The latest on the Maple Leafs, Canucks and Senators.
SPORTSNET.CA: Mike Brophy reports Toronto Maple Leafs fans are getting impatient waiting for GM Brian Burke to land a true first line center and a veteran goaltender this summer, suggesting Burke will have to “get creative” to address those needs.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: To be fair to Burke, it’s not for lack of trying on his part. Trouble is, there simply weren’t any first line centers available in this summer’s trade and free agent markets, Martin Brodeur wanted to finish his career with the Devils, the Canucks want to pry a couple of the Leafs most promising young players away from him in exchange for Roberto Luongo, and there simply isn’t any other viable goalie options right now. I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility of Burke “getting creative” via the trade market, but Leaf fans should probably prepare to see James van Riemsdyk opening the season centering their first line, with James Reimer and Ben Scrivens as their goalie tandem.
VANCOUVER PROVINCE: The Canucks have avoided arbitraiton with right wing Dale Wiese, re-signing him to a one-year contract.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: CapGeek reports it’s a one-way deal worth $615 K.
OTTAWA SUN: The Senators signed forward Stephane Da Costa to a one-year, two-way contract.