Archive for June, 2012

Edmonton Oilers Sign Justin Schultz

June 30th, 2012 2 Comments

In what can only be referred to as disappointing news for the fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent defenseman Justin Schultz to a two-year entry-level contract. Schultz, who some scouts feel is the best defenseman not playing in the NHL, was said to be entertaining offers from several NHL clubs, including the Oilers, Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Ottawa Senators and New York Rangers. Friday night reports surfaced that former Oilers’ legends Wayne Gretzky and Paul Coffey had reached out to Schultz in an attempt to lure him to Edmonton. While it is not known if Gretzky and Coffey’s talks were the final piece to the puzzle in Schultz’s decision it sure doesn’t hurt when two of the best players in NHL history come calling. Originally drafted in the second round (43rd overall) in

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Colby Armstrong Bought Out

June 30th, 2012 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs have announced that forward Colby Armstrong will be bought out of the final year of his $3 million contract. The move will potentially save the Maple Leafs an additional $2 million in cap space this summer, which will give Burke a little more cap room to play with in the event he is active in the free agent frenzy and/or decides to bring in a player that carries a big cap hit. Armstrong, 29, will be put on waivers today where any NHL club could pick him up. Well liked by teammates and the media, Armstrong never really found his way in Toronto, often finding himself in the press box with injuries. Armstrong will depart from the Maple Leafs having scored nine goals and 17 assists for a total of 26 points over 79 games. While

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Martin Brodeur A Maple Leaf? Keep Dreaming…

June 29th, 2012 3 Comments

Several sources are reporting that New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur has hired agent Pat Brisson to represent him. Coming off a six-year, $31.2 million contract ($5.2 million cap hit), Brodeur will be an unrestricted free agent July 1st. With New Jersey’s ownership in question and the future of Zach Parise still sketchy, Brodeur looks to be leaving the door open for him to test free agency. Brodeur has spent his entire career with the Devils, posting a 656-371-105-36 record over his 19-year career. It is hard to imagine Marty in another uniform, so I expect the Devils to make a solid offer on Sunday. If New Jersey was to lose Brodeur to free agency it would completely shake the foundation and identity of the franchise. Devils backup goaltender Johan Hedberg is also a UFA this summer and with little

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Justin Schultz: Which Team Will Land Him?

June 27th, 2012 6 Comments

If you are hoping that your favorite NHL team will land free agent defenseman Justin Schultz I’ve got some advice for you— don’t get your hopes up too high. According to reports, as many as 26 NHL teams hope to make a pitch for the University of Wisconsin standout, with the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks said to have already spoken to Schultz and his agents in Toronto on Tuesday. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement Schultz stands to get a maximum of $925,000 on a two-year entry level contract. Bonuses could see Schultz earn as much as $3.7 million per season. With the maximum contract already set in stone, there will be no bidding war for Schultz—at least when it comes to money. Instead, teams will have to sell the soon to be 22-year old on their

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Mats Sundin Elected To Hall Of Fame

June 26th, 2012 3 Comments

What does a Hockey Hall of Fame resume look like? How about 1,346 NHL games, 564 goals, 785 assists and an Olympic gold medal at the 2006 Olympic games—those are the numbers that earned former Toronto Maple Leaf captain Mats Sundin a place in the Hall. Originally drafted first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Sundin spent a total of 13 seasons with the Maple Leafs. Sundin was acquired from Quebec in what was a very controversial trade at the time. Sundin, along with Garth Butcher, Todd Warriner and Philadelphia’s first round choice in 1994 Entry Draft, went to Toronto in exchange for Maple Leaf fan favorite Wendel Clark along with defenseman Sylvain Lefebvre, prospect Landon Wilson and Toronto’s first round choice in 1994 Entry Draft. At the time of the deal, many fans of

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Is Roberto Luongo Shunning Toronto?

June 25th, 2012 3 Comments

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Post-Dispatch, Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo has declined to waive his no-trade clause to go to the Toronto Maple Leafs or Chicago Blackhawks for that matter. Given the fact that Luongo makes his off-season home in Florida, many feel he is trying to leverage his no-trade clause in an effort to force a trade to the Florida Panthers. Everyone likes home cooking, and Luongo already knows what it’s like to be a Panther as he previously played in Florida from 2000-01 through 2005-06. With Luongo recently having to endure a ton of scrutiny from the Vancouver media and fans, he may very well want to pass on an opportunity to play in Toronto where the media and fans can eat a player for breakfast. Despite his critics, Luongo has proven over his career

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