Another day of furious free agent signings and some Leaf fans wonder if John Ferguson's phone is out of service. Forsberg to Philly, Pronger and Peca to Edmonton, the big names keep moving around and the Maple Leafs, as Damien Cox puts it this morning:
"without question, have been caught utterly flat-footed"
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Meanwhile, the Boston Bruins have their own problems. And there's hurt feelings among the ranks after Mike Modano signed with the Dallas Stars. Apparently, the Bruins thought they had a deal for the superstar centre.
''I don't know what happened," Bruins general manager Mike O'Connell tells The Boston Globe. ''Maybe (Modano) had a bad night's sleep, or something. I don't know. But I do know that we've moved on -- we're looking at other people now."
Chicago is feeling a little rejected this morning.
The Rangers are concentrating on selling tickets.
The defending champions (remember 2004?) are playing a waiting game in Tampa.
And the Avalanche are crying in their beer, while the Blues are paying tribute to a dearly departed superstar. But St. Louis general manager Larry Pleau says the Chris Pronger trade is proof the NHL's new system works. Blues president Mark Sauer sums it up:
"This is a brand-new industry now," Sauer tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "A city like Edmonton can reach out and get a player like Chris Pronger."
The Devils, also feeling a bit intimidated by the Flyers' big splash, hope to hear good news from defenceman Scott Niedermayer today.Update: Sorry Devils, the defenceman has signed a four-year deal to play with brother Rob in Anaheim. Finally, Mrs. Niedermayer can cheer for just one NHL team.
The view from Philly is all sunshine today,
despite the likely departure of Jeremy Roenick , possibly to Los Angeles , maybe to Phoenix. We're looking to the west. Stay tuned.Update: beat reporters in Los Angeles should charge the batteries on their recorders, J.R. was dealt this afternoon to the Kings for futures. Is there a better spot for this guy than Hollywood?
Taking a look between the pipes this morning, Detroit is looking, with interest in Chris Osgood, who has won a Cup in Motown. Pittsburgh (boy, they might actually be good this year) is also poking around, Sean Burke and Curtis Joseph are on the radar.