Category Archives: Free Agents

Maple Leafs could thrive with compliance buyouts

It will be a list of all-stars and pluggers, of first-liners and goalies, even potential Hall of Famers.

Maple Leafs GM Dave Nonis — like the rest of his NHL brethren — will be watching and guessing who’ll be on the list of this summer’s new wrinkle to the collective bargaining agreement: the compliance buyout.

“We all speculate and say this guy is an automatic buyout,” said Tampa GM Steve Yzerman. “But teams don’t share that information; you don’t know their financial situation, what they’re doing with trades, or guys in the minors, what they’re planning to spend.

Ryder not part of Canadiens’ offseason plans

It doesn’t look like Michael Ryder’s second stint with the Montreal Canadiens will last longer than this past season.

Ryder’s agent Thane Campbell told Le Journal de Montreal this week that the 33-year-old forward is not part of Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin’s offseason plans.

Valtteri Filppula on leaving Red Wings: ‘It could happen’

He admits it would be strange but wearing a new jersey is something Valtteri Filppula could be doing next season.

The unrestricted free agent forward, nursing a severely sprained ankle suffered in Game 7, doesn’t know what his future holds.

“I don’t know, it’s too early to say right now,” said Filppula. “It’s been the only team I’ve played with. There’s nothing but positive things to say (about the organization), and it’s a great place to be.

Maple Leafs need to enter Corey Perry sweepstakes if Anaheim Ducks put him on trade market

We’re waiting for the first big move by Dave Nonis as GM of the Maple Leafs.
It might have to be a really big one.
See, if it turns out, as is being widely speculated, that the Anaheim Ducks can afford to keep only one their dynamic duo, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, and that Getzlaf is the one most likely to get the new long-term deal from the Ducks, then Perry could be available before the April 3rd trade deadline.

With Arnott Deal Off, Scoring Help Still Needed

Arnott was the second-leading scorer from last season available as a free agent, but it appears he has not recovered from off-season knee surgery to the Rangers’ satisfaction.

“He couldn’t pass a medical, so we’ll move on, that’s all I can tell you,” Rangers General Manager Glen Sather told reporters at practice. He added that “it’s always necessary to look around” and that he would continue to do so.

Why don’t the Maple Leafs make an offer to P.K. Subban?

The question was clearly asked to a member of the Maple Leafs front office and the answer was just as direct.

Why not make a restricted free agent offer on unsigned defenceman P.K. Subban? Why not take a run at the best player not playing for the Montreal Canadiens?

Gomez continues his evaluation period with the Sharks

Free agent forward Scott Gomez continues his evaluation period with the Sharks, and for the first time skated with the full team on Monday in Edmonton. Gomez was wearing a teal jersey with the other bottom six forwards and scratches.

A decision on Gomez is not expected until Tuesday at the earliest. The Sharks are evidently making sure that Gomez is in top physical condition before they take a chance on the former Montreal Canadiens player who was recently bought out of the final two years of his contract.

Head coach Todd McLellan was impressed with Gomez on Monday.

San Jose Sharks have not made decision on Scott Gomez

Unrestricted free-agent forward Scott Gomez flew here with the Sharks for their season opener Sunday, but a decision on his future with the team might take another few days.

However, coach Todd McLellan made it clear he didn’t see Gomez’s presence as a distraction.

“Everybody right now is so focused on game one and excited about it,” McLellan said before Sunday’s 4-1 Sharks win over Calgary. “Having Scott around and having him make his decision on whether he likes our environment and whether we like him in our environment is a great opportunity for us over the next couple of days.”

Gomez, 33, seemed fine with the situation as it was and the potential chance to play for the Sharks.

“You always hear about San Jose and you never hear anything bad about the organization,” he said. “We’ll see what happens.”

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Gomez likely to sign with Sharks.

Unrestricted free agent Scott Gomez has travelled with the San Jose Sharks to Calgary, but he has still not signed a contract with the team.

The Sharks open their season against the Flames on Sunday night, while Gomez is scheduled for more testing.

Could Ducks be looking to bring in Gomez?

Scott Gomez, a 12-year veteran with 686 career points and two Stanley Cups on his resume, is now officially on the market and the Ducks have only Ryan Getzlaf and Saku Koivuas proven NHL centers.

Might seem like a perfect match to make, right? Perhaps, if it was the 2005-06 Gomez or even the 2009-10 version.

But the 33-year-old veteran is coming off two horrific seasons with Montreal, which will end his tumultuous time in La Belle Province by buying him out of his large contract after he cleared waivers Thursday.

Blues snap up Redden

Wade Redden, Scott Gomez bought out; who wants them?

Both players would’ve just stayed home and collected their paychecks had the NHL and NHLPA not agreed to activate the buyout rule before the offseason, which was the initial plan. The change in course allows for an early fresh start for everyone involved, and that’s a good thing.

Redden is likely to pick a new team on Friday, TSN.ca’s Darren Dreger reported. Clubs “kicking the tires,” according to TSN.ca’s Bob McKenzie: the Los Angeles Kings, St. Louis Blues, Toronto Maple Leafs and Florida Panthers. The Anaheim Ducks and Carolina Hurricanes are considering Gomez, according to McKenzie.

Both can still apparently contribute, previous ridiculous contracts aside. Redden, an offensive defenseman, was productive in the AHL, where the Rangers stashed him to avoid his salary cap hit. Gomez’s offensive abilities cratered after the Canadiens acquired him (from the Rangers, not coincidentally) in 2009, but he still could play in the bottom six.

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