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Is Domi coming back?

by Staff Writer / Toronto Maple Leafs
by John McCauley


TORONTO - The Toronto Maple Leafs not only have to worry about losing their top goaltender post July 1, but their enforcer as well.

Tie Domi is an unrestricted free agent just like Curtis Joseph but his services won't command the same size contract his teammate will garner.

Tie Domi is an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
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There could be a substantial raise in his future, although he may have to test the market to get it. Bill Watters, the Leafs main contract negotiator, submitted an initial offer to him some time ago and is still waiting to hear back from Pat Morris, Domi's agent.

According to reports Domi wants to stay in Toronto.

"Does he want to stay in Toronto? Yes. It's a competitive team and organization. And he has family ties here as well. At this point, we're still reviewing all our options," Morris told the Toronto Sun.

To do that he may have to forgo a larger raise in another city.

NEWS AND NOTES

No announcement has been made but the Toronto Sun is reporting that Detroit Red Wings goaltender Dominik Hasek has made his decision to retire.

If that comes to pass, it leaves a big hole in the Stanley Cup champion's net and another possible suitor for the services of Joseph.

Not only would the move give Cujo a chance to play with the defending champs but also create little burden on his family. Playing in Detroit, he would not have to move his entire family from the Toronto area.

Don Meehan, Joseph's agent, said they would respond to the Leafs contract offer, which was submitted last week, after the NHL Draft weekend.

The Leafs have also made their intentions known about the future of potential unrestricted free agent Gary Valk. The veteran winger, who made the team four years ago out of training camp, will not be offered a new contract. His spot is likely to be filled by Paul Healey or Alexei Ponikarovsky.

Reports also indicate a contract offer has been made to Cory Cross but at less than his annual salary next season. Initial talks have begun with Corey Schwab, who is expected to re-sign.

The team has restricted free agents to deal with as well. Alyn McCauley, Aki Berg and Dmitry Yushkevich highlight that list of players.

Toronto has held talks with Mark Gandler, Yushkevich's agent. The two parties are working on a long-term deal. The Leafs must offer him a qualifying offer before July 1 to retain his rights for next season.

QUINN GETS TO PICK

Leafs head coach and general manager Pat Quinn was on the selection committee that determined this year's entrants into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

This year's four inductees, announced on Wednesday, were Rod Langway, Bernie Federko, Clark Gillies and former Leafs head coach Roger Neilson.
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