Monthly Archives: August 2009

Hurricane Warning For Eastern Conference

The Carolina Hurricanes made a surprise showing in the Eastern Conference final, eventually losing to the champs, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Whether they can sustain this success and take it to thre next level remains to be seen. However any team with star power in the name of Eric Staal and Cam Ward will be dangerous.

The team did overacheive a bit, but were a rejuvenated bunch under a new coaching staff and with such a veteran laden group, they know time is not on their side.

Chelios among options for Predators

The Predators have every intention of placing their developing prospects in the holes left by departing defensemen Greg Zanon, Greg de Vries and Ville Koistinen.

Long Way To Go For Lightning

It has become clear to almost everyone that the Tampa Bay Lightning were a fluke and were lucky to win the Stanley Cup in 2004.
The franchise has become a laughingstock finishing last then second last in the past two years and it does not look like the team will advance any further up.
They do have a top heavy roster of stars, but the bickering ownership fiasco may prove to be a distraction, the team lacks scoring depth and has much to improve defensively.
But there are young studs in Steve Stamkos and Victor Hedman to build around and with them comes hope.

August 26, 2009 – NHL News and Rumors

McCarty seeks job in Russia

Canucks close to signing Schneider

Thrashers GM optimistic Kovalchuk deal will be completed

NHL News and Rumors

Marleau doesn’t view himself as guy taking the fall — but he won’t discuss the NTC in his contract

Habs needn’t name a captain, Pocket Rocket says

Let the Analysis Begin

Sundin saga redux?

Who will be the next Captain???

We are just a few weeks away from NHL training camp and still no words on who will wear the “C” in Montreal? There is a few candidate but nobody really knows who will be the next Habs Captain?

Time For Caps To Capitalize

They first overcame the long playoff drought and finally played meaningful games in the spring. Then they made it past the first round coming within 1 game of the conference final. Now, the Washington Capitals goal is to take the next step in their growth, with eyes on the big prize.

Evaluation camp + Final roster

Team Canada’s evaluation camp started today, August 24th. Here are the ones who have a shot at making the final roster :

NHL News and Rumors – Friday August 21, 2009

1. Wild, Tanguay talking

2. At long last, Heatley to speak

3. Marleau doesn’t view himself as guy taking the fall — but he won’t discuss the NTC in his contract

Burke turns the pressure on

Tim Wharnsby

Brian Burke cut through the Toronto Maple Leafs dressing room at the Air Canada Centre the other day to discover a crowded workout room.

Still a glaring need for 5th defender?

The Canucks have 5 legit top 6 NHL defenders. Salo, Bieksa, Edler, and Mitchell are all considered top 4 defenders. Shane O’Brien is a steady 3rd pairing defender. After that there’s some question marks though.

Retooled Ducks Seek Consistency

After winning the Stanley Cup back in 2007, it would have appeared as though the Anaheim Ducks were falling into the path of tailing off after success like most teams of this era. The team bowed out meekly in 2008 falling in round 1 in 5 games. They then had an up and down 2009 year that resulted in them barely making the playoffs.

The CBC to show less AHL Goon Hockey in favor of The NHL

The Stone Age Folks over at the CBC, have started to show signs that the old additive “Quality is better than Quantity” is making it’s way up the anal cavity to their heads. In the upcoming season we will be able to see more NHL hockey rather than AHL Goon crap coming out of the center of the universe. This means that the quality of hockey is more important than the number of people watching. Thank The Hockey Gods