Breaking News!!!

According to a scout of the Calgary Flames (who has asked me to remain anonymous). The Leafs have shopped Owen Nolan around the league with little success. Now the leafs are on the verge of buying Nolan out of his contract.Owen Nolan who was acquired from the San Jose Sharks at the trade deadline in the 2002/2003 season has played 79 games for the blue and white posting 26 goals, 34 assists for 60 points.

Personally this comes as a great shock. I understand that they want to trade that salary but he’s on the final year of his contract so don’t buy him out. Let him play if there is a season and then sign him for something lower or let him go. I think that Nolan is a great player but he’s not being used in the right cir¢umstances. Such as Antropov plays more power play than he does. If Quinn would put Nolan with Nieuwendyk than he would be more useful. He also has to stay healthy.

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32 Responses to Breaking News!!!

  1. Darkhorse says:

    Time and time again, Nolan is cancer in the locker room. There’s a reason a marquee player like Nolan has played for so many teams in his career thus far. He was traded from Colorado to San Jose because the Avs had defensive needs, but he was also considered to be a devisive and a threat to Colorado team chemistry. That’s the real reason they let him go. The same was true in San Jose. A great player? Yes. However….again….locker room cancer. And yet again, he is trouble in Toronto. The only way a team buys a player of that caliber out of his contract is because he simply is problem enough that he influences the way the team plays in a negative way. Until Owen gets his head on straight, this will continue to plague him until no team is willing to take chances on him anymore. (See Fleury, Theo)

  2. SUMMITS says:

    I think they would probably trade him to a team for a really cheap price. Then atleast they could get something out of it, even if they have to eat a bit of his salary

  3. vaccaad says:

    What exactly does this mean??? Buy out his contract??

  4. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    Just for the record, this is a rumor and not news. News would be when this actually happened. Sorry, its the publisher in me.

    As for Nolan, I think he will stay a leaf until there is a new CBA. There is no advantage to dealing him considering their could be a Larry Bird rule and any number of players could get paid outside of a cap or taxed based system.

    There will likely be a lot of players who simply don’t meet the new economics and redistributing them around the league might help make smaller market teams better while making every team more profitable

  5. BADBANNER says:

    Wow i don’t mean to brag, but ive been saying this for a while now. Ive also posted numerous comments stating either the letting go/trading of Nolan.

    Personally i wouldn’t cry if Nolan leaves. It would free up 6.5 million in salary, can’t complain about that. It may also open up a potential signing on the right wing. lol don’t jump all over me but does “O’Neill” come to mind? 🙂

  6. PayUpSucka says:

    Did you pull this out of the air?

  7. Minky says:

    i would’t just get rid of him. he had a sh!ty year, but still not too bad (48 pts in 65 games) he was injured. and pat quinn is a retard. but if they could trade him, for a younger, cheaper, equal talent player, let them go right ahead.

  8. qsilver31 says:

    Not trying to bash you, but where did you here this?

    I haven’t heard of this from any offical source b4. Granted I don’t pay attention to hockey like I used to, but even still, something as big as Owen being a pain in the a** still has to make headlines sometimes in T.O.

  9. rojoke says:

    Of course no one is interested in him. There may not be hockey for months, so why would you go out and deal for a guy you really didn’t want? Add in what he’s making for the season, $6.5 million someone said, and the owners crying poor, and you’d have to be a complete idiot to make any kind of deal for a player making that much money.

  10. simplyhabby says:

    JFJ, trade as much of the geezers as you can for picks. As it stand, this team is not good enough to win the cup. Sure you can tool with UFA’s but how much salary room to you have to work with? Probably not much even if the NHL has a flexible system.

    Owen Nolan when healthy is a great power forward when he s healthy but how will he recover from the knee surgery? Back problems? An oversized go-tee weighing him down?

  11. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Good, Nolan did absolutley nothing and is absolutely useless. He was always hurt and never did a thing.

  12. hockeyscarfo says:

    Ive also heard of reports that Nolan will be traded to calgary for reinprect and a second rounder

  13. d0rd says:

    I agree with the above comment that this is quite bogus. How can you say that “There’s a reason a marquee player like Nolan has played for so many teams in his career thus far”???? He’s played for 3 franchises over the course of his THIRTEEN year career? Captained the Sharks during his tenure there. I mean, your comments are coming out of left field. Once Quinn dropped Corson and Green, the cancerous tumor was removed from the locker room. One of the reasons Quinn went after Nolan was from his experience with him in Salt Lake. This is a locker room guy.

    I don’t believe there is any truth to this rumour..well, just a shade, and the only reason I can see is if his knee/back problems are so bad that his last shift will have been a needless hit on Bryan Smolinski.

  14. d0rd says:

    Except that he was the biggest contributor during that stretch of points the Leafs got through November-Decemeber, getting them into the playoff position they found themselves in.

    Go play your NHL season.

  15. d0rd says:

    Personally, I would be VERY disappointed if this goes through.

  16. chevykurt says:

    I don’t understand why the Leafs would want to get rid of him. Sure, he has missed both playoff runs, his back for year 1 and this past season with that freak knee injury. 60 points in 79 games is pretty good considering he was sort of injured when he arrived in Toronto.

    He was a major catalyst in the Leafs big drive in the winter last year. I was at the game when they hosted Tampa in December to take over 1st in the league. That game, Nolan had returned from injury and played like a man possessed, and was the reason the Leafs shut down the Bolts.

