Darren Dreger of TSN is suggesting that the Islanders may offer Ryan Smyth a deal that he may not be able to refuse. He is suggesting the possibility of a 7 or 8 year deal worth about 6 million per year. Put differently that could mean a 48 million dollar deal.
Is it just me, or do any other hockey fans think that Gary Bettman is secretly (or not so secretly) conspiring to ruin the NHL? Okay, okay. I’ll admit it. Yes I’m a Canadian, and yes I’m the fan of a Canadian hockey team, so maybe I’m a little biased. However, you can’t deny that Mr. Bettman is an incompetent commissioner. The NHL needs somebody in that position who knows what’s right and wrong for the game of hockey. Get out of there Gary, let a real fan be in charge! This is what my NHL would be like if I made all the decisions.
According to sportsnet.ca, Joni Pitkanen has been traded to Carolina pending Niclas Wallin is willing to waive his no trade clause. This would allow the Flyers to pick up a big named player on July 1st.
Since Eklund has announced a possible pickup of Calder it has had me thinking of how the leafs should look for 2007-2008.
This is my first news post on HTR , I’ll try not to rattle on too much.Montreal is truly a great team with a huge amount of depth and prospects to fill up our lines for years. I’m tired of hearing Marleau, Briere , Yashin…
With Alexei Yashins monster contract finally bought out, one of the most enigmatic players in the NHL is now looking for a new home. His worth is now low enough for most teams to absorb, but for what team will he be worth the risk? Here’s a few I think could give the big Russian a second chance. This is all assuming that Yashin bites the bullet and takes a 1-year deal around the 3 million mark.
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: