Roberts and Niewendyk sign on the dotted line!!!
While watching TSN sports Center the ticker showed me that the Toronto Maple Leafs have just re-signed soon to be free agents Gary Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk to one year deals. Many Leafs fans myself included were sure that both Roberts and Nieuwendyk would test the market and see what’s out there. But they decided that Toronto was the best place for the pair to finish their careers. Roberts agreed to a one-year deal with a base salary of $3.75 million while Nieuwendyk agreed to a one-year deal that will pay him $3 million.
That’s a $500,000 decrease from what Roberts earned last season and a $1 million increase over what Nieuwendyk earned in 2003-04.
Roberts was second on the team in goals and points last season, while Nieuwendyk was 3rd even though his season was a short one because of reoccurring back problems.
Both were a huge part of the Leafs playoff run and there isn’t A Leaf fan in the world who isn’t happy to see both back.
The Leafs have also wasted their money and re-signed Aki Berg to a 1-year deal. Berg was at fault for a few goals during playoff run and also at fault for a lot of goals during the regular season.
Next on the Leafs signing list is team MVP Eddie Belfour. Belfour will be a free agent as of 12:00 tonight. And if the Leafs do allow him to walk to re-signing of Roberts, Nieuwendyk, Tucker and Berg will all be for not. Because their isn’t a goalie on the market who is any near as good as Eddie the eagle.
The Leafs are also hoping to re-sign Bryan Marchment and work out new deals with Nick Antropov and Bryan McCabe who are both RFA’s.
Sportsnet.ca is reporting that the New Jersey Devils have re-signed veteran centre John Madden to a multi-year contract believed to be in the $10-million range. Madden is a player that every NHL team would love to have. He is a Centre who is strong at both ends of the ice. Madden played in 80 games for the Devils last season and recorded 12 goals and 35 points. He is one of New Jersey’s core players. He is great on the penalty kill and makes the trap work perfectly.
Wayne Coffey (Leaf_Fan)
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