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from Erik Erlendsson at Bolts Report,
And finally, all that talk of Tampa Bay possible being interested in trading for Bryan McCabe, it’s not happening. While the Lightning continue to seek out a trade or two to find a veteran defenseman in some capacity who can not only act as a mentor, but also provide some quality minutes in a stay-at-home type of role. McCabe doesn’t fit that bill at all, and a well placed source informed me that McCabe is not on the team’s short list of targets.
more on the Ligtninng, mostly season tickets talk…
from Michael Traikos of the National Post,
The Toronto Maple Leafs are one step closer to getting rid of Bryan McCabe.
According to general manager Cliff Fletcher, the high-paid defenceman has “softened his stance” in regards to waiving his no-trade clause. With six weeks remaining until training camp opens, the Leafs are now waiting for McCabe to provide a list of teams he would be willing to play for next season.
“That’s controlled by Bryan,” Fletcher said. “I’m not going to start talking to teams until he tells me what teams he is willing to go to.”
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Not only is Pavel Kubina unlikely to be traded, but Cliff Fletcher is talking him up as a possible captain if Mats Sundin departs.
With an Aug. 15 window to shop Kubina rapidly closing, the Maple Leafs’ general manager yesterday listed the chance of dealing the $5-million US defenceman as “less than 50%.”
“Any trade involving Pavel would have to be very advantageous for the Leafs,” Fletcher said. “I thought he played well last season (after an awful start to Kubina’s four-year $20-million deal) and I know (new coach) Ron Wilson liked him a lot. Plus, it’s very quiet right now for trades.”
from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
The Toronto Maple Leafs will celebrate the achievements of two of their all-time greats in special ceremonies during the 2008-09 NHL season. Wendel Clark and Doug Gilmour, perhaps the two most beloved Toronto Maple Leafs over the course of the past 25 years, will have banners raised to honour their extraordinary contributions to the Original Six franchise.
The Toronto Maple Leafs lead the National Hockey League with the highest ticket prices, they top the NHL with the highest revenues, yet they are the only Canadian team not to make the playoffs since the lockout. So, as an olive branch to their fans, they’re putting on a free pre-season game against the Buffalo Sabres.
If they really wanted to give their fans a treat, they would stage the game but bring in two other NHL teams, not just one.
-Mark Spector of the National Post
from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,
It has widely been reported that Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Jonas Frogren, whose case will go before an arbitrator, had his contract nullified by the NHL because the league considered him a “defected player,” but the Leafs consider him an unrestricted free agent.
That’s not entirely correct. The NHL agrees Frogren is an unrestricted free agent, but has argued that because Frogren was once a defected player on the Calgary Flames’ reserve list – he no longer holds that status – he is subject to entry-level restrictions on his salary.
The Leafs and the NHLPA argue the collective bargaining agreement makes it clear that no European player 28 years old or older is subject to entry-level stipulations “under any circumstances.”
more NHL bits including Kings cap talk and the Lowe/Burke situation…
Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Monday that the team has obtained left-winger Ryan Hollweg from the New York Rangers. In exchange, the Rangers will receive Pittsburgh’s fifth-round pick in 2009 which was previously acquired by Toronto in the Hal Gill trade on February 26, 2008.
from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,
Wilson and I drifted away from Toskala as the topic of conversation and turned to his thoughts on a few different hockey-related issues. Below are the highlights….
On the need to keep himself and his new team grounded in the face of the usual Toronto hype:
“I’m around (Toronto) now, and I go into a store to buy something; you go in other places and everybody knows who you are, but in this particular store, the guy asked what I did, I told him I was coach of the Leafs. And he says, ‘oh, the hockey team?’ and you’re shocked – there’s people here in Toronto who don’t know about the hockey team! But that’s cool with me, too. The guy was all apologetic, and I told him, ‘hey, you don’t have anything to be sorry about.’
Earlier today were reports on AM 640 in Toronto, citing a Swedish newspaper which stated Jonas Frogren had been signed by the Maple Leafs. But during the noon hour, Frogren himself gave an interview to FAN 590 and made no mention there was any contract in place yet. (Which is why we didn’t post the news on KK before now.)
Now this from TSN:
The Toronto Maple Leafs had hoped to announce the signing of Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren on Wednesday but the contract was rejected by the NHL’s head office.
“We are working with the NHL Players’ Association to resolve the matter,” said Don Meehan of Newport Sports, Frogren’s agent. “We remain hopeful it will get resolved.”
The league determined Frogren, 28, must be signed to an entry-level contract as a first-year NHL player despite his pro experience in Europe. The Leafs had signed Frogren to a standard contract.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
Nik Antropov could go from a nobody to No. 1 centre in less than a year.
The 6-foot-6 Kazakh is aware of the Maple Leafs’ proposed training camp experiment, and though he’s not practising ceremonial faceoffs while Mats Sundin is still in the mix, Antropov won’t turn down the chance to be the first line’s engine.
“It would take a while to get used to playing there again,” Antropov said yesterday. “I heard from my friends last week that (general manager Cliff Fletcher and coach Ron Wilson) were talking about me at centre. We’ll see. A lot can happen in camp with the forward lines.”
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