Friday, October 31, 2008
According to a few sources, the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs are targeting Atlanta Thrashers' Ilya Kovalchuk who is reportedly on the market.
Preliminary discussions were held at the GMs meeting last week.
I'll dig more into this to give you more details about the players that could be involved.
Kovalchuk has 6 points in 10 games for the lowly Thrashers this season.
Sources being: RDS and the Express Sports Daily
Rumors are abound that Mats has been training in Los Angeles for about a week now and a decision on his playing future may come soon.
I did not see the game for myself but a 4-0 victory is always impressive and it could not have happened on a more timely occassion.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
NHL.COM: The Florida Panthers have recalled forward Shawn Matthias form their AHL affiliate, Rochester Americans.
NHL.COM: Thrashers rookie Zach Bogosian is out indefinitely with a broken leg. It will NOT require surgery.
Stamkos has since added a 2nd 15 minutes into the 2nd period!
The Predators sent forward Josh Gratton to the Flyers on Thursday. The Rangers get future considerations for Jessiman.
Jessiman and Ramholt will be assigned to Milwaukee of the AHL.
The Canadiens are looking into the report and will comment on it in due course.
The 21 year-old defenseman was granted an indefinite leave to attend familay matters back in Russia.
More to come.
Alfredsson is making $5.465 million this season and is expected to sign a four-year contract worth around $20 million.
The native of Goteborg, Sweden was in the final full-year of his contract, and had three option years beyond this season.
Alfredsson loves Ottawa and wants to end his career in Canada's capital city.
The injury does not require surgery, so that's good news.
Nathan Oystrick will take Bogosian's spot in the lineup.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Montreal (6-1-1) at Minnesota (6-1-1), 8 PM - These teams have identical records, but have come to this point facing very different expectations. Montreal was expected to be a Stanley Cup contender, and so far the Habs look like one. They have been scoring as much as expected, while playing great defense. Carey Price is doing a very good job in net, seemingly fully recovered from his meltdown in last year's second round against the Flyers. Les Habitants are right where they want to be, and should be for most of this season.
Meanwhile, Minnesota was expected to have a down year after losing Pavol Demitra and having to deal with the Marian Gaborik situation. The Gaborik mess still looms large, but the Wild have worked around it, winning even without him in the lineup. A major reason for this is the significant offensive contributions of Mikko Koivu (12 assists) and Antti Miettinen (6 goals), as well as outstanding goaltending from Niklas Backstrom. It's tough to say if the Wild can keep this pace up; a big win against a team like the Habs will show us how good they really are.
Detroit (7-1-2) at San Jose (8-2-0) - This is a battle of two teams who could very well meet again in the Western Conference Finals in May. Detroit is as good as we all expected them to be, going 7-0-2 since that fluky opening night loss to the Maple Leafs. The Red Wings are led by free agent acquisition Marian Hossa, who leads the team in scoring. Of course, the usual suspects like Pavel Datsyuk, Henrik Zetterberg, Brian Rafalski, and Nicklas Lidstrom are playing well. Chris Osgood is winning, but not even doing that well yet. Just imagine how good the Wings could be if he rounds back into last season's All-Star form.
Going over to the Sharks now, this will be head coach Todd McLellan's first game against the team he used to be an assistant for. McLellan has the Sharks winning almost any kind of game, be it a tight defensive battle or a score-fest. San Jose is 8-2-0, yet a lot of their top forwards are not producing as much as expected; their leading scorers with 9 points each are defensemen Christian Ehrhoff and Dan Boyle. The reason for that is very balanced scoring, as 11 players already have at least five points. Can they get it done against the mighty Red Wings? We shall see.
There are your big games for Thursday evening. If you live in one of these markets, be sure to watch; if not, well, Bettman can't be the commish forever. Enjoy!
Toronto Vs New Jersey
Leafs are coming off a loss to the Lightning and will try to rebound against a Devils team flattened with injuries. With Martin Brodeur in nets it will be tough!
Prediction: Devils Win(Brodeur is KEY!)
Wild Vs Stars
This should be a close one. Turco vs Backstrom I believe and I think the main factor in this one will actually end up being a forward, Mikko Koivu makes the difference.
Prediction: Wild Win
Detroit Vs Anaheim
This one should be a thriller. A hot Red Wings team with a flying Marian Hossa vs a Hot Ducks team with a flying Ryan Getzlaf its really a toss-up.
Prediction: Ducks Win Thriller!
