In a move that should surprise nobody, a Swedish hockey site has indicated that Rickard Wallin will not be with Toronto next year. Â Wallin, who would have been a UFA for the Leafs, signed a four-year deal with his longtime European team Farjestads. Â This ends a very brief return to the NHL for the Swedish centerman which saw one mediocre-at-best season with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Tonight the ACC is host to a special pregame event: Canadian Forces Appreciation Night, to honour of the thousands of men and women who serve in the Canadian military. The event is said to feature members of the military rappelling from the rafters, a visit from the Chief of the Defense Staff, and a guest appearance by singer Alan Frew (formerly of Glass Tiger).
Oh, and there’s a hockey game, too.
The Toronto Sun is reporting that Brian Burke is back from his fishing trip, and that the action is supposed to pick up over the next little while. Some quick hits:
- Brian Burke confirms that the team will not be pursuing free agent Dominic Moore
- The signing of Rickard Wallin will serve as Moore’s replacement
- Just a reminder: Tomas Kaberle’s no-trade clause kicks back in after August 15th
Per Sportsnet, Farjestads BK forward Rickard Wallin has agreed to sign with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Terms of the deal are forthcoming, although sources tell MLHS that it is believed to be a one year deal at a low base salary, with performance bonuses attached.
Although it has been widely reported that Farjestads BK forward Rickard Wallin is considering leaving Sweden to return to the NHL, and that the team interested in bringing him back to North America is the Toronto Maple Leafs, there is no definite timetable on when he might sign.
One would assume a decision is likely to happen within the next week.Â Â Wallin’s four year contract with Farjestads includes a clause which allows him to sign with an NHL team, but that clause is only in effect until July 15th.