I have been a little busy lately and for that I apologize. The primary reason for the business – as pertains to this blog – will be revealed shortly. (Ooh, the mystery!)
And I regret to say that my 2013-14 Leafs Preview will be late this year. I haven’t had the time but hopefully it will be done by this weekend. Hopefully.
In my business and the general fog created by attending TIFF, I was knocked out of my Hockey Off-Season Attentiveness and I missed the Franson extension. Oops.
The Leafs signed Franson to a one year deal for $2 mil and I cannot figure out how they can afford it. One day I was looking at their cap hit and they had $1.9 mil left. The next day they signed Raymond. Then somehow they fit in $2 mil for Franson
So something happened but because I was busy with film festivals and general non-sports things, I have no idea what it is. Somebody was moved or something.
Oh, they traded Colborne. It must be that and something else as Colborne’s $600,000 salary doesn’t quite add up.
Anyway, it doesn’t matter. They now have 0 cap room. I am for one not sad to see Colbrone go as I had no idea why some Leafs fans thought he was going to amount to anything at this point. (Famous Last words? I doubt it: he’s 23 and he can’t score in the AHL.)
As for the Franson signing: this is what he wanted. The Leafs haven’t treated him all that well since they got Lombardi for him and you can see why he wants to either
- force the Leafs to pay him more or
- force the Leafs to deal him or let him go on a RFA offer sheet.
I understand that. I don’t blame him, rather I blame the various people who thought he should sit in the press-box for much of the 2011-12 season.
And now, finally, for the real news:
Kessel has reportedly been extended for 8 years at $64 million. Judging by salary alone, that makes Kessel tied for the 9th most valuable player in the league.
Now while I digest this ridiculousness I have a question for you: Is Kessel the 10th best player in the league? Not the 10th best winger. Not the 10th best forward. The 10th best player.