Saturday, October 4, 2008
LIGHTNING VS RANGERS
Forwards: Marty St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier, Vinny Prospal, Ryan Malone, Steven Stamkos, Radim Vrbata, Gary Roberts, Chris Gratton, Mark Recchi, Adam Hall, Jussi Jokinen, Evgeny Artyukhin
Defensemen: Andrej Meszaros, Vladimir Mihalik, Jamie Heward, Matt Carle, Janne Niskala, Shane O'Brien
Goaltenders: Mike Smith, Olaf Kolzig
Defensemen:Girardi,Kalinin,Mara,Redden,Rozsival and Marc Staal
Goaltenders:Henrik Lundqvist,Stephen Valiquette
More Rosters later: Anyone else who has the rosters that are confirmed LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENT SECTION!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Around the league, it is known that the Panthers are in a deal with the Leafs to send over McCabe for MVR and another player. Zedniks name has come up also Weiss, Booth, and Dvorak. I see one of two things happening.
1: McCabe to FLA Poni to FLA
Zednik to TOR MVR to TOR
2: No trade goes down.
I'm leaning towards the 1st one. I think it is going to be a two player swap, it is very hard to speculate who is also included in the deal but hopefully we will find out on Monday (SEPT 1ST)
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Greg reported that Koivu may be on his way out...I have contacted 4 people who have all said this is absolutely false! Koivu is not going anywhere anytime soon. Maybe Greg's source knows something but im just passing on the info that i have received.
But I am also hearing that MTL are not out of the Sundin sweeps. One person told me that Gainey may be playing a game with our heads here..I'll look more into it..take it for what it's worth.
Friday, August 22, 2008
THIS IS NOT THE BIG SITE YOUVE BEEN WAITING FOR BUT IT IS CLEANER VERSION OF WHAT WE HAVE NOW HOPE YOU ENJOY!
P.S. YOULL BE GLAD TO SEE THE BLOGGER WE HAVE BROUGHT BACK!!!
The 28-year old blueliner had two goals and five assists in 69 games last season.
The Devils signed Vishnevski to a three-year contract prior to last season. The Ukraine native was drafted in the first round, 5th overall in the 1998 NHL Entry draft by the Anaheim Ducks.
***-Courtesy Of TSN-***
Heard this MAY be related to Mathieu Schneider, as the Devils have shown high interest in the defenceman.
UPDATE 4:09pm:LA KINGS INTERESTED IN VISHNEVSKI.
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Thursday, August 21, 2008
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Wednesday, August 20, 2008
My take : As a BJ fan I have no regrets of seeing him retire at that age. At least he was very class about it and didn't pull off a Peter Forsberg saying he might or might not play when the time comes. Stefan, if you ever find the spark in you to play hockey again your always welcome to comeback and play for the BJ's.
Last season 38.46% of regular season games saw a fighting major called with 143 games seeing multiple fights, up from 31.22% of games and 87 multiples the season before. Where the statistics spiked were less than 3% down on the season before the lockout and the “new” family friendly NHL. The big project of castigating the enforcers on the ice whilst remaining cryptic off it has begun to backfire on the league and there is a stonewall reason behind the increase that defies the concepts of entertainment and goonery.
Post-lockout the NHL was looking to rebrand itself, the pre-lockout game was getting bogged down with obstruction plays and slowing the sport that marketed itself as the fastest game in the world. The remit was to tighten holding, hooking and interference calls and open out the game, showcase the talent and make the sport a more family orientated spectacle. There is this perception that if they took the hard stuff out of the game the fans will suddenly flock; of course this could be dubbed as more league chicanery in the face of next-to-zero TV coverage. After all, how are you going to promote the friendlier NHL when nobody gets to see it and furthermore why oxymoronically support the divisional schedules with phrases like “familiarity breeds contempt” and then complain if it becomes violent? But I digress.With the post-lockout game opening up the ice the game certainly became faster and players such as Peter Worrell, Gordie Dwyer, Chris Dingham or any enforcer who possessed little to no skating ability, puck handling consistency or offensive flair were rendered extinct either in the first year or after the instigator penalty was brought in and that was not entirely a bad thing, after all even Bob Probert or Tiger Williams could post nigh on 30 goal seasons. What the death of the barely-skating-fists brought in however was an entirely new type of enforcer designed for an entirely new NHL.
With the prototypical goons rendered obsolete by the rule changes and antsy officiating calling chincy penalties left right and centre, the NHL has become blighted by the agitator. Generally smaller players who won’t think twice about drilling players head first into boards or laying stupid charging hits in vulnerable positions, with the emphasis on stupid and not “a hit.” Players who to name and shame include Hollweg, Janssen, Tootoo, Avery and Cooke have become cheap shot merchants with free reign.
Now the agitator isn’t a new breed, but time was their job to draw penalties could be negated by the threat of a hulking player like Worrell or Dingman offering them a beat down for their insolence. Now there is a lack of respect and the hitting is getting out of hand, the fact that an instigator penalty can give the cheap shots a power play is drawing significantly closer to a bad injury and not one brought about by fists.
