Brian Burke is not going to ask Tomas Kaberle to waive his no trade clause. He has stated that if nothing else the Leafs get $4.25 million in cap space, so he is not going away for nothing. If Kaberle asks to be dealt it would be a different story but Burke likes his team to get together early in the year. He is not that big of a trade deadline guy.
Makes perfect sense to me. Burke has stated repeatedly he will not ask Kaberle to waive his NTC. I expect him to attempt to sign Kaberle to an extension.
Joe Thornton is about to get a contract extension. This is expected to occur in the next several weeks.
I don't find this one bit surprising, disappointing yes but not surprising. The San Jose Sharks love keeping the star players they have on their rosters. I cannot remember the last time a star player this team to play with another NHL team.
The key thing to note here is that this makes Brad Richards the only star centre in next year's free agency. Interestingly enough, with the Stars internal budgets and lack of an owner (Joe Nieuwendyk says they will know who the owner is by mid-season so he can negotiate with Richards) Richards may be guaranteed to hit free agency. This is good as all the best forwards stayed with their team this year and did not bolt for free agency.
Pierre Lebrun reports that the Predators want to begin serious contract talks with Shea Weber. They have three possibilities, they can sign him to a one year deal taking him to UFA status the year after, they can sign him to a long term extension, or they can admit they cannot retain him and just put him on the trade block.
I think the Predators will do everything in their power to lock him up long before he hits RFA status. They know if he becomes an RFA GMs like Brian Burke will definitely be interested as he is a stud defenceman. In fact pretty much everyone will be interested in him.
Mark Giordano can be a big target in the free agent market next year. He is only 26 years old and looks to be getting a significant raise from his $892,000 salary this season. Lots of teams will be interested in him but he feels he owes something to Calgary. This is because he was an undrafted free agent that Calgary decided to sign.
I expect him to sign an extension with Calgary. I do not see him as that big of a player. I think the person who wrote this column over-hyped him simply because he was an undrafted free agent.
The New Jersey Devils may soon move around players on their roster. They originally went on a 20 man roster but now with all the injuries may decide to get more depth. One way is to start shipping expensive players out for draft picks and let less skilled players play.
I do not think the Devils have a choice. However if there is one expect Lamoriello to find and use it as I do not think he wants to give away good players that he likes. And since he got all the players on the Devils roster for the last 20 or so years I expect he likes all of them.
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