Thursday, July 31, 2008

A Little, Big Acquisition by 'Yotes

Lessard Signed By Coyotes


Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney has announced that the Coyotes have signed right wing Francis Lessard to a contract. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Lessard, 29, recorded 4-1-5 and 49 penalty minutes (PIM) in 14 regular season games with the Hartford WolfPack of the American Hockey League (AHL) last season.

The 6-foot-3, 224-pound Lessard appeared in 91 career NHL games with the Atlanta Thrashers from 2001 to 2006, recording 1-3-4 and 268 PIM. In 367 career AHL games with Philadelphia, Chicago and Hartford, the native of Montreal, Quebec has collected 20-37-57 and 1,744 PIM.

Lessard was originally drafted by the Carolina Hurricanes in the third round (80th overall) of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.
My Take: This guy's got experience, size and grit so a checking line spot would be great for him and I know he'll end up taking it. I know we have Fedoruk but I'd rather him on the 2nd line. I also love how he's from Montreal. If you're wondering why I cover all these little things, it's cause if I follow the Rampage a lot! (You Hartford fans need to fill me in on this guy!)

PS, I'll try to get some quotes on this guy but with all the other rumours there is barely anything on this signing and I think the only way I'm getting quotes from Francis is if I interview him myself!

Nedved Back On Broadway?

A Czech website is reporting that the New York Rangers are going to have Peter Nedved attempt a comeback with the Blueshirts at their upcoming training camp. The 202 point getter for the Rangers had 20 goals for his Czech team this year, and has a fairly legitimate shot at cracking the Ranger lineup.

My take: It's worth the risk, isn't it? If he's this dedicated toward gtting back into the NHL then why not give him the chance under these limited circumstances?

Maple Leafs Moving On! Jokinnen or Halpern to the Leafs

According to Cliff Fletcher the team is preparing for life without Mats Sundin. Is this a mistake I think not the Leafs need to get younger and fast and I think letting Mats move on is the right decision. If this is the case then the Leafs need a new centerman as I feel Antropov is not the answer to the vacant #1 spot. With that in mind there there are a few viable options for the Buds one that may have already been solved by Fletcher when he talk about his "Homerun" trade that so many of us have heard about.

Now up pops the name Patrick Marleau again could he be an option he is nearly making what the Leafs were offering to Mats Sundin. He does have an NTC and any trade would have to be approved by him.

Another option would be Jussi Jokinnen someone who I here is continually being mentioned in any trade involving Pavel kubina along with Halpern.

Either way come Friday or early next week there will be another new face on the Maple Leafs roster.

Once again I would like to say that I called the Pascal Leclaire signing days before it happened! Including the 3 year term.

The Source


Here are some of the rumors mentioned at tonight's LIVE CHAT, who were compiled by an HB source:
  • MARK PARRISH is getting interest from the NASHVILLE PREDATORS
  • BRENDAN SHANAHAN and the NEW YORK RANGERS are taking to long to reach a deal for either side's liking, so a deal will probably not be reached.

The HB FEATURE POLL for the night was a subject on the hottest topic on the night: Montreal backstopper Carey Price. He was talked about quite a bit, including a bunch of comparisons with Justin Pogge, the Leafs prospect netminder. The question and answers are below:

How many Vezinas will Carey Price win?

2 ( 50% )
0 ( 17% )
1 ( 17% )
3+ ( 17% )
Also, fans think that the Habs (60%) will win the East (although the chatroom is usually full of Habs fans...)

Kings Alternate Jersey

Here are possible 3rd jerseys for the Kings. The official jersey is not scheduled for release until November. I have no idea why they would wait until after the season starts to release the alternate jerseys but thats the official time frame the Kings have given me.

Change in management in E-Town

The Oilers have named former GM Kevin Lowe as President Of Hockey Operations and have named Steve Tambellini as the new GM..

Jaroslav Modry Signs With Czech League

Modry has signed a 2 year deal with HC Liberac of the Czech League.

Scotty Bowman Heads To The Windy City

Hockey legend Scotty Bowman has ended his long tenure as a Detroit Red Wing to take a front office position with the Chicago Blackhawks. The 75 year old Hall Of Fame Coach and General Manager will be named as the Senior Advisor of Hockey Operations on Thursday, according to TSN.

Parrish Bought Out, Clears Waivers

Right Wing Mark Parrish cleared waivers today, thus becoming an unrestricted free agent. The Minnesota Wild bought out the rest of his three year, $8.35 million contract yesterday. The buyout was a result of Parrish's disappointing play (just 30 points in 66 games last year) and the Wild's need for cap space.

I'm guessing that somebody will sign Parrish, most definitely to a less expensive deal than he signed with Minnesota before the 2006-07 season. He is a six time 20+ goal scorer, and to me that means he's way too good to be unemployed for much longer.

Hurricanes Sign Bowman

The Carolina Hurricanes have signed 2007 third rounf pick Drayson Bowman to an entry level contract.

Bowman, who led the Spokane Chiefs to last seasons Memorial Cup victory, is eligible to play for his junior club this season, though is considered NHL ready and will compete for a spot during Hurricanes training camp.

Sens Sign Vermette

Reports are saying that the Ottawa Senators have signed Antione Vermette to a 2 year deal worth 5.25 million dollars. Only hours before his arbitration hearing, it seems this maybe a done deal. More when more information comes out.


Wednesday, July 30, 2008

And then there was 2?

As the "soft" deadline for Mats Sundin approaches it seems that Cliff Fletcher has moved on, and now made it a two horse race to the finishline. It is now between Vancouver and Montreal, a quote from the Vancouver Sun stated "started to operate on the basis that [Sundin] probably won't be back." Fletcher said.

Take it for what its worth but it seems that there is a very good chance that Sundin will not be going back the Toronto. Fletcher also went on to state that there will be about 10 new faces on his Maple Leafs team, so you have to wonder, would Sundin want to go back? Its not the team it was in June.
Now it seems that Sundin has to decide between Montreal and Vancouver, and even though Sundin has been linked to New York, I see that being nothing more than just a rumour. In my opinion, Sundin will land in Montreal, with all the rumours of Vermette, Afinogenov, and Gionta really heating up, maybe there is something Mike Gillis knows that we dont, or maybe he is truely trying to sweeten the deal for Sundin with more offensive support. Whatever the case maybe, one thing seems certain. This ride is finally coming to an end.

More News on the Leclaire Contract

In case you missed it, earlier today Pascal Leclaire was resigned by the Columbus Blue Jackets. Details of the deal were not disclosed but now sources are saying the contract is for 3 years, 11.4 mill. Its will pay Leclaire 3 mill in 2008-09, 3.6 mill in 2009-10 and 4.8 mill in 2010-11.

LIVE CHAT INTERACTIVE: 6 teams in it for Mats?

As mentioned in our Live Chat by one of our readers, the radio station Team 1040 just asked JP Barry, the agent of Mats Sundin about his possible destinations, and his reply was that there are now SIX teams that now have a legitimate shot at Mats.
JP also stated that Mats is in Stockholm as of now. He usually rounds up some Swedish veterans to train with him there around this time, so take what you want out of that. But if anyone is interested in stalking him in Stockholm....I will stop right there....

Here's what our live poll stated about the teams we all thought are in the picture. All these answers are from HB fans:

New York( 5% )
Montreal ( 52% )
Philly ( 0% )
Vancouver ( 24% )
Toronto ( 19% )
Colorado ( 0% )

Gainey Contacts Sundin's Agent

Bob Gainey contacted Sundin's agent J.P. Barry last night. Gainey feels Sundin is nearing a decision and felt it was necessary for him to just let Sundin know he is still very interested in his services. Gainey has kept quiet about this whole situation, which is why we call him Silent Bob. Sundin is expected to give his decision on whether he is playing or not in or around August 1st and then decide on a team a few days later.

