Interesting tweak to the pre-free agency interview period rule: Teams are now openly allowed to talk to free agents (both restricted and unrestricted) about their actual contract demands as well as their potential interest for six days before free agency opens (interview period begins Wednesday, June 25).
This is a case of the League allowing to happen what it couldn’t control from happening anyway. Nonetheless, it is now open season to hash out the parameters of a contract with a player who still technically belongs to another team. Apparently some do-good teams were peeved last summer that this went on anyway while they tried to respect tampering rules. If that was the case for a significant number of the League’s teams, you wonder if GMs will be in a rush to get something done on their expiring UFA contracts before that date knowing the player has the opportunity to negotiate in earnest with whoever he wants come next Wednesday.
- Toronto Sun: Brian Burke – “I would take the job in Toronto again. I had no regrets about working here. I loved it.”
- Dreger: Maple Leafs would prefer to re-sign Cody Franson
- TSN1050: Dreger and McKenzie’s radio segment from yesterday
- Star Tribune: NHL makes significant revision to free-agent interview period rule
- Globe and Mail: The NHL’s top free agents – Goaltenders
- Edmonton Journal: The Case for Trading David Perron
- Sportsnet: Garret Joyce puts a ridiculous price on the Leafs moving up to #1 in the draft
- PPP: It’s Really Easy to be a GM in Toronto
- The Star: Maple Leafs have lengthy to-do list this off season
- Canes Country: Hurricanes’ hire of new head coach Bill Peters heralds a new era
- Pens Labrynth: Penguins closing in on Willie Desjardins as their next head coach?
- The Score: Fan of an Eastern Conference team? You should fear Tampa Bay
There was an article from Dallas saying the Leafs are thinking of trading Kadri for D prospect Alex Chiasson and their 14th overall pick. Crazy.
http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/nhl/hc-could-leafs-trade-phaneuf-at-the-draft/ lol these guys saying we would have to package the 8th overall in order to move Dion.
ok, its not because i have had too much to drink tonight, because i was thinking about this earlier, and i KNOW this is going to be unpopular here... but i would make a pitch for brian campbe if the price was right... of course the price being right means that franson is gone, gleason is bought out... and perhaps gunner goes as well... anything to make the d cheaper with that contract. i know we shouldnt pay TWO over priced d-men (if you think phanuef is over priced which i dont) but i think he is the perfect d pairing for Phanuef, definetly has two more good years left in him. good mentor and vet presence for the young d, and i think rolling out
would be a solid d. granberg or mac might the the 6th but im happy with that 5 for two more years.
I always wondered what would have happened if Marc Savard hadn't gone down because of concussions. He was a free agent the year after Burke signed Kessel and there was speculation at the time that Burke had him in his sights. He's still on the Bruins payroll for the next three seasons, no cap hit though.
predict that the Leafs win the cup next year right now. Do it!
The Bad Grandpa extra footage just added to Netflix is fantastic. The golf course scenes (for you Phook) are hysterical
I wonder how many posters read all the night comments in the morning and think we (mainly Phook) are all idiots
@HHT I found the article... said nothing of the sort
@HHT Chiasson is a forward...
I said this 2 months ago.
@Dewy Keon Hogturd Tsn reported it a week back as well. Talking about Marchand and Boychuck being casualties of the cap. I would love to nab Boychuck.
@Sexyhairyman Id trade Franson rights for Campbell even up. Campbell is from Strathroy making him superior. And the guy truly would be a role model for Gardiner and Rielly. I still remember Campbells hit on Umberger. But then we still have to make room for one Marlie like Granberg so I do not know what followup move I w ould do. Campbell can really lend a hand to Phaneuf.
I think Gunnarson would have to move out and a bigger defensive guy would have to come in but maybe Gunnar can be a defensive partner for say Rielly.
@Sexyhairyman I hate it.
@Xxxxxnew Burke also wanted to sign the Sedins and they got re-signed at the last minute.
@Bruffins Love the chicken wing.
@Optimustic memories of 89 against the Red Sox down 10-0
@Bruffins just got in from work and damn what a comeback. gonna have to watch the jays in 30 for sure
speaking of folks....
@Bruffins Phook is up this late? Thought he was in bed by 8.
@Dewy Keon Hogturd He's just learning the twitter ropes for idiocy it looks like. Once he puts more iiiiii's into his name , he will become an insider
@Bobsyouruncle John " Lou to the Leafs is a done deal " Shannon is in the middle there
@rustynail 10-0 in the 7th.
@mike_84 They're gonna have to make it Jays in 45. Too much for 30 minutes.
@Bobsyouruncle Hopefully Sportsnet just dumps Shannon. He's paid to literally just spew garbage. You can tell by listening to him that he doesn't even watch the Leafs.