Sunday, August 31, 2008
Its Scotty Just Letting You Know I Wont Be Around At All If Much In the Next 2 Days. Im Headed To Chicoutimi To Take In A QMJHL Game. I Will try To Get On Internet At The Hotel But I Apologize If I Am Unable To Enjoy The Couple Days Ahead........MCCABE SHOULD GO DOWN TUESDAY IF ALL IS STILL WELL.
As for Bieksa, he struggled after suffering a lacerated calf against Nashville on November 1. He only played 34 games last season and was clearly bothered by the injury as his production slipped when he did play. If Bieksa proves that he has fully recovered from this injury, he would help out the Canucks a lot, either by contributing on defense or as a trade chip that Vancouver could use to bring in more scoring.
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Scotty's Take: No Surprise Here, Teemu will likely have another stand out year with this great Ducks Team.
No Terms Were Released I Would Think It To Be Between 4 and 4.5 million on Average.
Per Lightning Website.
EDIT:"Here is the breakdown:
$2.5-million next season
$3.25-million in 2009-10
$4-million in 2010-11 and 2011-12
$4.75-million in 20012-13
$5.5-million in 2013-14."
Thanks To A.J. For Finding That
Mayorov, 19, was Columbus’ fifth pick, 94th overall, in the 2007 Entry Draft. The 6-foot-2, 187-pound native of Leninogorsk, Russia was the fourth-rated European skater in the final Central Scouting rankings heading into the 2007 draft.
Last season, Mayorov played for Ak Bars Kazan in Russia and collected one goal and 16 penalty minutes in 11 games. He spent the previous season with Leninogorsk in the Russian Junior League, tallying six goals and four assists for 10 points and six penalty minutes in 28 games.
Friday, August 29, 2008
EDIT: SORRY TO GET YOUR HOPES UP AGAIN......Sundin In Toronto Next Friday To Play Charity Hockey Game.
On 2nd Note Ive created my own Charity: THE SUNDIN SIGN A GOD DAMN CONTRACT FOUNDATION.
More to come.
EDIT: Another Swing And Miss For Lee. Not true.....at this point.
So this is the very latest that I have on the Bryan McCabe situation! When the rumor 1st came out about this GM Fletcher and Bryan McCabes agent Ian Pulver denied it now after a few weeks of waiting they now have no comment. When reporters spoke with GM Martin he also had no comment.
Today I am hearing that the deal is being finished and could be announced after this weekend the players involved from a media standpoint:
To Toronto: Mike Van Ryn, Richard Zednik
To Florida: Bryan McCabe, Unkonwn prospect or player as of yet?
While this is purely a salary dump for both teams the Leafs win as they will save roughly 1.5 million dollars on this years cap. Anyways things should get interesting in the next couple days.
Once Again: THERE WAS NO OFFER SHEET.
-Retirement is Mats BIGGEST option
-Mats has yet to start skating since the end of last season (first time in his career)
-They have six teams who's constantly take some news about Sundin
-VAN and MTL's offers are the two most considered offers
The saga continues!
His best year was 2000-01, when he had 20-24-44 with the Carolina Hurricanes. That was a long time ago. How long? The Blue Jackets' leading scorers that season were Geoff Sanderson, Espen Knutsen and Steve Heinze. Willis played in the AHL the past few seasons.
La Presse reports the Canadiens will retire Patrick Roy's jersey number in November.
The club would not confirm the story, but columnist Richard Labbé was told the team plans to announce its centennial activities on Sept. 24.
Roy's number 33 already has been retired by the Colorado Avalanche.Many argue Roy is the greatest goalie of all time. He won the Cup in 1986 and 1993 with the Habs, and in 1996 and 2001 with the Avalanche.
He won the Conn Smythe in 1986, 1993 and 2001.
Holmstrom - Datsyuk - Hossa
Franzen - Zetterberg - Hudler
Cleary - Filppula - Samuelsson
Maltby - Draper - Kopecky
Downey/McCarty/Helm/Abdelkader as the 13th
These lines absolutely make me salivate. I can't even predict what the PP units will be, because they would be ridiculous. However, I'm personally wondering what Mike Babcock is doing with Filppula being the pivot between Cleary and Samuelsson. The Red Wings' brass just signed Valtteri to a 5 year, 15 million dollar deal based on his potential to be a second line center. Though having Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Draper, and Filppula down the middle is pretty solid, Valtteri will never produce the amount of points being the center for Cleary and Samuelsson as he would for another pair. I would much rather see line combinations of:
Holmstrom - Datsyuk - Zetterberg
Franzen - Filppula - Hossa
With the tear Franzen was on in during the latter stages of the regular and post seasons, I believe Filppula will be more productive (points-wise) with these skilled players as opposed to Cleary and Samuelsson. But alas, I'm not a Stanley Cup winning coach, so I'll let Mike do his job.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
CLEAR UP: NO OFFER SHEET HAS BEEN SIGNED OR GIVEN TO ANDREJ MESZAROS AS OF RIGHT NOW.