Columbus Blue Jackets Re-Sign Goaltender Pascal Leclaire

The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed goaltender Pascal Leclaire to a three-year contract through the 2010-11 season, club General Manager Scott Howson announced July 30. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Filppula inks 5 year deal with Wings

According to Valtteri Filppula has signed a 5 year deal worth $15 Million with the Red Wings. Good young talent, Good signing!

How Much Are They Worth?

With Ville Koistinen's recent signing with the Predators, and Valtteri Filppula's signing with the Cup Champs today, there is only one more player that is required to go to arbitration. He has been subject to many trade rumors, and this could shape up to be a major move for the Ottawa Senators if they decide to move him. He is, Antione Vermette.

Antoine Vermette- Senators[Hearing set for July 31st]
The St-Agapit native had a very good year, improving his career high by 14 points. He had a 24 goals, 53 points season and had a +3 rating. Vermette was brilliant on the PK, scoring 3 goals and adding 3 assists. The 26 year old center can become one of the best two-way forward in the league. He has all the tools, speed, very good faceoff abilities, good vision and a good shot.

But the question much this guy worth?
Antoine Vermette is a player you can use in every situation. He is very good in his own zone and he can win crucial faceoffs. This guy can play quality minutes on both the PK and the PP. This is why I think, he should earn an average of $3.75 million a season. Having a guy who can be effective in many aspects of the game is a key to success in the NHL.

Valtteri Filppula-Red Wings[Hearing set for August 1st]
Finland has not produced a bunch of good young players in recent years, but Filppula is an exception. The young center more than doubled his last year's point production, during the 2007-2008 season. The Vantaa native notched 19 goals and added 17 assists in 78 games, and had an impressive +16 rating. Filppula is quite ready to have some top 6 minutes, he could breakout as soon as next season, as a 2nd line center.

But the question much this guy worth?
The 24 year old Red Wing still needs to improve some assets in his play in order to become a second line player. He does have goal scoring potential, he is good in his defensive zone but next season will say a lot. I think it is too soon to give this guy a really long term contract worth big bucks. A 3 years, $2.5 millions a season looks alright (It was 5 years, $15 million) . If Filppula keeps improving and playing like he did last season, he will become an even more important player to his team. Expect him a regular and important member of the Finnish national hockey team soon.
- Analysis provided by Habs_Marc
- Edited by Brodes

Hennessy in the Canadian capital for 2 more years

The Ottawa Senators resigned one of their RFA, center Josh Hennessy. The American prospect agreed to a two year, two-way deal. The money involved is unknown.

Hennessy who played his junior hockey with the Quebec Remparts, was drafted by the San Jose Sharks, 43rd overall in the 2003 entry draft. But in July 2006, he was part of the three-way deal who shipped Martin Havlat and Bryan Smolinski to Chicago, who brought Mark Bell to San Jose and sent Tom Preissing to Ottawa.

Since that time, he played most of the time in the AHL, with Binghampton. Last season, the Brockton, Massachusetts native played 76 games with the NHL affiliate club, scored 22 goals and registered 51 points. He also played 5 games with the Senators, while not beeing on the scoresheet, he had a -1 rating. He scored his first NHL goal during the 2006-2007 season, during the time he was called up for 10 games.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Ryan Clowe Could Be Already Signed?

Ryan Clowe, is a great player but is still rolling around the free agency market and I can only ask one question "What's Up?" I mean Clowe has gone through arbirtration and even though Doug Wilson has said the deal is pretty much done like dinner I've learned their has been a bunch of interest in the left wing.

You can call me a lunatic, but I've got a hunch that Ryan is already gone. I mean the Sharks only have 1.374 million cap space left and still have a handful of prospects to sign. Now something I know for real is that Clowe still hadn't picked the term of his new contract and I think why he's taking so long is cause another team is trying to poach him. If you look at some teams and their cap space it's ridiculous and in my mind the only way Mr. Clowe is getting what he deserves is if he signs with one of those teams. So as a fan I'd say "Stay Ryan" but as a respectful person I'd say "Go Somewhere Else" and that's the road I've decided to take.

Now I ask you all, what road who you take and why? Here are the two front-running teams according to my secret source:

1. Vancouver

2. Boston

Thanks folks,see you next time!

Tortorella not to coach the Isles?

Sources tell Scotty that the next Islanders coach will not be John Tortorella. The American coach had an interview with GM Garth Snow, and it looks like they could not agree on some key issues.

Koistinen Awarded One-Year Deal in Arbitration

An arbitrator has awarded Nashville Predators' defenseman Ville Koistinen a one year contract worth $700,000 with the Predators today.

Koistinen, 26, tallied 17 points (four goals, 13 assists) in 48 games last season with Nashville.

Parrish on waivers

Minnesota's Mark Parrish has been placed on waivers. He was due to make $2.85 mil this season with the Wild...

RFA Drama in Sens land

Good afternoon,

Well, with Vermette's Arbitration hearing coming ever so closer, rumors are floating everywhere that he will crack and sign or that Murray will crack and put in another offer. Either way, what I am hearing from a variety of sources is somewhat conflicting.

First, this morning I heard that Vermette has no intention of going to his hearing and was mulling over Murray's latest offer and we could see him signed within the next 24 hours; whereas at approximately 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, I was just told that Murray and Mezaros are nearing an agreement and that the details are being ironed out as I type this and that an announcement could be imminent. I've heard that the deal could be in the $3.5M range, where the term has not been given or 'leaked' yet.

Also, at the same time, a few websites are also reporting that Vermette will INDEED proceed to his hearing and come what may... Interesting times indeed, whether these 'rumors' are true or not, I expect something to be announced in Sens land within the next 48-72 hours.

Stay tuned...

Flyers Pitching Offer to Sundin ??

New rumor today has the Philadelphia Flyers making a huge offer to Mats Sundin. The Flyers dont have much room under the cap so if this happens they will definitely be making some moves.

The Bruins resign a pair

Two RFAs, left winger Nate Thompson and center Martin St.Pierre are still in the Bruins organization, when they signed on Monday, new deals with the Original Six team­. The terms of the deals are unknown, but it is expected to be two-way deals, as both players played most of the time in the AHL last season.

Arkansas native, Thompson, played 75 games with Providence last season, scoring 19 goals and adding 20 assists for a total of 39 points. He also added 5 points in 10 playoffs games. Thompson was drafted at the 183th spot, on the 6th round at the 2003 entry draft.

As for St.Pierre, the Bruins obtained him in a minor deal with the Blackhawks, last week. Both team swapped prospect, as St.Pierre went to Bruins while the B's sent out Pascal Pelletier to Chicago. St.Pierre, a Ottawa native, played 5 games with Hawks last season, he did not registered a point and had a -3 rating. He also played 69 games in the AHL with Rockford, notching 21 goals and adding 67 assists. He was signed by Chicago as a free agent, in 2005.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Message From The Creator (THIS WEEK)


Just letting you know I ma away for the week. My bloggers should keep you up to date on the latest news as it breaks. I will have some contact with some of the bloggers to make sure everything is running smooth. I will try to find some sort of internet connection at some point where I am going and if I do, I will update you all!.




The Whole Habbi Thing

The Colorado Avalanche had what I thought was a wicked goalie pair of Theodore - Budaj but after some things started to roll that great pair was split up after Washington snatched Jose. So then I sat their trying to defend Francois Giguere, saying stuff like "it wasn't his fault" and "we just couldn't offer enough money" but as day after day went without us acquiring another goalie I finally stopped defending my teams GM. Yes, the "good" fan probably wouldn't turn on his GM but seriously, look at the guys who are now going to be between the pipes for my Avs and you'll laugh. Like let's just take a look at the Colorado Avalanche goalies:

Andrew Raycroft:
19 2 9 5 964 63 1 3.92

(I mean come on, if the stats don't prove it I'll get a Leafs fan to tell you how bad he was!)

