Monthly Archives: May 2010

Offseason Plans: Boston Bruins (Re-Do)

I’m going to break my MO here. After the heartbreaking collapse and loss to Philadelphia, I’ve been relentlessly trying to come up with a lineup that fits the mold of the Bruins, but could also bring alittle more success than this past year did. After weeks of painfully reliving the experience trying to find out what went wrong, this is what I’ve come up with.

Key Resigns:
Dennis Seidenberg 2yr/$5.5M (2.75 Cap Hit)
Johnny Boychuk 4yr/$6M (1.5 Cap Hit)

Decision time for Habs' GM Gauthier

After their most successful playoff run since 1993, Canadiens fans are asking: What can the Habs do for an encore?

The Canadiens exceeded expectations this spring by upsetting the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins before losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference final.

Kulemin talks at standstill

Brian Burke isn’t kidding when he says there is no progress in a new contract for restricted free agent winger Nikolai Kulemin . Talks are at a standstill.

“What he is asking for is not what we are prepared to pay,” the Leafs general manager said Thursday, when asked why he and Kulemin’s agent, Gary Greenstin, keep giving identical terse quotes on the subject. “I think his agent is a good guy. But we will grind on and see what happens.”

NHL Sets Deadline For Coyotes Sale, Threatens Move

The financially troubled Phoenix Coyotes may still be on the run.

The National Hockey League has set a Dec. 31 deadline for the city of Glendale, Ariz., landlord of the Coyotes’ home rink, to reach an agreement with new owners for the team, the Arizona Republic reported. Otherwise, the NHL may authorize the franchise to move to another market.

The league said it has a “bona-fide offer from a viable purchaser who would relocate the hockey team to another market,” the paper reported, referring to a legal agreement between the NHL and the city.

Stamkos contract extension high on to-do list of GM Yzerman

On his list of priorities as the Lightning’s new general manager, Steve Yzerman has signing Steven Stamko s to a contract extension close to the top.

Yzerman
acknowledged the sides cannot speak until July 1, when the final year of Stamkos’ three-year rookie deal that pays a base salary of $875,000 begins. But Yzerman said considering what the star center means to the franchise, it’s never too early to prepare.

taylor or tyler?

In a real bad showing in the 2009-2010 NHL season, there weren’t very many positives that could come from the Oilers who finished 20 games under .500. On a positive note, the Oilers won the nhl draft lottery and will hit the podium to make the first pick in this June’s entry draft. And that brings me to ask you Taylor or Tyler ?

State of the Montreal Canadiens

The Montreal Canadiens surprised everyone by beating the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins before losing to the Philadelphia Flyers in the Eastern Conference Finals. This team had been depleted by injuries all season long and were finally able to pull everything together in the playoffs despite playing without their number one defenseman Andrei Markov.

Bob Gainey was heavily criticized for a number of his moves over the past few years but his overall record doesn’t look so bad. The Montreal Canadiens made it to the playoffs in five of the six years that Gainey was GM and three of those times they made it past the first round. He was also criticized for signing small players last summer but it certainly wasn’t a factor in these playoffs.

Leafs sign German defenceman

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

The Maple Leafs could have a brawny German defenceman joining their internationally flavoured roster next season.

Korbinian Holzer
, a draft pick from the John Ferguson Jr. era in 2006, signed a two-year entry level contract on Thursday morning.

REPORT: KOVALCHUK, FROLOV OFFERED CONTRACTS BY KHL


Ilya Kovalchuk
is not heading to Russia to play for the KHL, at least not yet.

According to sources, the KHL will be an option for Kovalchuk , but there is nothing imminent.

Sovsports, a Russian sports website, is reporting that SKA St Petersburg made an offer to Kovalchuk that would see the sniper make $30 million over a three-year span.

St. Louis: Do you trade him?

Upon suggesting this, I’m half convinced that someone is going to start up a Don’t Trade Marty blog on blogspot by the end of the week. This is by no means what I’m suggesting (yet), just something to think about as a possibility. Now in the future, trading away Martin St. Louis may become a reality for Lightning fans and it will cause some uproar among the faithful (yes all 10 of you).

Flames stick with GM Sutter, captain Iginla

Darryl Sutter is safe.

Jarome Iginla, too.

On Thursday, Calgary Flames president Ken King quashed whatever lingering speculation remained that his under-fire general manager and/or sputtering star captain/right-winger will be employed anywhere but the Pengrowth Saddledome this winter.

Nabokov on future with Sharks: ‘I want to be part of it, but I don’t know if it’

A lot going on today as the Sharks showed up to clean out their lockers and meet with the media for the first time since leaving the United Center on Sunday night. Coach Todd McLellan and GM Doug Wilson were also on hand and here are some of the highlights:

***Evgeni Nabokov sounded Wednesday like a goalie who wanted to be back with the Sharks next season, but wasn’t sure if he would get that opportunity.

Where does Steve Yzerman go to find the Tampa Bay Lightning's next coach?

New Tampa Bay Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman said he wants to have a coach in place by the start of free agency, meaning July 1. Most interesting is that Yzerman, while saying he wants someone who has been a head coach, that person does not necessarily need head coaching experience in the NHL.

In other words, the Lightning’s next coach may not be a household name.