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The Montreal Canadiens will hold a news conference this afternoon at 2pm et when the club will introduce Jacques Martin as their new head coach.Montreal will be Martin’s third NHL stop as head coach after working for the Ottawa Senators and holding the head coach and general manager positions for the Florida Panthers.Martin won the Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s top coach in 1998-99 after guiding the Ottawa Senators to a 44-23-15 record in the regular season. The Senators were swept in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Buffalo Sabres. He has a career record of 517-406-119.
Alex Tanguay. Alex Kovalev. Saku Koivu. Marian Hossa. Jay Bouwmeester. Just a few of the top UFA’s available this offseason. But the real debate is who goes where. With Bouwmeester and Gaborik all but guaranteed to be headng to somewhere else, everyone else wonders what happens to the others. Well, I think I’ve got an answer for that question. Both UFA and RFA style. I’ll begin with the UFA’s.
David Krejci and Phil Kessel are two of the top RFA’s out there. The big debate out there is whether Boston can afford both of them. Well, this isn’t to answer that question. I’m out here to find out whether it’s worth it for Boston to keep both of them.
Sportsnet is reporting that Jacques Martin is negotiating a potential buy-out from the Florida Panthers in a potential move that would pave the way for him to become the next coach of the Montreal Canadiens.
Joe Nieuwendyk has just been named the General Manager of the Dallas Stars. The news will be reported tomorrow at a press conference.
A lot of people think that making offers for RFA’s is a great potential way to grab a good young player and immediately improve your team. But the problem is that the compensation is so heavily favoured for the team who holds the rights to the player.
Here are some of this summers higher end RFA’s, tell me if you would tender them an offer:
The Canadiens need to make a big splash this summer after a more than disappointing season. They already told everyone they would make something at the draft and, since the draft is in Montreal this year, I do believe they will do something big… But what will it be?
And still trying to land a higher 1st round pick
The Toronto Star is reporting that Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke will open the vault this summer and spend big money.
Burke also added he is not any closer to landing a higher draft pick, but indicated that if something were to happen, it would probably occur on the floor during draft day.
With Burke’s revelation that the Leafs will spend heavily, several intriguing options are out there.
The Canucks are going to make some changes this summer. The Sedin’s will be resigned though. Roberto Luongo will likely be extended. The Canucks want to get faster though. They would like to get younger on defense and add another puck moving defender.
Its down to this: Do or Die time
Jim Balsillie has given a deadline, after which he will decline his offer to buy the Coyotes…. Arizona legal system alters old ruling to accomodate him.