There is an unwritten list of players with a no trade clause disguised as a monster contract. Players like Kubina on the leafs, Gerber on the Sens, Richards on the Bolts. Last year, their high cap hits made them untradeable.
I thought i should put my analysis from the teams in the North West division.I will include offseason additions and subtractions, possible line combos and players to watch out for..
Remember the talk coming out of the lockout:
The Sens can’t perform in the playoffs
The Sabres are too young
The Leafs are too old
The Habs are too small
The Bruins have no depth
Ok, lots of people seem to think this guy is less then he is… I’m gonna go through a quick analysis of my own… hopefully some of you will see this guy the way I do.
Now that players suggested the last time I wrote and article have been dealt and or acquired, I think there is a very competitive and different approach the leafs could take.
Let’s look at the Leafs current roster, and its weak points and strong points.
Sheldon Souray is on his way to Edmonton as the Oilers and the free agent blueliner agreed on a contract.
The Elk Point, Alberta native appeared in 81 games with the Montreal Canadiens in 2006-07 and had a career year with 26 goals and 64 points. Nineteen of his 26 goals came on the power play, which set an NHL record for defencemen.
15 million dollars is a lot of money. Its roughly 30% of the leafs cap room. 30% of the Leafs cap room is taken up by 3 defensemen. 3 top pairing defensemen. So whenever the Leafs find themselves short on cap space, trading one of these three often becomes a popular option.
According to the New York Daily News and the Raleigh News and Observer, current New York Rangers center Matt Cullen could be involved in a salary dumping trade that would help the Rangers free up space in order to sign RFA Sean Avery and possibly Marcel Hossa. Here are the links: http://www.newsobserver.com/796/story/634601.html http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2007/07/12/2007-07-12_lundqvist_signs_for_short_term.html The NY Daily News article also has a bit on Lundqvist’s resigning, and mentions that he was told negotiations for a long-term contract would be held in January.
The WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, Alex Golgoski, has decided to skip the Golden Gophers and has signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.
The Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League have called a news conference for Thursday and sources suggest team owner Brent Sutter will announce that he’s stepping down as general manager and head coach.
espn.com/nhl is reporting the Jan 1, 2008 game between the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres will be contested at an outdoor stadium. The game will be televised on NBC and the facility has not yet been finalized.
Would like your opinions on this. I sincerely believe that Montreal needs a significant presence on the ice to stand up for, protect and be an intimidating factor. Need I remind anyone of the days of Ferguson, Bouchard, Robinson, Nilan…….