Today, Big 'E' is for effort. As in keep trying Mr. Ferguson. Seems Eric Lindros really wants to wear the Maple Leafs uniform, linked to Toronto as far back as 2001 - maybe this time it's for real. Who'd of thought Lindros would be too healthy for the Maple Leafs? There's that nasty salary cap getting in the way again.
Meanwhile, welcome aboard Alexander Khavanov.
The free agent frenzy has officially gone from thunderstorm to summer breeze. Though the Florida Panthers might not be finished culling the Maple Leafs 2004 roster. GM Mike Keenan reportedly met with Alexander Mogilny(reg.req'd) this week, who could join Gary Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk. As for that hot Roberto Luongo for Jose Theodore trade rumour? Not a chance(reg.req'd), say the Panthers.
Today, the fallout from Todd Bertuzzi's reinstatement continues, with no shortage of support in this forum. Yesterday, the Canucks winger expressed his grattitude in a letter to Canucks fans, while the Colorado Avalanche turned heads when they signed Brad May - a move some say is a slap in the face of Steve Moore.
Around the league:
If your still confused with the economics of the 'new era NHL,' this view from Detroit is similar to ours in Toronto (without using too many confusing numbers).
In Washington, owner Ted Leonsis shares his opinion on the new economics of the NHL, and why the Capitals have been so quiet on the free agent market.
The Boston Bruins have reportedly increased their offer to Joe Thornton.
They're singing the Great One's praises in Los Angeles, Wayne Gretzky can't wait to get started. Good for the league, says Bruce McNall:
"Every time he goes to a new city people will say, 'Gretzky coaching? What's this about?"
Finally, today at 5 p.m. is the deadline for players to notify teams they've filed for salary arbitration, opening the door for unrestricted free agency next year. The Ottawa Senators are on alert after sniper Marian Hossa rejected a three-year contract. He wants big bucks. Jarome Iginla bucks. Now, the Sens could be dealing with both Hossa and Martin Havlat as free agents next year. Gotta love the new NHL.