Leafs Current Roster

Let’s look at the Leafs current roster, and its weak points and strong points.

Souray to Edmonton

Sheldon Souray is on his way to Edmonton as the Oilers and the free agent blueliner agreed on a contract.

The Elk Point, Alberta native appeared in 81 games with the Montreal Canadiens in 2006-07 and had a career year with 26 goals and 64 points. Nineteen of his 26 goals came on the power play, which set an NHL record for defencemen.

Kaberle, McCabe, or Kubina

15 million dollars is a lot of money. Its roughly 30% of the leafs cap room. 30% of the Leafs cap room is taken up by 3 defensemen. 3 top pairing defensemen. So whenever the Leafs find themselves short on cap space, trading one of these three often becomes a popular option.

Cullen back to Carolina?

According to the New York Daily News and the Raleigh News and Observer, current New York Rangers center Matt Cullen could be involved in a salary dumping trade that would help the Rangers free up space in order to sign RFA Sean Avery and possibly Marcel Hossa. Here are the links: http://www.newsobserver.com/796/story/634601.html http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/hockey/rangers/2007/07/12/2007-07-12_lundqvist_signs_for_short_term.html The NY Daily News article also has a bit on Lundqvist’s resigning, and mentions that he was told negotiations for a long-term contract would be held in January.

Goligoski skips Minnesota; signs with Pens

The WCHA Defensive Player of the Year, Alex Golgoski, has decided to skip the Golden Gophers and has signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins organization.

Brent Sutter to coach Devils?

The Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League have called a news conference for Thursday and sources suggest team owner Brent Sutter will announce that he’s stepping down as general manager and head coach.

Sabres-Penquins to be played Outdoors

espn.com/nhl is reporting the Jan 1, 2008 game between the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres will be contested at an outdoor stadium. The game will be televised on NBC and the facility has not yet been finalized.

Habs need an enforcer

Would like your opinions on this. I sincerely believe that Montreal needs a significant presence on the ice to stand up for, protect and be an intimidating factor. Need I remind anyone of the days of Ferguson, Bouchard, Robinson, Nilan…….

Hejduk to Toronto Rumors, Kubina to Isles

Eukland in Hockeybuzz.com is reporting that a trade between Colorado & Toronto is in work where the leafs will land Milan Hejduk.


NHL schedule released

The National Hockey League released their schedule on Wednesday and the regular season will begin with a pair of games in London England.

Yashin unhappy with offers

According to TSN.ca, yashin is not happy with the offers he has been recieving. His agent claims that he will go to Russia if no offers are to his standards.

Battles in the East

With the free agency market dwindled down, teams now have a better idea of what their rosters will look like come October. Obviously each team will still make minor adjustments, but looking and additions & subtractions in the past few weeks, here’s how I see things playing out in the East.

Lundqvist Re-signs

NewyorkRangers.com released a report that Henrik Lundqvist has agreed terms with the New York Rangers. Accoring to John Dellapina and Larry Brooks, NY journalists, the contratc is believed to be a one year deal worth under $3 million. Lundqvist becomes an unrestricted free agent following the 2008-2009 season.

TSN states it is worth $4.25M.