Rumors, Rumors… and More Rumors!

Redden on the move?!

Some Leafs talk…

Red Wings want to add a defenseman…

Sabres looking for a trade….The Ottawa Sun is reporting the Senators are shopping Wade Redden, and have received interest from three different teams. It is believed that the Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, and the LA Kings have inquired about Redden. John Muckler is using the Pronger deal as an example to the trade he wants to achieve; trade an experienced player for a young player that is helpful and affordable. In my opinion, the Senators would easily make the dumbest move of the summer if they trade Redden. I know Redden is a free-agent next year, and that the Senators won’t be able to keep Chara, Redden, and Hossa. I also know that Redden is 28, and his trade value is huge, and that his salary (close to $4 million) is a bargain to what he can get next year, should he test the free-agent market. However, the Senators have a strong and well-balanced team that, I believe, can easily represent the Eastern Conference in 05/06 edition of the Stanley Cup finals. They have a great goaltender, a strong defense that is both physical and creative, and the best offense in the league. There’s no guarantee that if you trade away Redden that you will keep both Chara and Hossa. They could easily be lured away by a team with more money next summer. Keep the team together for now, and see where you stand by the deadline. If you are out of it or you believe that other teams are much better than you, then you trade away Redden. If you are still in pretty much in it and you have a great shot at the cup, then keep the team together if not add more players.

Steve Thomas responded admirably to the speculation that he will soon join the Leafs yesterday. He said that although nobody has yet knocked his door yet, he would like to play one more year and would like to do it in Toronto. He said that he has plenty in the tank, and wants to lift the cup before he retires. When asked on what he would add to the Leafs, he said that he would contribute leadership wise and that he hasn’t lost his scoring touch yet.

Also, Scott Lachance’s agent denied that his client was on the verge of signing with the Leafs, ending days of speculation. As for John Ferguson Jr., he is waiting for the remaining crop of free-agents to come knocking on his door, begging him to sign them. He is also looking to trade one of Tomas Kabrle, Ken Klee, and Aki Berg for a physical defenseman.

According to the Detroit News, Ken Holland is looking to add a physical defenseman to the blue line. The article suggests that Todd Simpson, who played for new coach Mike Bab¢ock in Anaheim, is a possible target.

According to WGR Sportsradio 55, the Sabers would like to make a trade rather than rely solely on restricted and unrestricted free-agents. As for Jay McKee, who rejected his qualifying offer, it is likely that he will be signed to a two-year contract.


65 Responses to Rumors, Rumors… and More Rumors!

  1. pavel says:

    Deadmarsh?

    What rock did you croll out of, silly leaf fan.

  2. Aetherial says:

    I don’t really think the Paki reference was necessary here.

  3. AltersEgo says:

    It’s crawl, not crowl you idiot.

  4. Leafs88 says:

    I think Colliacovo brings the same offensive game, but is better defensively… Dealing Kabrle would open up the spot for Carlo.

  5. The_Cramp says:

    The leafs fans have to accept the sad truth: the team gotta stop signing has beens to survive 1 or two years and start drafting correctly and developp players. You wont develop a good team for the long term by signing thomas, damphousse or anybody similar to them…

    As for Redden, I tought this guy was labeled «untouchable» but everybody will have to sacrifice some players in the new context! Man if I was a GM I ‘d love to trade for this guy!!

    And I find funny when people say things like «T.O. needs a physical D» hey! Every team wants a physical D (maybe except Philly) And everyu team would like to get rid of a Aki Berg-like player to get a good stay at home physical D. As a guy from the Q , I know the habs would like a physical D also and I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t mind getting rid of a guy like Rivet(overpaid) for a good cheaper stay-at-home physical D….and its the same scenario in every nhl town except philly!!!

  6. The_Cramp says:

    The leafs fans have to accept the sad truth: the team gotta stop signing has beens to survive 1 or two years and start drafting correctly and developp players. You wont develop a good team for the long term by signing thomas, damphousse or anybody similar to them…

    As for Redden, I tought this guy was labeled «untouchable» but everybody will have to sacrifice some players in the new context! Man if I was a GM I ‘d love to trade for this guy!!

    And I find funny when people say things like «T.O. needs a physical D» hey! Every team wants a physical D (maybe except Philly) And everyu team would like to get rid of a Aki Berg-like player to get a good stay at home physical D. As a guy from the Q , I know the habs would like a physical D also and I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t mind getting rid of a guy like Rivet(overpaid) for a good cheaper stay-at-home physical D….and its the same scenario in every nhl town except philly!!!

