The Nashville Predators sent a pair of unrestricted free agents to the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday in exchange for restricted free agent forward Sergei Kostitsyn.
In return for Kostitsyn, the Canadiens acquired goaltender Dan Ellis and forward Dustin Boyd. A fifth-round conditional pick in the 2012 Entry Draft could also be transferred from one team to the other depending on whether each player signs with his new team or if his rights end up being traded.
July 1st is around the corner and I found myself looking at free agent lists and wondering what Brian Burke might do this Thursday. The players I will mention are players I BELIEVE to be good fits in Toronto and by no means am I saying they will/want to sign here.
With that said I will focus mostly on forwards since the Leafs have 5 goalies in the system and even if Kaberle is traded we still have ample defencemen at the ready.
So keeping with Burke mantra…we need some top 6 scorers and some bottom 6 grinders. What we have at the moment is:
If you believe various NHL types, the chase for Marc Savard will feature as much speed as the slow-motion O.J. Simpson-Ford Bronco caper.
However, there are indications Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke may get some competition for the Boston Bruins centre, even though Burke has yet to dive in with all guns blazing, à la his pursuit a year ago for Savard’s former linemate, Phil Kessel. Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter might be looking to reunite Savard with another of his ex-wingers, Jarome Iginla, now that he decided to close out the Ollie Jokinen disaster with a buyout of winger Ales Kotalik.
Restricted free agent John Mitchell will not get a qualifying offer from the Maple Leafs and will be free to sign elsewhere come Thursday, but that doesn’t mean general manager Brian Burke has pushed the centre out the Bay St. door.
The Canadiens ended any speculation about Benoit Pouliot’s immediate future with the team when they signed him to a one-year deal worth $1.35 million yesterday.
There were a few raised eyebrows last week when Pouliot was not in a group of restricted free agents who received qualifying offers from the club.