The bar has been set, with Vanek taking up over 7 million dollars per season on the Sabres Salary cap. Now we can observe statistically how must other high scoring RFA’s might fair in arbitration.
The Maple Leafs are back at it in the Free Agent market signing former New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Clemmensen. Yes the same Clemmensen that lost the game that would have put the Leafs into the playoffs last April.
Since July 2nd, when the Habs signed Roman Hamrlik, people have been wondering why they would sign him, Bryan Smolinski, Tom Kostopoulos and Jamie Rivers. Well, here’s my reasoning, which quite possibly could be Gainey’s reasoning as well.
The Montreal Canadiens sign Defencemen Jamie Rivers to a two year contract. Rivers 32 years old played 31 games with the Blues last season was a -7.
For the most part, the frenzy of free agent signings has come and gone. And once again the Montreal Canadiens have nothing to show for it. However, I sincerely believe the organization made every effort to sign quality players to improve the club. For various reasons they were not able to land any big name free agents. This is not the end of the world.
Stop Crying Already
Time and time again I end up reading blogs and opinions from angered hockey fans expressing resentment towards top end players not signing with their teams. These sentiments are even more highlighted in hockey cities such as my hometown of Montreal. Now, here is a different perspective for you. Life as a Player. I’ll focus formost on the Canadiens only because I’m most familiar with their situation. The whole city was outraged when the city couldn’t land Daniel Briere or Ryan Smyth. Well lets look at factors for them deciding their futures.
TSN.ca is reporting that the Edmonton Oilers have signed restricted free agent forward Thomas Vanek to a huge 50 million dollar seven year contract.
Buffalo will match the offer.
according to both the Canadian press and tsn,
The Ottawa Senators have promoted assistant John Paddock to head coach. Paddock spent the last five years in the Senators organization, including the last two as Ottawa’s assistant coach.
Well, its been almost a week since the free agency period started, and the Senators have sat idle watching two players leave the nation’s capital. Preissing is gone to LA, and Comrie is now on the Island. (sucks to see some good players leave what was a Stanley Cup Finalist team)
However, I will start by addressing the goaltending situation and work my way out from there.
Now that the draft is over and the major part of free agency concluded, it’s a good time to take an early look at how the Eastern Conference is shaping up. This isn’t a prediction of where teams will finish necessarily, but just a look at how teams will fare in the upcoming season.
To be honest, I really do feel Gainey has done an exceptional job being a GM. We can’t blame him for missing out on signing the top UFAs or FAs every year since it isn’t because of him why the players are not signing with MTL. It’s like Gainey said it’s more like teammates, geography, high taxes in MTL, and don’t forget the crazy media that puts so much pressure on you to play mistake-free every game.
This team would be near the top of this sport on a yearly basis except for everyone above John Ferguson Jr. Believe me I am not a supporter of JFJ. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is what is destroying this team and people have to wake up and see this.
According to Hockeybuzz, Dominik Hasek has signed a new deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
details to come.