According to The Los Angeles Kings Website, The Kings have signed the 13th overall pick from this past summers draft in Ottawa(2008) to a 3 year entry level contract. Teubert who is 18 years of age played for the Regina Pats of the WHL(Western Hockey League) last year. The 6'4 185 pound d-man appeared in 72 games(including:playoffs) last year and scored 28 points and amassed 141 penalty minutes.
-The Flyers have not yet chosen a captain, but have had discussions with several players about wearing the letter "C" on their sweater. For those who don't know, 2007-08 captain Jason Smith departed for Ottawa, leaving Philadelphia to replace him as their team leader. With the primary candidates likely Kimmo Timonen or Mike Richards, the Flyers hope to have their captain selected before training camp starts on September 20.
-Braydon Coburn is recovering well from the facial injury that he suffered in the Conference Finals against the Penguins in May. He is expected to play an even bigger role than last year, as he will likely be on the ice for most key situations. For sure, the Atlanta Thrashers must be kicking themselves for trading this young defensive stud away in February 2007.
Source: Flyers.com - Dear John (head coach John Stevens answers questions from Flyers fans)
80 Nik Antropov
9 Mark Bell
55 Jason Blake
22 Boyd Devereaux
54 Mikhail Grabovski
51 Nik Hagman
44 Ryan Hollweg
21 Jamal Mayers
19 Dominic Moore
23 Alexei Ponikarovsky
14 Matt Stajan
10 Alex Steen
11 Jiri Tlusty
41 Nik Kulemin
8 Carlo Coliacovo
6 Jeff Finger
24 Jonas Frogren
15 Tomas Kaberle
31 Pavel Kubina
36 Anton Stralman
7 Ian White
13 Mats Sundin
24 Bryan McCabe
Argue all you want but "NO" team has a bigger fan base then the Toronto Maple Leafs unfortunately for that fan base we haven't seen a Stanley Cup in 41 years and things don't look to be changing this year either. However the thing that a lot of people are not taking into account is that the Leafs were still in the top 10 for scoring in the league. The problem wasn't that! It was keeping the puck out of there own net something they have seemingly rectified this past off season. Also people aren't realizing that the Leafs really haven't lost any talent from last years team minus Sundin of course. The only people they lost were people who weren't producing (I.E. Tucker, Wellwood) The Leafs have arguably a top 10 goaltending tandem in the East in Joseph and Toskala which should help them out. Lets not forget that Toskala still had good numbers for such a poorly defensive team in front of him. The Leafs will be better defensivly and have gotten younger and faster with the additions of Kulemin and Hagman and Grabovski. I think we will be surprised with where the Leafs will finish.
Man where should I start? Several rumors have been bantied about in Leaf nation this summer and we've heard some big names involved. Of course nothing has come of any of it! I don't have time to make a list but I have heard Marleau, Bouwmeester, Kovalchuk, Van Ryn, Booth, and the list goes on. Obviously names as big as Kovalchuk are far fetched (Which may not be the case after this season as he may be choosing to hit the road). Also tonight I have heard that the Leafs may have been the team that offered Mezaros the offer sheet (Which I find hard to believe without that 2nd rounder)
The Leafs haven't been given a fair chance again this off season and after speaking with Coliacovo yesterday at Lakeshore he thinks that's a good thing as it takes pressure off the team to perform. Although some people may feel this a biased I think the Leafs could finish top 7 in the East.
The Sources Prediction:
Its a toss up with the Buds I will say 12th to 4th
Simply put adding Scheider (or any other quality D-man) makes sense in Vancouver because it would provide GM Mike Gillis with options.
Add to the fact the Schneinder possess something that no one else on the Vancouver roster has (a Stanley Cup ring) but the veteran blueliner would open the door to the greater possibility of moving a defender for some offensive punch. Schneider is aging however the prospect of losing a Kevin Bieksa, Mattias Ohlund or Sami Salo (or even Alex Edler) would mean that the Canucks would be relying on a Rob Davison or Nathan McIver to produce solid minutes on the blueline.
Mark my words, the loss of Luc Bourdon to an off-season motorcylce accident had a large effect on the depth of the Vancouver defensive depth chart. Yes the Canucks top three to six defencemen are something to drool over but if you check out the farm, nothing (except maybe Sauve in a few years) really jumps out at you as a prospective NHLer.
til next time, keep your head up....
