Monthly Archives: June 2008

Caps Patience Paying Off

It took 5 years but the Washington Capitals finally made it back to the playoffs and are likely going to stick around to contend for years to come. The road getting there was bumpy, but after a few good drafts, finding a good coach and finally having a “team” to surround their best player, the Caps are well on their way to being one of the best teams in the league.

It obviously helps having the coach of the year Bruce Boudreau behind the bench. After decades of being in the minors, Boudreau finally got a chance at the big time and provided the boost this team needed. His years coaching minor league teams certainly were a big help to him behind the Caps bench as he was able to mold numerous young players into a very solid team. The team became more cohesive, more disciplined and much stronger defensively and as a result, the team is on the upward path to success.

Rangers Receive Permission to Negotiate with Brian Campbell

Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the Rangers have been given permission by the San Jose Sharks to negotiate with impending unrestricted free agent defenseman Brian Campbell.

Hossa decides to test UFA waters

TSN .ca Story

On Saturday afternoon, Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ray Shero announced that the Penguins and Hossa have officially suspended talks about a contract. Hossa’s agent, Ritch Winter informed Shero that the Penguins are foremost in the mind of Hossa and continue to be the his first selection, but that he has advised his client to wait for the offers on July 1st as some of them might be a long way from the firm contract offer that the Penguins have extended Hossa.

Hockey Rumors

Recent hockey rumors from around the league.

When asked about trading defencemen Kevin Bieksa, Canucks GM Mike Gillis said he was in fact fielding many calls about him, and is willing to listen.
It is suggested that Carolina is very interested in Bieksa and are willing to offer the likes of Eric Cole, Justin Williams or Tuomo Ruutu. (As per Eklund and TSN)

Habs Granted Permission to Talk to Sundin

According to The Score television network, the Montreal Canadiens have been granted permission by arch rival Toronto Maple Leafs to talk to UFA eligible Mats Sundin or more specifically his agent.

Sens Place Emery On Waivers

According to Sportsnet. OTTAWA — The Ottawa Senators placed troubled goalie Ray Emery on waivers Friday, beginning the process to eventually buy out his contract.

Kings looking to make some moves?

The LA Daily News is reporting speculation regarding the LA Kings. It is believed that there is a 50-50 chance that the Kings may trade their 2nd overall pick. If the Kings do opt to draft a player the speculation is that they will use the pick to draft Doughty, a talented D-man from the OHL.

Draft Day Morning

The St Louis Blues have made a couple moves this morning, aquiring goaltender Steve Mason from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 4th round pick in tonights entry draft. The Blues also Pick up a 5th round choice in the draft after sending Jamal Mayers to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Florida to deal Jokinen today?

The Sun-Sentinel is reporting that the Panthers are expected to trade Olli Jokinen today at the NHL entry draft and it is speculated that a first round draft pick is key to any deal.

Intriguing Draft Weekend

Hello hockey fans! An all new season of my articles is up. I have been quite busy the past months with education (MBA), but hockey season is back on for me now. So not a whole lot to talk about other than the draft, but it’s not the draftee that makes the weekend intriguing, but rather the potential headliners. Such as? Find out…

NHL Mock Draft '08

 I was wondering why there is not a mock draft on this site when I just decided to do one myself.

Malkin on the move?

According to various reports that Pittsburgh Penguins may be looking to deal Malkin to the Los Angeles Kings for a package that would include Mike Cammalleri and the Kings second overall draft choice.

Sens look for top 10 pick in first round

According to, it seems Ottawa is looking to trade up for a higher pick in the draft to obtain a player than could step in this season to play with the team.