The News&Observer is very observant as they report that Scott Walker is set to become an UFA on July the first. Apparently the Carolina Hurricanes tried to re-sign Walker in the past few days but came up far short on an agreement.
Rumor has it that the Maple Leafs are looking for senior help within the organization. John Muckler would fit perfectly as team president, look where he has taken Ottawa, he knows hockey and has ton of experience. If the Maple Leafs are smart they should sign Muckler as President which would bump Peddie right out of hockey duties and possible JFJ down the road pending what he does this off-season. Bottom line Muckler would be perfect as Leafs president.
The Fourth Period reports that the Boston Bruins have hired Claude Julien as their head coach for next season. Julien was fired from a winning Devils team near the playoffs and will try to stick with Boston
Also, the Bruins have extended Brandon Bochenski’s contract to one year.
According to TSN.ca, the Nashville Predators have allowed the Philadelphia Flyers to negotiate with Scott Hartnell and Kimmo Timonen and signed both to long-term deals. Hartnell is expected to get $25.2M for six years and Timonen $37.8M for six years. In return, the Predators regain the 1st round draft pick previously traded to the Flyers as part of the deal involving Peter Forsberg.
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel is providing a ton of speculation regarding the Florida Panthers. Although the panthers are saying that they are comfortable with their goaltending situation they are reporting that the Panthers have their sites set on Vesa Toskala and Bryzgalov who are both unrestricted free agents in 2008.
According to published reports out of Europe, Antti Laaksonen has decided to sign a one year contract in Switzerland with Fribourg.
Canada.com is speculating that the Flyers are presently shopping defenseman Joni Pitkanen and as many as five teams may have some interest in the Finn.
I have been away from this site for a while.
And it is kinda sad to see not much has changed.
Although, there is less leaf talk which is a good thing. Not that I am about to help that.
Based on this years available signings and the consequence of the CAP going up dramatically, I would propose something a little out of the ordinary.
This is not a pipe dream, we get everyone article.
It is a valid approach.
The Boston Bruins have had a turbulant Post-lockout era with most of the names including Former francise player and Captain Joe Thornton being traded in a attempt to garnish a identity through the draft. But after missing the playoffs two years in a row, and Firing their second coach in as many years, GM Peter Chiarelli finds himself on the hot seat in the next few weeks, as the draft and Free agency is fastly approaching, can the Bruins Ice a competitive team that showed signs of improvment last season, or will they dwell in the basement of the Northeast again in 2007/08?
As most of Habs fans know, we have been looking for years to add a big center to our lineup. Finally, we may find him in San Jose.
Future and present.
Trade Kubina and our 2nd round pick Oilers for the 6th overall and a 4th round pick.
McCabe, and Stajan for the Islanders 08 4th round pick and their 09 1st round pick pick. (Tavares draft year )