From Adam Proteau at the Hockey News:
The Hockey News has learned from a source close to the negotiations that Meszaros has agreed to a multi-year offer sheet with an average salary in excess of $5 million per season.
The team that has agreed to terms with the 22-year-old has yet to be confirmed.
The Ottawa Sun reported earlier that Meszaros was looking for a deal in the $4.5 million per year range while Ottawa had countered with an offer of $3.5 million per.
When contacted, Bryan Murray couldn't confirm the report. More to come!
Below are the teams with cap room to sign such a sheet AND with their next picks:
St. Louis Blues
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Islanders
This is just a taste of the variety of jerseys that have been sent to me thus far. I will post more as I recieve them, as well as a very cool green version of the red and blue jersey by Dave Delisle, who did some great work with the logos.
According to Mlive.com, 36 year old winger Darren Mccarty is close to signing a 2-way deal with the Detroit Red Wings. Mccarty says hes 99% sure he will be back with the organization this year after last season's Stanley Cup triumph. The deal is on the table and he is confident he will sign it.
As per the USA Today:
Former Atlanta Thrashers defenseman Mark Popovic became the latest NHL player to be lured away by the new Russian Super League, agreeing to play for St. Petersburg next season for approxately $1 million
His agent, Tom Laidlaw, said Popovic has not signed his contract, but he confirmed that Popovic has reached an agreement to play in Russia next season for former NHL assistant coach Barry Smith who is the St. Peterburg's head coach.
Several NHL teams were interested in Popovic, but all of them wanted to offer him a two-way contract, meaning he would make much less if he was shipped to the minors.
Brent, 24, was acquired by the Blackhawks from the Penguins in exchange for d-man Danny Richmond on July 17. Brent has recorded one goal in 16 career NHL games, which no point in one game with the Penguins last year. He also played 15 games with the Anaheim Ducks during the 2006-07 campaign.
A career AHLer, Brent has tallied 133 points (54 goals, 79 assists) and 193 PIM in 205 career AHL games.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
As Reported A Couple Days Back here At hockeybums, Sharks Resign Vlasic 4 year deal worth 12.4 million over the years.
Randy Robitaille has signed a three-year deal with HC Lugano in Switzerland.
From Roger Ross at Sharks.nhl.com: Sharks fan favorite Jeff Friesen will return to San Jose as a tryout player when Sharks training camp begins Sept. 20 at Sharks Ice at San Jose.
Ducks Sign Joakim Lindstrom And Ajay Baines. Baines will be playing for AHL team Iowa Chops
According to Rick Sadowski of the Rocky Mountain News, Peter Forsberg, the Avalanche's only remaining unsigned free agent, is still attempting to solve the foot problem that has been the root of his health troubles in recent seasons.
"Peter still has this foot issue," Don Baizley, Forsberg's agent, said Wednesday. "He has to have that resolved before anything is going to develop on that front. There's nothing new on that score at the moment."
Expect a similar situation this year; if Forsberg plays it will not be before Christmas.
This From Fred Poulin Who Is Now Added On As An Author.
12 Jarome Iginla
22 Daymond Langkow
13 Mike Cammaleri
7 Todd Bertuzzi
18 Matthew Lombardi
19 Wayne Primeau
17 Rene Bourque
20 Curtis Glencross
24 Craig Conroy
26 Marcus Nilson
41 Dustin Boyd
23 Eric Nystrom
25 David Moss
27 Andre Roy
37 Brandon Prust
3 Dion Phaneuf
28 Robyn Regehr
33 Adrian Aucoin
6 Cory Sarich
44 Rhett Warrener
4 Jim Vandemeer
8 Anders Eriksson
5 Mark Giordano
34 Mikka Kiprusoff
31 Curtis McElhinney
Has there been a season when the guys from TSN or Sportsnet or heck even The Hockey News hasn't predicted the Calgary Flames to be competing for the Stanley Cup? Its seems to me that they are continuously disappointed! The Flames have some great power up the middle and on the wings with the likes of Craig Conroy, Jarome Iginla, and Curtis Glencross who had amazing season last year with the Oilers (not point wise but being a present on the ice.) I feel the Flames will easily compete with the additions they've made this year Todd Bertuzzi, and Mike Cammaleri should bring a little bit more to the table then last years roster. The addition of Bertuzzi was a sour one in Calgary but I think he should be given a chance to make something of this opportunity. The last time he played in Canada he was dominate on one of the best lines in hockey (Naslund, Morrisson, Bertuzzi.) The Flames defense is scary powerful and will only continue to get better as Phaneuf goes so do the Flames. Adrian Aucoin can still produce at his age and so can Cory Sarich this team should once again be set on the backend.
