Marc De Foy of the Journal du Montréal wonders if the Canadiens are in the process of blowing their primary free agent target for the third year in a row. Will Mats Sundin follow in the skate steps of Brendan Shanahan and Daniel Brière?
In the New York Post, Larry Brooks writes the Rangers will go hard after Sundin. They also want two defencemen from a list that includes Mikal Roszival, Wade Redden, Brooks Orpik … and Mark Streit.
The Post story says Boston’s offer to Marian Hossa is 12 years, $100 million.
In the Toronto Sun, Steve Simmons has a nice appreciation of everything Sundin has done for the Leafs.
And at The Gazette web site, the Edmonton Journal’s Jim Matheson surveys the whole free agent market.
Cap space: With the salary cap at $56.7 million, here’s where each NHL team is sitting as free agency begins:
San Jose $44.2-million
St. Louis $44-million
New Jersey $42.3-million
Tampa Bay $42-million
N.Y. Rangers $33.8-million
N.Y. Islanders $32.5-million
Los Angeles $27.8-million