It’s been over a week, Leafs and Senators fans, but finally there’s some speculation about your favorite teams. Two words: En joy.
NATIONAL POST: Michael Traikos reports agent Gary Greenstin, who represents Toronto Maple Leafs winger Nikolai Kulemin and former Leaf and current Washington Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski, could become a package deal as free agents this summer. Greenstin claims the two are best friends and would love to play together again on an NHL team. Greenstin said Grabovski won’t rule out re-signing with the Capitals but he wants to wait for the club to sort out its coaching situation. He also didn’t rule out a Grabovski-Kulemin reunion in Toronto, though that would depend upon who is the Leafs coach next season.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: I doubt very much the Leafs will bring back Grabovski and I don’t expect they’ll re-sign Kulemin. Maybe a Grabo-Kulemin reunion takes place with the Capitals?
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Ken Warren commends those Senators fans who intend to rally to keep Jason Spezza on the team, but he believes Spezza has played his final game with the club. Spezza is slated for unrestricted free agency next summer and rumors abound the Senators could trade him by the June draft. Warren also wondered if a desperate club might try to acquire Spezza and Ales Hemsky before the latter become eligible for UFA status.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The consensus among the Ottawa sports punditry is Spezza’s a goner. If so this could be a very interesting off-season for the Senators.