NHL News and Rumors – June 17, 2009

Leafs’ turn to court Monster

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Wings’ Hossa wants to have a long-term dealLeafs’ turn to court Monster


The Maple Leafs will be hoping to mash out a deal when the Monster touches down in Toronto this week.
The Leafs are hoping to sign the 24-year-old Gustavsson, widely considered the best goaltender outside of the NHL last season, to a contract. There are reportedly three other NHL teams are vying for his services: The San Jose Sharks, Dallas Stars and Colorado Avalanche.

Gustavsson visited Denver yesterday to meet and greet the Avalanche staff and is expected to touch down in the other cities this week. The Denver Post reported that former Avalanche star Peter Forsberg, a fellow Swede, spoke on behalf of the Colorado franchise during Gustavsson’s visit.

Burke is hoping the Monster backs up Vesa Toskala in Toronto this season, but if the GM is unable to sign Gustavsson, he’ll likely sign a free agent backup or draft a goaltending prospect.
Gustavsson guided Farjestad to the Swedish Elite League championship last season and posted a 1.96 goals against average and stellar .932 save percentage during the regular season.


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Douglas Flynn of hockeyjournal.com reports that

He’s averaged just under 90 points a year over the past four seasons. He’s led the Bruins in scoring in each of his three seasons in Boston and earned All-Star nods in each of the last two years.

Oh, and he owns a no-trade clause as well.

So, why does Marc Savard’s name keep coming up in trade rumors this offseason?

Such is life in the salary cap era. The Bruins are precariously close to the cap ceiling with restricted free agents Phil Kessel, Matt Hunwick and Byron Bitz left to sign, not to mention any potential shopping in the unrestricted free agent market.

There’s also the matter of next year, when Savard, Milan Lucic, Blake Wheeler, Aaron Ward, Andrew Ference, Mark Stuart and Tuukka Rask all have expiring contracts and the cap is expected to contract significantly as the economy continues to flounder.

Something has to give, and more than likely someone has to go. Signing Savard after next year might not be possible, so getting something in return for him now, while also freeing up his $5 million cap hit this year does hold some allure if he’d be willing to consent to a deal.


Wings’ Hossa wants to have a long-term deal

Tim Twentyman / The Detroit News reports that

He’d like to stay with Wings, but he knows salary cap poses problem

Tim Twentyman / The Detroit News

Detroit — When Marian Hossa came to Detroit, he had Monday playing out a little different.
Hossa turned down more lucrative, multiyear contracts — including with Pittsburgh — to sign a one-year deal with Detroit.
In doing so, Hossa, a forward, envisioned Monday he’d be riding down Woodward Avenue atop a convertible to thousands of Detroiters screaming his name after a Stanley Cup title run.

Instead, Hossa and the other Wings were left cleaning out their lockers and wondering what went wrong.

Now, for Hossa, it also might mark the last time he puts on a Wings jersey.

Hossa, a free agent to be, made it clear Monday he would not sign another one-year contract like the $7.45 million deal he signed last offseason. He’s looking to cash in on a long-term deal and wants the security that goes with that type of deal.
Whether that’s with Detroit — or another team — is yet to be determined.

“Detroit is on the top of my list, for sure,” he said. “I don’t feel like moving all the time.”
With Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen, Valtteri Filppula, Brian Rafalski and Dan Cleary signed to large, long-term deals, the Wings don’t have the cap space to be large players in the free-agent market this offseason. They will have around $4 million to play with.


15 Responses to NHL News and Rumors – June 17, 2009

  1. intelligentscorpio says:

    If Ken Holland is able to offer $4 million per year cap hit, with a front loaded contract to Marian Hossa, it behoves that Ray Shero should also look to grab back Hossa with a similar ploy. In spite of having a lousy finals, Hossa did put in 40 goals and 80 points this year. Hossa would still be a great addition to the Penguins cause and will definitely help in building a Cup dynasty in these cap restrained times.

  2. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Goaltenders are like pitchers in baseball. They take forever to adjust and develop, and half of them never make it. They are also terribly streaky from year to year.

    The key to goaltending is volume. You have to stock as many goalies as you can find, and play the hottest one.