None coming out of Calgary this season and it doesn't look there will be any changes before training camp look for the Flames to start the season as is.
The Flames will compete with the Oilers for that North West title it should really go down to the wire with this team and should be a great year for the likes of Iginla and Glencross.
The Sources Prediction:
Same as Oilers anywhere in the top 8 but if they can steal that top spot away from Edmonton I could see a 3rd place finish.
August 27, 2008
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Tuesday, August 26, 2008
5 Ladislav Smid
10 Shawn Horcoff
12 Robert Nilsson
13 Andrew Cogliano
18 Ethan Moreau
21 Ryan Potulny
24 Steve Staios
26 Erik Cole
27 Dustin Penner
32 Mathieu Garon
34 Fernando Pisani
35 Dwayne Roloson
36 Mathieu Roy
37 Denis Grebeshkov
43 Jason Strudwick
44 Sheldon Souray
46 Zack Stortini
51 Kyle Brodziak
67 Gilbert Brule
71 Lubomir Visnovsky
77 Tom Gilbert
78 Marc Pouliot
83 Ales Hemsky
88 Rob Schremp
89 Sam Gagner
The Oilers have been adding a lot of pieces to there very young puzzle this summer with the additions of Cole, Visnovsky, and Brule. They do have questions in goal with Garon but he had a very good season last year and will look to improve on that this year. There is a lot of promise in young Gagner (13 Goals, 36 Assists for 49 pts) and Cogliano (18 Goals, 27 Assists for 45 pts) A lot of people including Oiler legend Wayne Gretzky believe these 2 young players can bring the Oilers back to the days of old when they were winning Stanley Cups. The addition of Visnovsky should make the backend produce and Cole should bring a side of grit that only Moreau to this point was capable of bringing.
There aren't many rumors coming out of Edmonton right now there were whirrings of a Gomez deal or maybe Gionta but they have since been proven as false.
I could see the Oilers winning the Northwest this year as its a very open division. They should score more goals then last year and they should be a lot more solid on the backend Garon may be the only question mark going forward.
The Sources Prediction
I will say anywhere between 8th and 3rd
For my first post I thought I would start a weekly top ten thing like on sports center or Letterman except seven because it seemed like a better idea , and at the end of each number their will be the P.O’d meter. Tell me what you think of the idea. Anyway for the first installment I chose….
Top Seven Annoying Things about This Summer
7. Waiting for the release of NHL 09: If you’re like me and have seen the previews for this game you would agree with me, but if you’re also like me and have seen the previews for the new NHL 09 online hockey league you might not (feeling it should be higher). The NHL 09 online hockey league is the latest and greatest from EA sports, it’s a worldwide league where the player and his friends play in first person on the same team against teams from all over the world. The player attempts to level up enough to become the best player in the world. Release date Sept 11. P.S. couldn’t they have picked a better release date? P.O’d meter: keys locked in your car, angry.
6. Boumeester to Leafs rumours: I know they are just rumours but I’m tired of getting my hopes for something that’s probably not going to happen. To be honest the Leafs don’t have what it takes to land J-Bo. The only thing keeping any hope alive is fletcher's “homerun” deal. P.O’d meter: boss asks you to work late on Friday, angry.
5. Lack of interesting news: not much to say on this one might just be the dog days of summer but it has been horribly boring. P.O’d meter: neil2005’s demeanor towards Scotty, angry.
4. Long Decisions: I am talking about the long decisions of old vets who think its okay to hold a league ransom. I know some people will say “it is their right, they earned it”, that’s all and well but it’s still annoying. I am talking about Teemu and Sakic who I believe are hurting their clubs by doing this. Brian Burke said about the Niedermayer situation “didn’t help” the ducks last season. Of course there’s a third offender but I thought he deserved his own column. P.O’d meter: Lou Pinella on a close call, angry.
3. The Cliff and McCabe fiasco: this one is not really anyone’s fault except maybe Bryans three years of lackluster play. The leafs pay him his bonus on September 1st and after that he’s gone. The question is what kind of return will the leafs get, I’ve heard everything from a J-Bo package deal to the leafs adding another roster player just to get a team to take him. Let this be a lesson to all those GM’s who want to hand out NMC like candy. P.O’d meter: Leafs fans at McCabe, angry.
