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To no one’s surprise, TSN is reporting that Mike Komisarek will be bought out once the compliance buyout window opens (48 hours after the end of the Stanley Cup Finals). Teams have two (total) compliance buyouts to use this off-season and/or next during the designated buyout periods.
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With just ten games left on the schedule for the Leafs this season, here are ten thoughts I’ve been considering heading into those final games.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, Leafs vice president of hockey operations Dave Nonis is on the verge of agreeing to terms with the organization on a contract extension that will see him stay in Toronto at least through the 2011-2012 season.
For the last several weeks, it’s been rumored that Nonis was among the top candidates on the shortlist for Tampa Bay’s vacant GM position, but he has now apparently pulled out of the running. Looks like Brian Burke gets to keep his right hand man for the foreseeable future. Nice signing.
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The NHL has released the playoff schedule for the first round, along with the list of networks airing each series.
Here are the start dates for Game 1 of each series, and the network airing each opening match.
Full schedules for each series, including networks airing each game, are posted at NHL.com.
The deal is believed to be all but sealed, but the Penguins may have to first clear cap space. New reports suggest Toronto will take on the salary of Martin Skoula if they can’t work something else out elsewhere, but that it could cost the Penguins an additional pick.
Now from Dreger and McKenzie:
ponikarovsky to Pitt for Luca Caputi and Martin Skoula…pending trade call.
Via TSN: “Mikhail Grabovski and Francois Beauchemin were involved in a scuffle and had to be separated, reports AM640 in Toronto. The radio station is reporting the pair was involved in an argument and Grabovski tried to punch Beauchemin. Jason Blake and assistant coach Tim Hunter got between them.”
Well, it’s official .. the most prolific scoring Maple Leafs player is officially retiring:
Read the TSN story here
When should the Leafs honor him? Tomorrow night? The 13th game this season? Should they at all?
TSN’s Darren Dreger is reporting a trade between Brian Burke and Peter Chiarelli that will see Phil Kessel join the Maple Leafs as agreed upon at this time pending a contract agreement between the Leafs and the restricted free agent.
Update: Damien Cox is reporting via twitter that the Leafs and Kessel have agreed upon a 5 year, $27 million contract, with two firsts and a second headed to Boston in return for Kessel.
Update: TSN has since confirmed the details of the contract and trade as reported earlier by Cox.
TSN is reporting 4 years, 8 million. Not gonna say I’m relieved… okay, I’m relieved.
“Sources tell TSN the Toronto Maple Leafs have received what the team considers to be a significant offer for defenceman TomasÂ Kaberle.
Burke’s taking the necessary precautions with his two likeliest trade candidates.
Update – Here’s the latest on Moore’s contract situation as per TSN:
“Moore, believed to be originally seeking a deal averaging $2.75 per season, softened his demand after the Maple Leafs table a counter offer at less than $2 million on Monday evening. The two sides continued to negotiate on Tuesday and sources say Moore once again softened in hopes of closing the gap to encourage a deal to keep him in his home town. While the negotiation appears stalled at the moment, the door hasn’t been officially closed.”
Speculation abounds that the Toronto Maple Leafs are continuing their efforts to re-sign Dominic Moore to a reasonable contract extension.Â Â The talks are expected to continue well into this afternoon and evening.
I can’t provide anything more than rumours and speculation at this point, but there appears to be a story of considerable magnitude brewing tonight concerning several Montreal Canadiens players. Earlier tonight, RDS, the main television station for the Habs reported that there would be a “huge bomb” dropped on the city of Montreal tomorrow.
Update: Sportsnet will have the entire breaking story starting at midnight.
According to TSN, the Montreal Canadiens have made the first move of the much anticipated trade deadline frenzy. Bob Gainey has acquired defenseman Mathieu Schneider from the Atlanta Trashers in exchange for 2nd and 3rd round picks.
Update: TSN is now reporting that the 2nd round pick is in 2009, while the 3rd round pick is in 2010. There is also a conditional pick heading back Montreal’s way.
Canada is ready to face-off against their second opponent in the World Juniors round robin, team Kazakhstan. Della Rovere, arguably Canadaâ€™s grittiest player on the roster, suffered a slight leg injury after blocking a shot against the Czech Republic Friday night, but will play regardless. Shows a lot of heart.