July 05 2014 09:44AM
While in Philadelphia for the 2014 NHL Entry Draft, Habs blogger Andrew Berkshire and myself hopped in a cab that already had two people in it. We started talking and it turned out those two other people were player agents Darryl Wolski of 2112 Hockey Agency and Aaron Schwartz of The Hockey Group.
Darryl and Aaron joined us on a lunch meet up and told us their stories and unique perspectives. While Darryl had been a player agent for a number of years, Aaron had only recently stepped aside from playing hockey to become an agent just six months ago.
Both agents agreed to an interview after lunch, sharing what it's like to be an agent, misconceptions of the job, how to get started, and more.
July 04 2014 07:49PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't sign anybody today! How weird is that, after a pretty active start to free agency? Well, let me tell you something; we may have a transaction soon. According to a couple of reports, the Toronto Maple Leafs are interested in veteran goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin.
July 04 2014 09:33AM
James Reimer was among the first restricted free agents to file for salary arbitration this season. That means that I had to spend a good portion of my morning going back over all the arbitration rules, since I tend to forget them over the summer.
The key thing to note is that by filing for arbitration, Reimer can no longer negotiate with other teams and other teams can not sign the young goaltender to an offer sheet. I was wondering if that might be a route taken by a rogue team seeking to improve their goaltending situation, being able to pay up to about $3-and-a-half million without giving up too much, but that door is closed right now. The Leafs must sign or trade Reimer.
July 03 2014 08:11PM
It looks like today was the day of the bottom six. After signing Petri Kontiola and Mike Santorelli in the afternoon, the Toronto Maple Leafs have brought back fourth line winger Troy Bodie, agreeing on a one-year contract with the Portage La Prairie native.
July 03 2014 01:37PM
Santorelli most recently played for the Canucks this past season, racking up 28 points in 49 games. Before that, he was a member of the Jets, Panthers, and Preds. He actually put up 20 goals and 21 assists in a full season with Florida in 2011, which I was totally unaware of until about 45 seconds ago.
Santorelli slots in to the Leafs' bottom six and will battle with Holland and newly-signed Kontiola for minutes in the middle. Likely one of these three guys will move to the wing, barring another move by Nonis this summer.