In fighting there is a code and honor, but hammering players head first into boards is downright dangerous. One of the anti-fighting schools of thought is that eventually a fight is going to end in tragedy, and of course as a Toronto fan, I and the rest of the league held our collective breath when Kris Newbury hit the ice head first after a series of haymakers from Ronald Petrovicky in 2007. The fact that Newbury, a competent scrapper, came out of hospital amidst the moralizing and said “I think it [fighting] belongs in the game, it's just a freak accident that happens every once in a while." Seemed to have been lost in the moral panic, meanwhile think back to Hollweg’s head high cross check on Sergei Kostitsyn or Cam Janssen’s frankly pathetic über late jumping hit on Tomas Kaberle and its hardly surprising that a new talented breed of enforcers are making their way back into the game.
Of course the whole deal became a lot smoother for the contemporary goon after Anaheim’s cup winning triumphs atop the record of most fighting majors by a team, a fete fronted by fan favorite George Parros. Not only popular with the fake moustache wearing crowd, Anaheim showed that fighting could still be used as an integral part of a winning formula be it as a momentum breaker/builder, keeping dirty players in check or bringing the crowd into the game whilst mocking the ambiguity of the instigator rule. What Anaheim did was set the wheels moving towards intense offensive hockey, supported by a heavy core of players who could be called upon to intimidate if needed, basically hockey where it was prior to the lockout. Of course a return to fighting would clearly result in fans marching out of the arenas in utter disgust, but low and behold the NHL saw a 2% increase league wide in attendances in 07-08’. To note this simply to the increased proliferation of gloves on the ice would be trite, but to say the trend, which started early in the season, was damaging to the game would be plain wrong. As Mr. Hockey himself, a.k.a. Gordie Howe once said:
“I have always believed that far more people come to games to see the fights
than stay away.”
And in this sentiment belies the paradox that stereotypes the act. Hockey is not solely about fighting and those reputed fans that come to see the fighting alone, if such a fan base exists, are not fans of the game, but there are almost certainly more of them out there than this phantom crowd that are put of by the “nature and barbarity of the game.” The nature being the important phrase and not one implicit to the act of fighting alone but owing to the history, traditions and stereotypes of the game, draw from its necessity. Basically if you don’t like fighting and physicality, chances are hockey is never going to be your cup of tea.
Perhaps it’s easy to wax lyrical in the face of naysayers about the good ol’ days, the Broad Street Bullies and the Big Bad Boston Bruins, but the fact of the matter is that fighting is still an important part of the game, both in play and also in the marketing of it. Whilst I don’t believe in pandering to a crowd of fight hungry meatheads, many would argue that the NHL’s inability to pull a major US TV deal lies in the decreased marketability of the game sans fighting in the American market. The fact the league uses this as a springboard to usurp much of the physicality in the game for endless power plays shows how out of touch the league is in marketing itself to even the most fervent followers.
If you were to take an example, one particular to my argument, say the Columbus Blue Jackets. Their season was all but over with a couple of months to spare, in the face of a miracle. The fact they had the league leader in fights, the small but ultra willing Jared Boll provided some pull for crowds in a quiet market. Pair that up with the fact that Boll and fellow fighter Jody Shelley are amongst the fan favorites after Rick Nash and that after Nash are two of the most enthusiastic players to skate in the Jackets teams and its hard to see how these power players can’t be a pull of a mainstay demographic.
Subsequently fighting is a part of a multi faceted sport and that is what makes hockey the spectacle it is. The various roles of the players, the strategy, the scoring and the physicality, its all part and parcel of what makes hockey the greatest game in the world and the NHL the greatest league. A wise man would market fighting for what it is, a part of the game and stop placing it on a pedestal of evil as if the debate were more prevalent than the sport itself. A great fight, especially if it were for the right reasons, can be part of a spectrum of experiences that can occur in hockey from the nasty to the sublime and we should stop striving to remove the various layers of the game as if to leave it bare and bleak.
For me I don’t find a place for marketing in the debate of hockey fighting. Hockey fights happen for a variety of reasons, some good and noble, some bad and pointless they are never there to be a circus sideshow attraction and the guys dropping their gloves are not performing monkeys. It happens down to emotion and protecting your team mates and god forbid if those elements are ever removed from the game.
The Canucks had a busy off-season letting long-time Canucks Brendan Morrison and Markus Naslund go, while signing Pavol Demitra. They also offered Mats Sundin a 2-year $20 million dollar contract, but that may not work out, at least for now. The Canucks are going to the road of last season, if though their offense may be a bit improved, it's going to take more than Roberto Luongo and Kevin Bieksa to supply this team not only for the division, but for the playoffs.
Minnesota lost 2 of their best scorers in the off-season, and even when they were around, their offense was hurting under the Lemaire system, so imagine now. They lost Sean Hill to Russia, although they traded for Marek Zidlicky. Many have put them already in the playoffs, but I'm not so keen on them. With the distraction of Marian Gaborik's contract, the Wild will have to fight for a playoff spot.
The Avalanche had an OK off-season, signing former Leafs Darcy Tucker and Andrew Raycroft, although they lost goaltender Jose Theodore, defenseman Jeff Finger, and could potentially lose Joe Sakic. Even without Big Joe, I think this team can make it. If Budaj improves his play and the offense comes out to a fast start, I think they will make the playoffs.
