose Sharks have traded forward Dany Heatley to the Minnesota Wild for forward Martin Havlat.
Heatley scored 28 goals and added 38 assists in 80 games for the Sharks last season while Havlat scored 22 goals and added 40 assists in 78 games for the Wild.
The Wild inherit the last three years remaining on Heatley’s deal that will count as $7.5 million a year under the salary cap. However in real money, Heatley will make $8 million in 2011-12, $6 million in 2012-13 and $5 million in 2013-14.
David Poile was seen looking for his wallet today,when Brian Burke approached him to return it. Poile expressed his gratitude to Burke but when he opened it later he found it empty…..the leafs acquired Matthew Lombardi and Cody Franson from the Preds today for Brett Lebda and Robert Slaney and A conditional 4th round pick..