Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Still waiting

It's been over five hours since free agency started, and here's a comprehensive list of the Leafs signings so far:

  • Colton Orr
That is all.

This isn't the worst news in the world, since free agency is the one day of the year when teams can make truly devastating mistakes. A quiet July 1 isn't the worst thing that can happen to a team, especially one that's rebuilding.

But at the same time, we go back to what Brian Burke told us about his plan. He said he'd be active today, and so far he hasn't backed it up. Just like at the draft, what Burke told us he wanted to do and what he's actually done seem to be two very different lists.

That said, it seems obvious that the Sedins were the prime target today, and they were taken off the grid with a few minutes before noon. Burke was in Sweden ready to make his pitch, and he never got the chance. That's hardly his fault.

Still... there has to be something coming, doesn't there? Mike Cammalleri seems headed to the Habs, but Komisarek and Beauchemin are both still out there. Of course, the Leafs may need to move a defenceman first.

Speaking of which... the reported Kubina to Atlanta deal seems to be in limbo. Multiple outlets have now said that Colby Armstrong is not in the deal, if there even is a deal at all.

Remember, Damien Cox reported his deal hours ago. And while I regularly knock his cut-and-paste columns, he's rarely wrong on his facts. I still expect it to happen, but right now nothing has been confirmed.

(Update: Just as I post, TSN is now saying the deal is Kubina for Exelby.)


  1. Exelby?

    If were not going to make the playoffs I will certainly enjoy the extra fighting majors.

  2. Mike Komisarek is a Leaf.

    That better, DGB? :D

  3. Why didn't burke trade schenn for tavares if he planned on signing 2 D's that are pretty mutch schenn clones?

  4. Damien Cox on top of his game...

    "Sorry for delayed details, folks.......Kubina for Garnet Exelby and Colin Stewart. Thtashers also get rights to Mike Stapleton..."

  5. Komisarek and Exelby = serious truculence.

  6. With a side of being-beaten-up-by-Lucic, eyebleaf.

    I can't wait for Boxing Night in Canada.

  7. Sure more toughness but where are the points going to come from?

  8. @Jan

    Whoever the Leafs swap Kaberle for.

    Makes no sense to hang onto Kaberle at this point if you're serious about turning Straalman and Frogren into full-time NHL'ers.

    Komisarek, White, Schenn, Finger, Van Ryn, Straalman and/or Frogren with Harrison, Oreskovic and Siefers hanging around in the background.

    Seems like the writing is on the wall for Kaberle to be dealt even though Burke said he's only trade one of the two K's.

  9. Don't feel so bad - you now have Komisarek at least. Also, here's what Glen Sather's list of accomplishments looks like so far:

    - Donald Brashear

    It's rumored that Chris Neil is pondering offers from the Rangers, Oilers, and Leafs. Here's hoping he picks you guys, buddy. We wish you nothing but the best.

    Your pals at Rangerland