Peter Budaj:
35 16 10 4 1912 82 0 2.57

(these numbers are backup goalie numbers in my opinin and even though I think he's definitely getting better, Peter isn't ready for starting time)

So the only way to get better between the pipes is going to be trading or signing a goalie and one goalies name who's been bounced around is Nikolai Khabibulin's and that's been my target alllll off-season. So now I look at what we'd have to give up and I've already got a idea ready. Here is what I'm thinking trade - wise:

Chicago Get's:
Tyler Arnason
Ben Guite

Colorado Get's:
Nikolai Khabibulin

That way Chicago is shedding 7 mil of cap space and just getting somethingthing like 2 in return and really I see them getting an upgrade from Bolland in Guite and then you also get quite a great guy in Arnason as well. Then Colorado get's a fantastic goalie with Nikolai and will do a heck of a lot better with him! Also, we could put Budaj or Raycroft in the minors and then can be a goalie on - call as we'd call him up every game or two and swith it up and everything!

So yes according to a few sources I've talked to, the Habbi situation is going to heat up very soon and Colorado will be running and gunning and all he said was that Chicago wanted to shell salary and Arnason was for grabs so take it for what it's worth!

So thank ya'll for reading my blog and any of you can email me Av questions at and I'll be sure to answer as my life is Avs hockey and when I'm not talking about Colorado I'm bored!

Thanks, Banjo!

Sundin Decision Day

This has been dragging out for a long long time now, and we are all getting tired of it I'm sure. With Sundin dismissing the rumors of an August 1st deadline, this could go on for longer yet. Well, I talked to numerous people from Montreal throughout the day today and while the Habs organization still feel very confident that they will land Sundin, everything else is quiet in Habland. Not much going on is what I'm saying.

From what I have gathered from the people i contacted, this is what Gainey's plans seem to be. Sundin's D-Day could be the happiest days of our lives or could be what some Hab fans would call a darker day. Basically what I am hearing is that if Sundin signs with the Habs they will be getting rid of Mathieu Dandenault's salary and would bring up a younger defencemen from the farm team to be the #7 D-Man.

However, if Sundin decides to reject the Habs offer and sign elsewhere, or retire, the Habs will most likely be keeping Dandy around and will also announce the signing of Patrice Brisebois for the #7 D-man role. So we will most likely either end up with Sundin + Valentenko(?) - Dandenault or Dandenault + Brisebois.

Schneider on the Chopping Block…..AGAIN!!!!!!

According to numerous rumor sites, Mathieu Schneider will be on the move .The teams that seem to show some interest are the Flyers (need the puck moving d-man),Tampa Bay (I hope they get him or else the defense will be there undoing),Ottawa( Redden’s replacement) and finally Florida(interesting…very interesting).






Lightning Sign Stamkos...

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the Tampa Bay Lightning have signed the 1st overall pick in the 2008 entry draft, Steven Stamkos. As expected he has gotten the maximum for a rookie, signing for 3 years at $850k plus $2.4mil in bonuses. The Lighting cap hit will be around $3.25mil. The Bolts will make the signing official tomorrow at the opening of there rookie camp in British Columbia. The rookie camp will also include the likes of newly acquired Ty Wishart and former 1st round draft pick, goaltender Riku Helenius among 17 others. The event will be held at owner Len Barrie's Bear Mountain Resort in Victoria British Columbia, and will be open to the public.

IMO: Nothing shocking here. This was expected from the beginning.

Glass still a Sens

The Ottawa Senators signed goalie Jeff Glass to a one year, two-way deal. The terms are still unknown.

The Sens third round choice in the 2004 entry draft, played with Binghampton, the Senators AHL affiliate team. He 15 of his 39 games, with a 2.88 GAA and a save percentage of ,913.

Quotes From JM on Bouwmeester

4.8 Million deal
Would have been higher if they went to arb.

"We're real happy to have been able to get an agreement with Jay and his agent,'' general manager Jacques Martin said. "We feel it satisfied both parties. It’s a fair deal for us, a fair deal for what he brings to the table. He’s a young player, one who plays a lot of minutes and a lot of different situations. It's good to have this behind us.

"I think at least to have him and be able to come to an agrrement showed some progress. Two years ago, we went to arbitration with him. This shows good faith by both partes. This is a chance for Jay to step in and help our team progress. We feel we’re going to have some success with the moves we made.''

Problem is, if Jay thinks the Panthers are continuing to to sink, he's moving on.

"I'm glad Jay is on board. Sometime during the season, hope to get it long term,'' JM said. "We’re progressing. We want to have a good start to the season, then address the issue.
"We have a player who was a third overall pick, a kid who is a winner, a competitor. He wants to get into the playoffs, win a championship. We feel with him signed now, we can use this year to show where we’re going.''

Adding Fuel To The Fire(J-BO SITUATION)

Although Many People Now Think That The Fact Bouwmeester Has Signed Ends Any and All Speculation of him being traded but in fact in increases the chances he does. Maybe he will be traded in a couple days maybe it will be at the deadline we dont know but what I do know is that if him signing this one year deal allows the Panthers to keep looking for a better offer than what they started with. Jacques Martin and the Florida Management know that J-Bo WANTS OUT and im assuming this is along the lines of there plan.

Bouwmeester Signs 1 Year

and 1 day before his hearing. Is a trade coming soon?

stay tuned.



Hidden Talent

Hey Everyone I Found A Tampa Bay Lightning Fan With Some Hidden Talent Of Blogging Heres The Blog Hope You Enjoy He'd Love Comments So Put Some Up!

The Tampa Bay Lightning picked up many players through Free Agency and even though my opinion isn't always agreed with I'm going to list it anyway! So what do I think of our recently signed players? I think greatly of them but I do think some of them were just a little use-less. For example, the Adam Hall signing. Like I know Adam is young & fast but we already had a bunch of RW's racked up and if we wanted to be balanced we could've spared Hall for a LW or two. So yeah I like the amount of signings we made this year but I do feel like Feaster should have look at the players positions before buying into em'. So now I'm going to list the new players we acquired and the pro & con of each one.

Ryan Malone

Pro: We finally got a solid 2nd line RW | Well we've got Ryan locked up for so long, I worry he's going to get into a long slump and we'll be stuck.

Con: Well we've got Ryan locked up for so long, I'm worried some big thing will put him out of play and then we'll be stuck with him for a long 7 years.

Final: Good Signing

Radim Vrbata

Pro: Well Radim brings 8 seasons of experience with him and has quite the scoring touch which will always help a team in need like us!

Con: With him making 3 mil. per season just seems a little too much for a 56 pointer. Like I just don't know why we acted like we were in need of RW's as like I said before, we had a bunch even before we came into the season and we should have invested in LW's!

Final: O.K. Signing

Mark Recchi

Pro: Mark lit the lamp for a while in Atlanta, I mean being 40 and scoring 14 goals is fine by me and Recchi also brings that locker room presence to the Bolts a long with some fantastic hockey experience.

Con: He's 40!!! I mean I don't want to sound rude but he is pretty darn old and probably only has a season left so why did Jay even pay that million to get an old, rusty RW? Like I wouldn't be suprised if Feaster's moto is "You Can Never Have Enough RW's" as he just kept on signing him and it started to disgust me.

Final: Bad Signing

Gary Roberts

Pro: This guy is a huge presence in the locker room and my god, fans love him! He's full of charisma as well and can use his strength to give himself space to pass the puck. Can also block quite nicely. Also he's a LW, so at least we some-what improved our depth at that position!

Con: He's 46!!! I mean he's older than Rick but in my mind has a lot more value than him too with all his charisma, muscle & knowledge but he also brings a lot less speed and doesn't really bring any kind of scoring touch.

Final: O.K. Signing

Olaf Kolzig
Pro: The Bolts had a fine pair of goalies in my opinion but by adding Olaf we have a "consistent" goalie pair as Kari was hot & cold and we couldn't really count on him but Smitty can win many games in a row and with Kolzig, when he does good, he does real good and when he does bad, he does real bad so at least he keeps either a losing streak or a winning streak.

