Leafs take chance on Wallin – July 10, 2009

Dobber Sports

2009-07-10

 

The Thrashers have taken back their contract offer to Joel Kwiatkowski. They didn’t know that he was already signed in the KHL, so he will honor that agreement. Say hi to Radulov for us!

 

The addition of Paul Mara to the Montreal lineup will mean that PK Subban is looking at a year in the AHL. He was a bit of a long shot anyway, but he is much closer than you think. It also means that Yannick Weber will have to unseat Gorges and O’Byrne for a spot in the lineup, hurting his fantasy value. Don’t count on more than 30 NHL games from Weber this year, barring a monster camp. Hopefully they give him more of a chance next year.

 

The Habs have signed Travis Moen to a three-year deal.

 

Washington has signed Brendan Morrison to a contract. Analsyis will be up this evening.

 

The Devils have signed underrated netminder Yann Danis, who could pull a Clemmensen on Kevin Weekes.

 

The Habs made an astute signing in Paul Mara. Analysis to come.

 

Now Tampa Bay has signed Antero Niittymaki. His earlier signing with Atlant Mytishchi of the KHL was reported by several sources as “close”, but nothing confirmed. Atlant was the team which boasted Ray Emery as their goalie last year. Niittymaki’s signing with TB is official and hurts Riku Helenius as Niitty will be the backup.

 

Former Isles prospect Mike Iggulden has signed to play in the KHL.

 

Nick Spaling has had a very impressive camp for the Predators. The “tweener” (between a potential top sixer and a potential bottom sixer) is making his best case to prove that he belongs on a scoring line. He’ll have to play the likes of Patric Hornqvist off the team if he wants to make it this year. Give him one more year. Spaling will move into the top 120 prospect forwards on the list I will be updating later today.

 

John Davidson to stltoday on defenseman Ian Cole “our thought is he’s ready to take a step”. Cole will consider leaving school and turning pro this summer if he feels he can get a shot at the NHL. He is a top 40 prospect d-man, as of today’s update.

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NYI prospect Kirill Petrov did not attend development camp because his KHL team has workouts at the same time. He is three-plus year away and has 80-point upside. With the new draftees added, Petrov slips out of the top 185 prospect forwards today.

 

The Leafs made a very interesting signing in Rickard Wallin. A former Phoenix and Minnesota prospect, he was actually somewhat highly ranked on my prospects list before he gave up on the NHL – far too early, in my opinion – to play in the SEL. The 29-year-old center was probably signed as a gesture by the Leafs in part of their negotiation with Jonas Gustavsson, but he does have upside as a second liner. His “giving up” on the NHL makes suggestions to his cha