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.
I’ve done a little research to find out just how much Cap room the Habs actually have. As of this very moment (June 26, 2007, 3:22 pm) the Habs have $31.034 million dedicated to the Cap. Thats also with Ryder, Plekanec, Milroy and Gorges not signing yet.
The New York Rangers will be regarded by many as a preseason favorite in the Atlantic Division, and a top contender in the Eastern Conference. Their 2nd half of 2006-07 was amazing and if they are able to maintain that level of play into the new season, they have a great chance to make a deep run in the playoffs.
There are however tweaks that need to be made to the roster to ensure this happening.
The Vancouver Province is reporting that it is highly unlikely that the Vancouver Canucks will land any big-name free agents this year. All bets are off for next year however as they will have cap space available to shop for some of the huge names that may be available.
This post is purely speculation, as a true leafs fan this is what I believe is the best option for the buds for not only next year but for years to come.
The News and Observer is rumoring that a deal is in the works for the Carolina Hurricanes. They are reporting that Jim Rutherford is only waiting to make a trade happen because the player has to waive his no trade clause to make it happen.
Bruce Garrioch of Sun Media is suggesting that the Senators should get on the ball and sign Ray Emery to a new contract before July the first.
Tom Gulitti of NorthJersey.com is reporting that Brian Rafalski who is et to become unrestricted on July first wants to remain with the Devils.
We all now as Habs fans the situation in Montreal. UFA’s are hard to come by for the many reason’s we have all heard before. Until now our minor system has been not very good, so now that is looking promising some of us want to trade it all away for a potential quick fix!! then there are those who think we can make a deal and give away nothing!!!!
A story by Steve Simmons of The Toronto Sun has said Scotty Bowman has turned down the leafs over a reluctance to work with Richard Peddie.