According to www.mapleleafs.com, the leafs announced on Monday that they have singed forward Simon Gamache and re-singed Jay harrison. Gamache played 44 games in the swiss elite leauge and got the leagues’ best 66 points, (20 goals and 46 assists). He also was tied for scoring in the playoffs with 16 points, (7 goals and 9 assists).
According to the Boston Globe (the Sunday story can be found by clicking HERE) Nick Boynton will be shopped by the Phoenix Coyotes. The Globe states that new GM Don Maloney is committed to playing with younger players this year, and therefore Boynton and his two-years left on contract, will be shed to make space for the younger players. The Globe also speculates of several other prominent NHL players who are not set to become free-agents will be shopped around and even perhaps before the beginning of the season. Although speculation, some of it merits a further look because of its logical progression. In that light, the Globe believe that both Ilya Bryzgalov and Glenn Murray, will be receiving mail at a different zip-code in the near future. The article also discusses Redden, Drury, Toivonen, Rask, and Joey McDonald’s possible moves.
It is to be asked if the Maple Leafs are on their way back to the NHL’s good teams. They’ve made an interesting move this week-end by acquiring Vesa Toskala and this move could prove very rewarding. So what should they do or have they done enough to be back in those teams labeled as being playoff teams at the beginning of the season?
Since I began submitting my thoughts on the Habs on this site, i have come to realize just how ignorant Canadiens fans are. We demand too much from our best and when they don’t perform, we demand they get traded. Everyone’s drooling at the prospect of having Marleau or Briere but i guarantee that if one of them does become a Hab, once they go through a slight slump, every single person on this site will demand they get traded and demand Gainey’s head.
Now that the NHL draft is over the Philly.com is reporting that the Flyers have put themselves in a great position cap wise to make a run at either Scott Gomez, Chris Drury or Daniel Briere.
Islanders general manager Garth Snow has a bit of a problem here. Getting Smyth signed is a priority in the GM’s office. Smyth, however, has earned his position as a soon-to-be unrestricted free agent and Snow is not entirely confident he will be able to get a deal done.
Last week i made an article of the following second tier Eastern Conference UFA’s who are hitting the market a week from today and where they could possibly end up this summer. The reason in why i am doing this is simply because we as fans are hearing the same names over and over again with the likes of Smyth, Briere, Drury, Gomez, Forsberg and so on. This week will be the Western Conference.
Draft is done and the spectacular blockbuster involving Marleau didn’t happen. Some say it’s because the Sharks want to make sure they will get Drury others say it’s simply because Marleau isn’t going anywhere.
Now that the draft and long playoff run is over in Ottawa the Senators are looking to assess their situation for the future. Reports from the Ottawa Sun indicate that the Senators are looking to move Gerber (old news) and deal another forward.
Rumors were flying yesterday that the Oilers are looking to make a big move in the near future. Today, one day later, HTR has dug deep through media sources in an effort to uncover possible names that may be on the move.
The Florida Sun-Sentinel provides speculation regarding a number of Florida Panthers players. They indicate that as many as seven players are in line for qualifying offers by the first or they will become unrestricted free agents.
The Detroit Free Press is speculating that the Detroit Red Wings may have a better chance to sign Bertuzzi than Schneider. Schneider who has had several solid years on defense for the Wings may be in for a huge raise due to the fact that the Flyers signed Timonen to a huge money deal.
John Ferguson had a choice on draft day. Actually he had a lot of choices. Did he make the right one?