Just when you thought it was safe to close down your so-called "blog" and run off to the golf course ... (actually we "prefer electronic diary correspondence"). Well, yesterday we sure liked those Senators, with Marian Hossa signed for 3 years, the core of a very good, young team was in tact.
We also said yesterday that Hossa's signing was bad news for the Leafs, thinking the balance of power in Ontario is shifting. Does this trade worry Leafs fans? The balance is still moving to the east and fast. Though Jeff O'Neill thinks Leaf Nation should be patient.
"Frankly, to hear people already saying we will miss the playoffs, well, that's ridiculous."
We hope you're right, Mr. O'Neill...and welcome to the chaotic centre of the hockey universe. Click the comments link below and tell us what you think about the Heatley deal and, as always, the Maple Leafs.
So who does John Muckler think he is? A savvy general manager?
Dany Heatley is granted his reasonable request for a fresh start, Atlanta gets an awesome player in Hossa (Hossa and Kovalchuk - who will score more goals? Discuss) and the Senators pick up Heatley, who's history we all know, on the ice and off. Ottawa sure hopes Heatley can be the player he seemed destined to be before his car accident. Looks like the Thrashers think otherwise.
Over to Buffalo, where it's been quiet this summer. Too quiet. But with more cap room than Kevin Mench, the Sabres might be ready to make their move. Just 'cause we all like Leafs rumours, Ken Klee's name has popped up.
The Penguins, the antithesis of the Sabres after all those ping pong balls and expensive signings, are not all sign and keep and celebrate after all. Aleksey Morozov and hot prospect Evgeni Malkin likely won't be in Pittsburgh this season.
"It doesn't look good at all," says agent Pat Brisson.
Finally, speaking of not looking good, today we hope to get a look at our first nasty arbitration case (thanks a lot Ottawa Senators) when Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers battle for some loot. Apparently, the rising star didn't like GM Mike Keenan's 4-year offer.
"I'm biased, obviously, but if I was in Roberto's shoes, I would have accepted it," said Keenan.
Yes, Mr. Keenan. You are biased. Good luck today.