Alexei Yashin has gone home. The Russian centre agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Locomotiv (Yaroslavl) of the Russian League on Friday, bolting the NHL after 12 seasons. Russian teams do not disclose financial terms but The Canadian Press can confirm the deal does not include an out clause to return to the NHL next season.
According to TSN, Joni Pitkanen has agreed to a 1 year deal worth
$2.4 million. I was expecting a longer term for the contract, but signed pretty cheap and only received a $400,000 raise from last year.
It has been reported by TSN that former Leafs starting goalie Curtis Joseph ( Cujo) would like to come back to the Leafs, possibly to mentor the younger goalies.
Aebischer, 29, posted a 13-12-3 record with a 3.17 goals against average in 32 games with Montreal last season after being acquired from Colorado for Jose Theodore in March, 2006.
According to RDS.ca, Zigmund Palffy is now out of retirement and has signed a 1-year deal with Skalica of the Slovakia league.
Still according to RDS, Palffy does not exclude a return with the national Slovakia team.
John Ferguson J. announced Wednesday that the leafs have signed Jeremy Williams and Derrik Walser to two year contracts. And Alex Foster to a one year contract.
Petr Nedved has left the NHL. According to TSN he signed with Czech champion HC Sparta Prague on a one-year contract. Could we see more free agents doing the same?
The Pittsburgh Penguins have singed the 31 year old netminder, Ty Conklin.
The conract is a 1 year thing at 500,000$.
While playing with the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Buffalo Sabres last year, he maintained a 3-5-1 record.
No evidence to support this claim
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.