The Rumour Mill: Free Agent Frenzy!
The big news today is that Grabovski was bought out by the Toronto Maple Leafs. With Lecavalier signing at $4.5 Million a year, it looks like Grabo will take at the most $4 Million a year. New Jersey, New York Islanders, Phoenix, and Washington all look to be major players on Grabovski. They all need depth centreman on their teams, and that what Grabo is, a second line centre. Or he can just go back and play in the KHL.
Projected Team: Phoenix Coyotes or KHL
I have seen Weiss going to Toronto for a while now, especially since it is his home town. Now that they have bought out Grabovski I see him going there in the first days of free agency. He is a talented playmaker that has never played with a pure scorer like Kessel. Only thing that might limit his pay and play was his wrist surgery last season.
Projected Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
With lots of speculation of what will happen to him, it seems to be down to two teams. The Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs. Bozak reportedly wanted 8 years and below $5 million, but with Briere and Lecavalier both signing between $4-4.5 Bozak would be hard felt to find a deal for even close to 4. Especially since Detroit is a team that doesn’t overpay and Toronto has stated they will only re sign him if it makes sense financially.
Projected Team: Toronto Maple Leafs
If Briere doesn’t head to Nashville I see Horton going there. He did visit Columbus yesterday So right now his status is up in there air. Horton is an asset to any team, big and strong and he can score. The only problem with him is his health issues and if he can stay healthy for a full season.
Projected Team: Nashville Predators
The Detroit Red Wings veteran has been linked to certain teams around the league, with Columbus front running the group. Columbus has their heart set on 2 players, Filppula and Horton. They have enough money to get them both as well. With showing they can become a playoff contender last year, more players should want to play there.
Projected Team: Columbus Blue Jackets
With Alain Vigneault coming into New York as the next head coach, there could be a lot of change. With Clowe being one of the people on the way out. I am hearing Detroit, Phoenix and New Jersey are going after him. Unless New Jersey loses Clarkson, I highly doubt they will make a strong push for him.
Projected Team: Detroit Red Wings
Iginla is a veteran who can still score 30 goals a season and would be an asset to any team. The teams surrounding him today are; San Jose, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, Montreal, and LA. The only reason Iginla accepted the trade to the Pens is because he wanted to win a cup before his career was over. After being swept by Boston in the Conference Finals, the prospect of winning a cup next season is pretty low. Iginla is very intrigued about being a Hab, but they aren’t as close to winning a cup as some are.
Projected Team: St. Louis Blues
Miller saw his last game in a Sabre uniform this season and is looking to move forward with his career. Miller is nearing the end of his reign, but he could potentially still carry a team to a playoff appearance. There are many teams in desperate need of a solid veteran goalie to help them and mentor their prospects. The teams going for him are Phoenix, Washington, Philadelphia, Calgary, Minnesota, St. Louis, NYI and Edmonton. I think the front runners are Edmonton and NYI, however anything can happen depending on buyouts and trades.
Projected Team: New York Islanders
Clarkson is a Free Agent in this offseason, and most likely won’t re-sign in New Jersey, especially since the team looks to be moving into a full re-build state. Clarkson emerged last season as a 30 goal scorer, and was on the same pace this season. He is also a big physical player, which a lot of teams are in desperate need of. The teams that are interested are; Toronto, Minnesota, LA, and Calgary. The Toronto native would most likely want to stay close to where he is now so he doesn’t have to uproot his family too much, and what would be better then going home?Projected Team: Toronto Maple Leafs