Cujo, Almo up for grabs

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

The fate of two ex-Maple Leafs remains up in the air as National Hockey League general managers began putting the finishing touches on their rosters.

Goaltender Curtis Joseph is pondering an offer from the Phoenix Coyotes, a league source saying last night that the ball is in the hands of the former Leaf and his agent, Don Meehan.

Rumours of Alex Mogilny heading to the Florida Panthers to join Gary Roberts and Joe Nieuwendyk continue to circulate. General manager Mike Keenan has about $15 million US in cap space remaining, one of the few teams that can afford the $3 million to $4 million Mogilny reportedly is seeking.

The Panthers have no one to play right wing and sun-seeker Mogilny wouldn't mind being in a good climate in a community where many Russian born players have settled. But the state of his surgically repaired hip has scared some other clubs off.

Washington, another possible destination for Mogilny, is not considered as viable. The Caps want a mentor for some of their young stars such as Alexander Ovechkin. If that's the case, the Caps would just as soon take Peter Bondra back from Ottawa.

COOLER HEADS

Eric Lindros says he was somewhat taken aback by the way the media focused in on his concussion history as part of the coverage of his signing with the Leafs.

Two Toronto newspapers even ran editorial cartoons depicting his fragility after eight concussions and his most recent injury, a surgically repaired shoulder after the 2003-04 season.

"I wouldn't have come back and played if I thought (there was risk)," Lindros told AM 640 yesterday. "If you look at the medical report that came from New York to Toronto, yeah it's thick, but it's part and parcel of the game.

"Other players (reports) are thicker than mine. You just try to go out and have fun."

Lindros said last week he does not plan to wear a modified helmet on the ice this coming season.


Videos

Photos