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: Thestar.ca, Spectors