The Justin Schultz saga has finally ended with the former Anaheim Duck signing with the Edmonton Oilers. The Toronto Maple Leafs were very interested in the blueliner's services, but were eventually turned down as Schultz decided to join the young and prospect-laden Oilers.
The Leafs placed oft-injured winger Colby Armstrong on unconditional waivers today in an effort to buy the 29-year old out of the last year of his contract. Armstrong arrived through free agency in 2010, but never had the impact that his $3.0 million dollar / year contract commanded. Instead of having Armstrong eat the $3.0 million in cap space this year, the Maple Leafs opted to buy him out, saving $2.0 million in cap space this season, and $1.0 million actual cash.
We’re unsure at this point if the fresh roster spot will go to a young player like Matt Frattin, or if the money will go towards a UFA signing.
Either way, both parties needed to head in separate directions and this move accomplishes that.
According to a Darren Dreger tweet, Martin Brodeur has hired Pat Brisson as an agent and will hit the open market when the bell tolls on July 1st. For a team that lacks a proven starter in net, you would have to think the Maple Leafs would be interested, given the rumour mill that they’re hot after Roberto Luongo, and have mild interest in Jonathon Bernier out of LA.
I’d be all for signing Brodeur to a short 1 or 2 year contract, given that he just took the Devils to the Stanley Cup Finals. It’s worth the gamble considering we’d be giving up zero assets to acquire him.
Also, this is a good read on the topic : Martin Brodeur – The Maple Leaf?
Martin Brodeur very likely to test free agent market. Brodeur has hired Pat Brisson (CAA) to represent him. Bidders get ready!
— Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 29, 2012