-The Columbus Blue Jackets have sent F Nikita Filatov to Syracuse of the AHL as they activated F Jared Boll from the injury reserve. They also called up G Dan Lacosta to replace Pascal Leclaire who's been put on the IR with a ankle sprain.
-The Phoneix Coyotes sent F Enver Lisin to San Antonio of the AHL to make room for D Ken Klee who was claimed off waivers from Anaheim.
Nearly four months after becoming a free agent, Shanahan is putting himself onto the open market.
“I’ve told Rick [Curran] that I can no longer wait and that it’s time to move on,” Shanahan, referring to his agent, told The Post this afternoon. “Until now, Rick has been under instructions to tell inquiring teams that my focus was on re-signing with the Rangers, and that I was not accepting any other offers.
“That has changed.”
I'm sure a few teams looking for a gritty veteran will inquire (Nashville, Atlanta, Phoenix, Florida).
Adam Mair was fined $2500 for this incident between him and Jarkko Ruutu of the Ottawa Senators...
Steve Downie in the news again with his accusation of Tim Conboy(property of the Hurricanes) Biting him!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I understand their have been some major issues with the talkcast. We are restarting from scratch the talkcasts next week with a new time and what not. We would like you to post improvements and commentaries on our comments section of this blog to tell us what you want!
Predators Vs Capitals
Caps are missing their superstar but I still think they get it done.
Prediction: Caps Win
Flyers vs Thrashers
Philly's on a little streak here and I see them keeping it up against a lowly Thrashers team.
Prediction: Flyers win
Lightning Vs Leafs
Also known as for now Schenn vs Stamkos, I see Stamkos winning in the battle of young stars as I think Melrose will give him his deserved ice time. Schenn will keep up his great work in my opinion this will be a close one I think.
Prediction: Lightning Win
Hurricanes Vs Canadiens
Canes just aren't healthy, the Canadiens have got their whole team healthy as of now, look for the Habs to break the Cam Ward Curse.
Prediction: Habs Win
Avalanche Vs Flames
I think this could be a real thriller, I see the flames grinding it out for the win. It will be all about goaltending tonight.
Prediction: Flames Win
Bruins Vs Canucks
Lets just say Luongo Vs Thomas ill take Luongo...PERIOD!
Prediction: Canucks Win
Penguins Vs Sharks
This should be a good one, Sharks have been struggling despite a win Saturday. I see the Sharks and Evgeni Nabokov bouncing back for a big win.
Prediction: Sharks Win
1st Round Pick
It does sound like it might not work but Ottawa wants to make a deal ASAP as they believe that they still have a chance at the cup regardless where they are in the season.
Keep you posted,
Sergei Zubov is slated to make his return on Saturday, the first day he is eligible to come off the LTIR. Steve Ott will be back in the lineup on Wednesday.
According to Andy Strickland, former Bruins forward Glen Murray will undergo ankle surgery on Novemeber 11th which will prevent him from playing hockey this season and could end his career.
The Bruins bought out Murray's contract this summer in order the shed salary. Murray played 63 games last season, notching 17 goals and 30 points.
Murray, who turns 36 on November 1st, also played for the Kings and the Penguins during his 16-year career.
League-wide, season ticket sales are up 4 percent and single-game sales are up 13 percent, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman told reporters last week.
Atlanta is a large football and baseball market, and has never been a good hockey market (see Atlanta Flames now in Calgary). If there is a team that has to be moved in the next few years, Atlanta is the front-runner, in front of Nashville, Columbus and Phoenix.
Source: Mike Knobler
Jamie Langenbrunner is still not practising with the team and will likely miss Wednesday's contest against Toronto. He suffered a deep bruise in Friday's game against the Flyers.
Pierre-Luc Létourneau-Leblond is out with a cracked orbital bone. He is day-to-day.
Finally, right wing Barry Tallackson has been placed on LTIR and assigned to Lowell (AHL) on a conditioning assignment. Tallackson is recovering from Sept. 26 surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat.
The Devils also recalled rookie forwards Matt Halischuk and Nicklas Bergfors this morning on an emergency basis to replace the injured players. Both are expected to practice today and will likely play tomorrow.
The Coyotes were looking to add some depth and experience on defence.
Brendan Witt will be lost to the Islanders for the next three-to-four weeks with a knee injury.
Witt was involved in a knee-on-knee collision Saturday and hobbled with a knee brace Monday. Officially, the Islanders are calling it a lower-body injury, using the NHL's new injury policy, or lack thereof, to its fullest extent.
The Islanders are getting quite thin on defense with this injury.
The top 6 for yesterday's game was Streit, Campoli, Hillen, Gervais, Pock and Brett Skinner...
