Leafs Approaching a Signing… Again?

League sources indicate both the Leafs and Carolina Hurricanes have inquired about center Jason Allison, who is said to be on the verge of returning to the NHL, the Toronto Sun reports.

“We’ve talked to a number of representatives of various free agents, but I’m not going to get into the identities of those individuals. We could just go on and on and on, and I’m not going to get into that,” Ferguson said yesterday.

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14 Responses to Leafs Approaching a Signing… Again?

  1. SUMMITS says:

    If the rumor is true that they are thinking about buying out Nolan’s contract(not saying it is) then there would be no chance that the Leafs would sign this guy.

    Another thing would be, why would they want another fairly old guy who has injury problems? The Carolina Hurricanes recently stated they would not sign him at the moment because his health was not good enough.

  2. BADBANNER says:

    I don’t see what signing another center would accomplish. They already have Sundin, Nieuwendyk, Antropov, Stajan. Even guys like Wilm, and Druken deserve a shot. Personnaly i think that signing another player, which takes up another roster spot, is a bad idea because it’s about time some prospects get a chance.

    Not to mention a team that has had numerous injury wows in the past, especially come playoff time, wants to sign a player that is extremly injury prone. It just doesn’t make to much sense……

  3. PayUpSucka says:

    Dude Wilm and Druken are out of chances. They’ve had numerous opps. Their only purpose is depth.

    If you can grab a Jason Allison then you grab him. He’s not old and he’s an excellent hockey player when healthy. Antropov can obviously play the wing as we’ve seen since he entered the league. Not to mention you could set up a incentive ladened contract for Allison with a small base salary.

    I wouldn’t mind seeing Sundin, Allison and Nieuwendyk as my 1, 2, 3 centers.

  4. Minky says:

    they should only sign him if they can free up some salary money first, and only if they could get Allison for cheap. He is probably eager to get back into the game so he could come cheap.

  5. qsilver31 says:

    Ugh, before I actually defended these posts and said that rumours are rumours. Take it for what it’s worth. But honestly, after constant Kariya, Shanahan, Pronger, Lindros, and Murray rumours, I really am not in the mood for more of these.

    I don’t find if Ferguson actually said something RELATING the frickin topic.

    Take for example that time the Lindros deal (I’m talking about the trade b4 to NY) was really heating up. You had Quinn and Clark confirming that talks were underway. THAT I don’t mind since its nice to be up to date, but honestly Allison now? I realize GMs won’t comment on everything, but seriously, getting a quote like that really makes this post seem a bit superfluous.

    If the Leafs sign him, in the state that his health is in I’ll be pissed out of my mind. But it really wouldn’t surprise me and it wouldn’t be the first time.

  6. Kill_Yourself says:

    This would be a dumb move why do the leafs need another injury prone player on the team they already have, Neunedyke, nolan, antropov…and belfor.

    Speaking of belfor the leafs shouldnt sign dafoe because he is garbage and isnt at a nhl level of play. They should either give telly a chance to play or pick up “The Cat” Felix Potvin. He’s had a fairly good year with boston, well good enough to be a back up for TO and has some chemistry with the fans.

  7. simplyhabby says:

    Leafs like to pick up old, injury proned superstars to tool their roster. Well he is an injury proned superstar so this rumor actually signs realistic.

    I sincerely hope Allison can get his career back on track and put these injuries behind him. He is an exceptional play maker.

  8. hockeyscarfo says:

    hes a powerfoward dumass

  9. simplyhabby says:

    Powerforwards can’t be exceptional playmakers? I never realized that a guy who assist count which around double his goal count (throughout his entire career) cannot be considered a playmaker specially when scouting reports on the guy states that other then his injury woes that his only flaw is that he needs to be more selfish with his play and not pass so often.

    How else may I assist you in making yourself look like an ignorant idiot?

  10. TheCoach says:

    Why? He’s another injury risk?

    If the Leafs really have money to spend, I’d go after some depth on defence. A guy like Jon Klemm would fit the bill.

    They don’t need scoring, they need defensive help. Whether that’s a defensive forward or a defensman I don’t know, but there really is no need for Allison.

    It would only slow down the development of Stajan, and hasn’t he proven that he deserves a regular shift on one of the top 3 lines?

    But hey, if JFJ wants to have Nieuwendyk, Belfour, Nolan and Allison on his roster (all have histories of chronic injuries), then go ahead.

  11. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I think this is a false rumor. Why would Fergie want an old broken down player like Allison? Ok please don’t answer that. But I said I wanted Nolan gone and this is not how to replace him.

  12. Aetherial says:

    The word is that Allison is not that badly injured.

    Apparently, he was misdiagnosed with post-concussion symdrome symptoms.

    It was discovered a few months ago that the problem may not have been concussions but whiplash instead.

    Since they have treated the whiplash he has supposedly made a complete turn around.

    I doubt he is 100% and he has missed more than a year but he may sign for lower dollars because of all that and be not a bad pick up.

    I have not heard of Leaf interest. This is probably just more of the “Leafs interested in everyone” crap, that has become a joke, even in Toronto!

    I have heard Carolina has spoken to him though.

  13. Flyaz says:

    I agree on the whole injury problem thing you mentioned but I disagree with the fairly old comment….he’s 29, that’s not old in today’s NHL…if he was healthy he could play another 10 years

  14. Flyaz says:

    Allison is a playmaking center, not a powerforward…he’s known for his exceptional passing skills not taking to the body…the guy has never been known as a powerforward, but I guess your opinion has to be right, because it’s well…yours. Just for the record I find some sweet irony in the fact that you were not only wrong with your comment but felt the need to pipe off about it….and THEN COULDN’T SPELL DUMB ASS CORRECTLY. Two words with a b at the end of dum….you are so smart…smrt.

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