The next 24 to 48 hours could be a nail-biter for some of the NHL’s six Canadian clubs as Wednesday’s free agent signing period draws closer.
In Vancouver, the spotlight is obviously on any progress in contract negotiations between Canucks general manager Mike Gillis and the Sedin twins.
One of the teams that could be in the running for the Sedins are the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Goaltending will also be an offseason concern for the Edmonton Oilers. General Manager Steve Tambellini is deciding whether or not to re-sign 39-year-old netminder Dwayne Roloson.
In Ottawa, Dany Heatley has five years remaining on his contract but he may have the single biggest impact for the Senators leading up to Wednesday.
In typical Darryl Sutter fashion, the Flames’ general manager will likely have his work done before July 1.
The NHL Entry Draft came and went with Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey unable to land the ‘big scoring centre’ that would have headlined Friday’s event in Montreal.
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As we saw this past weekend Brian Burke loves to be the focus of attention and I could easily see him getting this party started by grabbing the Sedins. He obviously loved them when he drafted them 10 years ago (has it really been that long) and perhaps it would be a bit of payback for the Leafs after the Canucks signed longtime captain Mats Sundin.
Lots going on with all the teams in the NHL so stay tuned to illegalcurve as information breaks on any and all free agent moves.