Con: Kolzig is getting a little injury prone at 38 and we will have to remember that he is just a backup as if we start him again and again he'll definitely get injured.

Final: Good Signing
So yeah folks, hope you loved my blog and I'll be sure to post another soon!

If J-Bo Gets Crowned....Will He Reign For Longer Than 1?

So I received an e-mail this morning about if Jay Bouwmeester gets traded to the LA Kings would he even sign an extension with them? Here is my answer to the question:

Although it is a sort of situation like the Florida Panthers the Kings have a more promising future. In nets they have Jonathan Bernier And Jonathan Quick. On D They Have:Jack Johnson (if he does not get traded for J-Bo), Thomas Hickey and more recently Drew Doughty . And on Offense they have Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and others. Could you imagine J-Bo on a D pairing with Drew Doughty??? IN THE WORDS OF PIERRE MCGUIRE THAT WOULD BE MONSTER!

Another reason: look at all that cash lying there with LA. The Kings need to get to the minimum cap limit and could give Bouwmeester a big contract to help them get there. Some people say money is not everything but for some of these guys, ITS THE ONLY THING.

BOTTOM LINE: Can Bouwmeester Get Traded To Kings And Remain A King For More Than 1 Year......??? YES!


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Jay Boumeester traded??

According to Darren Dreger and another source Jay Boumeester is likely to be traded by Wednesday. The teams leading the charge are Ottawa, Washington, Toronto, and LA.

The Panthers are said to be asking for a Roster D man and a 1st round pick.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Islanders Could Introduce Torts As Coach..SOON

Just got a message sent to me via telephone from an Islanders guy saying that John Torterella's Interview with the New York Islanders went "REALLY WELL" and a deal could be announced between the 2 sides in the next few days.

Kings Trying to Acquire Bouwmeester

Here are a few things that have been confirmed...

1. The Kings are trying to acquire Bouwmeester

2. Jack Johnson is still being mention in this trade but chances are very slim

3. The Kings are really pushing a package that includes Patrick OSullivan, Peter Harrold and draft picks

4. The Kings are still trying to resign OSullivan

Just a few other updates. The Kings are working on long term extensions for Kopitar and Johnson. Im not sure on a exact date but Cloutier's arbitrations hearing is coming up within the next 2 weeks. And they are working on a new contract for Jarret Stoll.

Another source has told me to look for the Kings to make a move for a Goaltender in the next few weeks.

F Brendan Shanahan close to 1 year deal

Sources confirm that Brendan Shanahan is close to a 1 year deal with NY Rangers no terms have been released and the deal could be announced as early as tomorrrow.

The Source

Wild Extend Bouchard, Bruins Buy Out Murray

The Minnesota Wild have avoided an arbitration hearing with right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard by signing him to a five year, $20.4 million contract. A 2002 first round draft pick, Bouchard is the Wild's second all time leading scorer behind only Marian Gaborik. The diminutive forward has had some trouble with being a consistent scorer, but at only age 24 Minnesota feels he can still improve his game.

Heading east, the Boston Bruins completed their buyout of veteran right wing Glen Murray. The B's would have owed the seven time 20+ goal scorer $4.15 million in 2008-09, but instead chose to sever their ties with the 35 year old. Murray is now an unrestricted free agent and is free to sign with any team he wants to.

Couple Notes From Around The NHL

Mats Sundin Has Denied That He Has Set An August 1st Deadline To Make His Decision And Hopes To Make A Decision In Early August.

The LA Kings Were Hot After Jay Bouwmeester But Have Fallen Fast As The Panthers Are Asking For D-man Jack Johnson In Return And The Kings Are Reluctant To Give Him Up And Continue To Offer A Package Including O'Sullivan Instead.

SUNDIN A HAB?? Or Is It Just A Mistake?


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07/18 MONTREAL -- Mats Sundin has feasted on many NHL teams over ...

MONTREAL -- Mats Sundin has feasted on many NHL teams over the years; just ask the Canadiens. Here's a look at 13 numbers from the brilliant career of the Habs' new No. 13. 78-Points amassed by Sundin in 2007-08, making him the only NHL player over the age of 36 to have cracked the 75-point mark last season. 12-Seasons out of the 13 he spent with the Leafs in which Sundin led the Leafs in scoring, with the exception of 2002-03 when Alexander Mogilny was Toronto's leading scorer. 1-Players in league history not named Mats Sundin who also managed to score 20 goals in each of their first 17 NHL seasons, with Marcel Dionne having also managed the feat. 15-Career overtime goals scored by Sundin, a league record he shares with Jaromir Jagr. 94-Game-winning goals scored by Sundin, the sixth-highest regular season total of any player in league history. 11-Years spent as captain of the Maple Leafs, the fifth-longest tenure in league history behind only Steve Yzerman (Red Wings), Joe Sakic (Nordiques/Avalanche), Raymond Bourque (Bruins) and Scott Stevens (Devils). 8-NHL All-Star Game appearances by Sundin, with the Swedish centerman piling up a combined three goals and 12 assists at the league's midseason classic. 2- Times Sundin was named a year-end, Second Team All-Star (2001-02 and 2003-04). 1989-Year Sundin became the first European player ever to go No. 1 at the NHL Entry Draft, when the Nordiques held the first pick overall. 555-Career goals scored by Sundin in 1,305 NHL games, ranking him at No. 22 on the league's all-time list. 74-Playoff points piled up by Sundin in 83 career NHL postseason games. 0-Swedish-born NHL players besides Sundin to have reached the 1,000-point plateau. 2-Fellow former NHL first overall picks to have scored more career goals than Sundin, including Mario Lemieux and Guy Lafleur.

Thrashers pitch deal to Nagy and Mats Sundin to Leafs seems very close.

According to a source and a rep I have spoken to for the Atlanta Thrashers they have offered a 1 year $1,850,000 to UFA F Ladislav Nagy the deal has not been confirmed yet and there are other teams who still have interest including Nagy's former team the LA Kings. The Rep has said that the deal could be signed after Mats Sundin signs as he seems to be the last link in the chain before other pieces are moved around.

Speaking of Mats Sundin speaking to JP Barry this evening he said that while he won't name names he can say that Mats has chosen a team. Or at least he would like me to think that way! I have spoken to a few people who believe that Mats will rejoin the Leafs in the coming days maybe even as soon as Wednesday of next week.

Things are definitely starting to heat up this evening as many GM's seem to be talking including Montreals Gainey and Vancouvers Mike Gillis.

If this is true and Mats has chosen the Leafs then I would expect the Vermette to Van rumors to pick up even more in the next few days. Bieksa and a Prospect seem to be the return right now or at least thats what has been tossed about by the local media.

Anyways stay tuned things are getting toasty.

The Source

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Morrisonn back with the Capitals for one year

Defenseman Shaone Morrisonn was set to arbitration today, and he accepted a one year, 1.975 million dollar contract.

Last season, the Vancouver native played 76 games, notching a goal and scoring a total of 10 points. He had a +-4 rating, while having the 3rd highest ice-time among Washington's defensemen.

Habs_Marc's take: Very good signing for the Capitals, Morrisonn is a good, young and effective defenseman. He needs to work on his offensive production, but he is doing a great work back in his own end, he may become one of the best shutdown defenseman in the league. Looking at the contracts some UFA signed this year, Shaone comes to a pretty cheap price.

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Rangers Re-sign Sjostrom

The NY Rangers have agreed to terms with RFA Fredrik Sjostrom on a 1 year $840,000 contract.

(The Sources take: Great signing this kid will continue to grow into a better player I think the Rangers have something good in this kid)

Bouchard Resigned By Wild

The Minnesota Wild Have resigned Forward Pierre-Marc Bouchard To A New Contract Extension, Thus Avoiding Arbitration. The Contract Is For 5 years and is worth 20.4 million dollars over the course of those years.