With Rick Dipietro out, the season will be long in Long Island.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Sutter, who suffered a concussion, was released from a Long Island hospital on Sunday and spent Sunday night with his father, Brent, the coach of the New Jersey Devils.
"Brandon will be fine," Brent Sutter said today in an interview. "He's still suffering from whip-lash symptoms and is sore, but he was feeling much better and was in a good state of mind, and his improvement is significant."
Tim Pinaccio is reporting that young d-man Luca Sbisa will remain with the Philadelphia Flyers and will not be sent down to juniors.
Scotty's Take: I look for this to be a turning point in his season. I think hes hardly had anytime to be with family during the summer due to a whole bunch of media and stuff like that I look for him to get it together and most likely dedicate the rest of his season to his Grandfather.
This will likely be the last week of 3:30 PM Talkcasts, as the fan poll seems to indicate that you guys want me to switch to a later time. I will be doing 3:30 Talkcasts Monday through Thursday this week, but not Friday, as I will be out of town. Come on in today to discuss everything going on in the hockey world, especially the wild Saturday that had all 30 teams in action.
Sunday, October 26, 2008
This Trivia Question is due to the fact Rick Dipietro has gotten hurt again.
Trivia Question: What was the last season Rick Dipietro was not get hurt, What Team and what Year.(Any League)
You win...bragging rights?
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Devils vs Flyers
This is a rematch of last nights game between these 2 teams. Look for Brodeur to have a bounce back game after allowing well lets say more than the usual amount that he lets in.
Thrashers vs Bruins
I look for the Thrashers to take this one but for fantasy I suggest you activate Phil Kessel onto your roster.
Ottawa vs Toronto
THE BATTLE OF ONTARIO, it will be a hard hitting affair, dont forget the Senators are coming off a loss to the Ducks look for them to carry their 3rd period momentum into this one.
Ducks vs Canadiens
Matchup to watch the habs line of Tanguay-Koivu-Latendresse going up against a solid defensive team in the Anaheim Ducks. Halak will look to show his worth tonight as hes between the pipes.
Hurricanes Vs Islanders
Simple prediction here Isles fight hard to stay in this one and end up squeaking out with a victory.
Penguins vs Rangers
A rematch of last years 2nd round playoff series. No doubt without the likes of Avery in this one it wont be as heated but watch for a fight or 2. Rangers come away with the win.
Sharks Vs Lightning
Sharks devastated after a loss to the Florida Panthers last night, San Jose takes their aggression out on this new look Lightning team and absolutely destroys them.
Kings Vs Predators
Los Angeles got a win last night vs a surprising St.Louis team. Thing To Watch: I wanna see if the Kings can keep their amazing 100% on the PK going. I say Kings come away with the W.
Jackets vs Wild
This will be a good one. Voracek keeps up his good season, but Mikko Koivu and the Wild come away with the victory.
Capitals vs Stars
Ovechkin gets his year going and explodes for a big night, Stars wont hold up the fort, Ovie and the Capitals come away with this one.
Red Wings vs Blackhawks
Not outdoors just yet but im thinking the Hawks are hoping theyd be outdoors so they can get away from the hot red wings team.
Panthers vs Blues
Panthers are on a high after a win over the Sharks, they'll keep trucking and win a tightly knit affair.
Sabres vs Avalanche
Vanek scores a couple but the Avs score a few and take this one.
Oilers vs Canucks
This one is a rivalry. It will be hard hitting and probably one of the most exciting games of tonight. Sam Gagner and the kids skate away with this one.
Calgary vs Phoenix
Jarome Iginla and Tood Bertuzzi team up to kick the yotes back to the desert where they belong.
Check back tomorrow for some recaps!
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Kings 4 Blues 0
Friday, October 24, 2008
It looked like the Flyers would be doomed for another loss early on. Travis Zajac scored just 47 seconds into the first period to give the Devils a very early 1-0 lead. After going back and forth a couple of times, New Jersey scored what appeared to be another backbreaking goal late in the first, as Zach Parise knocked home a rebound with just 19 seconds to go in Period One. Despite giving up two ill-timed goals and trailing 3-2 after 20 minutes, Philadelphia did not fold. In fact, their effort over the final two periods showed a great amount of resolve.
The Philadelphia comeback started with 8:03 left in the second period, as Simon Gagne continued his hot start with a game-tying power play goal, his fifth of the season. Five minutes later, Scott Hartnell scored his first of two goals to give the Flyers a lead they would not relinquish. They led 4-3 after two periods, outshooting the Devils 21-12 after previously being outshot by seven shots a game. In the third period, Philadelphia padded its lead on a Joffrey Lupul deflection goal and an empty netter by Hartnell to end up on top, 6-3. The Flyers finally won the shots on goal battle, putting 28 pucks on Martin Brodeur while allowing 26.
