Monthly Archives: March 2009

Grebeshkov wants to remain an Oiler

The Edmonton Journal is reporting that Grebeshkov and the Oilers are talking about the possibility of a new deal. “ His agent, Todd Diamond, said on Monday that they engaged in exploratory contract talks with the Oilers prior to the trade deadline. The longer the term, the better added Grebeshkov. Two or three years would be ideal.”

Wings to talk contract with Hossa

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Wings GM Holland wants to know how much it will cost to keep Hossa under contract into the future. “By next week, general manager Ken Holland should have a clearer picture of what it will take to keep Marian Hossa with the Red Wings.”

Brind'Amour's not going to retire yet

The News and Observer is reporting that “Brind’Amour says there will be a 21st (season for him to play in and ), that he hasn’t given any thought to retirement.”

Why Can Montreal Goalies Never Realize Their Potential?

Since Patrick Roy was traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Colorado Avalanche during the 1995-96 season, there have been a parade of highly touted youngsters tending goal for Les Habitants. The problem is that few have them have ever been able to turn their potential into consistently good results for an extended period of time. Why is this?

Playoff predictions

With the playoffs around the corner, lets say the teams that are in Playoff positions keep it. in the east, we’d have:

Boston vs Carolina, New Jersey vs NY Rangers, Washington vs Montreal, and Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh.

in the west we’d have:

Financial Uncertainty To Be Felt by NHL Free Agency?

If you’ve been living under a rock, maybe you don’t know about the economic turmoil we’re stuck in. The recession has impacted every sector of our society, and the NHL and sports is no exception. This summer might go down as very unusual because of these tough economic times.

Speed Kills!

Either way you look at it speed kills! When a team has speed and uses it to their advantage by putting in the effort, they are extremely hard to stop. When they don’t use it and put in the effort, the blade cuts the other way!

A look at the 2009 free agent listing

With all the excitement of this years NHL Stanley cup playoffs, were yet to read about whats equally important and that is this years Free Agent cast which arguably will include some great stars and an interesting draft scenario as well. I’ve compiled what i thought was a important list of available talents around the league and or teams projects in a retention system they will try and follow

Could Tavares Hold Out?

The similarities between John Tavares and another former Oshawa General, Eric Lindros, may not end with them playing on the same junior team and being highly touted phenoms in their draft year.

Something to ponder is whether Tavares will mirror Lindros and perhaps decide to not play for the NY Islanders (or another failing franchise), should the Isles win the draft lottery.

He is the consensus number 1 pick but he may never suit up for the team that chooses him first overall.

Cap Casualties

First the Washington Times reported on it, and now TSN is covering it as well. Many NHL teams will be facing a cap crisis either this summer, or the next. The past few seasons have demonstrated the financial woes teams suffer after achieving some degree of success, and most predict this off-season will be no different.

Islanders to me moved?

The Toronto Star is reporting that “Forget the Phoenix Coyotes, the Nashville Predators or any of the other NHL teams in the American Sunbelt: the next team to move just might be the New York Islanders, with their most likely destination being Kansas City.”

Carbonneau FIRED!

Guy Carbonneau has been fired as the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. Bob Gainey will now take over as head coach of the fifth place Canadiens. The hot start has simmered for Montreal, as they are now in a battle for a playoff spot in the East.

Jagr to the Oilers???? Next Season

Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that Jagr was about to sign with the Oilers just prior to the trade deadline and that he is eying a return to the NHL next season and will possibly make a return to North American to play with his old coach Tom Renney in Edmonton.

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