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One of the biggest myths that hockey fans and media subscribe to nowadays is that the Toronto Maple Leafs are weak on defence. For instance, Howard Burger, a reporter who covers the Leafs closely, just wrote an article entitled, “Defence Still Leafs’ Shortcoming” posted on Hockeybuzz.com.
I come here trying to be as neutral as possible…I am a Leaf fan but I am taking a step back to look at the overall picture of how Leaf fans and anti-Leaf fans co-exist.
Take this for what its worth but according to Eklund the Vancouver Canucks and Trevor Linden are close to agreeing to a new deal. Linden would provide the Canucks with some much needed leadership and some scoring here and there.
Rumor – Vancouver Canucks C Trevor Linden is close to re-signing with the team. Linden had 12 goals and 13 assists with the Canucks last season. The contract will probabaly be the about the same terms as last year’s. A 1 year deal worth around $600,000.
Jeremey Roenick seems to be more interested in following the trend most veteran NHL players do in the twilight of their careers. And it’s not retiring, it’s becoming a Toronto Maple Leaf.
Here’s just a little outlook of what has occurred in the 2007 Off-Season and just how improved teams are now, heading into the 2007-08 NHL season:
As a die hard Canucks fan, and someone who doesn’t take Canuck bashing very well, it boggles me why everyone around the league…ESPECIALLY Canuck fans bash B-Mo.
Is it his salary? Is it his point total? Could it be his age?
According to www.spectorshockey.net F Jeremy Roenick is not offically retired. Roenick’s agent has said his client has not yet made a formal decision on his retirement. However Roenick will not be respondig to any interviews due to the death of his father-in-law. Last season during free agencey Jeremy Roenick made it clear that he would like to play for a Canadain franchise at least once in his career.
Well this is my first entry, so please don’t tear me apart too bad.
Anyway, I’ve heard so many rumors this off season that my head is spinning. Everyone from Vinny to Shanny has been rumored to be heading up the St. Lawrence. But let’s face facts, what we have is what we’ll be seeing til season’s end. Now I’m not saying that Gainey may or may not pull off a trade or two in the upcoming months. but what, in reality do we have to offer? A good prospect (Kostisyn) for a veteran that may or may not help us reach the playoffs? Or a more seasoned player (Ryder) for an equally inept 5 on 5 player? Or perhaps an underachiever (Kovalev) for another underacheiver? (Zherdev springs to mind).
TSN.ca and FAN590 in Toronto are both reporting that the Carolina Hurricanes have re-acquired forward Matt Cullen in a trade with the New York Rangers.
Going to New York in the deal are defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes, and a 3rd-round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.
Currrently the Nucks’ are trying to make a move but if they dont I speculate they are going to be saving up for Dany Heatley next summer, but not have as long of a playoff run. Linden hasn’t signed with the team yet but will soon…. My Canucks & Moose Roster as of July 17, 2007 6:25AM PST.
For whatever its worth, Eklund is reporting a “Confirmed” deal between the Sens and Bruins.
A lot of things have changed in a month in the East. The Sabres lost their co-captains. The Devils lost Rafalski and Gomez. The Rangers grabbed Gomez and Drury. The Flyers decided to replace every player on their roster.
Clearly all these moves will make the Eastern Conference much different than it was at the beginning of last year, but what are the expectations for each team…