Monthly Archives: June 2007

Preds owner Craig Liepold not selling the preds to Balsillie?

According to the national post preds owner Craig Liepold has contacted Jim Balsillie’s lawer and informed him that he will not be selling the team to Balsillie. Instead Liepold will sell it to L.A based buisnessman William DelBiaggio so he can move the team to Kansas City. DelBiaggio’s bid is believed to be 190 million US.

Nylander Not A Done Deal, Rangers could target BOTH Drury and Gomez

Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the Rangers have not had serious negotiations with Michael Nylander, and his new agent Mike Gillis, and that the Swedish center appears poised to hit the free agent pool on July 1st.

Think outside the BOX – Line up

Hi everybody, it’s my first writing out here but I’m reading you guys at least once by week. I heard about Things like Marleau (that I found would be the best pick for Montréal since 2 years, bu they won’t do it), Briere, Yashin, Drury…. You don’t find that all this is too easy to think and that something more underground or just more flashy could happen. Bob never thinks like the Habs fans and everytime he did a move we are all surprised or chocked. So Here quickly what I’m seeing the habs could do.

Islanders to offer Smyth a mountain of money?

Darren Dreger of TSN is suggesting that the Islanders may offer Ryan Smyth a deal that he may not be able to refuse. He is suggesting the possibility of a 7 or 8 year deal worth about 6 million per year. Put differently that could mean a 48 million dollar deal.

10 Things I Would Change As Commissioner

Is it just me, or do any other hockey fans think that Gary Bettman is secretly (or not so secretly) conspiring to ruin the NHL? Okay, okay. I’ll admit it. Yes I’m a Canadian, and yes I’m the fan of a Canadian hockey team, so maybe I’m a little biased. However, you can’t deny that Mr. Bettman is an incompetent commissioner. The NHL needs somebody in that position who knows what’s right and wrong for the game of hockey. Get out of there Gary, let a real fan be in charge! This is what my NHL would be like if I made all the decisions.

Pitkanen trade pending

According to, Joni Pitkanen has been traded to Carolina pending Niclas Wallin is willing to waive his no trade clause. This would allow the Flyers to pick up a big named player on July 1st.

The proper leaf team to make the playoffs

Since Eklund has announced a possible pickup of Calder it has had me thinking of how the leafs should look for 2007-2008.

An Analysis of our future talent.

This is my first news post on HTR , I’ll try not to rattle on too much.Montreal is truly a great team with a huge amount of depth and prospects to fill up our lines for years. I’m tired of hearing Marleau, Briere , Yashin…

Yashin possible destinations

With Alexei Yashins monster contract finally bought out, one of the most enigmatic players in the NHL is now looking for a new home.  His worth is now low enough for most teams to absorb, but for what team will he be worth the risk?  Here’s a few I think could give the big Russian a second chance.  This is all assuming that Yashin bites the bullet and takes a 1-year deal around the 3 million mark. 

What the leafs need to do before Sunday

Assuming that the cap hits 48 million for next season, it gives the leafs about 6 million to spend on free agents. I dont think 6 million dollars would be enough to round out the forward units. Considering the amount of depth on defence, the leafs could possibly move one or two to free up cap space, to a team that needs defenceman. Keven Lowe of the Edmonton Oliers is looking for a puck moving defenceman. With a pending deal of Joni Pitkaien going to the canes and wade redden not likely going to Edmonton, Lowe could look at the leafs.

Numbers: why the Leafs can't sign a big name UFA

There is lots of rumors seeing the Leafs aquire top tier free agents like Gomez, Smyth, Kariya, Blake; and even second tier guys like Bertuzzi and Nagy. However, in an NHL governed by the salary cap, this cannot happen.

Nylander Resigns with the Rangers?

Although it may not be a done deal yet reports from Sweden indicate that the Rangers and Nylander may have a deal completed any second.

News from San Jose

The San Jose Mercury News is speculating that the Sharks have a number of big decisions to make regarding their players.