2. Players leaving for Europe: I hate this I really hate this, isn’t the point of playing hockey to get as good as you can and play in the best league you can. Nagy, Radulov (even though he might play in the NHL), Vishnevski, Jagr all these guys have and all of them could have roster spots in the NHL instead they run off with their tail between their legs and their respect the way of the Muskoka 5. P.O’d meter: Christian Bale in the Dark Knight, angry.
1. A certain player not making a certain decision: now I’m pretty sure you all expected this and know who I am talking about. This one is probably a unanimous decision. I’m not even asking “the one who shall remain nameless” to choose a team, just let us know if you are even going to play this year. I would be content with that. This has dragged on for far too long with far too many questions left unanswered. Whole organizations have put there summers on hold waiting for this guy. My opinion is if it takes this long to decide if you want to play then the passion is gone. P.S. do NOT come back to the Toronto Maple Leafs. P.O’d meter: God when Jesus was crucified, angry.
Heres the winning blog by Canucks Fan, Dave Jansen INCREDIBLE WORK!
West Coast Weather
As unpredictable as a sudden snowfall or rainstorm on the west coast, the 08-09 edition of the Vancouver Canucks have their sights set on the beginning of a new era.
Gone in the abyss of organizational restructuring are the likes of “The West Coast Express”; Brian Burke/Dave Nonis, Captain Nazzy; JovoCop and of course all-time favourite Trevor Linden. Long-time fans of the club will have a new list of names to adore; a new list of expectations and a probable chance of unfulfilled promises.
As we sit a little over a month away from the start of training camp (can you even call two days in Whistler a “Training Camp”) the Canucks have several gapping holes that still need to be filled. The likes of Steve Bernier and Pavol Demitra will surely fill their respective roles however, the fact remains that if you combine either one of those two with the Sedin act, you simply have a formidable NHL second line. Does anyone else see a problem here?
Clouds may turn to sunny periods on the third-line as GM Mike Gillis has put together something of a nightmare (for the opposition). Last season Ryan Kesler and Alex Burrows were known to several NW Division opponents as super pests and with the addition of Darcy Hordichuk this threesome is sure to add some spark to the line-up.
On the fourth-line, things appear to return to instability. Free agent pick up Ryan Johnson may be the only bright spot and you can slot in the likes of Jeff Cowan, Rick Rypien, Mike Brown or whoever else can lace up a pair of skates.
As we move to the backend of the line-up stabilizing the forwards is something that the Canucks defence were unable to do last season. The injury bug took its toll on a defence core that many suggested was within the top 5 in the entire league. Kevin Bieksa’s freak leg laceration along with Alex Edler and Sami Salo taking pucks to the face in the same game were only the icing on the cake, not to mention the recent death of up and coming star, Luc Bourdon.
Despite the rash of injuries the Canucks (or shall I say Manitoba Moose) defence core was able to keep this ship afloat and push for a playoff spot well into the final weeks of the season.
Bright skies remain in the forecast between the pipes for the Canucks’ as Roberto Luongo will surely rebound from what many may call his most inconsistent season of his NHL career. As for back-up Curtis Sanford, he appears to be the only goaltender since Kay Whitmore that enjoys the view from the bench in Vancouver however, this season early indications are that “the Sandman” is going to be relieving Luongo on a more consistent basis.
Despite all the instability there is still one interesting dynamic that may further change the face of this long struggling franchise. GM Mike Gillis shocked the NHL world with his July 1 offer to Mats Sundin an offer that has the 38-year-old center pondering his hockey future while leaving the rest of the NHL hanging in the balance.
Many faithful may be calling for the GM to pull the offer and move on to Plan B, however, the advantage of having Sundin in the line-up would benefit this hockey club greatly. They many not be contenders as we sit right now but it Mats is looking to join a club where he can be a key to their success, Vancouver is by far the team that needs him the most. His addition to this club would allow coach Alain Vigneault numerous options in writing his game day line-up.
As for Plan B, I think Plan B is in addition to Plan A and will happen regardless if Mats joins the Canucks or not.
This new era of Canucks hockey is something to watch closely like a storm that moves across the ocean. Is there a ridge of high pressure to block out the rain or are the winds of change just too strong, we can only wait and see.
'til next time, keep your head up
Monday, August 25, 2008
It was the end of the 2007-08 NHL regular season and it marked yet another campaign that the Atlanta Thrashers failed to make the playoffs. When you don’t make the playoffs, there are always some heated moments within the dressing room and the board room. For the Thrashers, it was Ilya Kovalchuk who screamed he needed a center man to play with. Since he’s been in
THE BOTTOM LINE: Watch Closely On This Situation Over The Course Of This Year, Kovalchuk May Be A Goner Not On Managements Terms But He’s Going To Want OUT!