Leclaire Update And York Climbing Depth Chart

This is an e-mail I got from my Columbus Source:

I don't know who you've talked to other than myself regarding the Blue Jackets, but Pascal Leclaire has NOT re-signed yet. Trust me on this one.

The Blue Jackets gave Leclaire's agent another counter-offer today, and Leclaire will have until Tuesday to accept the offer or counter back. I would say he will counter back.

They're close, but it's not done yet.

And to anyone doubting the Mike York signing in Columbus, he just may turn some heads. Whenever a guy is buried on the depth chart as he is, there's a little extra incentive going into camp.

2009 Winter Classic Logo Released

So what does everyone think? I like the classic vintage look, nice job.

Lehoux now a Habs

Center Yanick Lehoux signed a two-way deal with the Montreal Canadiens on friday. The Montreal native, played 10 games in the NHL, scoring 2 goals and adding 2 assists. He spent the 05-06 and the 06-07 season with the Phoenix Coyotes. But he signed a one year contract with the Khimik-Mytischi of the Russian Super-Liga last year.

Habs_Marc's take: Decent signing from Gainey, bringing in a hometown guy, who still need to prove that he can play in the NHL, but he can be a good addition for the Bulldogs. Lehoux will likely play in Hamilton next season, but he will battle for a roster spot at the training camp. Expect him to play as a 3rd/4th liner if he cracks the roster or if he is called up.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Kill Bouwmeester Rumors

According to a source of mine and Spector's Hockey, Jay Bouwmeester has decided to reject the Florida Panthers multi year deal and will go to arbitration on July 29th.

So this all but kills any rumors of J-Bo being shopped.

The Source

(Also remember that he can still be traded before the Arbi but I wouldn't expect it to happen as the Panthers are asking for a 1st round pick)

Vermette Likely A Nuck

According to an HB Canucks Correspondant, the Ottawa Senators will likely trade forward Anotine Vermette to the Vancouver Canucks Canucks. The correspondant says that the return for the Canucks will not be defenseman Kevin Bieksa, although it could be Sami Salo.

Leclaire Resigned?

An E-mail was sent to one of my colleagues seconds ago, stating that Pascal Leclaire has resigned with the Columbus Blue Jackets for 3 years at $14 million. We will wait for confirmation of the news.

Scotty's Take: I'm not sure how long until this could be announced, but I can tell you this is legitimate rumor from the Blue Jackets guy I talked to and that you should not hold your breath but this could very well be the deal.



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Svatos Reups With Avs

The Colorado Avalanche have avoided arbitration with forward Marek Svatos by resigning the young guy to a 2 year contract extension.

John Tortorella heading to New York!!

As I reported on July 21st/08. It looks like John Tortorella is heading to the Islanders. John will be meeting with GM Garth Snow on Sunday.

Stay tuned for more....

The Latest on Jay Bouwmeester

His Arbitration hearing is scheduled for July.29.08

He has recently rejected a multi year contract extension from the Panthers worth a little over 5 million a year. It is apparent that the Panthers are low balling him since he is worth (to the team) about 6 million a year.

Lets all keep in mind that Bouwmeester is the player who this organization was planning on building around. This organization also was planning on building around Luongo but didn't want to pay up. Jokinen was also "untouchable" and would not be traded by the Panthers.

The Panthers 3rd overall pick is about to pack his bags and leave Florida like so many other great players have before him. Its tradition in Pantherland to always trade away their best talent just to stay under the playoff line come the end of the season. At least the Panthers are consistent losers.

Mike York heading to Ohio

According to The Columbus Dispatch, forward Mike York signed a one year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets. York agreed to a two-way contract, worth 750k if he plays in the NHL and 100k in the AHL.

The Michigan native notched 6 goals and added 8 assists in 63 games last season with the Phoenix Coyotes.

Shanahan returning

Per Michael Farber of, Brendan Shanahan will be returning to the NHL this season. He is contemplating a one-year offer from the Rangers. If he declines that offer, he will sign with another team.

Leafs Closing in on Jokinen

According to Howard Berger who I spoke with at length this morning the Leafs are close to a deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning that would see Pavel Kubina got to Tampa Bay for Jussi Jokinen. The Lightning have been trying to re-aquire D-man for sometime and the Leafs have been looking to land Jussi since his days in Dallas.

According to Berger the deal hinges on the decision of Mats Sundin and as soon as his decision is made the deal could be made immediately following that, assuming that Mats sign else where.

Now he said that the Leafs would get more than just Jokinen in the deal they could also get a pick or prospect.

Stay Tuned

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Isles Officially Re-sign Gervais

Reports out of New York claim that the Isles have come to terms on a 3 year, one way deal worth $2.1 million with defencemen , Bruno Gervais.

Also, next in line for the Isles coaching job is John Torterella. Although it seems Joel Quenneville is the favourite.

Dustin Brown Bleeds Purple and Black

There is a new trend at the Staples Center, Dustin Brown jerseys. He has quietly become the fan favorite in the last 4 seasons as a King. His hard checking and aggressive style of play caught everyones attention for his first 3 seasons but last season his offensive game was a welcomed surprise. When the Kings are playing at home its like being at a Dustin Brown fan club meeting. His photo and name is everywhere. The fans love him, Dean Lombardi loves him. And after signing a 6 year contract extension he is not going anywhere.

Brown was drafted in 2003. He was taken in the first round, 13th overall. He immediately showed his checking abilities. But in the 2007-08 season he showed he could score. The Kings game him a gift that keeps on giving, Anze Kopitar. The 2 of them together have tormented goalies and defenceman. Brown had 33 goals and 27 assists last season, both career highs. He also led the NHL is hits with 311, 45 more than 2nd Michael Komisarek. Then he put on a show at the 2008 IIHF World Championships with 9 points and 22 PIM in 7 games.

He has become the new face of the Kings. Next season he is expected to wear a "A" on his jersey. He and Kopitar will lead this young group into the dangerous Western Conference. With his new leadership role and expected elevated offensive numbers, he is sure to grab the leagues attention. And to all the rookies coming into the NHL, keep your head up.

Sundin likely to wear Bleu, Blanc, Rouge

Like I was reporting earlier on the chat, I spoke briefly to JP Barry concerning Sundin and the Habs. I had heard that the Habs had received some "good news" from the Sundin camp so I asked Barry for confirmation. He told me that the Habs did indeed get some good news from Mats but would not tell me anything more than that. Now, with Eklund posting the quotes that he did, it seems like it's finally all falling into place, or like EK said "falling into the Habs lap". I know most of the time Ek isnt all that reliable, but i have been getting pretty much the same statements from the people that I have contacted.

I do know that Mats has not signed as of yet; he said he will make his decision on August 1st, so that is when he will decide. However, it does look as though he will be wearing Bleu, Blanc, Rouge this upcoming season, but ANYTHING can happen between now and the 1st of August.

Shana- handcuffed

It was reported today former Blues owner Mike Shanahan Sr. pleaded guilty to federal charges of backdating stock options. Shanahan owned the Blues at the height of their popularity ('86-'99). Federal charges on 11 other counts were dropped for a guilty plea of falsifying records of a publicly traded company.

My question to Mr. Shanahan: When coooking the books and skimming of the top.... Why could you use some of that money to get us a Cup?

If convicted Shanahan could face 21 months in jail.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Gervais And The Isles Close To New Deal

The New York Islanders are close to signing Defenseman Bruno Gervais to a new contract extension. There were rumors yesterday that they had traded him to the Canadiens which is now obviously NOT true. No terms were released.

Should I stay or Should I go?

well, besides referencing a wicked song from one of my all-time favorite bands, The Clash, I'm sure this very question is bouncing around the minds of Antoine Vermette and Andrej Meszaros. And of course since it seems like this has been dragging on forever, the trade rumors continue to rear their collective heads.

