Rocks Return: Rumors and Rumblings

According to reports out of Detroit, Red Wings General Manager Ken Holland is most likely buying out the rest of Goaltender Curtis Joseph’s contract, and possibly re-signing goaltender Chris Osgood to share the duties with Manny Legace. One other scenario is Kenny buys out both Joseph and Legace and brings in Khabibulin and a prospect or a lower priced goalie. Khabibulin is considered the best unrestricted free agent goalie in this years pool, and may be willing to sign for a bit less to have a run at another Stanley Cup.

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks are apparently interested in the services of Winger Marcus Naslund. It would be a nice addition to the club who just hired GM Brian Burke, and will need to fill space if they decide to buy out the contract of Sergi Federov. It looks like its either going to be Bertuzzi or Naslund in Vancouver this year, hopes of keeping both, as well as Cloutier and Bertuzzi are slim to nil.

Speculation continues that RW Owen Nolan will be bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs, as his contract is too large and considering his health of late, a liability as well. Under the new economic system, players who fit under the categories “old” and “expensive” are no longer hot comoddities by the larger teams. Sources also say that the Leafs may try and resign Roberts, Nieuwendyk and Domi, and try to bring up Wellwood and Coliacovo to develop the young talent that they have.

Sources:, Spectors

17 Responses to Rocks Return: Rumors and Rumblings

  1. flyersfan10897 says:

    i still am of the opinion that khabibulin has no intention of leaving tampa bay.

    nothing else here surprises me.

  2. wingerxxx says:

    It might make some Leafs fans angry, who want Nolan there as a big name player…but it would behoove them to buy him out. To have an injury prone guy like that, with the contract he has…it’s just not good business. Same with the Rangers and Kasparaitis.

  3. brewstar03 says:

    CuJo’s 4th year is an option that is automatically activated if he won a stanley cup or 6 playoff rounds in the previous 3 seasons. We know how that turned out. I.E. as I read it, CuJo is an UFA, no buyout necessary.

    Contract details per

    Curtis Joseph: Signed a three-year, $24 million contract on July 3rd, 2002. The contract includes an option for a fourth season that will automatically be activated if the Red Wings win the Stanley Cup in any of the first three seasons or if Joseph wins six playoff rounds over the three seasons. (He has currently won one playoff series in the first two years of the contract.) Performance benchmarks for each season include $250,000 bonuses for each playoff round victory for a final total of $1 million if the team wins the Stanley Cup. The contract also includes a no-trade clause and will leave Joseph a Group III Unrestricted Free Agent following its conclusion.

  4. HC16 says:

    Remember that salary cap thing? Does anyone really think that Detroit will go after Khabibulin when they’ve still got so many question marks? And where is this Osgood nonsense coming from? Am I the only one who realizes that he never was good? Even Legace is a damn sight better.

  5. Leaf_Expert says:

    Welcome back rock…

    Your articles and presence would be more appreciated and noticed on a site like

    Which is where I am, we’d welcome an addition like youself or anyone with your calibre of reporting rumors…..

  6. frezz says:

    actually in all honesty i would say the bert nazzy thing is prob 50/50 its basically a question if there signing naslund or not bert will most likely be around dave nonis said himself bert has said nothign to him about a trade and that they are operation in a way which they expect to have him come next season.

  7. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    I would love to see the wall leave Tampa as a Flyers fan. Their backup was pretty good all those years ago when they played hockey. Maybe they go cheap and see how he turns out… Hard to imagine however – you have SUCH a young, core team. How do you not put good G and D on the ice to help stay a winning team in a city that could give a crap they won the cup.

  8. Flyers_Fan_In_LA says:

    Every one of the Clarke bashers out there look to NOT picking up Cujo for 8 mill a year as one of clarke’s mistake. Clarke retorts – every goalie not named Brodeur is basically the same. When you play fantasy, you learn that quickly with GAA and SVG. Wins are better with good goalies on good teams.

    My point is – there are TOO MANY overpaid goalies. I would rather invest in a solid G-man and 6 to 8 really workable d-men to play in front of him than trying to run Roberto Luongo out there with nothing other than Jay Bowmester to help him out.

  9. Scoot says:

    My excitement for when the Leafs traded for Nolan ran out a bout a week after the fact. Any fan of their reapective team couldn’t justify it. He’s a liability, plain and simple. Unless he’s playing for absolute peanuts, I’d love to see him on a fourth line with Lindros and Domi. Ouch!

  10. NYRules says:

    i know we all love the rumors but can we not post the same ones over and over

  11. dudemar says:

    Khabibulin isn’t going anywhere.

  12. Winged16 says:

    Dude, if you’re gonna quote my email to Spector verbatim it seems common courtesy to at least say ‘per Spector’ or ‘per an email from ColdWarrior to Spector’.

    Really odd to read your own words in someone elses post… 😛

    Anyway, after reading the inital post I was about to add the same info until I saw you already did…

  13. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    You suck LE, go f*ck urself.

  14. titans says:

    I like pie.

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  16. 19Yzerman says:

    I hear he is going to sign with the Red Wings cheap if they promise to pay for his helmet to be painted like Eddie Vanhalen’s guitar. They call him the Builn Wall because he keeps the puck out of the net. Not because he his stationary.

  17. 19Yzerman says:

    The Cap doesn’t mean teams won’t be able to afford players. It only means the players will be

    payed less once they get there.

    Chris Osgood has a rebound problem. Some how some key rebounds end up on the enemy stick. I don’t think you can say he was never good. 1996 conf final game 7 3 overtime periods vs St Louis had to be a good moment for him. As a Red Wings fan I must tell you that with plenty of one goal leads and 2 minutes left I have seen him defend the oposing flury of shots trying to tie the game. Good? Yes! It all he has really had to be.

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