Calgary made some changes this off-season, by re-signing key players, and signing bigman Todd Bertuzzi, who oculd play awesome with Jarome Iginla. They lost Kristian Huselius so right now we will have to see if they can cover that up. Their defense stayed the same and will be dominant as always, and Miikka Kiprusoff will play great again. They have a great chance for the Northwest title but in my mind they're gonna lose it on the last day of the season to......
The Oilers had one heck of an off-season, trading away Jarret Stoll, Matt Greene, Joni Pitkanen, and Raffi Tores for Lubomir Visnovsky, Erik Cole, and Gilbert Brule. The offense will be extraordinary with Andrew Cogliano's speed, Ales Hemsky's playmaking touches, Shawn Horcoff's finishing abilities, Erik Cole's big time scoring, and Sam Gagner's clutch play. Their defense should get bigger and better with a healthy Sheldon Souray and a big puck player in Visnovsky. Tom Gilbert also improved and should continue this year. The only question is goaltending where either can win the starting job but htey should be able to win the Northwest.
Thanks For Reading, and be sure to check out the new blog over at http://www.nhlrumour.blogspot.com/!
"The Northwest will be tight as always. The question is will Calgary step up? Will Edmonton catch up? Can the Wild repeat as division champs?"
We will see. We discussed the best games of last season, and it ended up being the HB Exclusive Poll Question, which turned out like this:
Here is the link its all Maple Leafs all the time
Come on over while I'm completley new to the world of Blogspot I will figure out my site in time so be patient thanks guys and I'll hope to see you there.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
I just want to put this out that the Maple Leafs may have found their man, and we didn't even notice. According to sources close to the team Joe Nieuwendyk will become the Toronto Maple Leafs general manager after this season.
It is believed by many that Cliff Fletcher will groom Joe into the role and Nieuwendyk will take over after this year. While I dislike the idea of another rookie GM, at least they have a timetable to train the person who they feel is best for the job. Joe Nieuwendyk comes to Toronto with an impressive resume which includes a Stanley Cup and a very good knowledge of the sport. While this is unconfirmed, many including the likes of Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie, Nik Kypreos, and Howard Berger have all said they feel that Joe will take the role when Fletchers contract expires and that he will be something the Leafs have needed for a long time someone with hockey sense.
Moving on now I know this has been said 1,000,000 times but word on the street is the deal that was said to be happening is getting bigger! Now by no means does this mean it will happen but I truly feel that this could get Bouwmeester into Toronto if Fletcher wants him bad enough and word out tonight is that he does.
The rumored deal that is reportedly being thrown around is this:
To Toronto: D Jay Bouwmeester, F Richard Zednik
To Florida: D Bryan McCabe, D Ian White, F Alexei Ponikarovsky
I'M GOING TO PUT EMPHASIS ON THIS! "THIS IS A RUMOR NOT FACT"
So please take it as such.
(The Sources Take: Now me personally, I like the trade. It does at first seem a little steep but I think it's better than giving up a 1st, especially if the return is Bouwmeester. With the Nieuwendyk situation I like it better than bringing on Brian Burke who has a big mouth and really needs to settle that whole thing with Lowe down.)
This is written by Riley M. I hope you enjoy!
And on a quick note, Michael Russo from the StarTribune.com cites Salcer as saying that he denies any rumor of Gaborik ever thinking about playin in Russia. But as we have seen in the exile of many players to the new KHL and such, it is absolutley a possibility.
heres the link to message board or just click the picture on front page that says MESSAGE BOARD
Hey everyone heres an UPDATE on everything that has happened in the Sundin Situation as we have hit DAY 50 of the SUNDIN, WATCH AND WAIT.
NHL DRAFT: Mats Sundin's negotiation rights given to the Montreal Canadiens. Deal was never worked out before Sundin hit the market.
EARLY JULY: Reports that Sundin had decided Toronto Or Retirement that also has turned out to be false at this point in time.
LATE JULY: Rumors that Sundin had told the habs so "GOOD NEWS".......to this date I WONDER? Also REPORTS THAT SUNDIN WOULD DECIDE WHERE HES GOING IF HE CAME BACK ON AUGUST 1st. Im wondering what happened to that decision?Also despite being over the salary cap rumors that Philadelphia Flyers made a pitch for him.
JULY 27th:HABS SIGN SUNDIN ACCORDING TO A LEAK ON THE HABS MOBILE PHONE WEBSITE...................False
JULY 30th: Habs GM Bob Gainey contacts J.P. Barry, Sundin's Agent and lets him know the habs are still VERY MUCH interested in Mats Services.
AUGUST 2nd: Wonder what happened to that decision on August 1st?
MIDDLE AUGUST: Rangers "hot" after Sundin looks like they could be "THE CHOSEN ONES", BUT THEN.......DENIAL FROM JP BARRY THAT THE RAGS ARE THE TEAM.
TODAY: Sundin apparently Has No Interest in Joining the Maple Leafs.