18 Steve Bernier 14 Alexandre Burrows 20 Jeff Cowen
38 Pavol Demitra
24 Darcy Hordichuk
10 Ryan Johnson
17 Ryan Kesler
25 Matt Pettinger
9 Taylor Pyatt
21 Mason Raymond
22 Daniel Sedin
33 Henrik Sedin
42 Kyle Wellwood
44 Nolan Baumgartner
3 Kevin Bieksa
4 Rob Davison
23 Alexander Edler
5 Lukas Krajicek
8 Willie Mitchell
2 Mattias Ohlund
6 Sami Salo
1 Roberto Luongo
41 Curtis Sanford
While on paper the Canucks seem to be strong its there injuries on defense that kill them every year. I'm not sure how many man games lost there were for this team but I know it was a lot. The team has been rebuilt this summer with a little more sandpaper and speed with the additions of Bernier and Demitra and gritty forward Hordichuk. Roberto Luongo should have a better season in him this time around as he looks to rebound from last years seemingly human performance.
Not much to report on the Vancouver front except the off and on tales of Mats Sundin. GM Mike Gillis has reportedly offered him a 2 year $20,000,000 deal something that most NHL'ers would never pass up. Other rumors continue to circulate about Kevin Bieksa but I wouldn't put to much thinking on that one. He is a great Dman who will continue to be the cornerstone of the Canucks defence.
While I can see where Canuck fans are coming from when they say they have a very solid goalie the problem is he can't carry the team on his back like we saw last season. If the Canucks can manage to stay healthy they might squeak into a playoff spot but my prediction is with the china doll that is Ohlund on the back end they may just fall short again.
12th place to 7th place
According to an article on RDS Georges Laraque picked the habs over his former team this off season. Reportedly the Oilers gave an offer to Laraque as well but he turned it down in order to come to La Belle Province! Laraque Will Wear Number 17 for The Canadiens.
According to Bill Meltzer of Hockeybuzz The Flyers have invited 31 year old D-man Bryan Berard to there Training Camp on a tryout. This marks the Second straight year Berard was invited to a tryout last year he tried out for the Islanders and ended up playing the full year with them putting up reasonable numbers.
O'Neill has looked very strong and very focussed in the early going, earning the praise of Brind'amour who stated "He looks just like he did when he left."
O'Neill still has not signed a contract, but looks very likely to get one this season after training camp. Should he join the 'Canes, expect him to be pencilled in on the third line next to Matt Cullen and Scott Walker
Hey Kings Fans Heres That Update You Were Looking For:
1. O'Sullivan and the Kings are not that close as of now but a deal is expected to be reached at the latest during training camp.
2. It is now 100% confirmed Stoll has verbal agreement with the Kings his contract details are settled and hes just gotta ink his name on it.
3.Kings And Ducks: Kings GM Dean Lombardi all along has been after Beauchemin. Hes actually made multiple offers for Beauchemin but Ducks GM Brian Burke has turned all of them down. Right now Burke is only interested in moving Schneider.
TSN is reporting that the Chicago Blackhawks have signed 2nd round pick of the 2007 NHL entry draft, Akim Aliu to a 3 year rookie contract. Aliu split his junior career with the Sudbury Wolves,Windsor Spitfires and most notably the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League(OHL).
1) Andrew Ladd-Chicago Blackhawks: Ladd has struggled with injuries during his first few NHL seasons, but was starting to find his game just before and after his trade to Chicago. Ladd has all the makings of a premier power-forward and, in my opinion, will be better than Erik Cole when he finally reaches his potential.
2) Ian White- Toronto Maple Leafs: While White has been streaky at best playing for the leafs, i fully believe he will step up and be a conistant threat from the blueline for this team. Despite his small stature for a defenseman, White has alot of upside.
3) Kyle Chipchurra-Montreal Canadiens: Former Prince Albert Raiders captain and member of Canada's World Junior squad, Chipchurra has all the makings of a solid, defensive center. After playing on and off with the Habs, expect Chipchurra to grab a firm hold of the third line center position. This kid has "Captain" written all over him.
4) Steve Bernier- Vancouver Canucks: Bernier has been bounced around a little bit lately, but looks to be ready to step up his game and be a real difference maker. Expect him to get ice time with the top two lines.
5) Patrick Eaves- Carolina Hurricanes: Eaves is another of those players who has struggled at times with injuries and has yet to reach his full potential, however it appears that this will be his "Make or Break" season. Alot of his future is based around his performance this year and will undoubtedly determine whether he is ready to be a top six forward, or whether he will top out as a third line role player... personally, I think it's the former, but he may have trouble getting ice time with the likes of Justin Williams, Sergei Samsonov, Tuomo Ruutu, and Ray Whitney ahead of him.