As I mentioned earlier, this was a tough game, which means there were some physical battles. Two fights occurred in the second period, with Devils rookie Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond taking on Riley Cote and recently acquired Flyer Andrew Alberts battling David Clarkson. There were a couple of scrums involving multiple players as well, which was not a surprise in this crucial battle of Atlantic Division rivals. This game made it clear that these teams certainly do not like each other, and hopefully set the tone for a great season series the rest of the way.
Let me summarize what happened: Philadelphia won in New Jersey, against the 5-1 Devils, where they had not won in over four years, without star center Daniel Briere, even after falling behind less than a minute into the game. Believe me, I am a die-hard Flyers fan and I certainly did not expect them to win this one, but the Flyers have a knack for winning at times when it seems they have no chance. Last year, they ended a ten game losing streak in Buffalo, another city where they rarely win, after falling behind 3-0 in the first period, doing so via the shootout, an area where they struggle mightily. Also, who expected them to vanquish the top-seeded Montreal Canadiens in five games in last season's playoffs? Honestly, I did not.
Of course, the Flyers still have a long way to go to get to where they want to be, and some of their season-long problems continued tonight. Once again, they failed to score first, something they have done only twice this year. Also, the Devils destroyed them in the faceoff circle, as New Jersey won 41 draws compared to just 25 for Philadelphia. Still, a win like this could be just the kind of thing the Flyers need to turn their season around. Can they keep it going tomorrow afternoon, when they'll be facing this same Devils team at home? We shall see.
First, on the Cane's Jersey Contest, I unfortunately am going to have to start this almost from scratch, however, if you sent in an entry, don't send it again as I still have your previous entries.... More info on new dates coming within the next week.
So, on to the Hurricanes, who have posted themselves a 3-2-1 record to kick off the season. A respectable record, having only played two home games thus far, but the team has seemed to regress as the season goes on, as opposed to getting better.
Obviously I can't recap every game for you here, so I will give you some +/- ratings for players on the season....
Brandon Sutter: While the rookie was pencilled in at 4th line center before the season started, one could expect that there would be some growing pains. Surprisingly, the young Sutter has provided some offense and has continued to improve game after game.
Niclas Wallin: Wallin is finally fully healthy and it shows... 5 points in 5 games. Need I say more?
Dennis Seidenberg: Seidenberg has continued to be a solid force, and is quickly earning a permanent place in the line-up
Joe Corvo: Look up "Non-Existant" in the dictionary, he's there.
Patrick Eaves: Eaves has had about as much impact om the season as the arena announcer. Poor efforts will not be tolerated for long on this team.
Injuries: We are six games in, and only have one natural right-winger on the team.... and that's Eaves. Williams, Walker, and now Ruutu are all out, and it shows. Expect a trade soon.
So that's it for now folks, just want to say thanks, it's good to be back at hockeybums.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Marek Malik was officially signed by the Tampa Lightning today. Malik has been practicing with the club for over a week in order to get into game shape. GM Brian Lawton indicated on Wednesday that Malik should be ready for Saturday's tilt with visiting San Jose Sharks.
Vancouver Canucks’ centre Pavol Demitra will be sidelined 3-4 weeks after an MRI discovered fractured cartilage in his ribs.
Demitra, who signed with the Canucks as a free agent this summer, is expected to see a specialist to deal with the injury.
Kyle Wellwood is expected to take Demitra’s place in the lineup. Wellwood score his first goal of the season earlier this week.
Let's start with the top 5 teams:
1. Buffalo Sabres (5-0-1) 22 GF 10 GA. The Sabres have yet to lose in regulation this season and they beat a hot Habs team on opening night. Vanek is the league leader with 7 goals.
2. Montreal Canadiens (5-0-1) 23 GF 11 GA. After losing in a shootout agains the Sabres, they are unbeaten in 5 contests. Price and Halak have been phenomenal.
3. San Jose Sharks (6-1-0) 25 GF 18 GA. They already have 10 players with at least 4 points. Patrick Marleau has already notched 8 points.
4. Minnesota Wild (4-0-0) 15 GF 7 GA. Lemaire's system is working well again this year, and this is without Marian Gaborik who only played 2 games.
5. New Jersey Devils (5-1-0) 15 GF 9 GA. Brodeur has been stellar this season (1.31 GAA and .942 Save %). Parise has 7 points in 6 games.
