We're closing in on the deadline for RFA's to apply for arbitration, but there's always a few days' between the filing date, and when the hearing actually takes place. Brian Burke doesn't seem too worried about it, anyway:
"We are still talking," Burke said Monday. "(It's) too early to say (if arbitration can be avoided)."
Jump for more links on the Lebda deal, MacArthur, and other news around the league.
Brewer and Olmstead both great old Maple Leafs, but not friends
Well, not everyone on your team has to get along. The latest from Michael Langlois.
The Nashville Predators and the salary cap floor
Over at The Leafs Nation, Cam Charron elaborates on why the Lebda deal made sense for Nashville.
Leaf Bits: Burke to sit back; concerns with MacArthur?
Alec Brownscombe of MLHS ponders competition for roster spots, and what MacArthur might be worth.
Cap Management Genius: Brian Burke
Suffice it to say that Mike at budblog is happy with the Lebda trade.
2011 Off-Season Part 2: On Lombardi and Franson
Michael Stephens at MLHS with some info on the newest Leafs.
Other Hockey Links:
What’s the future of front-loaded long-term contracts in NHL?
Wyshynski has a few interesting tidbits of info regarding Richards, and front-loaded contracts.
Trading the untradeable
Eric Duhatschek explains his shock at Heatley and Campbell being traded, despite those contracts.
Flames re-sign Anton Babchuk to two-year extension
You've probably seen this story already, but just in case, here it is. From the CP, at the Globe and Mail.