At noon on Saturday, it was reported that the Leafs intended to buyout the remaining year of Colby Armstrong’s contract. One can only think that the intent of this move is to make room for other opportunities.
SportsNet Insider, Nick Kypreos, reported that it may be a direct attempt at signing Rangers enforcer (about to be a UFA), Brandon Prust. This would essentially swap Armstrong for Prust, which would appear to be a good move considering the injury-prone Armstrong seemed to never be healthy. Armstrong was a rather effective enforcer when healthy.. but that was the problem. Armstrong played 79 games in Toronto, missed 76 with injury and 85 in total. The buyout will cost the Leafs just $1 million per year over the next two seasons.
Zach Parise will also be in Toronto with Newport Sports, looking to entertain offers from interested teams. Bob McKenzie of TSN reports that Devils General Manager, Lou Lamoriello, will meet with Parise today before he is set to become a free agent at noon tomorrow.
This is crunch time for General Managers around the league who are trying to make one last pitch to their key players before they enter the free agency market. Phoenix with Doan, New Jersey with Parise and Brodeur, though it appears all three will explore their opportunities in the free agency.
Let the games begin!