26. New York Islanders (2-3-0) 11 GF 16 GA. Trent Hunter, with 4 goals, almost scored 40% of the Islanders' goals... no wonder why they want to try-out Glen Murray.
27. Toronto Maple Leafs (1-2-3) 11 GF 21 GA. The Leafs have been very inconsistent this season. Wilson should pull his goalie in OT to avoid going in the shootout as they are 0-3.
28. Tampa Bay Lightning (1-2-3) 11 GF 15 GA. Smith and Kolzig receive around 35 shots per game. Stamkos has yet to record a point...
29. Anaheim Ducks (2-5-0) 16 GF 22 GA. Getzlaf, Perry and Selanne are a combined 2 g 3 a -13 in 20 games. George Parros has 2 goals and is +4 ???
30. Philadelphia Flyers (0-3-3) 20 GF 29 GA. Their goaltending has been atrocious this season, as they have allowed 3 goals or more in every game.
Yesterday, Salcer spoke to the media and announced that none of the offers being bandied about ($8 million for 8 years, $7 million for 7 years, $10 million for 10 years) have truly been offered by the Wild to his client. He also says that Gaborik is being treated unfairly by the media and the bloggers and the fans because Gaborik has shown his loyalty to Minnesota.
Let's stop right there, shall we?
I think it would be a pretty fair assessment that any reader would conclude that Salcer is, of course, going to be pointing fingers at the Wild and trying to label them as the bad guy. That's his job, to fight like a wolverine, rightly or wrongly, for his client. If he can whip up a storm of perceived ills being visited upon Marian and can sway folks to his side then he wins...for his client and his own pocketbook.
So what of this contention of Gaborik's "loyalty?" Does one truly show themselves to be loyal by simply playing under the contract for which they are already signed? I call that holding to your obligation as a player under contract to the team, not loyalty. Would this be the same "loyalty" Gaborik showed in 2003 when he refused to report to camp and missed the first month of the season as he tried to strong-arm the Wild into a lucrative deal, only to sign for essentially what he had been offered months before? Is that the loyalty we're supposed to be impressed by? I would counter that loyalty is better expressed by many of the guys in Detroit, who literally gave back pay to the team so that more players of higher quality could be brought in, recognizing that they were just one small cog in a machine that needs many working pieces to win a Cup. That's loyalty
What everyone needs to do is look at the plain and simple facts:
Gaborik is going to pull down $7.5 million this season, the last of his contract. That ranks him 14th in the NHL, making the same bucks as Zdeno Chara of Boston and Ilya Kovalchuk of Atlanta.
No one really believes that Gaborik will seek to stagnate his payroll and settle for the exact same cash, so you have to believe he's looking for $8.5-$10 per season, which puts him alongside Dany Heatley ($10 million), Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin ($9 million), and Miikka Kiprusoff ($8.5 million).
To be honest, no matter what Gaborik thinks of himself or what a pocket of still die-hard believers in him may think, Gaborik does not belong with that crowd. Frankly, he hasn't earned it. Unlike Gaborik, each of those guys has some hardware to their names and excepting Ovechkin, they've all made it to the Finals, and done so while acting as leaders.
Gaborik, by contrast, has hardly been a leader. He was given his first shot at commanding the ship in last year's playoff run. At no time did Gaborik seem to captain the team and he virtually disappeared in their 6 game implosion. Unlike those others, Gaborik is also not a game changer to the level they are. Gaborik does not dominate games like Crosby or Ovechkin, and his efforts tend to pale by comparison.
Injuries have plagued his career in Minnesota as well, rendering him highly paid and unavailable. In the past three seasons he has missed close to 60 games, including a whopping 34 in 2006-2007. And, as one would find slightly humorous were it not so predictable, Gaborik is already missing games this season with a "lower body injury" suffered while playing hackey-sack with teammates.
Come next summer the Wild will have 7 other UFAs and 4 RFAs to deal with, the biggest being goaltenders Niklas Backstrom (UFA) and Josh Harding (RFA). They are already up against the cap now so they are going to have to make some room to fit in a larger Gaborik deal or they need to cut their losses now and try to find a willing buyer for his services this year.
Rumors continue to swirl that some talks have taken place with teams like Los Angeles and Montreal, with Pittsburgh, the New York Rangers, and Buffalo Sabres also interested. You would think that any team would be interested but one has to also balance the fact that anyone making a deal:
a) knows they're getting damaged goods and
b) they're not going to swing a sweet deal unless Gaborik will agree to a longer contract in whatever new city tries to land him.
