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Free Agent Notes: Capitals – Ribeiro, Devils – Elias, Clarkson and Zubrus, Leafs – Bozak

From twitter unless otherwise noted

  • Renaud Lavoie: Capitals Mike Ribeiro doesn’t expect to sign a contract extension before the end of the season. He does expect talks to start up again after the playoffs.
  • Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger: Lou Lamoriello and the Devils are following the same path as they did with Zach Parise last season, by not talking to key free agents and risking losing them like they did with Parise. The Devils haven’t talked with Patrick EliasDavid Clarkson and Dainius Zubrus. Lamoriello has an unwritten policy to not talk to players or agents about a contract extension while the season is in progress. He did make an exception for Martin Brodeur.

    “Who wouldn’t want to talk about it during the season?” Elias asked. “Then you would see they have interest. And, if you like the offer, why wouldn’t you sign? But that never came up here.

    “If it had happened it would’ve been great, but it didn’t happen. It’s getting kind of late now.”

    Elias hinted that he could test the open market.

    “It comes pretty quickly right after the season,” Elias said about the start of free agency.

    Clarkson may see what the market offers. The Maple Leafs may be interested.

  • Jonas Siegel of TSN: Tyler Bozak holds value for the Maple Leafs, but at what price will cost them to retain the UFA.

    “I’m not really looking into that stuff right now,” said Bozak, in conversation with TSN.ca on Tuesday afternoon. “It’s more just focusing on the year at hand and trying to do our best to get as far as we can [as a team]. When the season ends and that time comes, I’ll deal with it then. I’ve just got to try and set myself up good, keep playing well, and then the rest should work out fine.”

    The Leafs won’t overpay him, but realize what he can and can’t bring. It won’t be at your typical No. 1 center price, but maybe something in the David Desharnais range, $3.5 million per season. The Leafs have about $20 million in cap space for next season, but have to sign RFAs Nazem Kadri, Cody Franson and Carl Gunnarsson and UFAs Bozak and Clarke MacArthur. If Bozak is looking to cash in, he may end up playing elsewhere next season.

    “They show confidence in me [and] I’d love to play as big a role as I can. I want to be out there as much as I can be out there, play big minutes, power play, penalty kill and all that stuff. Hopefully I’ll be able to do that still.”

    Other center UFA options that could be available this summers include: Derek Roy, Stephen Weiss, Mike Ribeiro and Andy McDonald.

7 Comments

  1. leafsfan (905) 420

    April 10, 2013 at 8:40 am

    Sorry bozak but ur a 3rd line center on most teams 3.5 a season is over payinng for him 3 a year maybe but realisticly 2.5 ya want the big money go for a one year deal and prove your worth it

  2. Scott

    April 10, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Leafsfan although technically u are right and bozak is not a 1st line center by nhl standards. There is no way they will be able to retain him for 2.5, we pay grabo 5 mil so hard to convince a guy who u have playing first line minutes that he deserves less than the guy playing 3rd line center. I think the grabo deal will be the reason we lose bozak in off season. Great guy who’s played above his means for leafs but I wouldn’t blame him for not accepting a low offer and moving on

  3. Wunschkind89

    April 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I wonder if the Leafs would consider burying Grabo. His contract is crazy for a guy with only 15 points and a -8 rating. If he does get buried, Leafs will likely sign Bozak.

  4. Mark Easson

    April 10, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Can’t bury players contracts anymore. If Grabovski was sent to the minors, it would still count against the Leafs cap.

  5. Wunschkind89

    April 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    Really? That really sucks. I guess the Leafs have no choice but to lay in the bed Burke made.

  6. AJ

    April 10, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Laying in that bed brought you success and took you to the playoffs again…

  7. Wunschkind89

    April 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Way to take what I’m talking about out of context.