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I got a question to ask: WHY is there so much buzz about Marian Gaborik? With trade rumors swirling and rumors of Marian Gaborik being resigned, I don’t quite understand why people are getting so excited over him. He may be an established star in the NHL but think of other players you could get that aren’t like Gaborik. By not like Gaborik I mean established stars that aren’t injury plagued. Basically, he has been injured in every year of his NHL career. I mean, sure he puts up numbers, but what if you picked up someone different who can put up numbers all season long without going down for be it weeks or months or the full year for that matter? Let us compare him with other players who may not even be on the market but are established stars.
First I’d like to compare him to a guy by the name of Pavel Bure. Now I know their skill level probably does not match up. If you think about it though, Gaborik is on pace for more NHL career points than Bure. Both have had injury plagued seasons. Now these comparisons of Gaborik and Bure may not help much but it does give you an idea of what it’s like to be injury plagued player.
Now we move on to a player who hasn't been very injury plagued if at all. His name is Ilya Kovalchuk. This is the point I'm trying to prove. Kovalchuk has had one less NHL year than Gaborik and has 52 more career points. It just goes to show that it may be skill level that helps along the way, but if your injury plagued it doesn't matter.
Which leads to my question to be answered: Why is Marian Gaborik creating so much buzz? Because regardless of how injury plagued he is, he’s known as a star and will be recognized like one.
<---------- Here is a supposed picture of the fan with Bryan in a Miami Bar.
Starting this Monday I will be profiling all 6 Canadian teams there current rosters and any rumors that are currently out there involving the teams. I will also give my prediction on where they might finish in the standings. I'll be starting out West on Monday with the Vancouver Canucks and make my way East ending the with the Montreal Canadiens.
There are alot of things to consider with each team such as Bryan McCabes status in Toronto to where Mats Sundin will sign and will Luongo once again appear human. I will also talk about Gagner and Cogliano and the possibility of them carrying Edmonton to the glory days of old. So stay tuned should be pretty exciting. Also I have photos of Bryan McCabe in Florida, he could be there on vacation so who knows. But apparently this is a fan with him in a Miami bar don't know if its true but it is indeed him so take if for what its worth.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
On Shanny: Shanahan is getting really disturbed by the fact the Rangers are taking so long. He is now going ahead and exploring other options. My source told me he's heard the Leafs,Habs(Yes AGAIN) and the St.Louis Blues. The Blues are said to be the team the most interested in shanny's services.
HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE.
TONIGHTS TOPIC: RANDOM(WE WILL JUST TAKE QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS OF COURSE AND TALK ABOUT WHAT BEING SAID AND WHAT NOT)
WORKING ON GUEST.
This Quote from Dean Lombardi When Asked If The Trade Offer Was For Schneider.
My source said he should have something around 7:00 eastern time.
The basic feeling is that Mathieu Schneider will likely become a LA King.
UPDATE (1:55PM) A lot is happening in the Kings boardroom today...there could be something going on today in the Kings office.
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The Los Angeles Kings Management Team had a meeting earlier this evening. No word on what was discussed. but this sudden meeting call is most likely about the fact the Kings are looking at the new guy on the waiver wire Vitaly Vishnevski. I'll post a blog when I have further confirmation.
Friday, August 22, 2008
A source told me tonight to look for the Oilers to pick Vishnevski off waivers from the Devils no word from Edmonton at this point but apparently before Vitaly signed in New Jersey, Edmonton was one of the teams interested in his services.
Other teams reportedly interested are the Blues, Kings, Panthers and the Bruins.
Vishnevski had 2 goals and 5 assists in 69 games last season with the Devils.
1999 DETROIT RED WINGS
The Red Wings saw a 10 point drop off in the standings from 1997-98, a season that resulted in their second straight Cup. Their goals for and goals against averages were almost the same, but the Wings simply did not win as many close games as they had the previous year. Detroit still managed to win the Central Division in 1999, and started off the playoffs with a blistering 6-0 record, sweeping the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and jumping out to a 2-0 series lead on the Colorado Avalanche. From that point on, however, the Wings simply played terrible hockey, losing the next four games to the Avs by a combined score of 19-7. Detroit fans needed not worry too much, as the Wings would be hoisting the Cup again in three years.
