Let’s have some fun and consider if you were new to the NHL and ice hockey and had to choose a favorite team, which three teams would be your choices, and why?
Imagine you don’t live in North America so location has nothing to do with the selection. Imagine you were European and had a satellite feed of the NHL but had no connections to any of the teams/players.
Free agency is heating up and the Leafs have around 10 million to spend. What do you do if you are JFJ? Good question
Ok. Since everybody and I mean EVERYBODY has stated their opinions/ideas/ridiculous moves for the upcoming year. I would like to take a peak to the 08-09 version of the Maple Leafs. I know it is impossible to predict but lets get the best idea we can. I say this because, frankly, the Stanley Cup will be tough to win next year for the blue and white. Dont’t get me wrong Im a huge fan, and believe thewy will make the playoffs, but I think it is a long process, so lets look at what we have. This years FA’s likely to be signed:
Ryan Smyth is a great player but the Leafs should pass on him. The Leafs should save that money and invest in other free agents and keeping their youth.
These rumors about Bryan McCabe, although seem unlikely, could very well happen. People on this website are saying that the Leafs would just get a draft pick and a prospect but other teams could not afford him unless we take at least 2 million from them. Perhaps a trade could look something like this:
Larry Brooks of the New York Post continues to provide intriguing speculation regarding this off season. Some of the tid bits that he offers include rumors that the Rangers could be looking to make a swap for the Coyotes third overall pick in an effort to have the ability to draft Alexei Cherepanov.
The Philadelphia Inquirer is speculating that the Flyers may make a run at Thomas Vanek. Vanek scored 43 goals last season with the Buffalo Sabres and according to the article teams can make offers to group 2 restricted free agents on June 25th.
UFA defensmen Andy Sutton reportedly wants a 4 year deal worth $16 million, giving him $4 million per year. While he does not deserve this amount, he will probably get it, as there will be many overpayments this offseason. Thoughts?
According to some of the Canadian media, including the Toronto Sun, it will be announced as early as today that John Muckler has been fired as General Manager of the Ottawa Senators.
According to Eklund, Sergei Samsonov has been traded to Chicago for D Jassen Cullimore and F Tony Salmeleinen.
more to come
***Apparently, Jassen Cullimore’s contract will be bought out by the Habs, so Gainey will save $$$ by buying out 1,9M$ instead of 3,5M$ and will receive a prospect in the process…***
According to TFP, both Brad Stuart and Michal Handzus have received contract offers from their respective team.
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Time for a showdown between Habs and Leafs Fans… who has the better young star?
Is the small, playmaker/dangle show in Blue & White the winner?
or is goalscoring, PK whiz in Red White and Blue the king?
just their stats over the last 3 seasons