Two years ago the City of Champions was living up to its name. The Edmonton Eskimos had won the Grey Cup (Canada’s version of the Super Bowl) We had just been granted a lacrosse team (Edmonton Rush) and oh yeah the Oilers were just preparing for their run at Stanley. Life was sweet in E-Town and No sports fan could be happier. One year later the Eskimo’s came dead last in the CFL, the Rush came in dead last in the NLL and the Oilers franchise began to unravel. After these forgettable moments they made the city look like THE CITY OF FAILURES.
According to tsn, The Toronto Maple Leafs and netminder Vesa Toskala have agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract extension.
After a few years of hatred from the fans and criticism form reporters and analysts, I feel that John Ferguson Jr. has earned himself a contract extension for a few years, as he has finally found a direction for this team to go in and has learned form his mistakes.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have not made the playoffs for the last two years. In my oppinion i think the Leafs dont need offensive but really defensive.
According to the Vancouver Canucks website, the team signed 2 forwards Brad Moran and Jason Jaffray from the Manitoba Moose. They also signed free agent Greg Classen from the Hamburg Freezers of the German Hockey League.
The Oilers have filed a complaint with the NHL over Nylander’s signing with the Capitals. Apparently they had come to terms with him a day earlier. This is almost with precedent and it has greatly impacted Edmonton’s subsequent moves and strategy. It’ll be interesting how this pans out.
A radio station in Dallas is reporting that UFA Slava Kozlov is in Dallas and is set to sign a contract with Dallas. Spector’s Hockey is also reporting this.
According to TSN, D Brad Stuart has signed a 1-year, 3,5M$ deal with the Los Angeles Kings
The Canucks have signed goaltender Curtis Sanford to a one-year deal worth $600,000.
The Flyers are probably done free agent shopping this year so I figured there team for next year is in line and the roster looks like this
Ferguson mentioned a few days ago that he is still working on making the Leafs a better team. Since then, trade rumors have been popping out left, right, and center.
A lot of Leaf fans have been upset on how management has handled off-season moves. Numerous of teams have spent big cash and long term contracts to acquire talent. However, there may be a silver lining for the Leafs due to the off season moves. Players like McCabe or Kubina who we thought could not be traded at one point, have potential to be traded. How is this reality? Here are some examples