Since the East has been done now, let’s take a look at the west.
Detroit Red Wings- Continue to be a dominating force in the Western Conference. Although they lost Schneider, they gained a mirror image in Rafalski. Now that they landed Hasek, expect them to challenge for the conference once again. Although they lost Lang, and Bertuzzi, it shouldn’t be a huge deal.
As a leafs fan I always seem to find myself thinking, what’s the next move for the leafs? But today I ask, what’s wrong with the way they are?
Ok, before people jump all over me, these numbers are all based on every team being able to spend the Cap Maximum. Just so you understand, thats what the site I got these numbers from states. The site was also last updated on July 4th for certain teams and July 6-7 for others, so certain players might have signed to change these numbers. Now, moving on.
I can’t help but notice that everywhere in the internet community that most fas are very disappointed with the way that General Manage Bob Gainey handled the off-season. Does anyone remember last season? Does anyone remember anything else other than the fact that the team did not make the playoffs?
Peter Forsberg is expected to sign with Vancouver if the NJ/Van trade falls throught, with over 8 million in cap space and only one hole to fill at Left Wing this could be Elais or Forsberg’s place to fill.
Since the article about Clemmensen signing turned into a potential Peca or Yashin signing discussion, I figured I’d start a new thread to get everyone’s opinion on the possibility of Yashin as a leaf.
The bar has been set, with Vanek taking up over 7 million dollars per season on the Sabres Salary cap. Now we can observe statistically how must other high scoring RFA’s might fair in arbitration.
The Maple Leafs are back at it in the Free Agent market signing former New Jersey Devils goalie Scott Clemmensen. Yes the same Clemmensen that lost the game that would have put the Leafs into the playoffs last April.
Since July 2nd, when the Habs signed Roman Hamrlik, people have been wondering why they would sign him, Bryan Smolinski, Tom Kostopoulos and Jamie Rivers. Well, here’s my reasoning, which quite possibly could be Gainey’s reasoning as well.
The Montreal Canadiens sign Defencemen Jamie Rivers to a two year contract. Rivers 32 years old played 31 games with the Blues last season was a -7.
For the most part, the frenzy of free agent signings has come and gone. And once again the Montreal Canadiens have nothing to show for it. However, I sincerely believe the organization made every effort to sign quality players to improve the club. For various reasons they were not able to land any big name free agents. This is not the end of the world.
Stop Crying Already
Time and time again I end up reading blogs and opinions from angered hockey fans expressing resentment towards top end players not signing with their teams. These sentiments are even more highlighted in hockey cities such as my hometown of Montreal. Now, here is a different perspective for you. Life as a Player. I’ll focus formost on the Canadiens only because I’m most familiar with their situation. The whole city was outraged when the city couldn’t land Daniel Briere or Ryan Smyth. Well lets look at factors for them deciding their futures.
TSN.ca is reporting that the Edmonton Oilers have signed restricted free agent forward Thomas Vanek to a huge 50 million dollar seven year contract.
Buffalo will match the offer.