Some team somewhere will pay him an extraordinary sum. Of that I have no doubt. I do not, however, think that team should be the Wild. Yes, there is some sentimentality to the Gaborik mystique. He was the team's first draft pick and he has been the statistical leader in many categories.
Even so, he is not the heart of this franchise. Mikko Koivu, in a short period of time, has stepped up to the plate where Marian has floundered. He may not put up the numbers Gaborik does but he is more of a rounded player on which a team can build. Even Brent Burns has improved and grown into more of a presence.
Should the Wild see fit to part ways with Gaborik the team will not suffer so greatly and, in fact, may actually find their play elevated by relieving itself of the burden of stardom.
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Wednesday, October 22, 2008
I have a question about the Leafs
Will they acquire anyone in the coming days or are they staying put?
The Source said on his website that Cliff Fletcher has denied all of the internet rumors and that he is not speaking with the GM of the Coyotes is this true or will we see a trade?
For now from what ive heard the Leafs are staying put. So far all ive heard with Coyotes are the talks are only preliminary nothing substantial being discussed as of right now.
I am assuming you took out the option to write in anonymously off because people abuse it by chirping rather than actually commenting and debating on the different topics etc. on your site. That being said I used the anonymous option to comment on your site because I am not registered with blogger and was having trouble setting up an account.
Do you have any suggestions?
Besides that I love the site and check it multiple times a day. Keep up the good work.
First yes thats why we took it off but since then we have put it in with comments moderated. That is why you may not see your comment pop up right away after you post it like you used to.
Are the Bruins going to do anything (as in trades). Possibly trading Manny and bringing up Tukka, bringing in a top 4 D-man. I have heard Gaborik's name and the Bruins mentioned, how about Boumester?
Boston Bruins, Winnipeg, MB
The Bruins have talked quietly with the Wild about Gaborik but like the Leafs nothing substantial. The Bouwmeester rumors have been very quiet. The Bruins have showed interest but have not even spoken with the Panthers since they re-signed J-Bo. Watch for the Bouwmeester situation to heat up come Deadline day or just before.
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Kalus came to the Wild last summer in the deal that sent Manny Fernandez to the Boston Bruins.
This is now the second AHL player to bolt from the Aeros in just two seasons. Last year forward Roman Voloshenko departed to jump start his career in Russia...a move which has not yet paid off.
Wild GM Doug Risebrough told local media that Kalus "just wanted to go home." No doubt the kid was frustrated at being leap-frogged for NHL duty by James Sheppard last season and by Benoit Pouliot and Colton Gillies this season but this is hardly the way to prove your worth.
Even with his departure, the Wild still own his rights through the end of June 2010.
From My Point Blank:
Parrish’s 25-game contract is with Bridgeport of the AHL, so the Islanders do not owe him anything, nor have they made him any promises about an NHL job.
Prior to this season, the popular ex-Isle was bought out of his long-term deal with his home-state Minnesota Wild. According to a source, he considered offers in Europe before deciding to re-boot his NHL career with some time in the AHL.
Hat Tip to "Kevin"
Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced that defenseman Craig Rivet had arthroscopic surgery on his knee today. His recovery is expected to be a minimum of two weeks.
Rivet, the Sabres' captain, has 3 assists in 6 games for the Sabres this season. He also has 29 penalty minutes (all in the same game).
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
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Trades. There have been no major trades between the Kings and Ducks. Only 2 minor trades have happened. One coming just a few weeks ago when the Ducks sent veteran defenseman Sean O’Donnel to the Kings for a conditional 3rd round pick. The other came last season when the Kings sent Backup Goalie JS Aubin to the Ducks.
Playoffs. They have never met each other in the Playoffs.
Since the Ducks came into the league in 1993-94 the Kings lead the overall record between the two teams with a record of 37-32-11-5. That includes last weeks 6-3 Kings win over
These should be the most important things when deciding if a rivalry exists but the fans are using other reasons since these facts do not constitute a rivalry. Ducks, Kings fans bicker about what arena is better? where is it better to live? The City of
If you have never experienced a Kings, Ducks game, let me assure you the rivalry is deep and the two sides just plain hate each other. For good reasons? Not really. But it makes the games as exciting as hockey can get.
The Lightning has claimed forward Matt Pettinger off of re-entry waivers from the Canucks. They also put Jason Ward on waivers. Look for the Canucks to call Michel Ouellet up now.
