Despite previous reports (Friday, August 1st) that 20 year old former Mooseheads Centreman PJ Corsi had signed a contract with the Charlotte Checkers, an ECHL affiliate of the NY Rangers, an article from Drummondville newspaper L'express (published August 2nd) actually denies these reports.
According to L'express, while Corsi's camp concedes that talks with the Checkers are very advanced, the truth remains that as of August 2nd he had not yet signed with them. This is because his main focus is to secure a place at an upcoming NHL training camp. His interest is not to play exclusively in the ECHL, but to instead play for an organization that can offer him a contract linked to the AHL or NHL.
Apparently Corsi has had plenty of offers from the likes of Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh affiliates, but because they could not offer him a place at their NHL or AHL training camps he has turned them down. The Rangers, however, have at least guaranteed him a spot at the Hartford Wolfpack training camp. No contracts have yet been signed because the Rangers cannot guarantee Corsi a try out with the big club.
Also, if Corsi fails to report to Drummondville due to acquiring a professional contract, the Mooseheads will owe the Voltigeurs some compensation. When we originally traded Corsi this year at the draft (to complete the Bouchard trade at Christmas) it was for 3rd, 4th and 7th round draft picks in 2008 and a 4th in 2009.
Damn, are we not already screwed enough? We are beyond sore!!! It appears as if we will owe them 2 future draft picks should PJ actually fail to report to Drummondville.