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The Tomas Kaberle potential trade situation appears to be coming down to the wire. This seemingly never ending story will come to an end tomorrow night at midnight one way or the other, but as it stands right now there really isn’t anything new to report.
We will be following the situation closely, and will update any situation that occurs, but for now we wait…
For all the Maple Leaf fans out there, I sure hope Brian Burke knows what he’s doing here. I would think that keeping Kaberle after all of this, and extending his contract beyond next year, isn’t really an option anymore. All the talk of “being professional” and “it’s just business” is just that, talk.
You have to think that Kaberle has already left Toronto emotionally, and to bring him back next season and expect him to be “professional”, is ridiculous.
How would you feel if you were in the same position with your career? You can say that it’s part of being a professional athelete, that it come’s with the territory when you make all that money, but that’s niave. See, once you make all that money it becomes less important, financial worries take a backseat to other concerns, concerns that the majority of the public ignore while focusing on making money themselves.
Respect, Loyalty, Legacy, etc… These are all currencies to appeal to athletes who already have money to give more to the team. How else do you get a bunch of millionaire’s to block 100 mph slapshots with their bodies? I’m not suggesting that Kaberle was the leagues best shot-blocker of course, but there is no doubt that whatever intangibles the Maple Leafs were getting from the man behind the professional died this summer.
With this in mind, I’m inclined to think Tomas Kaberle will be moved tomorrow at some point, the big question will be whether or not Brian Burke get’s the big return he’s been seeking.
“The Toronto Maple Leafs signed forward Marcel Mueller to a two-year entry-level contract Wednesday.
The 22-year-old scored 24 goals and added 32 assists in 53 games last season with the Cologne Sharks of the German Elite League.
He has 43 goals and 61 assists in 198 career games in Germany.” (Source:The Toronto Star)
I don’t think this is a signing that will address the Brian Burke’s Maple Leafs need for a top six forward, let alone a top two center. I guess we’ll have to see what Burke has up his sleeve…
“Matthew Lombardi is headed out of the desert and into the Music City, signing a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the Nashville Predators.
The 28-year-old centre had spent the last two seasons with the Coyotes before becoming a free agent.” (Source:TSN)
It’s just my opinion but this is the guy the Calgary Flames should have brought back…
The Buffalo Sabres Have Signed free agent defencemen Jordan Leopold to a 3 year deal. Terms not disclosed.
The Atlanta Thrashers have signed free agent goaltender Chris Mason. The deal is worth $3.7 Million over 2 years with a $1.850 Million cap hit.
I’m surprised that Mason went so cheap but this appears to be a bad year to be an un-restricted free agent goaltender. It seems like teams are only willing to pay blue chip, franchise goaltenders and the list that qualify for that title is small and shrinking.
UPDATE: The Atlanta Thrashers have acquired Andrew Ladd from The Chicago Blackhawks for defencemen Ivan Vishnevsky and a second round pick.
The Vancouver Canucks have signed the highly coveted free agent defencemen Dan Hamhuis.
The deal is worth $4.5 Million, terms of the deal not released yet. I will update as the terms are available.
UPDATE: The term is reportedly for 6 years. This is a great signing for the Canucks.
The New Jersey Devils Sign Defencemen Henrik Tallinder to a 4 year, $13.5 Million dollar deal. That’s a $3.375 Million dollar cap hit.
Also, The Edmonton Oilers have signed defencemen Kurtis Foster to a 2 year, $3.6 million dollar deal. That’s a $1.8 million dollar cap hit.
The Phoenix Coyotes have made another move signing free agent winger Ray Whitney to 2 year, $6Million dollar contract. The is a good signing for the `Yotes, bringing in a veteran presence as they try to continue their climb in the Western Conference landscape.
Steve Yzerman is continuing to make a splash in the free agent market signing goaltender Dan Ellis to a 2 year deal reportedly worth $1.5 Million dollars.
Ellis was traded to the Montreal Canadiens last week for Jaro Halak but was unwilling to play back up to Carey Price.
Derek Morris has re-signed with the Phoenix Coyotes to a 4 year, $11 Million dollar contract extension. This work out to a $2.75 Million dollar cap hit.
The San Jose Sharks have signed Goaltender Antero Niittimaki to a 2 year, $4 Million dollar deal.