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Free Agency Moves in the Northeast

While the Sabres only move at this point was the acquisition of Steve Montador the rest of the Northeast division has been relatively busy.  Here is a recap of the moves that have been made since the beginning of open season for free agents.



Boston Bruins

AdditionsSteve Begin (from Dallas)

Losses:  Steve Montador (to Buffalo), Shane Hnidy (to Minnesota)

ResignedMark Recchi, Byron Bitz

What's Next:  The Bruins have 19 players signed to the roster and $1.2 million left in cap space to get up to a 22 man roster.  They are still looking to make some moves and all indications point to Phil Kessel being moved out at some point during the offseason. They will most likely be looking for a defenseman in return to accent their second or third lines.


Ottawa Senators

AdditionsAlex Kovalev (from Montreal)

Losses:  None

ResignedChris Neil

What's Next:  The Senators still have a bad apple among the bunch in Dany Heatley.  While they attempted to fulfill his request to be traded, which he ultimately shot down, Heatley is still a disgruntled Senator.  The team itself has 25 players signed and are $3 million over the cap.  Therefore, they need to make a move at some point during the offseason.  Whether that move will include Dany Heatley and his $7.5 million cap hit has yet to be determined.


Toronto Maple Leafs

AdditionsColton Orr (from New York Rangers), Mike Komisarek (from Montreal), Francois Beauchemin (from Anaheim), Jonas Gustavsson (from Sweden), Garnet Exelby, Colin Stuart (trade from Atlanta)

LossesPavel Kubina (trade to Atlanta)

ResignedMikhail Grabovski

What's Next:  The Leafs savior, or so the fans say, Brian Burke is living to his word that the Maple Leafs will be a completely different team come next season.  The additions of Orr and Komisarek will add the grit that Burke likes on his teams and Gustavsson will challenge Toskala for the starting goaltender job.  The Leafs have about $4 million left in cap space and nine defensemen under contract which means that all signs point to Burke making some more moves before the season starts.  The major trade bait for the Leafs has to be Tomas Kaberle.  He was floated around during the trade deadline and still is the subject of many rumors during the offseason. 



Montreal Canadiens

AdditionsJaroslav Spacek (from Buffalo), Hal Gill (from Pittsburgh), Mike Cammalleri (from Calgary), Brian Gionta (from New Jersey), Scott Gomez (trade from New York Rangers)

Losses:  Mike Komisarek (to Toronto), Alex Kovalev (to Ottawa), Chris Higgins (trade to New York Rangers)

Resigned:  None

What's Next:  The Canadiens have $8 million left in cap space while trying to sign four unrestricted free agents.  With all the moves that they have made already, it would not surprise me if they were done in the deal department for the offseason.

The rest of the division have made a fair amount of deals in the past week and a half.  This makes the Sabres almost seem inactive but with a handful of free agents that haven't signed and a whole offseason to try and wheel and deal, the Sabres can make themselves a better team.