“However, it’s difficult to believe Moore will sign in Toronto, even though both parties would like that to happen. It is believed the two sides remain about $1 million (all figures U.S.) apart per season, a gap that is just too wide to be bridged.Moore, based on his breakout season with the Leafs, is thought to be looking for roughly triple the $900,000 he earns this season with a desired two-year deal in the $5 million range. While that seems steep, there are those who believe Moore could command more than $3 million a season on the open market this summer. It is thought the Leafs would happily keep Moore if he would agree to a three-year pact at about $4.5 million, a deal that would average about $1.5 million per season.” Toronto Star, March 3, 2009
One word. Oooops.
“”Brad will provide character, toughness, and he is a proven winner,” Burke said in a statement. “We look forward to the veteran leadership that he will give our team.” January 7, 2009
“With Brad May it’s not just the toughness element which he does bring, but more importantly the leadership he brings to the locker room where the younger guys can see a guy who prepares properly and approaches the game properly and has the leadership skills. the hardest part of being a leader, is coming into a new group mid term and trying to be a leader- But i have seen Brad operate before and the one guy on our staff, Keith Acton pushed harder for this then anyone else…This isn’t a Brian Burke project, I love him as a player but he brings other things, he is very positive and that is very important to a young team, he never comes in a pouty, or in a bad mood. Every day is a great day to Brad May. I want a positive influence for those kids, a guy who pays a terrible price to win on the ice, a guy who practices hard. He is not a great hockey player, but he does a lot of things well and i think our team needs to see those things, how to prepare and act like a professional hockey player.” Brian Burke PTS January 8, 2009
Three words, why not now?
If you are Dominic Moore, don’t you wish you could turn back time? Talk about money you will never, ever, ever get back. Someone will get desperate and sign him. It may be a 2 way deal it may be a tryout, it may be a long way away. The old saying about a bird in the hand……… One has to wonder who was driving that boat, the agent, or Mr. Moore. The real question is, would he dare come crawling back? Would Burke be the bigger man and take him back. Imagine the savings he could get now?
If Brad May is all the things mentioned above, then wouldn’t this be the year to have him around? If Phil Kessel has “issues” don’t you want him around Brad May? If he roomed with Luke Schenn, don’t you want him around Bozak, Hanson and Stalberg? How much money would he demand? How much ice time would he want??
Lots of questions as we head down the stretch of training camp….