Monthly Archives: July 2009

What will happen next?

Its been a busy offseason for the Toronto Maple Leafs organization as GM Brian Burke has made the team a stronger, better team, but not a competative one. He has made good and impressive acquisitions on the blue line as the signings of D, Mike Komisarek, D, Francois Beauchemin & the departure of D, Pavel Kubina for hardnosed defenseman D, Garnett Exelby. The Leafs also let go of young gun F, Tim Stapleton to Atlanta for F, Colin Stuart. I thought that Burke could of gotten more for Kubina. The Leafs also said goodbye to minor league players like D, Sifers, F, Williams, & F, Newbury. With the first signing of the offseason the Leafs signed tough guy F, Colton Orr. The Leafs recent signings were MONSTER goaltender G, Jonas Gustavsson, probably the best goalie out of the NHL, but now will be backup, possibly starter for the Leafs upcoming season, and F, Rickard Wallin, a smart 2-way player who can bring a scoring punch to the line-up. But that what the Leafs are missing, one or two top 6 forwards who can both score and make plays.

June 18, 2009 – NHL News Roundup

Scotty Bowman says he had no part in son’s promotion with Chicago Blackhawks

Nilan drops gloves over shoplifting charge

All quiet on the Heatley front

Latest Hockey Rumors and News for July 17th

Jiri Hudler’s future remains murky

Peter Chiarelli quiet on Phil Kessel rumors

NHL has plenty of questions for Balsillie

Hawks already shopping Sharp

Barry Rozner | Daily Herald Columnist

The Blackhawks have talked to Toronto about Patrick Sharp, among other clubs, according to a team source.

NHL News and Rumor Roundup – June 16, 2009

Thrashers Lehtonen staying in Atlanta

Olympics blow a hole in Canucks schedule

Oil trade for Dany still alive

Caps in talks for game at ‘Big O’

Western Conference prediction

I know its early to start makeing predictions on how the season will play out and the order of finish for the conferences however here is how I see the Western Conference shapeing up for the upcoming season. Of course this is subject to change given the remaining freeagent signings and possible trades.

Have you ever seen an off-season like this?

I have been following the Habs for many years and I can’t remember a time of such change and speculation. As sad as I am to see Koivu, who gave everything, go, I can’t say that I am surprised to see Kovalev gone. With all the skill and talent, came the over questioning and inconsistency. Last season he seemed to be getting caught from behind all too often. Tanguay has had too many injury problems and his shoulder is suspect. Would you pay the type of salary that he was making on a player who may only play half the season. Now it is like paying double the salary!!

July 15, 2009 – NHL News and Rumors Roundup

Zubov’s career with Dallas Stars likely finished

Blackhawks president John McDonough admits recent contract bungle provided catalyst for firing Dale Tallon

Chiarelli says Kessel will be back with Bruins

Source: Shanahan to Sign With Devils or Rangers

Lang and Jagr can be reunited in the KHL

The Sather Experiment has Failed!…AND NEEDS TO END!

A quick look at this offseason, my take on the Gomez deal, and why Slats, and not Bob Gainey should be the first GM fired.

July 14, 2009 News and Rumors Roundup

Report: Chicago Blackhawks fire GM Dale Tallon

Big bucks for NHL Commish Bettman

Oilers’ patience wearing thin

Tanguay's agent: Panthers are in the mix

Steve Gorten

I finally was able to get a hold of free-agent winger Alex Tanguay’s agent today for a few minutes on the phone.

Tanguay’s agent, Robert Sauve, said the Panthers are one of five or six teams he’s talking with that Tanguay is considering signing with.

LEMAIRE RETURNS FOR SECOND STINT AS DEVILS HEAD COACH

TSN.ca reports that

Jacques Lemaire is returning for a second stint as coach of the New Jersey Devils.

NHL News and Rumors – Monday July 13, 2009

Looks like Jiri Hudler is off to Russia

Blue Jackets wait for trade opportunities

Ducks and Canucks talked a Pronger deal?

Very few NHL goaltender openings remain


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