AND THATS WHERE WE STAND ON DAY 50 OF THE ALWAYS POPULAR, ALWAYS FAMOUS SUNDIN WATCH AND WAIT!
Monday, August 18, 2008
LA's new focus is to resign both O'Sullivan and Slovenian forward Anze Kopitar.
BOTTOM LINE: O'SULLIVAN IS OFF THE MARKET!
According to a source of mine and Spector the TFP rumor is completley false. Mats has not signed and has not even decided to play.
The source went on to say that while the Rangers are leading the way for Sundin they have to much cap space to clear and Mats wants to sign before the opening of training camp. There are rumors that the Rangers would be moving Micheal Roszival and his brand new $5,000,000 contract but that would make the Blueshirts very thin on the blueline.
(The Sources take: While I'm sure Mats has interest in the Rangers I believe they will have difficulty finding any takers for Roszivals massive contract. I fully believe that the Leafs, Canadiens, and Canucks out of the race for Mats services)
In other news the rumors of a Bryan McCabe trade continue to be denied by GM Fletcher and McCabes agent. But when GM Martin was approached for comment he didn't confirm or deny so things are up in the air right now.
(The Sources take: I don't think the Leafs wanted this to get out but I'm sure that they are glad that it is now as this may drive up McCabes value. There are plenty of teams looking for a PP specialist and McCabe fits at least that bill so I fully expect him to still be traded despite what Fletcher and McCabes agent say.)
First off, my name is albanada which is a mixture of my two home countries, Albania and Canada. Clever, eh? I've loved hockey since I was in diapers and have been in the blogging community and also SportingNews for almost 2 years now. I love to spread some reasonable rumours that I've researched and digged up. Me and Scotty met on HockeyBuzz Buzzcast and we share the same passion for hockey!
I am in the midsts of creating a blogspot where I dig some rumours and sensible ones not really really stupid ones. Me and Scotty will be combining the sites sometime.
If anyone hasn't figured yet, I'm a Sens fan and I'll be supplying some news and rumours daily ofr the Sens and even more teams. I say ain, thanks to Scotty for inviting me and I will be starting tomorrow will a look at the defenseman left on the market. Till then, Thanks For Reading!
- Left wing Kip Brennan signed a contract with HIFK Helsinki of the SM-Liiga (Finland). He played 3 games for the Islanders last season, notching 0 point and 12 PIM. Brennan also played for Anaheim, Atlanta and Los Angeles in the NHL.
Forward Ladislav Nagy has left the NHL after signing a contract with Cherepovets in the Russian Continential League. The terms of the deal have not been published.
Nagy, 29, played 38 games with the LA Kings last year. He recorded 9 goals and 17 assists for 26 points during a season that was plagued with injuries (it happens very year). Nagy played for St. Louis, Pheonix, Dallas and Los Angeles during his 10-year NHL career.
My take: Nobody was willing to take a chance on him because of his inconsistency and fragility. Nobody will miss Nagy, especially in fantasy leagues.
EDIT: The deal is a two-year contract worth $5.6 million, with an escape clause if Nagy is signed by an NHL team.
Sunday, August 17, 2008
To MTL: Ales Hemsky
To EDM: Chris Higgins
Take it for what it's worth but this came from McGuire..I will post more as i hear it.
If he signs with the Rangers: If Mats Sundin signs With The Rangers there will be a couple moves made to clear some cap space. In my opinion theres no way Sundin take 2 million to play.It would also mean they have given up on talks with Shanahan and we'd likely see him sign somewhere else.
If He Signs With Flyers: If Mats Sundin Signs With the Flyers this is what could transpire. In my opinion the Flyers are not as much a contender as the Rangers thats just my opinion. They also have 2 first line centers already. I think if he were to sign there they'd trade either carter or Upshall+ for a d-man. even though there in the same conference I could see the Flyers swinging a deal for Frantisek Kaberle.
BUT THERES ONLY 1 THING FOR SURE......WE AINT SEEN THE LAST OF THIS SWEDISH MEATBALL!
Its been 3 long years since we've seen any playoff hockey for the Buds and this year could be no different. But lets think about this for a minute the Leafs even though they couldn't keep the puck out of the net they certainley had no problem putting it in the net. The Leafs were still top 10 in the league for goals scored and really only lost Sundin this summer.
Now does that mean the team is doomed without him "NO" simply put this team has a lot of new faces on it and there are still changes in the works with the rumored exchange of McCabe and one other Leaf player going to the Panthers for Van Ryn and another Panther (Rumored to be David Booth).
The Leafs have Nikolai Kulemin who scored 33 points in 57 games, they also have Niklas Hagman who scored more goals then Tucker last year and provides more speed then him as well. The Defence is a lot stronger with the additions of Finger and Frogren and not to mention the strong continued play of Kaberle and Stralman.
The goaltending is some of the best in the East I would go as far to say that its top 3. Toskala had terrific numbers on a poor defensive squad and will be better this season with a strong coach leading the way.
The Leafs also hope for big things from Mikael Grabovski and Nik Antropov as well as Alex Steen who may flurish with more minutes.
