If I were Bob Gainey, GM of the Montreal Canadiens I would…….
With several reports that Mario Lemieux is returning, a new arena closer than ever (thanks to Ted Arneault), and a surplus of young talent the future looks bright in the ‘burgh. The best thing that could possibly happen for this franchise is for the league to go on strike (which is expected) and for Gary Bettman to put in a salary cap (also expected, supposedly at $35 m). Paul Kariya, Teemu Selanne, Sergei Fedorov, Brian Leetch, and many others have all been available this offseason (some still are), and the Pens don’t have a shot at any of them. Instead of us watching Mario send saucer passes to the Golden Brett (like it was reported two seasons ago), we’re watching Le Magnifique get hacked while Rico Fata misses his passes.
Sergei often thought about the open road. “Oh, the things I could do out there. Boy, howdy. What I could do out there. I’m stuck in Motown. I could be living it up in the sun.”
Alot of self-proclaimed Leafs experts seem to think they know what they’re talking about.
According to The Flint Journal, Mike Illitch has called Federov about re-signing.
there is a lot of rumours going on, on a french sport radio channel. They have listed down a list of rumors. Here’s the interresting ones concerning : Boston, Colorado, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and Montreal
It is being reported by TSN (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=47192&hubName=nhl), that unrestricted free agent forward Vaclav Prospal has accepted a deal with either the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, or the Atlanta Thrashers. The deal is reported to be for 5 years and worth between 20 to 25 million dollars.
Speculation is growing that Brian Leetch might take a 2 year deal from the Flyers instead of a 1 year 6 million dollar deal from the Rangers. Apparantly, several high priced veterans on the Flyers have been asked to defer some salary so that the Flyers can sign Leetch.
According to The Fan590, and Sports Reporter Ken Campbell, Leaf fan Joey Hatfield is planning a protest outside of the ACC, on the west side of York Street on Bremner Blvd. The protest will take place Wednesday, 4pm.
SAN JOSE (sj-sharks.com) – The San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has re-signed Group II restricted free agent center Patrick Marleau. In keeping with club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Wilson also locked up 2001 first round pick Marcel Goc to a standard rookie contract and defenseman Rob Davison.
According to the Avalanche spokesman Hayne Ellis, the team has bought out the final year on the contract of the 36-year-old Mike Keane. The move ends the second stint with the Avalanche for Keane.
Could this be a cost-cutting move to maybe acquire a veteran goalie, like Potvin? But probably just to clear room for prospects and the new signings of Kariya and Selanne.
The Vancouver Canucks re-signed unrestricted free agent Brad May to a two-year contract. The physical winger was unable to reach agreement with the Canucks after the season ended and hit the free-agent market July 1. But the Canucks were able to reel him in.
Bryan Marchment has just signed a 1-year $2 Mil deal with the Leafs.
Pat Morris, Greg de Vries’ agent, mentioned to the Toronto Star that de Vries will sign in the next 48 hours.
According to Fan590, Curtis Joseph will not accept a trade to the Boston Bruins. The big team now in this situation are the St. Louis Blues.
Thrashers prospect camp opens up today and will run through July 19. This gives management and coaches one of their first real looks at many of Atlanta’s youngsters trying to come up through the system. Not too much else happening in my little corner of the league, so this is the best I could do for now.
On a day when the most exciting thing in sports is a life-sized bratwurst being clocked with a baseball bat (put your Freudian analogies away, because I ain’t goin’ there), I thought it would be a good time to reveal the signs in both the NHL and HTR that will let you know the end of the world is nigh…….