Monday, September 04, 2006

Carter, Nashville and Hockey Pools

Anson Carter is heading towards a one year deal, but where still is unknown. Toronto and Detroit are still at the head of the pack, while Pittsburgh and LA are still lurking in the shadows. Carter will be lucky to get $2 million at this point. I would say Detroit has the best shot, with Toronto a little behind them. Toronto still hasn't signed Matt Stajan, and I'm hearing he could be dealt if something is not reached soon.

Toronto apparently has held talks with Nashville about Martin Erat. Stajan would be a piece to go the other way. JFJ understands the need to add another winger, he's just having a lot of trouble finding the money to do so. Also, I talked to a good source yesterday saying that the Leafs have met with Sundin about a contract extension, with both parties understanding that if Sundin is to stay in Toronto, he will have to take a paycut. The Leafs are also waiting until after this season before giving Darcy Tucker a raise. They want to make sure last seasons play wasn't a one-season thing.

Back to Nashville, with the recent addition of Dumont, there is talk they are shopping both Erat and Upshall. They're looking for young talent in return, possibly centers, as that is their weakest area on the depth chart.

Seems like Dvorak to Vancouver rumours were just rumours, but the Dvorak to NYR rumours are really picking up steam. Dvorak would be replacing Rucinsky and Sykora, who both left as UFA's this summer.

Brian Leetch may be the biggest UFA left on the market, and I am still hearing Ottawa is in the lead to land him. The Rangers have dropped back a bit in this one, while I've heard Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Buffalo have all inquired about the veteran defenseman. He should sign somewhere soon.

Anyone still puzzled by New Jersey's lack of moves? Gionto/Gomex/Martin all still have to be dealt with. Calgary is very hot after Gomez, while the Oilers have expressed interest in Martin. I wouldn't want to be New Jersey at this point, they're running out of time.

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