With the free agent market opening in just a few days, there have been a lot of rumors about who is going where. For me to believe something that I have heard on TV, radio, or the Internet I need a lot of sources to tell basically the same story for me to believe it.
I have heard from several sources that Cliff Fletcher is talking to Rangers GM Glen Sather about trading Jaromir Jagr's rights to the Toronto Maple Leafs. It would give the Leafs a chance to possibly unload some of the players that they wanted, such as Bryan McCabe or Pavel Kubina.
In return, the Rangers would get something for Jagr instead of losing him to the open market.
It is also rumored that Jagr is thinking about retiring or going to play hockey in Russia, but those rumors have died down quite a bit over the last few days.
With potentially three or five Leafs players leaving, you have to think that it's going to be a big summer for them in the free agent market. Most of the players that the Leafs sign over the next couple of days will not likely be big name players. They will all be pieces to the Leafs' puzzle.
Here are some of the rumored players heading to Toronto, along with the predicted salaries they will make next season.
A solid stay at home defenceman, he rarely makes mistakes in his own end. He is also not afraid to get in on the rush.
Salary prediction: $1.5-$2 million per season
He is starting to become a good two-way player now. He racks up a lot of points, and he plays defence in his own end. Still, he is getting old, and Jagr only plays when he wants to.
Salary Prediction: $6-$6.5 million per season
He's defenceman that can jump up in the rush and get points as well. He has a strong shot from the point and makes tape-to-tape passes in his own end. He takes a lot of penalties, getting reckless with his stick, causing hooking or slashing penalties.
Salary Prediction: $2-$2.5 million per season
This is one of the fastest wingers in the NHL right now. He's a great passer on both ends of the ice, and he can also put the puck in the net when given a chance. I don't know why any team wouldn't want him with the way he played in the playoffs.
Salary Prediction: $2.75-$3 million per season
One of the most useless defencemen in the NHL. If the Leafs sign this guy, it would be like taking steps back from rebuilding.
Salary prediction: $3 million per season
Once one of the best left wingers in the game, he has slipped quite a lot in the past three seasons. He is a great leader and he makes Vancouver proud. A change of scenery is all he needs to make him one of the NHL's best offensive weapons again.
Salary prediction: $5-$5.5 million per season
A very gritty right winger, he is like another Darcy Tucker, but he doesn't fight as much. He battles hard in the corners and in front of the net, but does not focus on defence as much as some teams would like him to.
Salary prediction: $3.5-$4 million per season
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