Should the Leafs do Nothing?

It seems that the majority of the Toronto hockey media seem to have the belief that the Maple Leafs are at least 3-4 years away from being a good team and that the best way to get there is to do nothing this summer and hope to get another high draft pick in next years draft. Howard Berger is a prime example as we can see from his latest article, as well as his comments on the radio today. It’s the reason Burke has to do his utmost to resist temptation this week. A number of distinguished names will be

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Free Agent Signings

The following are free agent (or pending free agent) signings.  I’ll update as free agents are signed. Newest free agent signings will be at the top. Player Team Yrs Cap Hit Comments Alexei Kovalev Ottawa 2 5.0M Expensive for a streaky 36 year old who most years ends up with ~65 points. Francois Beauchemin Toronto 3 3.8M Decent price for a solid defenseman. Leafs likely to trade a defenseman now. Shane O’Brien Vancouver 1 1.6M Needed to keep O’Brien after Ohlund left for Tampa. Andrew Raycroft Vancouver 1 500K Dot he Canucks now have the best goalie and the worst

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Pre-Draft Musings…

The 2009 NHL entry draft takes place tomorrow evening so lets talk draft and trade rumours. The first thing that everyone needs to know is that not all players drafted tomorrow night in the first round will become NHL star players, or even good NHL players. The truth is the majority of those drafted in the first round tomorrow will go down in history as ‘draft flops’. That is unfortunate because most of them aren’t flops, they are just subject to the laws of reality and the reality is that it is simply not possible for every top 18 year

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Back to Hockey Stuff

I have written a lot about the Phoenix Coyote situation the past several weeks so let me get back to addressing some hockey issues. Dany Heatley Wow, this guy is getting lambasted here in Ottawa for asking for a trade. Two years ago at this time he was a hero in Ottawa coming off back to back 50 goal seasons and a run to the Stanley Cup finals but now he is being compared to Alexei Yashin. If I were a Sens fan I might actually consider this trade request a good thing as it will give GM Bryan Murray

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Phoenix not only team looking to relocate?

Jim Balsillie spokesman Bill Walker and Lawyer Richard Rodier held a press conference this morning and made some very interesting points. 1. Jim Balsillie hasn’t given up his quest to move the Coyotes to Hamilton and it is likely that they will submit another bid to purchase the team with a different timeline. No details were given and a lot will depend on consultation with Jerry Moyes and his lawyers. 2. Of the four ‘expressions of interest’ in keeping the team in Phoenix, Richard Rodier is only aware of one of them having done any due diligence so far (likely

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Balsillie loses this round

If you haven’t heard yet, Judge Redfield T. Baum has ruled against the Balsillie bid to purchase the Phoenix Coyotes and move them to Hamilton. This means that the Coyotes will remain in Phoenix for at least one more season. In the 21-page document he said the court didn’t believe there was enough time to resolve all the various issues before the sale of the insolvent team to Balsillie for US$212.5 million that was due to close June 29. I haven’t yet read the document but when I do I’ll have further comment but I think it would be premature

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What Would a Reasonable Transfer Fee Be?

Over the past couple of days I have heard all kinds of numbers thrown out on what a reasonable transfer would be, most of these numbers just picked out of the air and given little thought from the people tossing them out there. I have heard numbers like a $300 million transfer fee plus additional fees for entering into the Maple Leafs and Sabres territory. I heard one media member suggesting that Balsillie’s end cost could be upwards of $600 million or more. The number tossed around in the court room on Tuesday was $100 million. Supposedly this number came

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NHL's Hardline loses Steam in Court

Ever since Jerry Moyes decided to take the Phoenix Coyotes to bankruptcy the NHL has chosen to take a hard line against the Moyes-Balsillie scheme but when it comes to the court proceedings their hard line stance has been softened by the judge. Initially the NHL claimed vehemently that Jerry Moyes did not have the authority to take the team to bankruptcy because the league was in control of the team and had been in control of the team since last November. Moyes argued that he had given up some control of the team, but had not given up the

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