  7. The_Cramp says:

    The leafs fans have to accept the sad truth: the team gotta stop signing has beens to survive 1 or two years and start drafting correctly and developp players. You wont develop a good team for the long term by signing thomas, damphousse or anybody similar to them…

    As for Redden, I tought this guy was labeled «untouchable» but everybody will have to sacrifice some players in the new context! Man if I was a GM I ‘d love to trade for this guy!!

    And I find funny when people say things like «T.O. needs a physical D» hey! Every team wants a physical D (maybe except Philly) And everyu team would like to get rid of a Aki Berg-like player to get a good stay at home physical D. As a guy from the Q , I know the habs would like a physical D also and I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t mind getting rid of a guy like Rivet(overpaid) for a good cheaper stay-at-home physical D….and its the same scenario in every nhl town except philly!!!

  8. sikboy21 says:

    Ya, the didn’t need to give Aki Berg a qualifying offer when he was a RFA earlier this year but they did.

    Now he’s under contract and they can’t just simply release him.

    Same story for Wade Belak and Nathan Perrott, those guys I’d like to see gone from Toronto.

  9. skidragoon says:

    i cant wait til we sign stevens and he does crosby something lindros is familiar of. 😀 j/k

  10. skidragoon says:

    yo man wtf, don’t be a racist. I agree though let nolan stay.

  11. sikboy21 says:

    Corson abandonned the Toronto Maple Leafs during a playoff run. He decided that he was unable to contribute and walked off the team.

    I don’t believe the team medical staff checked him out.

  12. sikboy21 says:

    Nolan is not only done with Toronto, he’s probably done with Hockey. His knee is badly messed up.

    As for the whole Nolan/Leafs fiasco, here’s a quick breakdown:

    Nolan’s contract says he has lockout protection which means that the Leafs are on the hook for his pay last year as he was injured.

    Nolan’s contract also states that he has a player option on an additional year which he is invoking.

    The Leafs are saying that the lockout protection doesn’t count because he was injured (not from Hockey) before the lockout season would have begun. That means that the lockout protection doesn’t count and 2004-2005 would have been Nolan’s option year. He received a lockout salary (only a few hundred thousand dollars) but claims that the Leafs owe him his full pay for that period due to his lockout clause.

    The Leafs believe that he’s a UFA right now and that they don’t need to buy him out.

    The bottom line: Nolan will either become a UFA or get bought out by Toronto. He may or may not receive the difference between his actual contracted salary and his lockout salary for 2004-05. Regardless of how much money Nolan gets, he will not play this year in Toronto and will not count against Toronto’s cap.

  13. sikboy21 says:

    Nolan is not only done with Toronto, he’s probably done with Hockey. His knee is badly messed up.

    As for the whole Nolan/Leafs fiasco, here’s a quick breakdown:

    Nolan’s contract says he has lockout protection which means that the Leafs are on the hook for his pay last year as he was injured.

    Nolan’s contract also states that he has a player option on an additional year which he is invoking.

    The Leafs are saying that the lockout protection doesn’t count because he was injured (not from Hockey) before the lockout season would have begun. That means that the lockout protection doesn’t count and 2004-2005 would have been Nolan’s option year. He received a lockout salary (only a few hundred thousand dollars) but claims that the Leafs owe him his full pay for that period due to his lockout clause.

    The Leafs believe that he’s a UFA right now and that they don’t need to buy him out.

    The bottom line: Nolan will either become a UFA or get bought out by Toronto. He may or may not receive the difference between his actual contracted salary and his lockout salary for 2004-05. Regardless of how much money Nolan gets, he will not play this year in Toronto and will not count against Toronto’s cap.

  14. TheHead says:

    DAMN, RIGHT I’M A WHOLE HECK OF A LOT BETTER THAN JFJ. THEY SHOULD MAKE ME GM OF THE LEAFS! THE CUP WOULD ALREADY BE IN TORONTO!

  15. SabresFan220 says:

    It’s sort of sad what happened to Owen Nolan. The trade to Toronto seems to effectively been the end of his career. He wasn’t the same player after the trade even before he got hurt. Now unless a miracle happens and he’s healthy enough to play again (which would most likely not be at the level we would want to see from Owen Nolan) his career is over. And the Leafs gave up Alyn McCauley who turned into a really solid player for the Sharks this past year to get him. Now thanks to poor decisions in the past, McCauley’s name can be added to the list of former Leafs who blossomed after being traded. Even players who didn’t transform into spectacular guys were given up on too soon and they became decent NHL role players (I.E. Kevyn Adams, Adam Mair, Frederik Modin etc)

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