I think anyone predicting the Leafs to miss the playoffs has there reasons especially because they've missed them the last 3 years. But I think this year will be different and until January we can't really predict what will happen lets give them a chance before we dump on them.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
kudos to atc of hockeybuzz for this info.
FUTURE WATCH:ALEX GOLIGOSKI
Born in the self proclaimed new Hockey Town USA,Minnesota Goligoski is a 6 foot tall 187 pound defensive stud.He attended the U of Minnesota for college and was a d-man for there NCAA hockey team the Golden Gophers. He was then selected 61st overall in the NHL entry draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Hes had a couple of stints with the Penguins since concluding his tenure at the University of Minnesota but he plays the majority of his games right now with the affiliate team Wilkes Barre-Scranton.
CONCLUSION: In conclusion it looks like he will get playing time this year with the Pens as one of there top d-men Ryan Whitney will be out for 3-5 months recovering from surgery. Look for some good numbers from Goligoski on the pens point as he can play in all situations and excel. Hes also a GREAT sleeper pick in a fantasy draft.
From Rob Rossi at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
Whitney, whose point total dropped from 59 in 2006-07 to 40 last season, underwent surgery to correct a left-foot misalignment Friday in Charlotte. Full recovery from the osteotomy, usually takes three to five months, which means he won't be back before the end of November.
“Ryan has been bothered by this condition in his foot for some time,” Shero said. “He consulted with a number of specialists in an effort to correct the problem without surgery, but it was ultimately determined that surgery was the best path to take – for his general well-being, and for his career.
Look for Kris Letang to get more ice time, especially on the PP and for rookie Alex Goligoski to start the season with the Penguins.
Friday, August 15, 2008
After reports tonight coming from hockeybuzz.com's Andy Strickland that the Blues would not sign Brendan Shanahan I have come upon this article from St.Louis Today's Jeremy Rutherford. He had these quotes from Blues John Davidson......
"For us, we think Brendan can still play," Davidson said. "He's in great shape. We've done our research."
As far as taking the spot of a young prospect on the roster, Davidson said: "We want our young players to graduate to the next level. We're trying to surround them in the right atmosphere and Brendan could be a big part of that. We're still going to play a lot of youth. We'll just see how it goes."
Im thinking theres a good chance he signs there,
The Florida Panthers agreed yesterday to terms with restricted free-agent center Drew Larman on a one-year contract.
The Michigan native Larman, 23, appeared in six games with Florida last season, recording only one assist. He spent the majority of the campaign with Rochester of the AHL, where he registered 10 goals and 22 points in 54 contests.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
The Montreal Canadiens have announced the signing of defencemen Yannick Weber to a three-year contract. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed yet.
Weber, 19, played for the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL last season, scoring 55 points in 59 games. He also played in the Memorial Cup, where his Rangers lost in final vs the Spokane Chiefs.
Weber will likely head to Hamilton for a few years of seasoning before before turning pro.
Lefebvre, 27, played the past 2 seasons with the St. Jean Chiefs of the NAHL.
So earlier I reported that the players in the McCabe trade had been confirmed to be David Booth and Mike Van Ryn. While the Booth and Van Ryn part are still there, there's others being mentioned.
Speculation is beginning to rear its ugly head again as there are now several more players being named.
On Torontos end: Nik Antropov, Alex Steen, Alexei Ponikarovsky, Bryan McCabe.
On Floridas end: Mike Van Ryn, Anthony Stewart, David Booth, Stephen Weiss.
There are picks involved including Floridas 1st rounder next year. (I know this sounds crazy but this is what Dreger has said)
Now not all these players will be moving but at least one or more of these players will have new jerseys come Sept 1st. I say that if Antropov is involved there will be that 1st rounder coming the other way as Torontos surprise late bloomer from last season has an all time high trade value right now.
Anyways stay tuned for more.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
The Phoenix Coyotes have re-signed Joel Perrault to a two-year contract.
The Philadelphia Flyers signed head coach John Stevens to a two year extension today, keeping him with the Flyers through 2010-11. Stevens helped engineer one of the greatest turnarounds in NHL history last season, taking the Flyers to the Eastern Conference Finals a year after they were the worst team in the league. The former Philadelphia Phantoms head coach and player is looking to repeat his AHL success, winning a Calder Cup in each role with the Flyers' farm club.
Forward Aaron Downey signed a two-way contract to remain with the defending Stanley Cup champion Red Wings. The deal is reportedly worth $575,000 for the 2008-08 season. He would make $100,000 with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL.
Downey, 33, had 116 penalty minutes in 56 games last season, but had no goals and only three assists. The Wings now might try to re-sign Darren McCarthy and Chris Chelios.
UPDATE (3:18PM) ALL OF THIS IS CONFIRMED BY MIKE ZEISBERGER FROM THE TORONTO SUN SPEAKING ON THE TEAM 990. HIS SOURCE CLOSE TO MCCABE ALOS TELLS HIM THAT THE LEADING CANDIDATE TO GET MCCABE ARE THE FLORIDA PANTHERS.
As 1st reported on HB's by me and Scotty Bryan McCabe has waived NMC to facilitate a trade to the Florida Panthers. Despite what one of my colleagues said this morning there is a chance the return could be D Jay Bouwmeester.
