With the 2007 Stanley Cup behind us, it's time to move onto next season!
First off, Toronto are busy getting back into contention with some negotiations this week between management and Mats Sundin and Nik Antropov's agents. Seems the Leafs have hatched a plan to pay Sundin more than last year and yet save 1.5M under the cap.
Is this a good idea, signing an aging star?
When you look at the savvy veteran leadership that has impacted the success of winning teams lately, guys like Pronger, Neidermayer, Selanne, Brind'amour, Anderychuk... it's hard to argue that bringing him back at $5.5M isn't the right thing to do.
Antropov is asking for around $2M a year, around what Ponikorovsky garnered in his most recent trip to the negotiation table. Antropov would be making double that by now if his NHL career hadn't hit so many snags on the injury front. AND seeing how dominating big men who can cycle the puck have become in this suddenly smaller and faster NHL (See Getzlaf), I'm 100% for JFJ ensuring Pony and Antropov remain intact on the roster. I think an incentive-based contract is in order for big Nik. Win win, so long as he's healthy.
Now lets move onto the Ottawa Senators.
Wait... I have a call coming through on the phone... Hello... uh huh... Oh.... really?... hang on...
Ok. Ya, Um, sorry folks. Seems the Senators are actually still officially in the cup finals? My apologies, I um assumed it was over after last night. Turns out it's not "official" yet. Ya... wow... this is embarrassing...
Lets get back to this topic (checking phone)... Thursday morning?
UPDATE: The Cup is coming to Ottawa! That's right Ottawa fans... Sean O'Donnell has assured us he WILL be bringing it home at some point during the summer. Be sure and come back for more breaking news as it happens...