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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.”
from the Toronto Maple Leafs,
Cliff Fletcher, general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Tuesday that Joe Nieuwendyk has been named the hockey club’s special assistant to the general manager.
“Joe is an extremely intelligent individual, who has experienced success throughout his entire hockey career,” said Fletcher. “We will value his contributions on all hockey decisions and he will be a great asset to our organization.”
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.
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