Daily Linkup – Tuesday
Today’s midweek rumblings include the implications of the Joey Macdonald signing, Zherdev bolts for the KHL, a preview of the Coyotes afternoon hearing, a possible Senators throwback jersey, a whole lot of nothing on Phil Kessel and the National Post’s take on winners/losers of free agency.
The Toronto Star reports that the recently signed Joey Macdonald is expected to take over duties as the Marlies starting goaltender next season. Dave Nonis explains that the signing is supposed to bring goaltending depth to the organization and serve as an insurance policy should one of Gustavsson or Toskala fall victim to an injury. Gotta say, Macdonald looked pretty decent behind a terrible team in Long Island last season.
According to RDS, unrestricted free agent forward Nikolai Zherdev has signed a contract with the Salavat Yulaev Ufa hockey club in the KHL to play alongside another young NHL departee in Alexander Radulov. Gonna be interesting to find out what the dollar figures were. The KHL’s really starting to make some noise now, luring a couple big NHL names Zubov, Hudler (almost) and now Zherdev over there this summer.
More from the Toronto Star today, as they tee up today’s proceedings in the Arizona bankruptcy court, where things are expected to get ugly. Jim Balsille’s group claims that the recent attempts of the NHL to prevent him from moving the team to Hamilton is to “avoid another NHL team anywhere near the Maple Leafs“. Hey, if there’s a region that could easily support a second team, it’s Southern Ontario. That way, at least some of us would get to see some NHL hockey.
After the fan petition for a new Leafs logo reached the mainstream media not too long ago, it appears that Sens fans are attempting to follow suit. A group of eager supporters led by Jacbob Barrette pitched their idea of a throwback jersey in today’s Ottawa Citizen. Not a bad looking jersey I’d say.
The Boston Globe updates the Phil Kessel situation by basically saying that there’s still nothing going on. The talented young winger remains a restricted free agent, is ineligible for arbitration and talks are still at an impasse. Whatever the case, Kessel must sign a contract by December 1st if he wishes to play in the NHL this season. What a nightmare.
The National Post reviews the winners and losers of this year’s free agent frenzy. They’ve got some favorable comments to say about the Maple Leafs defensive overhaul of a roster that allowed a league worst 293 goals against last season. On a bit of a strange note, they’ve got the Rangers in the “losers” category, even though dumping Scott Gomez’ contract on Montreal and replacing him with Gaborik appeared to be quite the coup.