Maple Leafs Notes: Doug Armstrong Headed to St. Louis, Mats Sundin in Limbo
Doug Armstrong Set To Join Blues Staff
Cross Doug Armstrong off as yet another potential general manager who won't be coming to Toronto this summer.
TSN is reporting that Armstrong has cancelled his scheduled meeting with the Maple Leafs search committee which was set for Tomorrow afternoon. Instead, it appears he will be announced tomorrow as the newest member of the St. Louis Blues management staff.
Armstrong joins long time GM Larry Pleau, as well as President John Davidson in the front office.
No word at this time what Armstrong's exact title is, but he will work in the front office and within two years will likely succeed Pleau as the club's GM.
Although as a Leafs fan this stings, it's simply pretty hard to blame him for choosing St. Louis. They have a front office that isn't in shambles. Their prospect pool is also among the deepest in the league.
Sundin Uncertain Of Future With Leafs
Earlier today the NHL honoured some of the season award winners. Mats Sundin was among them, presented with the Mark Messier Leadership Award.
The recipient of the Mark Messier award is someone who handles themselves exceptionally both on and off the ice, as well as in the community, something everyone can attest Sundin does well in Toronto.
However, for the first time in a long time, when asked about his future with the Maple Leafs, the big Swede wasn't as committal as usual.
Instead of giving the standard "I want to be a Maple Leaf" answer, Sundin went a little more in-depth, while at the same time fogging the situation.
When asked about his options come July 1st, Sundin replied, "I do feel I have a lot of different options I can explore."
He continually shifted focus to Cliff Fletcher, saying that for Sundin to come back to Toronto, the Leafs would have to show they want him here.
Clearly between the uncertainty of the management and being asked several times to waive his no-trade clause publicly, Sundin is feeling slightly uneasy about the situation in Toronto.
Nothing Sour About Kulemin
(NOTE: For those who didn't get that joke, his name is pronounced KOO-LEMON)
One of the most highly-touted prospects the Maple Leafs have has finally set foot in Toronto, and appears to be here to stay.
Nikolai Kulemin, who has been honing his skills in Russia the last few years in the RSL, a men's league where he was previously linemates with Penguins superstar Evgeni Malkin, has landed in Toronto and interim GM Cliff Fletcher sees him in the big club next season.
Kulemin and his wife were in Toronto this afternoon finishing the work needed to be done on their visas, as well as looking at housing in the Toronto area.
Kulemin scored 33 points, including 21 goals, this past season for Magnitogorsk, and was one of three finalists for MVP.
Kulemin is one of the new breed of Russians. He likes to hit just as much as he likes to score. He has the enthusiasm of Alex Ovechkin and he is a physically imposing player.
For more on Kulemin, please do yourselves a favour, and if you haven't already, check out his videos on Youtube.
Leafs To Talk To Moore, Pohl Set Free
The Toronto Maple Leafs apparently will talk to free agent centre Dominic Moore in hopes of working out a deal with the gritty centre.
Moore was a very solid addition to the Maple Leafs last season after he was plucked off waivers from the Minnesota Wild.
John Pohl meanwhile, will not be back. He was informed by Cliff Fletcher that Toronto will not tender him a contract this summer, and come July 1st he will become a free agent.
Pohl's agent says if his client is not signed in the NHL by July 15th, he will opt to join Lugano of the Swiss league.
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