Also, Vancouver’s Kyle Wellwood, Darren McCarty of Detroit and Sharks forward Lukas Kaspar all cleared the transaction wire, New York Rangers forward Patrick Rissmiller and Anaheim Ducks defenceman Ken Klee have been placed on waivers.
But most importantly the Kings remain perfect on the penalty kill this season. In 5 games the Kings PK is 23 for 23. Go Defense !!
Monday, October 20, 2008
Tomorrow the Buds take on the Anaheim Ducks at 7 ET.
Both teams have struggled to start the season, one was expected to, the other....not so much.
The ducks are a strong team beaming with young stars Getzlaf and Perry, both future superstars. And of course they boast probably the best d-core in the league,with the best pairing I've ever seen.
On the other side, the Leafs are the polar opposite.
One of the weakest teams in the league, the Leafs have played the way everyone expected, except that one guy who said they'd make the playoffs.
That aside, there have been a few bright spots so far.
The trio of Hagman-GrabO-Tlusty/Kuulie has been the best line on the leafs. They have one point between the three but they creat somthing every time they're on the ice. Also, the Buds have 4 more games until they must make a decision about Schenn and each and every game he convinces me more and more that he belongs on the team. Him and Frogren have become the shutdown duo and have been the best on the blueline.
With all that said, the big story of the game will be the resurrection of the Burke-to-Toronto rumours.
The current GM of the Ducks has turned down a contract extension to stay in Anaheim and many say he is going to take over Clif's post at the end of the season or perhaps before that. If the (don't call me mighty) Ducks keep under-performing like this maby we could see Burkie up in the box at the ACC more often.
The Leafs official website is streaming the game free, ill post the link tomorrow.
Side Note: The new season of Kenny Vs. Spenny started tonight, anyone get to catch it?
The 21-year-old Downie went scoreless in four games for the Flyers this season. Ross, 26, went scoreless in two games.
Scott Walker, Tuomo Ruutu and Justin Williams are all still out of the lineup with injuries, and Boychuk’s departure leaves room from a call-up. The Canes will likely call-up forward/defenseman Tim Conboy.
Philadelphia, a team with very high expectations, has gotten off to a miserable start so far in 2008-09. The Flyers have yet to win a game, as they are currently 0-3-2. What is keeping them out of the win column? Consider the following:
- Philly's 4.31 GAA is 28th in the NHL, ahead of only Calgary and Dallas, who also are struggling in the standings.
- The orange and black are getting outshot by seven shots on goal per game, an alarming margin for a team that is supposed to be a Cup contender.
- The club with the second ranked power play last season has slipped to 25th, having scored only three PPG in their first five games.
- Only the Phoenix Coyotes win a lower percentage of their faceoffs. Philly is abysmal at faceoffs, winning just 43.6% of their draws.
- Rookie defenseman Luca Sbisa is playing like a rookie, having contributed no points while being -4 so far.
Let us remember that there are 77 games remaining, and there is plenty of time to turn it around. We should focus on the positives, such as Simon Gagne being back and scoring goals just like he did before his concussion problems. I still think the Flyers can win the Atlantic Division, but they need to start winning games soon if they want to achieve that goal. Here's to a quick turnaround, which hopefully will start Wednesday night at the Wachovia Center.
The Devils recalled left wing Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond from Lowell of the AHL to take Holik’s roster spot. Letourneau-Leblond had a very impressing camp with the Devilsa and he likes to drop the gloves. He will be in the line-up against the Stars on Wednesday. Look for him to fight Krys Barch if the latter is dressed.
Brian Rolston is also out with a sprained ankle for 2-4 weeks. Petr Vrana took his spot in the line-up Saturday and scored his first NHL goal.
Andrei Kostitsyn will not dress as he's still recovering from Sauer's hit.
Chris Higgins will also miss tonight's game as his groin is still bothering him.
Same problem with George Laraque who's having problems with his groin.
Steve Begin and Francis Bouillon will be back in the line-up. Patrice Brisebois is the likely lone health scratch. Jaroslav Halak will be in goal.
- The Red Wings have put forward Darren McCarthy on waivers.
- The Canucks have put forwards Kyle Wellwood and Matt Pettinger on re-entry waivers. The injury-bug has already hit the Canucks.
Rick Rypien was sent home with a viral infection.
Pavol Demitra suffered a torso injury vs the Hawks yesterday and is day-to-day.
Darcy Hordichuk is out 7-10 days with a knee sprain. He suffered the injury in yesterday's game.
Sami Salo also left the contest after only 2 shifts due to a groin injury. He is also day-to-day.
Salo and Demitra are fringe players and the Canucks will have to live with the various ailments that will affect both players throughout the season.
