One more day of bizarre contract signings, players’ rights being dealt, and above all else; rumors.
Starting tomorrow at noon, the bidding war will finally get underway for players like Brad Richards, James Wisniewski, Christian Ehrhoff, and Michael Ryder to name a few.
With such a weak UFA class this year, it seems as though a lot of focus has been shifted to the idea of restricted free agents potentially signing offer sheets. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
It would be great to see things really spiral out of control with teams throwing around offer sheets, but the general consensus is that it won’t happen. This is bad news if you want a player like Stamkos, but good news if you want to keep Luke Schenn.
Darren Dreger had this to say regarding the free agency period for the Leafs;
Leafs interested in a number of UFA’s. Richards, Ehrhoff (if free),Upshall, Talbot, etc. Won’t get them all, but will inquire on most.
And while we all want to finally see an end to this Richards saga, tomorrow likely will notÂ be the day it all goes down. Richards will likely narrow down his options to a reasonable number tomorrow, but it could be a fewÂ days before a decision is made.
In some Leafs news, Jay Rosehill has re-signed for another year. He’ll make 600k on a one way deal.
Links after the jump
The Star has the story.
Bizarre story. Puck Daddy has more…
Let’s see if they can get something done
Duhatschek at the Globe with the story
Another piece from the Globe
Vintage Leaf Memories’ Michael Langlois thinks so
Ben Schnell at PPP with some great analysis
More links as the day goes on.
Enjoy another day of pulling your hair out over hockey news. I knowÂ I will.