2000 DALLAS STARS
This Dallas Stars team was one of two in this time period to make it back to the Finals a year after winning it all. Despite a 12 point drop from the previous year, Dallas still finished with 102 points and their fourth straight division title. The Stars made it back to the Finals with a 12-5 record in conference play, defeating Edmonton, San Jose, and Colorado. Unfortunately for Dallas, they ran into a red hot New Jersey Devils team that had just rallied from a 3-1 series deficit to beat the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals. The Devils held Dallas to just 9 goals in the series as they won in six games for their second championship in franchise history. New Jersey would have a great chance of winning it all again the next year.
2001 NEW JERSEY DEVILS
New Jersey actually had a better regular season in 2001 than the year before, earning eight more points in the standings and leading the NHL in goals scored. The Devils made it back to the Finals by beating Carolina, Toronto, and Pittsburgh to the tune of a 12-6 record. The only team standing in the way of a second straight Cup was the Colorado Avalanche, the President's Trophy winners from this season. The Devils actually led the series 3-2 after five games, but were unable to penetrate Patrick Roy with any regularity in the final two games. Colorado won Games 6 and 7 by a combined score of 7-1 to win their second Stanley Cup, with Ray Bourque finally getting to hold hockey's holy grail after 22 seasons.
2002 COLORADO AVALANCHE
The Avs suffered a massive drop-off in team performance in 2002, recording 19 fewer points and scoring 58 fewer goals. For the most part, their eighth straight division title was a result of the Vezina-caliber play of Patrick Roy, who also earned a nomination for the Hart Trophy that year. Colorado made the Western Conference Finals for the fourth year in a row and sixth time in seven, but did so in the most difficult way possible. The Avs went all the way to seven games against both the Los Angeles Kings and San Jose Sharks, which put them at somewhat of a disadvantage against the much better-rested Detroit Red Wings. Colorado still managed to build a 3-2 series lead before totally running out of gas in Games 6 and 7, losing those two by a combined 9-0. The Avs have not been back to the Conference Finals since 2002.
2003 DETROIT RED WINGS
See, Red Wing fans? I did not lie when I said that your team would win the Cup again. Expectations were very high for Detroit once again in the 2003 playoffs, as the Wings finished the regular season second in the West. Detroit just happened to run into one of the best goalies in NHL playoff history in Anaheim's Jean-Sebastian Giguere in the first round. Giguere held Detroit to just six goals in the first round as the Mighty Ducks completed a shocking four game sweep of the defending champs. Anaheim parlayed this momentum into a playoff run that took the Mighty Ducks all the way to Game 7 of the Cup Finals, where they lost to the New Jersey Devils.
2004 NEW JERSEY DEVILS
New Jersey was cruising along in the first half of 2003-04, posting some defensive numbers that were simply unbelievable. This all changed after Scott Stevens was injured with a concussion after 38 games, as he would never play in the NHL again. The Devils' defensive prowess dropped off significantly after the loss of their captain, to the point that they lost the Atlantic Division race to the Philadelphia Flyers by a single point. This proved crucial as the two teams met in the first round of the playoffs, with Philly taking the series in five thanks largely to winning all three home games. Since Stevens retired, the Devils have not even come close to winning another Cup. Coincidence? Certainly not.
2006 TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING
Considering that Tampa Bay had to defend their title after a year off due to the lockout, it was understandable if the Lightning struggled to do so. However, part of this struggle was their own doing, as they let goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin go to the Chicago Blackhawks and replaced him with a platoon of John Grahame and Sean Burke. This tandem just barely got Tampa Bay into the playoffs in eighth place, where they were outscored 23-13 in losing their first round series to the Ottawa Senators in five games. Two years later, the Lightning sank to being the worst team in the NHL, but the prize for that was Steve Stamkos, so things are not all bad for Lightning fans.
2007 CAROLINA HURRICANES
I have often thought that Carolina's 2006 Stanley Cup championship was somewhat of a fluke, and their performance as the defending champs seemed to validate my thoughts. In 2006-07, the 'Canes became the first defending champions since the 1995-96 Devils to miss the playoffs. Carolina went from second in the East in their title season all the way down to 11th the next year. Considering the Hurricanes missed the playoffs again in 2007-08, my conclusion is that they were one of the worst champions of all time, if not the worst.
2008 ANAHEIM DUCKS
Anaheim had a bit of a drop-off from their Stanley Cup-winning season, but not too much, as the Ducks still finished with over 100 points. Unlike in 2007, this version of the Ducks had a lot of trouble scoring goals, a trouble that continued into their first round playoff series against the Dallas Stars. Anaheim scored 9 goals in their two wins, but just four total in the other four games, all losses that allowed Dallas to advance. It certainly did not help the Ducks' cause that they took a multitude of dumb penalties. The grit and toughness from their Stanley Cup run became recklessness the next year, and as a result Anaheim's title defense did not last very long.