Vesa Toska was stellar against the Wings and the Rangers, but was not very sharp against the Blues and the Habs.
On defense, Luke Schenn is a pleasant surprise, logging around 20 minutes a game and playing like a 10-year veteran. Will the Leafs send him back to junior after 9 games or will they keep him? They will have a boatload of d-men when Finger comes back from injury; Ian White has yet to appear in a game and is practising as as forward
Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina have been far from extraordinay and will have to raise their play for the Leafs to improve.
Up front, Jason Blake, Nikolai Kulemin and Nick Antropov have been the best and more consistent players. On the opposite, Ponikarovsky, Stajan and Grabosvki have been almost invisible, Stajan even being a healthy scratch vs St. Louis. Niklas Hagman will never score 27 goals with the Maple Leafs...
However, Ron Wilson will need secondary scoring from these players if he wants his team to at least compete every night. I doubt any player will hit the 50-point mark this season as this is a young and inexperimented team.
The Tavares-Hedman race is on, and the Leafs are the favourite to win it!
The other candidates are the Panthers, the Islanders and the Trashers.
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Hurricanes' defenseman Frank Kaberle will miss the next 2-4 weeks with a broken foot. He was injured blocking a shot in the 2nd period of Friday's loss to the Kings. Anton Babchuk took his place in the lineup for tonight's game. Tuomo Ruutu is also missing his 2nd consecutive game with a groin injury.
Carolina has been plagued by injuries since the begininning of the season. GM Jim Rutherford will have to wait before trying to trade Kaberle who was on the trade market since training camp.
- The Spokane Chiefs are back on top, as of 4:12 Central Time today. They have 19 points through 12 games.
- The Vancouver Giants have the two league-leading scorers so far; Evander Kane has 9 goals and 22 points in 10 games, and Casey Pierro-Zabotel has 3 goals and 20 points, also in 10 games. Brandon Kozun of the Calgary Hitmen leads the league in goals, with 10.
- Spokane goaltender Dustin Tokarski, last year's playoff MVP, is currently the best goalie in the league, with 7 wins and only 1 loss.
- http://www.uscho.com/standings/index.php/type,d1.html for the standings.
- Player stats for 08-09 aren't up yet, but I'll post those as soon as I can.
Sorry for the shortness of today's post. I'll try and just post stories as I see them so I don't forget.
Guillaume Latendresse is the most improved Habs player, as he is much faster and confident with the puck than last year. He's taking good decisions with and without the puck. Using his big frame, he created many scoring chances for his linemates, which finished a combined +9 on the evening.
Andrei Markov is another player that raised his play a notch over last year. He's making good passes and his on-ice vision is remarkable. Markov now has 8 assists and a +7 rating over 5 games.
However, the big event of the game was the borderline head shot by Kurt Sauer on Andrei Kostitsyn in the 2nd period. “I don’t know if it was dirty, but they’re trying to erase blows to the head, and it was definitely a blow to the head,” Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said.
The Canadiens will have forward Andrei Kostitsyn undergo some tests through the next couple of days for an update on his condition. Obviously, there was no call on the hit and the referees were brutal last night. No word on whether there will be a suspension or not.
The crowd immediately chanted Laraque, Laraque! looking for somewhat of a payback for Sauer's hit on #46. When Laraque got close to Sauer, who's 6'4'', 220 lb, the latter ran away like a quitter who did not want to account for his dirty hit.
But, later in the 2nd period, Sauer, accepted the invitation to dance from Tom Kostopoulos, (6'0'', 200 lbs) who was a no match for Kurt Sauer. Finally, Laraque found a dance partner in Todd Fedoruk who ran in Carey Price earlier in that period.
Wayne Gretzky proved once again he should have sticked to playing hockey, not coaching. Down 2-0 he asked his team to hit and play dirty in order to get back in the game, which led to the Kostitsyn incident. He also came back with Ilya Bryzgalov in goal after he had surrended 6 goals in 6-3 loss the night before in Ottawa. Bryzgalov has allowed 14 goals in the last 3 games.
Shane Doan, who is Price’s cousin, ruined the Montreal goalie’s shutout bid when he scored 10 minutes into the third. He was also the best player on the ice for the Coyotes. Youngsters Mikkel Boedker, Kyle Turris, Kevin Porter, Viktor Tikhonov and Peter Mueller seemed to be intimidated by the energetic crowd at Bell Centre as they were invisible.
The Coyotes will have to start winning on the road or they will miss the playoffs once again, and Gretzky's head could finally roll.