Ok, so, the Leafs have traded a 3 picks for Toskala and M. Bell.
Many will say that this has cemented the Leafs, and that with this added salary, they cannot do much, but I disagree. There was a report, after the Leafs made this trade, that they had a deal done for Vokoun as well. Now, we must think, why did they go with the unproven guy over a much more experienced, and better, goalie? The answer: cap hit.
According to ottawasenators.com, the Sens have re-signed Dean McAmmond to a multi-year contract, with exact number of years or salary yet to be disclosed.
TFP reports that The Nashville Predators have traded G Tomas Vokoun to the Florida Panthers for draft picks.
TSN.ca reports a 1st rounder and two second rounders.
TSN.ca is reporting that the Pittsburgh Penguins have re-signed Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi. Roberts maintains the same salary he has held in the past two seasons at $2.5M and Recchi signed for $2M.
For the past two years, Toronto’s 1st line wingers have been Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarskey, who have been playing with Mats Sundin. Antropov who continues to miss large portions of each season with nagging injuries and after over six years in the Leafs organization he has not scored more then 20 goals. Nik is not a first line player. Same can be said about Alexei, who has been able to stay healthy for the most part of the season, has not being able to be constintent with his point production. Alexei is also not a first line winger.
According to the Globe and Mail, it appears that the Toronto Maple Leafs may trade their first round selection in this draft (13th overall) to the San Jose Sharks for the rights to goaltender Vesa Toskala. It mentions in the article that the first rounder would be on a condition the team could agree to an extension with Toskala.
Bruce Garroch of Sun Media provides some very interesting trade rumor talk. He speculates that the Senators and Oilers have been having some very “intense” discussions regarding a potentially huge blockbuster trade.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post provides some interesting draft day talk. Brooks indicates that there are no “saviours” in this years draft and that each of the teams in the top three positions … Chicago, Philly and Phoenix are entertaining offers for their picks.
According to tsn.ca
“The Tampa Bay Lightning re-signed defenceman Shane O’Brein to a
$2 million, two-year deal”
The South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Florida Panthers have been trying to acquire Martin Gerber and his 3.7 million dollar contract from the Ottawa Senators.
The New York Post is reporting that the devils resigning of Brian Rafalski is “no longer a slam dunk.” Rafalski has the same agent as Kimmo Timonen who was able to sign a lucrative deal with the Flyers in the past week.
It was a solid, if unspectacular season for the Vancouver captain, but a surprisingly gritty playoff performance could signal a sign of changes to come.