With exactly a month to go before free agency begins its time for the rumor mill to open up, and with a very good crop of UFA’s (unrestricted free agents). Leaf fans across the world are beginning to wonder who the leafs are interested in.
According to TSN.ca, the Habs have dealt a 7th round pick in this years draft to the Rangers for prospect Ryan Russell. Russell had 30 goals and 46 assists in 58 games to rank 16th in the WHL in scoring while playing for the Kootenay Ice.
Hamilton again has given Basillie the rights to Hamilton as a destination for the Predators Franchise. In addition the city has also offered up Hamilton Place and Convention Center to Basillie.
The Canes have signed goaltender Cam Ward to a three-year contract. The contract will pay Ward $2 million in 2007-08, $2.5 million in 2008-09 and $3.5 million in 2009-10.
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According to TSN.ca and the Toronto Sun, it appears the Toronto Maple Leafs and captain Mats Sundin are closing in on the new contract that has long been rumoured to be happening this summer.
Reports out of rds suggest that Bob Gainey has made an official offer to Sheldon Souray.
If the Leafs want a good team next season, then they don’t have to do alot. The last few seasons they have had a prettty good team, they just haven’t built on it. Last season they didn’t really do anything besides drafting Tlustly and getting Raycroft. This season they aren’t really in a different situation. Both years they finished 9’th and rellied on a different team to get them in, unfortunatley both years the team they wanted to win didn’t win.
Next year’s rookie class will be very good. No one stands out like Crosby or Ovechkin, but there are some very good players.
So….The story is Sidney Crosby at age 19, is about to become the youngest captain in the NHL’s history. It will be announced Thursday at the Mellon Arena. The penguins have not had a captain since the retirement of Mario Lemieux in January 2006.
As detailed on TSN, the Leafs sign another of their top prospects to entry level deals. This brings Kulemin together with Anton Strahlman to an aging team.
The Detroit Red Wings were close, but close is definitely not good enough in Hockeytown. Nothing less than a championship will suffice in Detroit. Well the fans will have to wait another year for another crack at it after losing out to the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final.
With his new 23 million dollar contract tucked firmly into his pocket, Andrei Markov will now be earning an average of 5.75 million dollars per season for the next four years. Such a large contract has many Habs fans doubting the signing of unrestricted free agent Sheldon Souray. GM Bob Gainey has said, however that his “priority will be Sheldon Souray,” adding “I expect to have talks with Sheldon’s agent in the coming days.”