Today we strike Teemu Selanne off our he's-still-out-there-and-he'd-make-such-a-good-Maple-Leaf list.
"When I can't use my speed, I'm useless. I have really high expectations of this year," he says.
With Scott Niedermayer, Sergei Fedorov and the Finnish Flash, we're thinking the Ducks are gonna fly. Though Selanne's arrival could leave expensive winger Petr Sykora on the trade block.
A very quick look at who's left: Adam Deadmarsh, Ron Francis (!), Mark Messier (!!), Yanic Perrault, Felix Potvin, Cliff Ronning, Brian Savage and yes, Steve Thomas is out there and still presumed to be in "great shape". Hey, technically Mario Lemieux is an unrestricted free agent. Wonder what he'll get paid (besides housing fees for Sydney Crosby)?
But we're not going to ask why Super Mario should sign with Toronto, giving the Leafs the greatest crop of centres in the history of the sport and no wingers to help them. This week is about your predictions for the 2005-06 NHL season. Who are the winners and losers from this summer-shuffle of free agent signings? Click the comments link below and send your predictions for this year.
Be sure to factor in young Carlo Colaiacovo, who's excited about his chances of joining the Buds' blue line this year.
Also today, the first player arbitration hearing is held,
where Marian Hossa will hear why he's no Jarome Iginla (more of a Milan Hejduk, they'll say), while the Senators will hear all about how Hossa is one of the most skilled players in the league and should be paid that way. We're leaning towards Milan Hejduk argument. Thanks to this ugly process the Hossa trade rumours are buzzing in Ottawa . Update: Well, Hossa got his deal today. Three years, Hejduk money in the first year, builiding to Iginla money in the third. Sounds like a compromise to us. Certainly bad news for the arch rivals in Toronto.
The Red Wings are having trouble with their own young star. Pavel Datsyuk is in Moscow awaiting an NHL contract where he apparently:
"Scored a beautiful, highlight goal" the other day.
Come on Detroit, we need those highlights in the NHL!
Another player caught in the cash crunch is Mr. MVP himself, Martin St. Louis. Probably won't get Vincent Lecavalier money from Tampa Bay, so should he just suck it up and sign already? Bet Montreal Canadiens fans would like to see that relationship fail, followed by a homecoming.
And those of us who just couldn't get used to the idea that Paul Kariya was absent from Team Canada's Olympic training camp? Neither could he.
Finally, remember when we told you about a Denver reporter who was taking emails from angry fans on the Avs signing of Brad May? Looks like that Mayday issue isn't going away.