So far, I've heard Vermette for Kubina (I don't see this happening personally, but hey, I didn't see Ruutu coming here either so who knew), Vermette for Bieska; Vermette, Mezaros, Nikulin and a 2nd in '09 for Bowmeester, etc... Oh yeah, you name it, the more outlandish the rumor, it's certainly surfaced somewhere in the past few weeks.

Some will say that Murray waited too damn long, and now he's going to have to suck it up and pay; while others are theorizing since Mezie has received no offer sheets, perhaps none are forthcoming??

I tend to think and agree with a few friends of mine (Shout out to Heater, Jamvan, Cap'n', Jordo and MurderonIce) that Vermette may very well crack before next week, specifically the 31st, and sign a long-term deal. I'm sure Vermette's agent has Antoine convinced he'll be awarded something like $4 - $5M a year; but I think a more realistic number would $3.2 - $3.7 at the MOST!! Either way, I think Vermette has been given some bad advice by his agent and hopefully, as I'm sure we'll all see him signed and or traded within the next 3-5 days TOPS, this whole situation will eventually come full circle, and then, like that, it is done.

Now Mezie is another matter. He could very well wait it out and force Murray's hand for something like $3.5 to $4.2M'ish over a long-term stretch; plus his agent is bargaining with an offer for mezie to sign in the KHL and join his buddy Emery as well, so this situation is far from over.

Now, I am of the mindset that if both can be retained to cap-friendly #'s, then perhaps Murray should just ink them and move on. It's like that ol' Kenny Rogers' tune: "you got to know when to hold 'em... Know when to fold 'em..." Needless to say, Murray, Vermette and Mezie are in a game of chicken, and although I've heard some interesting trade proposals over the past few weeks, I happen to know for a FACT that Murray has a plan B, C and possible D & E in place on the chance that a deal cannot be worked out and he can trade both and get a substantial but fair return for both.

What do you think? Should the Sens keep Vermette and Mezie, or one or the other or neither?
It's a tough decision, so I can only imagine how Murray feels... poor bastard!

I'll go on the record and say that if I had to choose between a young and still developing and learning D man, and an all-around center who can pot approx. 20 goals, play on the PK, play on PP, win face-offs and skate like the wind... Well, the choice is quite clear...

I'll be back with an update and rumors later this week or weekend...


Jussi Jokinen gone before start of camp

Jussi Jokinen looks as good as gone according to him and Andy Strickland. Teams interested are Toronto, Vancouver, and San Jose.

Look for him to be moved for a Dman in the next week or so.



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Bruins,Hawks Complete Minor Swap

The Boston Bruins have announced that they have acquired forward Martin St-Pierre from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for player Pascal Pelletier. This is likely just to bolster there affiliate teams.

Murray Clears, Will Be Bought Out

Veteran Forward Glen Murray has now officially cleared waivers and will now be bought out by the Bruins. It was made official at noon today that he had cleared waivers. There will be a few teams interested in his services so it should be a wild ride for Glen Murray!

Morning Rumors

Here are some morning rumors for you all..and for those who don't think I have sources and think what I'm posting is useless garbage, well it's simple, just don't read it. I do have my sources, i completed a course in Sports Management and built some good connections with people in the business...anyways, onto the rumors..

-Hearing the name of Kubina fly around this morning. One of my most reliable sources has told me this morning that the Leafs have been and are getting tons of calls and offers for Kubina but the Leafs are waiting for that specific type of player that they are looking for. He went on to say the latest he's heard is that the Lightning are interested in bringing him back and are offering up Jussi Jokinen. I will have more on Kubina throughout the day, his case is getting VERY hot.

-Got confirmation this morning from someone out West that the Canucks are packaging up a prospect and a pick to send to the Flyers in return for Scottie Upshall. The Nucks are looking for secondary scoring help and he would fit the bill. It would also put the Flyers below the cap.

-The Ducks are really trying to get rid of Schneider's salary. I am hearing a few teams are interested in his services including Buffalo, Tampa Bay and yes, Detroit!

-A source heard news last night concerning Yanic Perreault. He told me the Thrashers and Kings are interested but that he may not sign until the start of training camp.

-The poster "the source" posted this morning that the Leafs, Bruins and Habs were in on the race to land Bouwmeester. I have heard the same thing. Although, this morning I heard that the Kings still had the the better package on the table. Within the last hour, there are some rumblings going around that the Habs have offered up a MAJOR package to lure J-BO to Montreal. I was also told the Habs will not be adding salary with this move, still leaving room for Sundin. I am going to Montreal this afternoon and i will look into it. But i am told this is not the end of it as teams are going heard over heels to get this guy.

5 players who will breakout in 08/09

5 players who will have breakout seasons in 08/09:

1. Bobby Ryan, ANA
Ryan is sure to be in the top six forward mix in Anaheim this winter. And with Bertuzzi gone and possibly Selanne, the #2 pick in the Crosby draft will be heavily relied on to contribute to the Ducks offense. He only scored 10 points in 23 games last season, but he was just getting his feet wet, and played on three different lines. Expect Ryan to have his breakthrough season in 08/09, especially if he plays with Getzlaf.
2. Mathieu Garon, EDM
I really think Garon is about to have a great season coming up. He played solidly in goal down the stretch last year before his injury, and has finally found his home in Edmonton. He’s had the ‘potential tag’ for what seems like forever, and will get a chance to prove himself as the starter for the Oilers this winter. Look for Garon to be a key piece to Edmonton’s puzzle this season.
3. Mikko Koivu, MIN
Sticking with the theme out west, this is the year for Koivu to emerge as a star in Minnesota. He’s been inching towards stardom with some stellar stretches over the last couple years, but he’s ready to do it full-time now. He’ll be a much more important ingredient to the Wild’s offense this year with the departures of Demitra and Rolston. I’ll even go as far as saying he could approach the 90-100 point mark this season. He’s got that much potential… remember, he was the 6th overall selection in the 2001 draft.
4. Joe Corvo, CAR
I’m looking for Corvo to produce huge numbers from the blue line this year. He was very productive with the ‘Canes late last year after coming over from Ottawa. He scored seven goals (21 points total) in 23 games with Carolina; and with Joni Pitkanen by his side on the man advantage, Corvo’s set to have a career year in the 08/09 campaign.
5. David Krejci, BOS
He has the potential to put up solid offensive numbers in Beantown this season. In his rookie season, Krejci scored just six goals in 56 games. If he doesn’t put up the numbers right away this winter, look for him to become a key two-way forward for Boston this season. I really this kid and his potential…

Others to watch:
Colby Armstrong, ATL
Nick Foligno, OTT
Tyler Kennedy, PIT
Antti Pihlstrom, NSH
Devin Setoguchi, SJ

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Maple Leafs in the Boumeester Sweeps

According to a source the Leafs are offering a huge package to obtain Boumeester, the source has stated that the package could include Alex Steen and a pick.

The Leafs are believed to be joined in the race for Boumeester with such teams as Boston and Montreal. There are other teams but it is believed that they are not offering as much as the 3 previously stated.

I will look more into this and get you more info as soon as I can.

The Source

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Rumors Du Jour

Here are some rumors for you, i will update as i learn more..

-Sundin will make his decision on whether he will be playing next season or not on August 1st. Latest news tells me Teemu Selanne is intrigued by what Montreal have to offer next season, If the Habs manage to land that big fish we call Sundin, there is a strong chance we see Selanne take a big paycut to go to Montreal.

-One of my sources called me this morning with some news on Bouwmeester. The latter rejected a multi-year deal worth over $5M a year from Florida. He told me he is hearing that Bouwmeester may be dealt to Los Angeles in the next couple of days. The return is believed to be a young defencemen and a draft pick. I am hearing the name of Jack Johnson.

-Bruins place Glen Murray on waivers today with the intention of buying him out if he is not claimed. Strong rumors out of Boston today that they are making a serious push to obtain the rights to Sharks winger Ryan Clowe.

