Updates on James Reimer and Daniel Alfredsson, plus the Sharks’ unwillingness to trade Joe Thornton and Patrick Marleau this summer.
TORONTO STAR/TORONTO SUN: James Reimer re-signing with the Maple Leafs was a turn of events considering he bore the brunt of the blame for the club’s late-season collapse. He also requested management explore the possibility of a trade earlier this summer. The Star’s Kevin McGran suggested a limited trade market for goalies this summer was among the reasons why the Leafs opted to re-sign Reimer, while The Sun’s Lance Hornby considers Reimer’s $2.3 million annual salary is “a trade-friendly figure” should an opportunity arise to move the netminder later on. Reimer also once again downplayed any perceived differences of opinion with coach Randy Carlyle over his late-season performance.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: My guess is the Leafs couldn’t find a decent deal this summer for Reimer. That’s nothing against his ability, just the way the market is this summer for goaltenders. His value could improve over the course of the season as some rival clubs seek an upgrade between the pipes.
SI.COM: Allan Muir believes San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson was limited in what he could take on for salary this summer. Given their “clearly-stated desire to remain competitive”, Muir believes it was “fantasy” to believe Wilson would ship out Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau for the sort of “‘picks-and-prospects” return which would’ve laid the foundation for a rebuild.He also believes the best time for Wilson to make a significant move is later in the season (if he’s so inclined) closer to the trade deadline. Veteran Sharks might be more inclined to accept a move at that point, while rival clubs could be more inclined to part with some of their promising talent.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: The fact the Sharks signed Thornton and Marleau earlier this year to three-year deals with full no-movement clauses also factored into why there weren’t any major moves this summer. As long as they’re unwilling to leave San Jose, there’s little Wilson can do about it.
MLIVE.COM: Brendan Savage reports Red Wings GM Ken Holland said no decision will be made on the status of Daniel Alfredsson until he begins skating a couple of weeks before their training camp opens on September 18.