A quick look at the Todd Bertuzzi to Toronto scenario, the NHL’s investigation into Chicago’s Marian Hossa contract (boy have they had a tough offseason), more on the Phil Kessel contract status, and a bit about Wayne Primeau’s thoughts going into next season.
It appears we can finally lay all that Bertuzzi to Toronto speculation to rest. The Calgary Herald reports that when asked about the possibility of reuniting with Brian Burke, Bertuzzi explained very simply that it’s â€œnot going to happen.â€ He is expected to join one of three American teams in the Eastern conference who have expressed interest in his services. Pure speculation on my part right here, but he might make an interesting fit on a Buffalo team needing a little more grit, or down to Tampa who are supposedly on the market for a scoring winger after buying out Vaclav Prospal
Bruce Garrioch reports that the NHL is investigating the 12 year, $62.M contract that free agent winger Marian Hossa recently signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. Detroit started off the trend of the massive long-term deals that were heavily frontloaded in order to perhaps provide an out should those star players walk away from their contracts in their late 30′s or early 40′s. In the final 4 years of his contract, a 38 year old Marian Hossa would only make a grand total of $3.5M. The league will look to see if there is any evidence that Chicago discussed the possibility of retirement with Hossa as a means of circumventing the cap. If found guilty, the Blackhawks could be penalized with the loss of draft picks and a maxmium $5M fine. It’s possible the league will look to make an example of them in an effort to discourage similar long-term deals.
FoxSports examines the Phil Kessel contract situation and explains that he is looking for upwards of $4M per season on a long-term deal. The Bruins have only $1.7M in cap space, and the article suggests that may prove difficult the ship out the rumored trade candidates, either Michael Ryder ($4M) or Chuck Kobasew ($2.3M).
The National Post explains that Wayne Primeau is feeling very optmistic about the upcoming season in Toronto. He says that the ankle that has plagued him over the past few years is not yet 100%, but that it’s getting close. He is excited at the prospect of re-joining Ron Wilson, a coach for whom he had great respect in San Jose and under whom he enjoyed his best years as a strong two-way player and penalty killer.