I am still very disapointed about the work of Bob Gainey since he is with us. But, I has to say that the draft picks that André Savard made were very very good and we begin to recognize how good he was. The problem with Bob Gainey is that he has to fight and be very convincing to bring a big player here. The problem is not pressure, or taxes or french! The problem here is that we are a team that is perceived by the others to don’t know what we want and where we go. When we’ll have a better team with the rising of the kids, everything will be easier. However, I really like the move to replace Bonk by Smolinski and serioustly Im getting used to the Hamrlik one.
Slava ” The Wizard” Kozlov wouldn’t be another Samsonov, he has better hockey smarts and would be a great additional playmaker along side Kovalev. I say he can bring out the Kovalev in the pittsburgh years. I don’T like these overpaid long term contracts that have been going out to the players, maybe a 3 yrs/ 4.5 million dollar contract would do for Kozlov.
There’s still a couple of interesting names available, but with pretty much all the big guns gone now, I thought I would do an early edition of free agency winners and losers…
…may not be as obvious as you might think.
According to rds.ca, Peter Forsberg is currently in Montreal with his agent Don Baizley.
The article headline on rds.ca is: ‘Forsberg in MTL: Smoke without the fire’, claiming that both Forsberg and his agent are just there…for no apparent reason.
according to tsn, The Buffalo Sabres have re-signed unrestricted free-agent defenceman Teppo Numminen to a US$2.6-million, one-year contract.
Are the Leafs even better off than last season? Are they going anywhere this year? Did they make the right move? Well if you want to know what I think read on…
The more I think about, the more I want Souray to re-sign with the Habs. At the beginning of the free agent frenzy, tehre was all that hype/crap about Rafalski coming to Montreal. With that news, I was ready to sever ties with Souray and let him and his bonnie lass reunite on the west coast. As everyone know, Rafalski signed with Detroit. We are now solid in defense, but if we’re going to be a defensive team like last year, we need Souray. Here’s what our defense looks like now…
Over the past few days there have been stirrings of deals going on between the devils and canucks as well as 2 free agent signigns of Yashin and Guerin:
Now that Vesa Toskala has signed a new contract that will pay him 4 million dollars a year, double Andew Raycroft’s current salary, its pretty clear that JFJ declares Vesa has Toronto’s new number one.
according to both hockeybuzz and spector’s hockey, Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports veteran forward Jeremy Roenick will announce his retirement shortly. More info to come.
According to NHL Line, Slava Kozlov has re-signed with the Thrashers.
Dallas had offered Kozlov a 3 year contract paying him 3.5 mill per year. Atlanta challenged back paying him 3 years 11 million. Read the article at www.nhlline.ca
The New York Post is continuing speculation that Sheldon Souray may be on his way to the Big Apple.