Assuming that the cap hits 48 million for next season, it gives the leafs about 6 million to spend on free agents. I dont think 6 million dollars would be enough to round out the forward units. Considering the amount of depth on defence, the leafs could possibly move one or two to free up cap space, to a team that needs defenceman. Keven Lowe of the Edmonton Oliers is looking for a puck moving defenceman. With a pending deal of Joni Pitkaien going to the canes and wade redden not likely going to Edmonton, Lowe could look at the leafs.
There is lots of rumors seeing the Leafs aquire top tier free agents like Gomez, Smyth, Kariya, Blake; and even second tier guys like Bertuzzi and Nagy. However, in an NHL governed by the salary cap, this cannot happen.
Although it may not be a done deal yet reports from Sweden indicate that the Rangers and Nylander may have a deal completed any second.
The San Jose Mercury News is speculating that the Sharks have a number of big decisions to make regarding their players.
Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal is speculating that some teams are about to go crazy by handing out huge contracts to free agent players next week.
Paul Kariya is available this July, and he should be the player that the Leafs are after. Here’s why:
Hi there and welcome to what may be a regular “reality check” to Montreal Canadien fans. This will basically depend on the fury that will strike their heart next season when Brière/Drury/Any UFA who will sign will have a bad two week period.
Courtesy of RDS and Canadiens.com:
Michael Lambert was not given a qualifying offer, and has now become a free agent.
The Canuck’s don’t have much Cap room. They have no serious needs (they need offensive, but unlike most team’s they’ll be okay with only a 2nd tier player to fix there need), and will only aquire some depth player’s, and one (maybe two, but unlikely) top 6 forward. When the season is over though, Naslund, Morrison, and Cooke all have expiring contract’s, which will give the Canuck’s some breathing room, and possible enough room to acquire a true superstar (if we don’t acquire someone that good, it’s okay too).
Several sources out of Pittsburgh today have discussed the possibility of the Penguins acquiring Robyn Regher from the Flames for Brooks Orpik, Ryan Malone, and a 2nd round pick or Role Player. Ryan Whitney has also been brought up in discussions between the two teams. Sources… www.thebuzzontheburgh.com and www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=8226
According to tsn.ca the blues have re-acquired the rights to Keith Tkachuk for 2 draft picks ( a 4th round draft pick in 2008 which can be a 3rd, and also a 1st round draft pick in 2008 ). Tkachuk will become a unrestricted free agent on July.1st and the blues are trying to negotiate and new contract for the star forward.