Slegr. Going once. Going twice….. any bidders?

If the Maple Leafs are as keen on defenceman Jiri Slegr as they’ve indicated, they’d better act fast.

Slegr’s agent, J.P. Barry, said yesterday he has been given a deadline by a Russian Hockey League team which also wants the unrestricted free agent to sign in the next few days for about $1 million US. “Of four or five teams, there has been interest from Toronto and Detroit in particular,” Barry said. “I’ve been able to extend (the unnamed Russian club’s) deadline for a day or two, but not much longer. I have been keeping the Leafs and other clubs informed every day.”

While many would doubt a Czech’s wisdom of skipping an entire National Hockey League season and salary for life in Russia, changes in that country’s economy have made a hockey career more lucrative this season.

Slegr, a former Pat Quinn draft pick with the Vancouver Canucks, has his name on the 2002 Stanley Cup after joining the Red Wings for eight regular season games and one playoff contest.

Bill Watters, the assistant to general manager/coach Quinn, said on Sunday that nothing was close with Slegr. The Leafs still have to see what Ric Jackman can do before finalizing plans on defence.


18 Responses to Slegr. Going once. Going twice….. any bidders?

  1. -Swizz- says:

    this would be pointless for the leafs…


    i’m telling you, this is gonna be Lumme Part II…..

    we don’t need another 6th defenseman…we need either a top defenseman (which the leafs wont be able to get) or a solid 3rd-4th type guy…

    boy do i miss jason smith…what’d we get for him again?

  2. big_booty says:

    There’s a reason why Slegr is unemployed right now. It’s because he sucks. He’s a bad hockey player with a bad back.

    He barely played with the Wings last year because Scotty Bowman was smart enough to see this.

    The only reason this player has his name on the Stanley Cup is that he suited up for exactly one game in the post-season.

    Jiri Slegr is not going to improve any team in the NHL.

  3. TML_4EVER says:

    hes good, just sign him for 1 year and give him a chance, $1 million isnt much, so just look and see, if he sucks, let him go, if hes good, keep him.

  4. MantaRay says:

    What a difference a year makes;

    When he was a UFA on Atlanta, every one and their mother was involved in a trade rumor getting this guy to augment their defense.

    Detroit gets him and he can’t even break in the line-up.

    до свидания, comrade!

  5. -Swizz- says:

    1 million isnt much?

    it isnt much, why couldn’t they add 1million to their offers to amonte, or guerin or whoever…….

    no point in wasting 1 million dollars on a piece of crap like slegr…

  6. Freeze says:

    To get your name on the Stanley Cup I think you need to play in at least one game in the Finals, not just the post season.

    If Jiri Fischer had not been suspended for Game 5 of the Finals, Slegr would not have played in the post season at all. He lucked out.

  7. Freeze says:

    Steve Duchesne would be a better free agent signing than Slegr. At least Duchesne was a regular with the Wings all the way through the season and through game 7 of the finals. He’s a #6 defenseman that I would rate higher than Slegr. Actually, the Wings might be smart to bring him back considering how Wallin, Bykov, Dandenault and Kuznetsov have played.

    Slegr was part of that horrid defense in Atlanta last year (when he wasn’t injured).

  8. TML_4EVER says:

    they offered amonte what he wanted, but he went to phoenix instead for 300,000 dollars less..

  9. wingsrock34 says:

    ya Kuznetsov sucks bad what a wast of a first round pick he makes like 3 mistakes a game at least Bykov is a rookie so i cut him slack he still plays better then kuznetsov. They play Dandenalt too much and with nick thats a big talent gap for him to fill and hes just not good enough to do it

  10. -Swizz- says:

    okay..but guerin, or holik, or kasper (tho, holik and kasper arent looking to good in nyr)

    nevertheless, i’d rather have them save the 1million now, put it in the bank, let it collect interest, and then use it during the off season to signing someone better….

    (according to an article posted on HTR, following are ufa’s this comin off season, who might be available)

    fedorov, tkachuk, niewendyk, and hull…marchment should also interest the leafs..

    i’d rather have them use money on players of higher calibre then waste it on guys like slegr or lumme…

  11. TML_4EVER says:

    yea you got a good point there. drop lumme, berg is doing okay i guess, but renberg and reichel and hoglund, get rid of them also, theyre crap,

  12. ProngerBlues44 says:

    Jiri is still a good player as I see it, its just that greed gets in his way. If he is bad because of greed, why isnt

    Petr Forsberg considered a player who “sucks”?

    I think Slegr needs to be given a chance, he may surprise some of you. Ask some Thrashers fans (if they exist) and they will tell you how good he really can be.

    ~Jeff P.

  13. OldTimeHockey_28 says:

    Did we even get anything for smith.

    On the Slegr front. He is not needed. We have enough overpaid foreigners on our defensive line that don’t produce. McClaren is the best solution, but an unlikely happening.

  14. cwhockey says:

    Thrashers fans do exist. In a part of the country where high school and college football are considered religion (and if you live in the south you know I’m not exaggerating), there are enough transplanted northerners and converts to the Thrashers. I know the team sucks and many say the expansion excuse doesn’t cut it anymore. I was just kinda wondering what the excuse would be for the more established franchises who suck?

    Slegr is a decent power play man, likes to jump into the play. Serviceable at even strength. Worth the money he’s asking for, hardly. If he went back down to asking for about $1M/year, teams might be interested. Until then, he’ll either go to Russia and play or find a team dumb enough to pay anything near his asking price.

  15. ProngerBlues44 says:

    I was just kidding about Thrashers fans existing. I have been watching NHL Center Ice all season and Thrashers games usually have high attendance. Plus some of the most educated hockey fans I haev talked to are Thrashers fans. I would never make fun of a team’s fanbase (‘cept Toronto lol)

    ~Jeff P.

  16. big_booty says:

    Duchesne sucks too.

  17. big_booty says:

    No, Slegr is not still a good player. I don’t think he was ever a good player. I couldn’t understand why every team seemed to want him at the deadline last year, but the team that got him didn’t even use him because he was so bad. Ask Scotty Bowman about Slegr’s game. Steve Duchesne played ahead of him, and Duchesne is horrible.

    Sure, I think Slegr is being greedy and over-estimating his own NHL value, but why would you compare him to Peter Forsberg? No one in the hockey world thinks Forsberg is “bad because of greed.” For God’s sake, he returned his salary (what was it, $11 million?) to the Avalanche because he couldn’t play for a year. Tell me of other players who would do that. You can’t because there are none. Other players would want to have a nurse wipe their ass while they lie in a hospital bed, making more money than people like you or me could ever hope to see.

    Forsberg is a rarity – a superstar player who is worth every penny he gets, but won’t take any money when he can’t earn it.

  18. Freeze says:

    For a #6 defenseman, Duchesne was OK. Last year he played 64 games with 3 goals, 15 assists, 2 game winning goals, and was a +3. Not awesome numbers, but not bad for a depth player. I think Duchesne had 7 teeth knocked out in one playoff game, but kept on playing. I thought he played well in the playoffs.

    Slegr ended up playing most of the year with Atlanta and in 38 games there had 3 goals, 5 assists and was a -21!! Now that sucks.

    Everything is relative.

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