    His contract may be a little hefty, but that’s the Sharks fault for paying him that kind of $. Some say he’s not worth that kind of $, but who really is? Maybe after this season, he will want to stay and sign a new contract for less money.

    Since arriving in Toronto, Owen has seemed to be in a better mood and hasn’t looked to have that bad attitude that he had in San Jose (ie. suspension). However, I do like it when he plays with a mean streak, such as the pounding he gave that coward, Steve Webb or his many spiritied fights against the Rangers’ Matt Barnaby. I don’t think I believe much into the fact that he might be locker room “cancer,” in a Leaf-crazy Toronto media, you would probably have heard news of it at this point, especially some rumours for good ol’ Steve Simmons of The Sun.

    I would really hate to see Owen go, I always enjoyed watching him play, and since arriving in Toronto, he has been my favourite player.

  17. chevykurt says:

    I totally agree with you.

  18. StuWild says:

    I don’t think you can get more of a team guy than Nolan. He has been a pretty strong performer for the Leafs in my opinion given he has not been healthy very often if at all. When he is playing with that edge, which he usually does, he is a dominant force. The best we will see Nolan play as a Leaf will be playoff time. Unfortunately, two years ago he played very injured with that bad hip and last year was unable to play at all due to injury. I think Owen is very much in the Leafs plans. Quinn likes him a lot. He was very good in Salt Lake on a line with Lindros and Ryan Smyth. I still think the Leafs are going to sign Lindros at a bargain price and could see him playing on the second line with Nolan and maybe a guy like Tucker on the left side. All that said, I do not feel there is much to this rumour at all.

  19. StuWild says:

    I don’t think you can get more of a team guy than Nolan. He has been a pretty strong performer for the Leafs in my opinion given he has not been healthy very often if at all. When he is playing with that edge, which he usually does, he is a dominant force. The best we will see Nolan play as a Leaf will be playoff time. Unfortunately, two years ago he played very injured with that bad hip and last year was unable to play at all due to injury. I think Owen is very much in the Leafs plans. Quinn likes him a lot. He was very good in Salt Lake on a line with Lindros and Ryan Smyth. I still think the Leafs are going to sign Lindros at a bargain price and could see him playing on the second line with Nolan and maybe a guy like Tucker on the left side. All that said, I do not feel there is much to this rumour at all.

  20. cgolding says:

    Owen Nolan negotiated into his contract that he gets paid during a potential lockout. Anyone that trades for him prior to a CBA getting finalized is idiotic, it is also why it would make sense to buy him out now rather than later… you have to pay him no matter what happens, whereas the Flyers are waiting with Leclair and Amonte because those contracts don’t have to be paid during the lockout.

  21. PayUpSucka says:

    There is no truth what so ever to this.

    Makes no sense as Nolan has a guaranteed contract. Not to mention trading Nolan now only confirms what most have been saying all along that this deal was a bonehead trade to begin with.

    I suspect this guy pulled this one out of his a ss.

  22. KEWLLEAFS says:

    C’mon – is there nothing else to discuss that you would make stuff like this up? Do you work for the Toronto Sun? Is your last name Strachan?

    Nolan is no more a cancer than Sundin is Lord of the Dance. I would rather have a grinder and mucker with hands of butter like Nolan on my team than 90% of the players in the NHL.

    This guy is so much fun to watch and the odds of someone taking on a guaranteed contract for the new season that is probably not starting until Jan. is just insane. He gets paid regardless of lock out and there are very few players out there with such a contract.

    It’s been bad luck with the injuries but just because he’s not buddy buddy with everyone doesn’t mean he is a cancer. This is just the stupidist thing I have ever heard.

  23. KEWLLEAFS says:

    Are you kidding – nothing??? – he stood up for his teamates numerous times this past season and still potted some really pretty goals.

    This guy is all go – who would you rather see in Toronto?

    Honestly – what does a player have to do to make himself amicable to the public?

    You crack me up – how can you call your self a leafs fan if you do nothing but rip the players on your team?

  24. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I will in 6 years when I’m drafted. (I’m 12 dumb ass)

  25. Darkhorse says:

    Are you just out of the loop or dense? Both Colorado and San Jose newspapers reported that Nolan was traded for obvious reasons…namely that they both had needs, but also because he’s poison in the locker room. He’s a whiner and causes dissention in the ranks. I didn’t make this up. I read it in the CO news and the San Jose news online along with ESPN.com after the Sharks traded him.

  26. PayUpSucka says:

    Everybody’s poison after they’re traded.

  27. Aetherial says:

    Calgary would not do that deal for EITHER Reinprecht or the second rounder, nevermind both.

    Calgary can’t afford it and has no interest in Nolan.

    Hell as a Leafs fan I would take the second rounder alone if I could free up salary!

  28. Aetherial says:

    This guy is all but untradeable.

    I am not sure what the conditions are for a buyout but it may be possible.

    As far as being a locker-room cancer… That is ridiculous.

    I can tell you all, for certain, he is not. This comes from someone inside that locker room.

  29. d0rd says:

    Well said!

    Been my favourite player since coming into the league, and it was super when he got traded to my favourite team.

  30. Expuffin says:

    You know Darkhorse….. your contined assine comments will make it that nobody will listen to you. Well deserved though.

  31. NHLkid says:

    Who R U?,

    Secret Agent James Bond

  32. d0rd says:

    NHL for PS2 that is…

    you know, the one that “predicts” standings and player point totals for you.

    Go play NHL

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