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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.