Free Agency

Free Agency

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This is your chance to rise above the rest as the most knowledgeable MLHS user outside of Alec Brownscombe and win the authentic new Leafs jersey in the process. Here is how the contest will work: Pick three signings (not including re-signings) you think Brian Burke will make this off-season and include a prediction for both the length and the salary figure of the contracts. List the salary per annum. Should the contract be front or back loaded, we will use the pro-rated cap hit figure as the correct salary (in any cases where the salary and cap hit differ, we...

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Brian Burke is a pretty smart guy. Months ago, he explained to the fans and media that while the current free agent market is weak, it could get stronger as cap strapped teams are unable to submit qualifying offers to some prominent restricted free agents. One such player could be Andrew Ladd, and there could be several other names in play as well. Follow me as a I crunch some numbers to figure out why. Here's how that works: The current salary cap set at $56.8 million, with a potential increase of another $2 million coming this offseason (could be...

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According to Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com, the Toronto Maple Leafs will not be pursuing soon-to-be unrestricted free agent sniper Iyla Kovalchuk. LeBrun cites a quote from Leaf GM Brian Burke stating that the club would not "be involved in that race". Although this could theoretically be a ploy to avoid tampering charges, Burke has always been very up front about his intentions and could've easily either skipped the question or answered with a generic "we will explore every possibility to improve our club." Thus, I would be willing to bet my bottom dollar that Kovalchuk does not end up...

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According to TSN, it's looking like the 2010 free agent class could get a boost this summer when Hurricanes' winger Ray Whitney hits the market on July 1st. Carolina GM Jim Rutherford is less than optimistic about his chances at re-signing the talented playmaker: "I think it will be difficult with where he will be at, contract-wise. I expect him to go into July. It appears that's the way it's going to go." Could Whitney provide an interesting fit for the Maple Leafs? Probably. At 38 years of age, he's going to likely available on a 1 year contract, which would mesh well...

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Whitby born, Ryan Hamilton has signed a 1-year, 2-way deal worth $500k (at NHL level) with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Hamilton, who came to the Leafs organization in a trade with the NHL Wild (AHL Aeros) during the 08/09 season, was scheduled to test the free agent market if unable to resign with Toronto.

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While the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs are in full swing and continue to provide us with some fantastic moments of triumph, the fans of the Toronto Maple Leafs are now forced to once again shift their focus to off ice activities. And so too has Leafs brass. Despite his team sitting on the sidelines, Leafs GM Brian Burke made quick work of two signing he was keying in on, signing goaltenders Jonas Gustavsson and newcomer Jussi Rynnas to contracts.  Continuing with the in-house theme, Burke will now certainly turn his attention to Nikolai Kulemin, if he hasn't done so already. And while...