-Brendan Shanahan returning to the Rangers seems more and more likely, could even be done within the week.

-A source told me that Ladislav Nagy is close to signing with the Colorado Avalanche

-Ottawa currently have two deals on the table for Vermette. Both deals would see a defencemen coming the Sens way in exchange for Vermette. The two teams are believed to be the Canucks and Leafs.

More Later...

Sundin to decide on August 1st

As per, Mats Sundin will announce on August 1st if he will play in 2008-2009 or simply go into retirement. As we all know the Vancouver Canucks are eagerly awaiting his decision, after offering a much publicized 2 year contract worth a whopping 20 million dollars. Sunday, the swedish newspaper Aftonbladet reported that Sundin had accepted the Vancouver offer.

That rumor was cast aside by Mats himself on Monday. Toronto and the Montreal Canadiens are also both reportedly still in the running for his services. The suspense continues...



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Maple Leafs and Senators Swap?????

Talking to a source this morning about a possible trade between the 2 teams, I never thought I would see the day this would happen but the rumored deal could be Kubina and Blake for Vermette and Mezaros.

Murray has been quoted as saying that he is having real trouble coming to an agreement with Mezaros and Vermette and really doesn't want to go to Arbitration with them.

In the Leafs case Kubina or McCabe need to be moved and McCabe has that NMC which he and his agent have continued to say won't be waived. Blake while I personaly feel the Leafs shouldn't move him did not live up to what the Leafs expected and he has been rumored out of town several times.

Take this for what it its worth I'm working on a LA/Washington swap right now and should have something on tonights chat so stay tuned!

The Source


Talking to a source just recently and squash any Blake rumors he isn't being moved but a Vermette for Kubina trade could be in the works.

Nucks Sign 6

Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis has announced the signings of forwards Ryan Shannon, Rick Rypien, Mike Brown and defencemen Nathan McIver, Zach Fitzgerald and James Sharrow. Terms of the deals were not released.

Gervais A Canadien?

There is a rumor going that the Montreal Canadiens Have Trade for Bruno Gervais and a prospect by the name of Igor Volkov, a Russian playing for Salavat Yulayev. The Islanders would Receive a 2nd rounder and a prospect.

I dont know if there is much truth to this rumor but im sure we will find out very very soon.


Randy Carlyle Extended

Anaheim head coach Randy Carlyle has signed a two year extension. Terms were not disclosed.

Glen Murray On Waivers

F Glen Murray has been placed on waivers by the Bruins. Teams have 24 hrs to claim him or they can wait until he is on re-entry waivers.

Hurricanes To Honour Glen Wesley

On Feb. 17, The Carolina Hurricanes will retire the #2 in honour of Glen Wesley. Wesley played more games as a Hurricane than any other player.

Originally drafted in 1987 by the Boston Bruins, Wesley spent a large part of his early career paired with Ray Bourque. He was a member of the 1988 All-Rookie Team and the 1989 All-Star Team. Wesley played in the Stanley Cup finals four times. In 1988 and 1990 with the Bruins, and in 2002 and 2006 With the Hurricanes.

Ruckinsky Off To Prague

NHL veteran Martin Rucinsky has decided to head home to the Czech Republic and play for his hometown team, Sparta Prague. The 37 year old Rucinsky played in 961 regular season games for the Canucks, Stars, Canadiens, Nordiques/Avalanche and more currently the Rangers, during his stint in the NHL.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Darche heads to Buffalo

Forward Mathieu Darche signed today a two-way contract with the Buffalo Sabres. Darche, 31, played 73 games with the Lightning last year, recording 5 goals and 20 points. Darche's brother, Jean-Philippe Darche plays for the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.

Nothing to go on!!

You know generally I would never bash a fellow paper or reporter. But recently a so-called very reliable newspaper claimed to have Mats Sundin signing in Vancouver. Well Mats finally came out and finally put everything to rest making the newspaper look like a complete ass.

Now I have it from a very good source that its Toronto or retirement and apparently some people agree with me including a fellow reporter from Sportsnet.

If Mats chooses to re-sign in the TDot I would have to say the Leafs have a very good shot at making the post season. While most won't agree with my statement I think you have to look at what Fletcher has done this offseason:

Finger (4 years $14,000,000) This guy is a bruiser straight up he is exactly what Toronto has needed and ever naysayer will be wondering why they bashed this guy. He will bring something the Leafs have sorely lacked lately.

Hagman (4 years $12,000,000) This guy is a great 2 way player and will pot some goals he will definitely be on the top 2 lines.

Grabovksi (1 year $850,000) Montreal made a HUGE mistake letting this kid leave town and when the Habs and Leafs play he will show them why they shouldn't have given up on him.

Frogren (2 years $2,000,000) This is the proposed salary that I have heard. This guy will replace what Hal Gill left behind except Frogren comes with speed.

All in all Fletcher has made some good moves even though some are questionable this team will compete for a playoff spot especially with Ron Wilson running the team and with the new addtions of Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler backing him up this team will be tough to play against.

Some rumors I am hearing:

The Leafs have been in discussions with Atlanta, Tampa Bay, and Columbus about Kubina.

Montreal is apparently trying to sign Sellane although his agent has said its Anaheim or retirement

Mats Sundin has narrowed it down to Toronto and Vancouver

Ottawa is not interested in swapping Vermette (Leave it alone Eklund)

Atlanta has apparently contacted Ed Belfours agent about a backup roll???? (This is crazy and weird considering they re-signed the Moose and Lehtonen)

Anyways this is all I have for now I will try and get more

The Source

Coyotes Resign Carcillo

The Phoenix Coyotes Have Reached A contract Extension With Grinder/Forward Dan Carcillo. The deal is reportedly for 2 years although no terms have been released as of this time. Here Is What Coyotes GM Don Maloney Had To Say:

"We are very pleased to have signed Daniel Carcillo to a new contract," said Coyotes general manager Don Maloney in a statement. "He is a key member of our team who brings a unique combination of toughness, speed and skill to the lineup."

Those Comments Courtesy Of TSN


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Red Wing Notes

Assistant General Manager Jim Nill told that Finnish forward Valtteri Filppula's arbitration date with the Detroit Red Wings on August 1st could be avoided, as they will most likely settle in on a contract before then. The deal, according to Nill, could be between two to five years, although we know that Detroit likes to sign their top players and valuable assets to long term deals, so look for the deal to be more in the 5 year range.

Nill also told the Michigan-based website that defenseman Kyle Quincey could be signed by the defending champs soon to a one to three year deal.

Cherry to ESPN?

I heard today on CHML 900 in Hamilton that Don Cherry is thinking about joining on with ESPN. My opinion is that he's to strong as a hockey personality to catch on in the United States. Mr. Cherry should stay where he is loved on Hockey Night In Canada.

Kings, Stars Swap Prospects

The Los Angeles Kings and Dallas Stars made a minor trade on Monday. The Kings sent prospect Lauri Tukonen to the Stars for winger Richard Clune. Tukonen, was a 1st round pick, 11th overall in 2004 and was one of the youngest players ever to play in the Finnish Elite League.

The Kings also announced the resigning of young defenceman Peter Harrold to a 3 year deal. Harrold is expected to get alot of playing time this next season due to the loss of Blake and Visnovsky.

Bruins Avoid Arbitration With Wideman

The Boston Bruins have avoided salary arbitration with defenceman Dennis Wideman. The two sides agreed on a deal yesterday that was 4 years worth 15.75 million dollars, that averges out to about 3.9 million per year. Wideman made 600,000 dollars last year.

Fedor Fedorov Returns To NHL, Signs With Devils

Fedor Fedorov, a center who has not played in the NHL since 2005-06 season. Last year he played for Moscow Dynamo of the Russian League and picked up 26 points in 49 games. Fedorov has decided he will return to the league and has signed a contract with the NEW JERSEY DEVILS. Terms Have Not Been Released but I would assume its going to be a 1 or 2 year contract.