This is what I have been hearing for weeks actually almost a month since Bouwmeester made it clear that he does not wish to return to the sunshine state.
To Toronto: D Jay Bouwmeester, Unnamed Roster Player (Sorry I can't get any word on who this might be)
To Florida: D Bryan McCabe, Alex Steen, Cond Pick in 2010
While it is true that McCabe has waived the players I have in the trade above have not been confirmed as of yet besides McCabe. This could be the "HOMERUN" trade that Fletcher was talking about.
UPDATE: ACCORDING TO SPECTOR AND ONE OF HIS SOURCES FLETCHER HAD DENIED THE WAIVING SAYING HE IS UN-AWARE OF ANY MOVE BEING MADE RIGHT NOW. HE ALSO WENT ON TO SAY THAT THE DEAL MAY NOT HAPPEN UNTIL AFTER THE LEAFS PAY MCCABE THE $2,000,000 SIGNING BONUS THAT THEY OWE HIM.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE!
- Kari Lehtonen. Of course. Lehtonen signed a 1 year deal this offseason, making many a Thrasher fan wonder why not long term. I was one. After careful consideration I think this will be a plus. Up to this point Kari has been successful, but has lacked the consistency to be an elite goaltender in this league. He certainly has the talent, but has yet to show he can carry a team, or even show up every night. A 1 year deal puts him on the hot seat yet again, playing for another contract. Another year under his belt, an improved defense in front of him, and the motivation of another impending contract should give Kari all of the tools he needs to carry this team night in and night out.
- Eric Christensen. This team needed a talented center, and Christensen is it. I know he is unproven, he really never had a chance to show his stuff in Pittsburgh (some Pens fans would argue with me about that). How could he crack that lineup with any consistency? EC is going to have his chance here in Atlanta. He will most likely be our first line center, flipping the puck to Ilya Kovalchuk as much as he can. If EC can live up to his potential, he could be the real steal of the Hossa trade, and make most fans forget we let Marc Savard walk a couple of years back. I will be watching him almost exclusively when we get rolling in October, a successful season for him goes hand in hand with overall team success.
- Boris Valabik. Big Boris may still be considered a bust. Valabik was drafted #10 overall in 2004 and has spent all of his career up until the last 10 or so games of last year developing. A 6' 7" defensive defenseman with a real nasty streak in him, Boris is going to have to step up and play a ton of solid minutes in '08-'09. If Valabik can handle the load, the Thrashers will have a really solid top 2 pairings with Havelid-Enstrom, Hainsey-Valabik. Our defense is quick and handles the puck well, now we need some serious nastiness to defend in our own end. Boris Valabik is the key to that success.
As stated earlier, there are a ton of question marks; Is Zach Bogosian NHL ready? Will Kozlov have a rebound year? Is Ilya one foot out the door already? Can the new coaches sytem be successful? But these are the 3 guys I will be expecting a lot from for the Atlanta Thrashers success in '08-'09.
Apparently, the offer Mezaros received from the KHL was for more than most originally figured. Initially it was thought to be for $3.5M for a 3 yr minimum term; however, late yesterday afternoon, a rumour surfaced where this 'informant' claimed that the figure is actually in the $5M range, which may explain why Mezaros is taking his time deciding between that and Murray's offer of approximately $2.2M - $2.8M. Oh, it gets better...
He also goes on to say that the other reason there is a hold-up is because Mezie's agent has been notified that he may be a part of a package deal to have his rights moved to a team that's willing to sign him for $4M over a few years, i.e. 3-5; and that a highly sought-after Sniper will be coming back Ottawa's way to play alongside Alfie.
Now, I've read this over and over and discussed with a few friends and fans and it just seems a little odd to say the least, but as promised, when I hear or read something, I'll throw it out there for others to see and discuss. I cannot vouch for this informant's credibility, but he certainly has got a few fans all riled up on other sites and forums. Maybe there's something to this, maybe not, I suppose time will tell. Needless to say, my opinion has ALWAYS been, no matter how good or how much potential Mezie has or could have, if he wants $$ that both Murray and some Sens fans feel he hasn't earned yet, well, as they say in Montreal: "SALUT BYE!!"
Oh, a few of my rabid hockey fans and colleagues have begun a new venture (Cap 'n' Clutch, Heater 504, Jamvan and myself) and we would all like you to come and check it out.
Should I hear or find anything else in my morning search, I'll be back with updates.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
UPDATE: Appears as though Jay Bouwmeester Would Not Be Included In The Deal But You Never Know.
As a lot of you may know (unless you where on Mars hanging upside down in a cave) the FA period is pretty much over and there is still some good talent out there willing to get a job. Here is a descriptive list of who is still good and where they might end up.
Ladislav Nagy: His production has been declining but I think he can still pull it off for a comeback. This guy has just too much of a raw scoring touch to be left rotting in the FA market. Team’s that are pitching out some offers are the Thrasher’s, Islander’s (it’s between him and Parrish) and……The Canucks….hmmm maybe plan B in case that bald Swedish guy doesn’t sign.
