Well kids, the cup has been handed out and now we head into silly season, where players will move from team to team and fans will renew their hopes and dreams of their favourite team hoisting the 2009-2010 Stanley Cup.
First, we start with Ottawa, who is shopping Heatley. A report came out today saying Heatley has interest in San Jose, and let me tell you, the feeling is mutual. The Sharks and Sens have held talks and it will be interesting to see how this happens. Heatley and Thornton would be a dynamic duo, but can the Sharks get Heatley without dealing big Joe? Talk is the deal could be a big one, with San Jose looking to dump Cheechoo, Marleau and possibly Clowe this summer. Don't be surprised if the Sens first round pick gets thrown into this to make this deal a big one.
The Canucks are still working hard to sign the Sedins, but nothing is close there as of yet. I'm hearing that if the Canucks lose the Sedins, they will use that money to lure Gaborik and one of Bouwmeester or Niedermayer to Vancouver. I'm hearing at this point that it's between Vancouver and Edmonton in the Bouwmeester race.
What about Toronto? Sundin coming back isn't out of the question, but Burke will only do so if he has the money remaining after he's done what he hopes to do. The Leafs have many players on their offseason radar including the Sedins, Komisarek, and Cammaleri. Expect Burke to be quite busy on the draft, with Kaberle the most likely current Leaf to be on the move. The Leafs and Tampa Bay continue to talk, but if talks fall through, the Leafs could move up to fifth by dealing with LA, a team very interested in dealing their pick for some veteran defensive help.
In Montreal, a good source told me to expect Koivu to head to Minnesota and join his brother. That same source told me he expects Komisarek and Kovalev to remain Habs.
In Anaheim, it will be an interesting summer for the Ducks. The rumoured Pronger for Johnson and the fifth overall pick deal isn't going to happen, Johnson's contract demands are just too high. The Ducks are looking to deal Giguere badly, and Toronto is the rumoured team that just won't go away. LA is another team, as is Edmonton.
We're hoping for a decision by judge Baum today about the future of the Phoenix Coyetes. While I have no inside information on the matter, I honestly believe Balsillie will pay whatever it takes to complete his dream. He's got corporate sponsors on board, I wouldn't be surprised if he offers some of them shares in the team for a little help at the start. The Hamilton Coyotes (I really like the name "SteelHawks") are still a very big possibility.
I'm about half done this mock draft, so please email me if you'd like to represent Buffalo...I've been stuck on Buffalo for several days, surely someone likes the Sabres?
Cjohnson202@hockeyleaks.com if you want to get a hold of me!
Have a great monday!