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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The next thing to do is clear the roster and open cap space so the next general manager of the Maple Leafs has a fighting chance to rebuild. Right now, the Leafs have $43.3-million (all currency U.S.) committed in salaries to 18 players next season. Most of the expensive ones are not pulling their weight.
Fletcher’s only alternative is to put the worst offenders on waivers and, when no other NHL team claims them, send them to the Toronto Marlies farm team or elsewhere. That would take their salaries off the cap.
His targets could include Jason Blake, Darcy Tucker, Pavel Kubina, Mark Bell and Andrew Raycroft. That represents a potential trim of $16.2-million from next season’s salary cap.
added 6:59am, from Rosie DiManno of the Toronto Star,
This is an organization without class and without conscience. Was a time that could be attributed to the deranged persona of Harold Ballard, a bully and misanthrope who abused staff, shamed players and held fans in contempt. But at least there was a face to put to the bungle and a desk where the buck stopped.
If you were to call the Leafs’ front office today and ask to speak with the person in charge, who in the world might that be? It’s a board of directors accountable to no one except shareholders and immune from scandal.
A few years back, the Leafs announced things were going to be done different. Alumni were welcomed back, the diaspora of beloved ex-Leafs embraced, vows of integrity expressed. In practice, little has changed. It remains a franchise without a soul, for all its iconic stature, thoughtless and disloyal.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
Memo to my friends and family (all five of you, four being family):
Do not attempt to contact me over the next two days (unless you know where Marion Hossa has been traded).
I am sequestered in a television studio until Wednesday. Send food, and fresh powder puffs.
NHL Trade Deadline Day has not always been the colossal all-day television telethon it has become.
from Bob McKenzie of TSN,
In addition to Sundin not waiving his “no-trade” clause on Sunday morning Fletcher also sat down with Pavel Kubina, who said no. He sat down with Tomas Kaberle who also said no as did Darcy Tucker. The lone bright spot may be Bryan McCabe who said he would consider waiving his clause if it was with the right Eastern conference team….
Montreal and Ottawa appear to be the two front-runners for Marian Hossa’s services and there is every reason to believe that this is a trade that could go down as early as Monday as opposed to Tuesday.
more talk regarding Richards and Boyle…
from Darren Dreger of TSN,
Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin is staying put….
“I have carefully considered the team’s request that I waive my no-trade clause,” Sundin stated. “I have always believed I would finish my career as a Toronto Maple Leaf so the actual request was still a very difficult one for me to contemplate.”
from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,
“Nothing to report,” Atlanta Thrashers GM Don Waddell told Sportsnet.ca as he hopped on a plane Sunday night headed for Montreal. The Thrashers play in Montreal on Tuesday and the question is whether winger Marian Hossa will be dressing in the home or visiting dressing room at the Bell Centre. Or in another city altogether….
Vancouver and Chicago surfaced over the weekend as two of the clubs possibly interested in Richards, who has a no-movement clause.
“No comment,” Canucks GM Dave Nonis said Sunday night, refusing to confirm the rumour. Same held true when we reached Hawks GM Dale Tallon.
from the Mercury News via the Santa Barbara News-Press,
I also think it doesn’t really matter what happens to Marleau after he goes, since it seems that the key thing right now for the Sharks is merely that he goes.
For chemistry. For a dressing room kick start. For the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Sure, the Sharks won their second in a row Sunday in a shootout at Pittsburgh to steady their No. 5 playoff positioning in the Western Conference. Sure, once it gets home, this team could suddenly get hot and Marleau could be the igniter.
But Marleau was a ghost again Sunday. He wasn’t on the ice when Jonathan Cheechoo scored the team’s only regulation goal, which meant Marleau maintained his mind-boggling plus/minus mark of minus-21.
To get the KK readers prepared for the trade deadline, I know there are some teams that just won’t deal with each other.
Earlier today I pointed to a story stating look for Sather to deal with a team that he has a good history with, but I want to know which teams just won’t deal with each other.
For example, if owner Bill Davidson of Tampa Bay is still calling the shots at the trade deadline, you won’t see a deal between the Bolts and the Wings. The history of Davidson/Ilitch goes way back and I don’t think you will see these two gentlemen helping each other out.
The same could hold true with the Canes and Wings- any others we could basically say, that trade won’t happen?
from Russo’s Rants,
Could this team unearth a top player from another team, whether it be a center or a defenseman – maybe a gritty, high-scoring center like Florida’s Olli Jokinen?
After all, a fourth Florida scout watched the Wild play tonight for the fifth time in six games. Like I said a few days ago, I know the Panthers and Wild play this week, but wouldn’t you agree that’s a little excessive pre-scouting?
Of course, I can promise you the Panthers wouldn’t just give Jokinen away. It would have to be a deal that knocks their socks off. They’re under no pressure to trade him — he’s under contract for the next two years at a reasonable price.
more on the Wild…
Folks, we are going to hear rumors and things like from a friend of a friend type thing, so get used to it. It is up to you to decide what is true and what isn’t and a few suggestions. If it walks like a duck, talks like a duck, it is a duck!
Spector will be a busy man with stuff like this…
TSN: During the first intermission of today’s Sharks-Penguins game, Darren Dreger and John Ferguson Jr reported the following:
- Nothing new to report on Mats Sundin’s status, other than Sundin personally contacted Ferguson today and denied a report in Sunday’s Toronto Star that claimed the Leafs captain told a friend it wasn’t his responsibility to fix Ferguson’s mistakes. JFJ claims Sundin was quite upset about the story.
read more of Spector…
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