The Rocky Mountain News provides interesting speculation regarding a number of big name players that are set to test the UFA market. Of specific note is that they indicate that Peter Forsberg is likely to sign with Colorado, Philly or Nashville or return to Sweden to play in Modo.
Hockeybuzz.com is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nik Antropov have reached a two-year extension.
In 54 games played last year with the Leafs, Antropov had 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points, he was also a plus 8.
The Leafs situation this off season shouldn’t be to difficult. They need 1 top line winger, 1 second line center, and a backup goalie. Assuming, and I think it’s a fair assumption, the Leafs GM resigns Antropov, Battaglia, Williams, Colaiacovo, Kronwall, Harrison, and Racine. There line up will have three holes, the three I mentioned, and I want to know who you would fill the blanks with for the right budget.
Assuming the Ducks close out the series, I don’t see this being one of those few years where a player from the losing team takes it. Either way, who do you think will win it?
So Alfredsson added another chapter to his book of “reasons why people can’t stand me” last night….or did he, was he shooting at the net or shooting it at Niedermayer?
I’m a Leaf fan and I think it was a direct shot at the net but knowing damn well there was Niedermayer in the way…the two birds with one stone effect.
From RDS.CA: according to RDS, Gainey hopes to keep negotiations with Sheldon Souray open, even though he hasn’t heard back from Souray’s agent, Paul Theofanous, after sending in a contract last week. Gainey also addresses the Kovalev/Carbonneau situation, saying that neither of them has a problem with each other. Gainey also voices pleasure with the rapid development of Bulldogs rookie goaltender Carey Price.
The Star Leger went out on a limb (sarcasm) by reporting that they do not feel that pending free agent Scott Gomez will re-sign with the Devils prior to the July 1 start of free agent season.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that Michael Nylander is not interested in giving the Rangers “a home town discount” to stay in the big apple.
It is speculated that Nylander’s old agent had reached a three year contract with the Rangers for 3.75 million per year for 3 years. Nylanders new agent will be seeking more money … in the 4.5 million dollar range and as a result the Rangers will not be getting a bargain price to keep him under raps for the next few seasons. Nylander is set to become an UFA on July 1st.
Rumors out of Minnesota indicate that the Minnesota Wild may be looking to deal their number one goalie Manny Fernandez.
Pogge is a lock to start with the Marlies, and Raycroft will play SOME role with the big club. The BIG question is what role will that be and who will be the other goaltender.
Taylor Pyatt resigned with the Vancouver on June 1st. The contract is worth 3.2 million over 2 years. I think this was a great signing, and now the only player’s he has to resign are depth players (Smolinski, and Sopel won’t resign so I’m not counting them).
“An adviser to Blue Jackets right winger Nikolai Zherdev said “it maybe would be good for both sides” if Zherdev were traded before the start of the 2007-08 season…. Zherdev dipped from 27 goals in 2005-06 to 10 last season, and his work ethic was questioned by coaches and teammates. It’s only fair to wonder if Zherdev will ever fit into Hitch*****’s style of play, which emphasizes body checking and two-way play.”
What would you trade for him?
John Ferguson, vice-president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Friday that the club has signed defenceman Phil Oreskovic to a three-year, entry level contract.