Leaf Experts Look: Leafs Edition

Bryan McCabe, the NHL Draft, whats about Cujo and Ryan Smyth?

With the NHL’s draft not far away and free agency soon to be here by the end of the month. Here’s an inside track through what I’ve gathered the Leafs will be up to for this month and for the most part of this offseason….

Calgary in Flames, Panthers, Balsillly, Eklund…and more

Hello fellow hockey fans. It’s starting to heat up in South Florida, am I talking about the weather or the team?

Calgary in Flames, what will Keenan give?

Soon to be new owner of Nashvile makes a silly move.

Eklund….oh Eklund, it’s time I start giving a good talk.

Some Rangers spek.

What do you want us to do?

Leafs talking to Bowman?

According to the Sun Media the Toronto Maple Leafs are trying to talk the legendary Scotty Bowman out of retirement It is speculated that they are trying to convince Bowman to take over a senior position with the club “possibly even team president.”

Top UFA's and their potential new team and estimated salary

This is a list of the top UFAs, where they might end up based on the teams that have shown interest in them, and what their estimated salary could be.

Source: http://www.thefourthperiod.com/topfas.html

Blake to test Free Agency

Jason Blake of the New York Islanders is going to test free agency according to thefourthperiod.com.

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Hawks willing to deal first overall pick?

The Chicago Tribune is speculating that the Black Hawks may be willing to deal their first overall pick in this years entry draft. According to the article the Hawks will entertain offers as they have already decided who they will take with their first pick and are looking to see if they can get something else and still get the player that they want.

A Leaf Biased Draft Preview

While not really a rumor HTR thought that Leafs fans may enjoy this article, written from a Leaf fan perspective. The Article is Timlap’s 2007 Draft Preview and it is a quality article about the players that are available for the upcoming draft. If you are not a Leafs fan the information is helpful in order to “get to know” the players that are available at the draft this year.

Senators Shopping Gerber

The Ottawa Sun is reporting that the Senators are trying to move goalie Martin Gerber. One of the problems in moving the goalie is that the Senators paid him a rich contract in which he will earn 3.7 million dollars next season.

Blue Jackets Set to Name GM

ESPN.com is reporting that the Blue Jackets are close to naming their new General Manager. They speculate that Scott Howson who is presently employed as the Oilers assistant GM will take over the position.

Hasek to Return to the Wings?

Canada.com is reporting that the Detroit Red Wings are apparently close to signing goalie Dominik Hasek to another contract. HTR believes that it is absolutely amazing that the Red Wings are able to keep their players is such great shape for their age. If Hasek does indeed sign a new deal he will be 42 years old next season.

Wild Not Looking to Rush Fernandez trade????

TwinCitites.com is reporting that the Wild are in no rush to trade Manny Fernandez now that they have locked up Nik Backstrom to a two year contract. HTR believes that this is completely false and that the Wild will be looking to deal Fernandez at the draft.

Balsillie May Have to Wait a bit Longer

According to the Tennessean Jim Balsillie’s has submitted his bid to buy the Nashville Predators and hopes to have the terms of sale approved by the NHL board of governors on the June 20 meeting.

Chelios re-signs with the Wing's

The 45 year old Chris Chelios re-signed with the Wing’s today. The contract is worth 850k for 1 season.