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Since Kevin Lowe got the ball rolling last summer with his play on Dustin Penner, it looks like the restricted free agent market this year could be even hotter. There are many teams desperate to grab a superstar, or potential up and coming superstar, and the offer sheet has become a great way to achieve this. This is even more true for teams who have difficulty attracting unrestricted free agents.
Another fantasy scenario from yours truly. Sit back, relax, sip from a cup of tea/coffee and read knowing that all of this is a just-in-fun analysis of the Leafs. Clearly this is a best case scenario that does not involve any buyouts and DOES require the next GM and coach to actually consider benching those high priced vets who do not perform up to their contract (what a concept!). In any case, to say this upcoming offseason won’t be exciting or an immense amount of hope for Leaf fans is ludicrous.
First in the eastren confrence is up for grabs and they are in the race for it. You gotta belive they will get it and this is why…
I always hear commentators and Leaf fans saying on this site about how the Leafs should look into Restricted Free Agency as well into somehow acquiring more young talent. I have heard a little since the lockout had ended about the new CBA and restricted free agency, but I still do not understand the full meaning of the rules about restricted free agency.
I know the playoffs haven’t even begun yet, but for Leaf fans all we have to look at is the future. This article is not so much about who the Leafs should get, but more about the current players in the organization.
In 73 games played this season, Evgeni Nabokov has 44 wins, just 4 shy of Martin Brodeur’s NHL record 48 wins from last season. The SJ Sharks have 5 games left, and if Nabokov keeps on winning, the team may give him the chance to break that record. He would need to win all 5 remaining games to break it, 4 to tie it, and 3 to tie for 2nd place with Roberto Luongo and Bernie Parent.
The only real thing stopping him is the fact that the team will undoubtedly want to rest him, seeing how many games he’s played, and the fact that Brian Boucher has been sensational in his 3 games this season. [He’s 2-0-1 with a 0.86GAA and .969SV% with one shutout!]
Latest on Carter, Sundin, Tucker, Streit, Niedermayer, Redden, Morrison, and possible UFA’s
One month after the NHL trade deadline, the first post-deadline rumors have started to trickle in.
During the game against Colorado, Canucks Center Brendan Morrison tore his right ACL. He is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and all of the playoffs.
Morrison is a UFA in the summer, so there is a chance that he has played his last game as a Canuck.
I know most of you will say they’d take Carey Price over Marc-Andre Fleury in a heartbeat for the duration of their careers. Heck, I might be convinced to agree with you given Price’s potential.
My question is: Who is currently better? A 20-year-old Price or a 23-year-old Fleury?
and: Who would you rather start in the playoffs: A goalie who couldn’t handle the pressure in the 2004 WJHC as some claim, but was only the third goalie in NHL draft history to be chosen first overall and the second youngest goalie in NHL history to get 40 wins (Terry Sawchuk being the youngest), or a young goalie with no NHL playoff experience but who was chosen 5th overall and who has dominated in the AHL playoffs?
Before you decide, please arm yourself with some knowledge about how these two goaltenders have played of late. [Also, an offer of reconciliation with Habs fans.]
Luongo’s wife has been having what is being described as a ‘difficult’ pregnancy. I’m sure it has weighed in on his mind and I wish him and his wife the best luck. Now, the question that remains is what effect this will have on the Vancouver Canucks and their playoff hopes?
Luongo’s wife Gina is due to give birth to the couple’s first child the first week of April when the Canucks play their last four games of the season.
By all means it’s the right move to do, but what does this mean for the Canucks? Do they have the depth, heart, determination, but most importantly the goaltending to pull through and make the playoffs?
First and foremost I’d like to say as a Habs fan it’s a sigh of relief to clinch a playoff spot before the last game or 3rd last game of the season this year – Good job boys!
Now as a fan of the Oilers – here’s where things get sticky after last nights impressive win over the Wild the Oilers now sit with 83 points, 3 points back of the Avalanche/Canucks for the 7th and 8th spot, the problem lays in the fact that the Predators also sit 4 points out of the spot – while Nashville has a game in hand on the Oil and the Avs.
That special time of year is coming around. The time where you find yourself watching hockey and drinking beer while there is still sunshine outside. This time of year always holds a great deal of excitement for hockey fans everywhere. Some are sulking over their non-playoff bound favorite team, probably waiting to find solace in the world championships where they will root for their home country. Others are suffering self-induced migraines for over-cheering (I’ve been there) a team that is on the verge, or not, of a playoff spot. Finally there are those who are waiting in anticipation the drop of the puck in the second week of April, marking the beginning of “the dance”, to arguably the most difficult trophy to win in professional sports, the Stanley Cup.