Blackhawks Resign Corey Crawford

The Chicago Blackhawks Have Resigned Rookie Goalie Corey Crawford To A 1 Year Contract Extension. Crawford played primarily for the Rockford IceHogs but got the call up to the big leagues by the Hawks for 5 games in 5 games he allowed 8 goals and finished with a save percentage of 0.929.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Shanny in the Lou....

A lot of Blues fans have heard the team has contacted Brendan Shanahan's representation about his status as a free agent and willingness to be lured away from his desire to play with the New York Rangers for one more season. The overall response seems to be a good one. In fact, everyone I have talked to feels he would a valuable asset to this team. But can a 40 year old winger really bring much to a team developing from within?

Here's my take of the teams he's still considering:

Montreal, Pittsburgh, Washington, Minnesota, and Boston (Also Chicago, Edmonton, and Phoenix)

All these teams had youth play a huge role in their drastic turnarounds. If he chooses the St Louis Blues, Shanny will take a young players spot and the Blues will be set back one more year in development. Stick with the plan and develop from within it is the only way for the Blues to get back to a WINNING tradition.

That's my take.

Flyers Sign Lupul to 4-Year Extension

The Flyers announced today that they agreed on a four-year extension with skilled RW Joffrey Lupul. Lupul is coming off of a good season that was partially marred by injury, recording 20 goals and 26 assists while missing 26 games due to a sprained ankle. He added 10 points in 17 playoff games, including the overtime winner in Game 7 of the Flyers' first round series against Washington. Philadelphia originally acquired Lupul from Edmonton last summer along with Jason Smith in a trade that sent Geoff Sanderson and Joni Pitkanen to the Oilers. Terms of the extension were not disclosed.

Blue Jackets Notes

This is a message I received earlier today from my source in Columbus:

1) The Blue Jackets are not going to trade for Pavel Kubina, nor do they have any interest in him at this time. His salary is too much for them to take on, and after they re-sign Pascal Leclaire, the payroll will be slightly above $50 million. Adding Kubina will put them dangerously close to the cap, and leave no flexibility for future moves.

2) I noticed on your live chat that someone on your site is reporting a Leclaire deal to be close. That is false. The two sides spoke late last week, with Leclaire's agent sending the Blue Jackets a counter-offer to the one they made on Monday. They have agreed on the length of the deal (three years), but money is still a major sticking point. And, as I noticed in the chat, this person says the deal is 3 years, $4.5 million. That averages to $1.5 million per season, only a $300,000 raise from his salary from this past year. Doesn't quite add up.

'Mad' Mike Milbury Joins H.N.I.C

The CBC has been under public scrutiny for the past couple of months after the Canadian hockey broadcaster lost its rights to the 'Hockey Theme" song, a staple of its Hockey Night In Canada Saturday broadcasts, as well as the supposed second national anthem.

With the announcement of the addition of Mike Milbury to its broadcasting staff as an analyst and 'Hotstove' regular, the CBC will see their public image kept under the hotstove. Many internet commenters have already bleaked at the addition of Milbury, the former Bruin who will join his former coach Don Cherry on the staff. But who can absolutley hit the ignore button his hockey expertise as someone who has been on the ice and in the boardrooms, and can spark controversy in a second, and viewing interest?
All in all, with all of the latest events transpiring with the CBC and their institution, as a Canadian, it will be very different, and interesting, to see how the new-look Hockey Night does next season.

Who's left after 3 weeks

Forwards - last team
Sundin, Mats TOR
Shanahan, Brendan NYR
Sakic, Joe COL
Hlavac, Jan NAS
Robitaille, Randy OTT
Nagy, Ladislav LA
Smolinski, Bryan MON
Hamilton, Jeff CAR
Selanne, Teemu ANA
Barnes, Stu DAL
Darche, Mathieu TB
Gelinas, Martin NAS
Letowski, Trevor CAR
Rucinsky, Martin STL
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
Modry, Jaroslav PHI
Richardson, Luke OTT
Hill, Sean MIN
Zhitnik, Alexei ATL
Pratt, Nolan BUF
Dallman, Kevin LA

Goalies - last team
Aubin, Jean-Sebastien ANA
Thibault, Jocelyn BUF

Red Wings Resign Howard, Ericsson

The Detroit Red Wings have agreed to terms with both goaltender Jimmy Howard and defenseman Jonathan Ericsson.

Howard will make $600,000 next season and Ericsson will make $550,000.

No other details were released.

Atlanta Thrashers Offseason Update

Three weeks into free agency and most of us were weary. Only Ron Hainsey brought in, and only Johan "Moose" Hedberg and Eric Boulton re-signed.

Since then DW signed Jason Williams, Marty Reasoner, and locked up Kari Lehtonen for at least another season.

Williams is a solid addition. Young and talented, he should be a nice feeder-of-the-puck to Mr. Kovalchuk. Our top line will most likely feature Kovalchuk-Christensen-Williams. I think it's a pretty good start...2 young playmakers for Kovy.

Marty Reasoner was a little surprising considering our current list of 3rd-4th line players, it looks like DW might not be done dealing. Most likely Jim Slater or Todd White are on the move. From everything said by Oilers fans about Reasoner, I think he will be a welcome addition. A solid lockeroom presence, with guts to spare. He's all effort.

Kari Lehtonen was re-signed to a 1 year deal. A little strange that it's only 1 year, but this should work out great for our team. Lehtonen's focus should be seen every night considering he is in another contract year. Johan Hedberg will continue to back up and bring his best effort every time he puts on the pads. Don't forget Ondrej Pavelec who will most likely play one more year in Chicago, barring any unforeseen goalie issues with the Thrash.

A slow start had some worried...but I think this team is starting to look like it has some direction. At the very least Don Waddell is opting for young players as opposed to washed up big name vets. That's a huge plus for this Thrasher fan.


Eric Boguniecki back in the NHL

Former NHLer Eric Boguniecki has reportedly signed with the Anaheim Ducks. The 33 year-old played in Europe last season after playing 11 games with the Islanders in 2006-07. Boguniecki was drafted #193 overall in 1993 by the St. Louis Blues. The terms of the deal are still unknown.

Andre Roy

The Calgary Flames have signed free agent tough guy Andre Roy for the upcoming season.

So they needed a tough guy big wiff.

With the Ilanders search for a coach its come down to John Tortorrella.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Pens Resign Taffe

The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly resigned forward Jeff Taffe to a new contract extension. I have not heard any numbers released in terms of contract length and amount earned.

Flyers 3rd Jersey Leaked

The Philadelphia Flyers 3rd jersey is the second to be leaked today here are some pictures.



We are also trying to get a special guest for the chat tonight! We don't know if it's possible yet, but you should come join us anyways to see who ends up coming!

Feel free to join me in the normal chatroom From Now Until The Live Chat Begins

Alex Pietrangelo

When the draft order was established a couple of months ago I was ecstatic that the Blues ended up with the fourth pick overall in the draft. Alex Pietrangelo was listed by many websites as the 4th overall pick. I have had the pleasure of watching Alex play in the OHL for the Niagara Ice Dogs since I am a season ticket holder. Alex has the ability and skill to be an elite player in the NHL. Hes a puck moving defenseman who plays well defensively and is never out of position. The scouts rave about how he has Chris Prongers size and skill. He doesn't have the mean streak that Chris has and I don't think he has that kind of personality.

Pietrangelo had 13 goals and 40 assists for Niagara of the OHL, including 20 points in his final 11 games. Pietrangelo also had five goals in six playoff games before he was sidelined with mono-related complications. When Alex did go down in the playoffs the ice dogs seemed to disappear and were ousted from the playoffs very quickly.

With Alex and Erik Johnson the blues seem to have two very talented defenseman to build a contender around.






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