Dan Cloutier: Might as well give him a shot, the team that will sign him might get either a formidable backup goalie or an NHL finished player. Where he might end up I have no idea, but Colorado might be a candidate or a team not too sure about their backup.
Bryan Berard: Didn’t have that much of a bad season at 800k. This guy will get one last chance and the team to hand him that last chance will be the one that drafted him…yes the Predators and Senators (question of just connecting the dots) or else he might go to Europe.
Marek Malik : Another guy that still has something to prove . But seeing how he might end up in Russia teams might stay away from because he can use the KHL as leverage. If he does decide to stay in the NHL the Senators are considering him and the Rangers might give him a second shot for less.
Mark Parrish : Good for more than 15 goals and he could be a good temporary second line winger. For sure he still has some fight left in him and the teams that want him are the Kings, Islanders,Predators and Canucks.
Glen Murray: Because age is catching up to him he had a terrible season, maybe if he did the same thing he did last season for less he could be an interesting acquisition , look for Nashville to give him an offer or the Kings.
Brendan Shanahan: No need to explain that its either the Rangers or retirement (although the Devils are interested but I dought it with their current pay roll).
Chris Chelios: Surprising Detroit didn’t sign him…..oh yeah they got Brad Stuart, better, faster, stronger and YOUNGER. So where will he end up. Will he play for free in Detroit or will teams actually approach him with an offer…..or will it be the end of the line for Cheli. He once said on HNIC after hours that a team he would like to play for are the NY Rangers.
The habs have shown lots of interest in O'Sullivan but the Kings apparently have no intention of trading him.
On to other news: There are a bunch of rumored spots for McCabe right now including the Islanders, Panthers, Penguins (Don't see this one happening) and the Rangers (No Cap Space)
I think Fletcher is right when he says the return would not be that significant and could only be a contract for contract swap. The Leafs would also more than likely get a low level prospect and or pick for McCabe.
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San Jose GM Doug Wilson announced that the team has resigned restricted free agent Lukas Kaspar to a one-year deal. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. In 2007-08, Kaspar played 3 games for thr Sharks, recording 0 point.
The 6'2'', 220 lb native of Most, Czech Republic was selected by San Jose in the 1st round (22nd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
News this morning and while its allready been reported here on our fine website I have a bit more info. According to a source close to the situation the Islanders have indeed inquired about the availability of 33 year old D Bryan McCabe.
The package offered to the Leafs was a little wrong however!
To Toronto:D Chris Campoli, 3rd round pick is the actual deal that I've heard whether this is correct I'm not sure at this moment but I will find out like I always do.
There is another rumor out there that the Leafs signed F Ladislav Nagy I would like to reiterate that this was false. TheFan590 1st reported this yesterday and I just want to make it clear that it is not true.
On D Pavel Kubina in 3 days the defensemans window to trade him closes I think its quite evident at this point he won't be moved I truly feel that there will be some kind of trade in the next few weeks leading up to training camp.
Fletcher has been quoted that he will attempt to make one of his "HOMERUN" trades we have yet to see it.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Paul Maurice and Bob Hartley, two coaches with NHL experience were beaten out in the end by the 45 year old Gordon. According to Newsday, the other candidates were John Tortorella, Mike Sullivan, Marc Crawford, Gerard Gallant and Joel Quenneville, who instead will be taking the year off from professional coaching.
Brodes' take: Another example of the Bruce Boudreau approach with NHL general managers quite recently. Although my perception of the whole Ted Nolan saga was very disenlightening, I must congratulate Snow for having the balls to make sure he got the right guy, and it wouldn't matter that he didn't coach in the NHL in his career, and that he would be the one to attempt and right the ship that has gone very stormy in the Long Island.
Special thanks to Habster for the scoop!
With the team almost $2.7 million over the cap after re-signing a few players and a logjam up the middle (Fedorov, Kozlov, Backstrom, Laich, Steckel), it's hard not to speculate as to what General Manager George McPhee might have up his sleeve to get under the cap by opening night.
Take it for what it's worth but Michael Nylander put his Potomac house on sale on July 17. He had bought it in October 2007 when he signed a multi-year deal with the Capitals. Check this link: Washington Post
Nylander is coming at a cap hit of $4.875 million, so trading Nylander would make sense to get under the cap.
Nylander, 35, recorded 37 points in 40 points last season with the Caps before going down with a season-ending injury.
Vancouver could be the likely destination as Mike Gillis, the Canucks GM, is Nylander's former agent.... Stay tuned.
According to Pittsburgh's Insider DePaoli, the Islanders would send Freddy Meyer and a 4th rounder in exchange for Bryan McCabe.
McCabe to the Islanders makes sense as his wife Roberta, is a native of Long Island. McCabe started his career as an Islander in 1995-96 as he was drafted by them in 1993.
Last season, McCabe recorded 23 points in 54 games as he battled injuries throughout the season.
Also, the Penguins would send veteran Darryl Sydor to the LA Kings for a prospect or a late round pick. Vyacheslav Voinov has been mentioned in recent discussions.
Sydor began his career with the Kings in 1991-92 after being drafted by them 7th overall in 1990.
Last year, Sydor played 74 games with the Penguins, notching 13 points. He won the Cup with Dallas and Tampa Bay.
