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From Tim Wharnsby in the Globe & Mail,
The Toronto Maple Leafs will announce later today that they have signed young forward Matt Stajan to a two-year deal worth $3.5-million (all currency U.S.).
With Stajan under contract that means the Leafs have 24 players signed for the upcoming season for a $51.3-million payroll. The Leafs also are close to signing 28-year-old Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren.
Update 6:17pm ET: An interview with Matt Stajan at Maple Leafs.com
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
The Toronto Maple Leafs are moving closer to signing Swedish defenceman Jonas Frogren, a mainstay of the Tre Konor national team.
“It hasn’t happened yet, but it will happen,” one insider close to the deal told thestar.com today.
Frogen, a 6-1, 200-pound stay-at-home defenceman negotatiated his release from Farjestad of the Swedish Elite League
Noted on the Sportsnet tracker, Dominic Moore has been re-signed by the Toronto Maple Leafs for 1 year.
Toronto announced Thursday that the club has acquired forward Mikhail Grabovski from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for the rights to Greg Pateryn and a second-round draft pick in the 2010 draft.
“Mikhail had tremendous success at the most recent World Hockey Championships,” said Fletcher in a statement. “He has great upside and we will look for him to contribute for us right away at the centre position.”
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
At the entry draft in Ottawa last month, Ken Holland stood holding court on the draft floor with a couple of newspaper types, trading war stories and describing his approach to luring talented players to the Detroit Red Wings.
“We sell dreams and happiness,” he said, unable to stop himself from chuckling. “Dreams and happiness.”
The Wings general manager was kidding, but only partly so. His hockey club, which boasts the most stable ownership/ management team in hockey as well as the most talented roster, has become the destination of choice for the best players in the sport.
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Hell in a handbasket.
There’s no other way to describe it. When a young man named Jeff Finger (Who?) plays one full season in the NHL, including being a healthy scratch for five of his team’s 10 playoff games, and is rewarded with a contract that pays him a mind-blowing $3.75 million (all figures U.S.) per season – a 733 per cent raise in salary – something’s seriously out of whack.
Somewhere, Bob Goodenow is giggling….
Cliff Fletcher’s no longer the caretaker. He’s in charge indefinitely and there’s a plan in place, or so he says. So we’re all trying to figure it out. Jamal Mayers was brought in because he’s a good guy, and maybe that’s the reason for repatriating Joseph, too, once again establishing the Leafs as the NHL team most likely to employ the same player twice.
via TSN Tracker,
Toronto Maple Leafs sign UFA forward Niklas Hagman to a four-year contract
Update 7:02pm ET: TSN notes the deal for Hagman is 4 years, $12 million contract.
From TSN (link not yet available):
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed defenceman Jeff Finger to a four-year deal worth $3.5 million a season, and goaltender Curtis Joseph to a one-year, $700,000 contract. Details to follow.
Update 3:34pm ET: TSN link.
From AM 640 radio:
Curtis Joseph will be returning to the Maple Leafs.
AM 640 Toronto Hockey Expert Bill Watters says he’s hearing that Cujo will return as a back-up goaltender, and will be signing a one-year contract worth about $700,000.
*hat-tip to John for the link!
Update 1:09pm ET: Sportsnet agrees with the earlier reports:
Toronto Maple Leaf fans can expect at least one familiar face next season. Sources are telling Sportsnet that goaltender Curtis Joseph has agreed to a one-year deal with his former club.
Update 3:31pm ET: Joseph signing confirmed.
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
In a major test of Cliff Fletcher’s resolve to follow a patient, in-house rebuilding plan, the general manager must fight the craving to sign one or two veterans for short-term playoff hopes in favour of augmenting the current Leafs roster with some lesser known free agents, farmhands, perhaps a trade and letting the chips fall.
“There will be no temptation, but let’s get to 12:01 and see what drops,” Fletcher said last night. “We’re not expecting a big-time centre to be there, but we might look for a couple of wingers and then move someone to centre, say Nik Antropov. There are some young free agents, particularly under 30, who could play with our team for a few years and be rewarded in the end.”
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