Could Tyler Bozak Be A Maple Leaf This Week?

University of Denver forward Tyler Bozak is apparently going to take this week to work through as many as 25 offers from NHL clubs with respect to where he is going to play next season. Bozak is caught in the rookie salary cap and therefore teams are limited to what they can spend on Bozak, at least for the first 2 years. Therefore, the team itself and the opportunity to play are likely going to be very meaningful for this saught after talented hockey player.

““This will take some time because of the number of teams interested,” Arnott said. “But we expect a decision by week’s end.”

Arontt is Bozak’s agent with whom Bozak will be meeting tomorrow to start pairing down the list of teams.

Word on the street is that Bozak is the most coveted, unaffiliated US college hockey player. This one will be interesting to watch simply because the money is almost irrelevant in this scenario. There are those who say that the player will sign with a team that will give the player the best chance of playing in the NHL immediately. Having said that, I think that if the right organization wanted the player, even though they may not play right away, it may be worth going to a winning organization and developing properly as opposed to going to a losing one and playing a lot.

According to the Globle and Mail, the other name to keep an eye on is Notre Dame forward Christian Hanson. Yes, Hanson. He is the son of one of the Hanson’s. His team has also been eliminated from NCAA tourney hockey so therefore he is eligible immediately. Hanson is also bound to the rookie cap and he will have to make his decision based on criteria other then money.

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March 30, 2009 10:28 am

Haven’t seen him play at all, but all the reviews I have read seem positive and the fact that there are supposedly 25 teams interested, it may be a good opportunity to stock the cupboard, at the right price of course. No need to break the bank on an unproven commodity.

The Meatriarchy
March 30, 2009 2:41 pm

Problem is he is under the rookie cap regulations which means each team has the same money they can throw at him. Now it is who can make the more compelling case.

Since he is a Western Canada boy wouldn’t that give Calgary or Edmonton a leg up? But then again there are lots of Leaf fans in Western Canada. Let’s hope he grew up cheering for the Blue and White.

March 31, 2009 9:26 pm

Seen Bozak play a few times, he’s a great player. Very versitile player, and will surely be a very important player no matter where he signs.

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