    Good teams have sucess doing this, like anaheim with Giguere and Hiller, San Jose with Nabokov and Toskala, Boston with Fernandez and Thomas, Minnesota over the years with Roloson, Fernandez, Backstrom…etc.

    Thus having Toskala, Gustaf, Pogge, and Monroe would be idea for the leafs. However as it stands, only one of those guys has a contract, and the other three could very easily not be playing in Toronto at all.

  3. hockeyhead says:

    the cap is killing hockey.

    GET RID OF 9/10 TEAMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. daveski111 says:

    Leafs need to sign Gustofvson, an i believe he will come to the leafs, he said in an interview that hes friends with over half the team ( lol thats if there not all traded be4 next year) he also said that he watched his first game at the maple leaf gardens with his father a while back and loved it, also he said the leafs are his favorite team. 

    Leafs signed Guru allaire as goalie coach so that just makes him wanna come here even more,

    Torotno is starting to get back on track again and there getting great potenial players like tyler Bozak, Christen Hanson, Luke schenn, grabofski and i even liked john mitchell this year, that hatrick against NYR was sweet. etc

    The only way i c him not coming to the leafs is that he doesnt want the fan pressure on him night after night plus if he has an off night the fans will eat him alive. It may effect his confidence.

  5. mojo19 says:

    Look at Nashville who were able to move a star goalie in Vokoun because Mason had a monster year, then he had a bad year and Dan Ellis was able to step right in and make Mason expendable. Now this season, Ellis still played well but Pikke Rinne came out of nowhere and played unreal.

    How does Nashville keep bringing in waves of quality goaltending?

    But ya you're right. For that reason I guarantee the Leafs will draft a goalie in this draft, and I wouldn't be surprised if we drafted 2.

    He's ranked kind of low but I love Jaroslav Janus of the Erie Otters, most well known for upsetting team USA at the WJC's for Slovakia. The other guy I want is top goaltending prospect Matt Hackett (Jeff's kid), but I feel like he will be a late first round pick and we don't pick again until #50 overall. So it might make more sense to grab a couple goalies in the later rounds.

  6. mojo19 says:

    Agreed. Well maybe get rid of just 4 teams, go back to the 26 team league, and get rid of this *****ing cap.

  7. mojo19 says:

    I love John Mitchell too, but Dominic Moore burried that last one.

    Mitchell came in alone for the hat trick and Valiquette came out to play it and the puck went right to Moore who put it in the empty net.

    Hopefully you're right about Gustavsson

  8. pezzz123 says:

    Olivier Roy and Nicola Riopel are 2 great goaltending prospects from the Q you could draft in the 2nd round.

  9. BLUE_AND_WHITE says:

    Especially in the 2nd-7th rounds, goalies are unpredictable in the draft. Don't be surprized if Burke uses a 2nd to take a goalie.

    As it is no goalie is slated to be taken in the 1st round. Hacket or Roy might be available at 50.

  10. leafy says:

    I agree too. The 21-team league in 1990 was perfect. Then Bettman decided to fu ck up the league.

  11. hockeyhead says:


    for example….how much are the yotes costing the league.?

    there could be a cap of somekind but not one that cripples teams.

    the only way to do that is have productive markets.

  12. bbruins37 says:

    i agree with getting rid of teams but the cap has to stay. no cap leagues are just stupid. although it pisses me off to see that having a dynasty will now pretty much be impossible, do you eally want to go back to the rangers, leafs, and wings dishing out millions to sign everybody?

  13. daveski111 says:

    o yea ur right i remember now, it was 2 -0 threw 2 periods and then in the last 10min of the 3rd leafs scored 5 goals. good game lol

  14. hockeyhead says:

    what is the difference? teams are stilling shelling out big money.

    then they are stuck.  then guys like heatley want out but you cant move them b/c of the cap.

    then players need to waive their NTC.

    if you had 21 teams and had a 70 million dollar cap…that would be good.

    league sharing revenues.  more teams in canada.

  15. pezzz123 says:

    I think that Pittsburgh will draft Hackett with the 30th overall.

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