I'm not going to say he's not signed, but I'm not considering it confirmed until it appears on TSN.
As of 9:12 am Friday Morning, the headlines for April 3rd on TSN:
Friday, April 03, 2009
Canucks clinch playoff spot in shootout loss to Ducks
Flames grab playoff spot as Division battle intensifies
Oilers' playoff hopes take another hit with loss to Sharks
Blues' Backes scores four goals to help upset Red Wings
Upshall's late winner sends Coyotes past Kings
Canadiens down Isles to vault past Rangers into 7th
Nothing about this UFA signing. The most recent post on TSN concerning him was by Bob McKenzie at 12:25am, April 2nd (so roughly 31 hours ago), stating:
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There were more than 20 teams that initially showed interest in highly touted forward Tyler Bozak, whose season ended at Denver University this past weekend, and the 23-year old Regina, Saskatchewan native has narrowed down his selection to three or four.
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators are two of those teams that are squarely in the mix for Bozak's services.
He's been in Toronto since Monday and was actually on the phone today, calling individual teams to say thank you for the offer but I'm no longer interested.
The Philadelphia Flyers were one of those teams to be on the receiving end of those calls.
There's an expectation that Bozak will make a decision, agree to terms, and sign with an NHL team as early as Thursday, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if one of the Canadian teams - Toronto or Ottawa - ends up being the winner in these sweepstakes.
The Fan 590 is reporting hes agreed to terms, but as of yet has not signed.
I just want to point out:
When one source, i.e., sportsnet, says that he's signed; a lot of other sources say he's been signed citing the source in particular.
This is why independent journalism, from groups like TSN, is so important. It's not to say TSN is always right (they aren't), but they do a pretty good job on hectic occasions and the rest of the time.
Despite this - him agreeing to terms makes some sense. He has been in Toronto all week. I thought Pierre McGuire said he wasn't going to be a Maple Leaf though?
They probably agreed to terms last night, signed the contract, and are waiting for the league to approve it before they do a press conference later today.
Yeah I can't read either.
Second paragraph of the article: Bozak, 23, has told the Leafs they are his preferred destination for his first NHL contract, with a contract expected to be signed sometime today. The Leafs are believed to have outmaneuvered Ottawa, Colorado and Anaheim, among other clubs, to sign the U.S. collegiate star.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the Tyler Bozak sweepstakes, agreeing to terms with the NCAA centre.
The 23-year old Regina, Saskatchewan native scored eight goals with 15 assists in 19 games with the University of Denver Pioneers.
Many believe he has the potential to step right into the National Hockey League next season without any minor league seasoning.
Over 20 teams, including all six Canadian teams had reportedly expressed interest in Bozak.
Bozak had a chance to leave school last spring, but he didn't feel he was strong enough to make the leap. He's described by many in hockey circles as a strong two-way centre that possesses good speed and is a key face-off man on both the power-play and penalty kill.
I read that, like I said, they agreed to terms. You're grasping at straws. Regardless of terminology, two major media reports is a done deal.
I'm not grasping at anything.
If Toronto signed him, congrats to the Leafs organization.
However, this is what that article says with the irrelevant text removed:
Bozak, has told Leafs they are his preferred destination, with contract expected sometime. The Leafs are believed to have outmaneuvered other clubs, to sign the star.
That doesn't say that he's signed. People can agree to terms and sign else where. That happens all the time. In fact, that doesn't even say they agreed to terms, it just says the Leafs are his preferred destination. He probably would say the same thing to any team - haven't you ever interviewed for a job? "Yeah, no I really want to work here" doesn't mean a damn thing till you accept.
Again, I'm not saying he won't be a Leaf, but calling Damien Cox's article a "Confirmed Source" is a bit of a stretch.