Several sources indicate that the Leafs have signed Simon Gamache. No further details, but I would assume it is a two-way deal and this is a minor deal. However, if I were GM (Dobber for GM!), I would insist that he plays 18 minutes a game for 10 games on the top line. I would guarantee a point per game. But...he never seems to get that chance. Look for him to dominate the Marlies, get a midseason callup and then stick, finishing with 30 points in 40 games. If that happens, than next years is a breakout. You long-time readers know that I've always liked this guy. Thanks to Jason Banks for the lead.

 

The Blues signed Jean-Guy Trudel out of Europe. He is a depth forward who didn't produce in the NHL earlier in his career, but has sure produced in the Swiss League...which really isn't saying much.

 

I love all these knee-jerk reactions in cities that are close to losing their team. Winnipeg, Minnesota, Quebec, and now Nashville's rallying support for season tickets and even an alternate bid. Here's a thought - try doing this in the first place so it doesn't come to this. Why don't you give that a shot? You truly don't know what you've got 'til it's gone. These cities are like an abusive boyfriend, suddenly becoming really really nice now that the woman has just told him she wants to break up.

 

Manny Fernandez's sprained knee is close to 100 per cent. He will be ready to roll come September, whatever city he will be playing in... 

 

Dave Lewis has been fired as Boston's head coach. This is great news for poolies who own Boston players, as Lewis was a defensive coach.

 

The Habs signed Chris Higgins and Mike Komisarek to two-year deals on Friday.

 

Ville Nieminen has signed to play for Malmo of Sweden next year.

 

The Fourth Period is reporting that Brad Stuart, a pending UFA, has received an offer from Calgary.

 

 


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