Monday, July 03, 2006


On the heels of Saturday's blueliner signing frenzy, the biggest name out there for defencemen is Chris Pronger.
Sources have told TSN that Edmonton could finally deal the former Hart and Norris trophy winner, possibly by Monday. Anaheim is believed to still be a major player, which could be an absolute nightmare for teams forced to match up against a duo like Pronger and one of the other best defencemen in hockey - Scott Neidermayer.

Meanwhile, many agents that TSN spoke to this weekend were waiting for the free agent marketplace to establish itself for the forwards. While the market for defencmen was set quickly, it has been a slower process for the guys up front, although that is starting to change.
Jason Arnott's 5-year, $22.5 million deal started the ball rolling, with Doug Weight, Marty Straka and Alyn McCauley all following. This should pave the way for the likes of Sergei Samsonov, Brendan Shanhan, and Anson Carter to all sign soon.
Despite a disastrous year in L.A., Jeremy Roenick is apparently still in demand. Multiple teams are said to be inquiring about the outspoken one's services, and a Canadian team is a definite option - Calgary could be a potential home for JR in 2006-2007.

Former Leafs netminder Ed Belfour continues to rehab in Dallas right now and hopes to get back on the ice later this month. According to the 41-year-old's agent, several teams have expressed an interest in the future Hall of Famer.

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