Make It Seven

Lebron James signing in Miami to play for the heat has affected many NBA franchises, notabley Cleveland. But does lebron have the power to affect franchises not even in his league? Most notabley the florida panthers.

Florida is currently one of the worst attended NHL teams with a below 80% rink filling average per game. I can see this dropping to almost 60% with the newest attraction of Bosh-Lebron-Wade playing for the heat. With those 3 players the Heat actually have a chance at a championship while the panthers are doubtful to even make the playoffs. (sorry panther fans, not this year)

SHARKS SIGN FREE AGENT D HJALMARSSON TO OFFER SHEET

The San Jose Sharks have signed Blackhawks restricted free agent defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson to a free agent offer sheet, signing the defenceman to a four-year, $14 million dollar contract.

Blue Jackets Rumors

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is hoping to add a puck-moving defenseman via trade, but he’s not desperate to do so. Howson reiterated today that he’s not burning up phone lines or begging his fellow GMs for help.

“We’d like to make an upgrade, sure,” Howson said. “But if we don’t get a deal done, I’m fine taking this group of defensemen into the start of the season with us. We think it’s a good group; a group that can win games for you.”

Trading Gagne may be a must

The Flyers appear to be amid a salary-cap squeeze that can only be solved by trading Simon Gagne.

According to various reports in Russia and Canada, the Flyers are close to an agreement with free agent right wing Nikolai Zherdev but need to shed Gagne’s $5.25 million salary to clear room for the talented Ukrainian.

Meanwhile, Gagne told French-speaking television station RDS that he has not yet waived his no-trade clause.

Leafs add Lebda to blue-line

The Maple Leafs have picked up Red Wings’ free agent depth defenceman Brett Lebda, further evidence that a Tomas Kaberle deal is around the corner.The 28-year-old Lebda signed for two years, at a reported $1.45 million US a season. General manager Brian Burke told the Toronto Sun a few days ago he was pursuing one more veteran defenceman that would allow him to concentrate on getting a quality forward for Kaberle during the latter’s trade window, which closes Aug. 15.