The words “offer sheet” combine for a horribly dirty phrase for some in the hockey world. It’s considered dirty pool by many fans and major media personalities, while general managers like Darcy Regier and Brian Burke take it as a personal affront. Though it’s not such a terrible sleight that it prevents them from later making moves that they deem right for the team, such as unloading Ales Kotalik on the evil guys that send out offer sheets.
The Wings have offered a two-year deal to unrestricted free-agent forward Todd Bertuzzi . They also have extended qualifying offers to all five of their restricted free agents: forwards Patrick Eaves, Drew Miller, Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm and defenseman Derek Meech . There have been some preliminary talks with the agents for Eaves and Miller. Eaves, Miller and Meech all have arbitration rights.
Only hours after it appeared that maybe Guy Boucher would indeed remain in the Canadiens family he so glowingly spoke about last Thursday, it appears the talented young coach is going to be joining Steve Yzerman,Stamkos, St. Louis and Vincent Lecavalier in Tampa Bay.
Ruefrontenac.com ‘s Martin Leclerc reported late Monday night that Boucher is indeed taking Yzerman’s offer to become his first coaching hire. And it’s a mighty good one, I might add.
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Brian Burke has no problem spending every penny he’s allowed under the NHL salary cap.
But the Maple Leafs general manager refuses to reward players with bloated contracts based on one decent season on a team that finished well outside of the playoffs.