As per Nashville City Paper:
Predators' GM David Poile has chosen to not be overly pessimistic or overly optimistic about the status of forward Steve Sullivan.
“He has been to the doctor,” Poile said. “He is working with his therapist. There has unfortunately not been a lot of change.”
Sullivan has not played in an NHL game since February of 2007. He is already back in Nashville for the season in order for his children to start school this week.
“He remains guardedly optimistic that he will be in camp and be ready for the season. It is a long shot right now.”
My take: Don't bet on Sullivan's return this season as it's been more than 18 months since he last played an NHL game. However, The Preds would certainly welcome him back in their line-up, especially after the Radulov saga.
There was a report out tonight that the Leafs had signed Ladislav Nagy on thefan590 this is completley false.
Nagy has not signed and is still a UFA.
And finally I wanted to start a "Where do you think McCabe will go subject"
So please when you answer my blog be creative but not outlandish ok lets keep it in the realm of possibility.
I say he ends up on one of the NY Teams I would expect thats someone like Hunter could be a return from the Islanders and maybe Prucha from the Rangers anyways like I said have fun but keep it real.
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Monday, August 11, 2008
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The Nashville Predators signed Chet Pickard, on Monday. The Moncton native was the first goalie drafted this year, at the 18th spot. He signed an entry-level contract, but the details are unknown.
He played for the Tri-City Americans in the WHL this season, having league best record 46-12-4. He had a 2.32GAA and a .918 save percentage.
The Los Angeles Kings have agreed to terms on a three-year entry-level contract with defenseman Drew Doughty, the club’s first-round choice (second overall) in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced Monday.
Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
Doughty, 18, played in 58 regular season games this past season for Guelph of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) and recorded 50 points (13-37=50) and 68 penalty minutes.
Doughty will likely make the team since the Kings are very thin on defence after Johnson, Preissing, Gauthier and Greene.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Since July 1 there have been non stop rumors of a "HOMERUN" trade by Cliff Fletcher and now that Bryan McCabe has seemingly agreed to waive things should heat up. You have to look back on the many trades that Cliff is famous for to really get a feel of what this man is capable of.
Lets look here we have the Doug Gilmour trade and then the very criticized Clark for Sundin trade. This is just the tip of the iceberg what is this man really capable of..............................????
Lets look at some of the rumors that are out there that have been bantered about on the internet and on TV.
Patrick Marleau: Lots of these last year and this summer could this be something that is considered
Jay Bouwmeester: Something we have been working on all summer is the Bouwmeester watch this could still be out there.
Jussi Jokinnen and Jeff Halpern: This rumor still hasn't died but with the current speculation of there being no trade to begin with its hard to see it going down.
There are many options and if Cliff puts the right deal on that table there may be a substantial move in the works. Fletcher is famous for this so lets wait and see.
So I don't know what to believe that was also a typo about the PK specialist I meant to say PP specialist.
Anyways I do appologize for the mix up.
However there is a list with suspected teams to be on there:
Those are the 2 major ones we all know. What do you think the other will be?
Sundin, Mats TOR
Shanahan, Brendan NYR
Sakic, Joe COL
Robitaille, Randy OTT
Nagy, Ladislav LA
Smolinski, Bryan MON
Hamilton, Jeff CAR
Selanne, Teemu ANA
Gelinas, Martin NAS
Forsberg, Peter COL
Perreault, Yanic CHI
Lapointe, Martin OTT
Sanderson, Geoff EDM
Yelle, Stephane CGY
Defensemen - last team
Berard, Bryan NYI
Hedican, Bret CAR
Ozolinsh, Sandis SJ
Carney, Keith MIN
Brisebois, Patrice MON
Malik, Marek NYR
Miller, Aaron VAN
Richardson, Luke OTT
Zhitnik, Alexei ATL
Pratt, Nolan BUF
Dallman, Kevin LA
Goalies - last team
Aubin, Jean-Sebastien ANA
Thibault, Jocelyn BUF
Former Buffalo Sabre Michael Ryan signed a contract in Russia with the Minsk Dynamo. Ryan, 28, played 46 games with the Sabres in 2007-08, recording 8 points. The Boston native, was drafted 32 overall by the Dallas Stars in 1999.
The terms of the deal are still unknown.
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Even though it was stated that they didn't have interest it now seems they do. According to Eric Endersson I don't know if thats the correct way to spell his name as this is the 1st time I have ever talked to him believes that the Lightning have a package as previously mentioned on HB's (Hockeybums) for McCabe in place should McCabe pick them as a prefered destination when he hands the list of teams to Fletcher at the end of the month. It is rumored teams like the Rangers and Islanders will definitely be on the list with maybe San Jose and LA being there as well.
Sources Take: Like I've said before Florida and Tampa have the best offers on the table for the Leafs with Jokinnen from Tampa and as rumored Bouwmeester from Florida. Today though there is a rumor that he could choose Philadelphia in a package that could see someone like Upshall or Hartnell come to T.O. I can't wait to see that list of teams at the end of the month. Despite what people say McCabe does have some value and could get a substantial return from the right team looking for a PK specialist (I.E. Philadelphia)
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