In what world does it make any sense for the Leafs to trade away Cody Franson? Rumours started swirling yesterday that Toronto may have to move the young defenseman for financial reasons. That's why inking Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson to those lucrative deals before getting things settled with their RFA's was questionable. By the way, Franson had more points than both Bozak and Clarkson last season. The sad part of this is as a Leafs fan, I'm no longer shocked by this level of stupidity.
Winnipeg is starting to throw some dollars around as Blake Wheeler re-signed with the Jets for six years at $33.6M. The move comes after Bryan Little was re-upped earlier in the week with a five year $23.5M deal. Add in off-season additions Devin Setoguchi and Michael Frolik, and all of a sudden the Jets are slowly building an underrated forward group.
I'll spare you my picks for the Canadian Olympic team right now as something tells me every sports media outlet is going to be going over them ad-nauseam for the next six months. I will say it's wise to wait on penciling everyone in until having a gander at the way the first half of the season plays out. There are always a few young players that get off to a hot start and in a short tournament there is an opportunity to catch lightning in a bottle, as opposed to selecting someone off of name recognition.
Staying with the Olympics, it's funny how a player's outlook can change so quickly. It was just a few months ago where Roberto Luongo seemed destined to be dealt from the Canucks, but now Vancouver is counting on him to be the starter again and Canada will be doing the same at Sochi unless something unforeseen goes down.
Canada normally has a huge advantage between the pipes in international play, but that is rapidly disappearing. Luongo and Carey Price figure to be the two goalies they go with, but it's hard to argue that countries like the United States and Finland aren't in much better shape in goal. I don't envy the Finnish squad's task of narrowing down their list from Niklas Backstrom, Kari Lehtonen, Antii Niemi, Pekka Rinne, and Tuukka Rask.