Monthly Archives: July 2010

I only want a Hippo for Kaberle?

As I gaze over any sports article I see a pattern that being if the word Kaberle or any player is on a trading block then we Toronto fans jump at the opportunity to give our ideas of how we value you kaberle as the best puck moving d man in the league and that we can get a arm and a leg for him. But as a leaf fan and I gave my own idea of what I have seen happen and being the hypocrite that I am i figure i would set the record straight about some of these ideas. Lets start at the most talked about one….

Burke hoping to land a big one

In a week’s time, if Leafs GM Brian Burke starts talking about the big one that got away, it will have more to do with fishing than Ilya Kovalchuk or Simon Gagne.

While two big names made big news on Monday, the Maple Leafs put a Gone Fishin’ sign on Burke’s office door while the GM takes his annual summer fishing trip. He was in Vancouver, heading off for his week with friends, including top assistant Dave Nonis, on Tuesday morning. Assistant GM Dave Poulin is in charge of the club.

Habs' lineup just about set

With Habs’ training camp just over a month away, it seems as though it’s safe to say we can predict who will suit up for the team on their October 7th season opener in Toronto. Here are my thoughts on team.

Deal may give clues to Souray's fate

If you’re wondering what Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini will get in return for disgruntled defenceman Sheldon Souray, just take a look at the Simon Gagne trade.

On Monday, the Philadelphia Flyers acquired defenceman Matt Walker — a No. 6 or 7 blue-liner — and only a fourth-round draft pick from the Tampa Bay Lightning for veteran forward Gagne, who is four years younger than the 34-year-old Souray and has scored at least 33 goals four times in his career, including two seasons over 40 during the last five years.

Blackhawks GM: Sharp isn't going anywhere

Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Monday that there’s still work to be done to solve the team’s salary-cap troubles and admitted “as of right now we don’t have a solution.”

Whatever Bowman comes up with as he continues negotiations with goaltender Antti Niemi, it won’t include trading veteran forward Patrick Sharp.

“I told (Sharp) he can relax, he’s not going anywhere,” Bowman said before the premiere of “Chicago Blackhawks 2010 Stanley Cup Championship” DVD at Navy Pier. “He’s a big part of this. He means a lot to us on the ice and off the ice.”

Kaberle Likely Next to Go

There were 3 things that needed to happen before the Toronto Maple Leafs could really start to entertain offers for blueliner Tomas Kaberle.

While they’ve gotten some nibbles, its now where some tangible offers should come on the table.

The Leafs first needed the distractions of the draft to pass and allow teams to focus on their current rosters than on the rosters of tomorrow.

GM Brian Burke did mention this during the draft as he put the Kaberle talks on the shelf at that time as teams were simply too busy to think trades.

Tampa Bay Aquires Simon Gagne from philly!

Philadelphia waited less than three hours after news broke about Kovalchuk re-upping with the Devils to deal veteran forward Simon Gagne to the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Matt Walker and Tampa Bay’s fourth-round pick in the 2011 Entry Draft.

Slow free agency to blame for slowed trade market

The Bruins had plans to be active in the trade market throughout the offseason, and as anyone who’s seen their current cap situation could infer, they would have been in far better shape had they been able to move contracts out as they brought new ones in. Yet in all their moves thus far, they’ve crept closer and closer to that $59.4 million cap ceiling with moves still left to be made.

Done Deal-ya: Kovalchuk returns

Monday, 07.19.2010 / 11:34 AM / News
By Eric Marin
Kovalchuk returns to New Jersey.
Big decisions take time, but Ilya Kovalchuk has made up his mind: he’s coming back to the Devils.

Since the free agent signing period began on July 1, almost every day brought new speculation on where the two-time 50-goal scorer might be headed. One of the most coveted unrestricteds in history, Kovalchuk finally ended the suspense Monday, following the Devils’ announcement that he’s staying in the Garden State. A 1 p.m. press conference will be held Tuesday at Prudential Center.

Source: Kovalchuk nearing decision

Once again, it appears the Ilya Kovalchuk saga is nearing its end, though the two-time 52-goal scorer still is deciding among a few teams, a source close to Kovalchuk says.

The inference is that the choice is among the Kings, Devils, St. Petersburg of the KHL or perhaps even some silent NHL bidder.

The Kings reportedly have been solving differences with Kovalchuk, while one source said the Kings believed they had a 50-50 chance of signing the 27-year-old.

Acquiring Simon Gagne an intriguing thought for Tampa Bay Lightning

The Lightning has interest in acquiring Flyers left wing Simon Gagne. It is difficult to tell the level of interest because no one with the organization has commented publicly, but it would be naive to believe otherwise.

Why wouldn’t Tampa Bay inquire about a proven goals and points producer being shopped by a team desperate to clear cap space?

Mate in 3

MLSE Off Season Checklist

Sign a defenseman despite being log jammed at the position, check

Trade away draft picks or prospect for a support cast player, check

Sign a depth UFA forward, check

Yep, the more things change the more they stay the same. A typical Maple Leaf off season where management produces just enough change to spark mediocre interest in the team. Staying faithful to the script there are couple new faces but the additions of Lebda, Versteeg and Armstrong do little to realistically inspire faith that change is on the horizon.

This is disappointing because Burke disrupted this narrative last summer. The additions of a promising blue chip 1st round pick in Kadri and acquiring a legitimate top line winger in Kessel were unfamiliar actions of a Leaf GM. Though bringing in two top four blueliners in Komisarek and Beachemin were deals Leaf Nation are more accustomed too. Burke continued to flip the script as he cleared baggage during the season with in the Phaneuf and Giguere deals.

Ducks interestred in Kevin Bieksa?

• Why hasn’t first-line Ducks winger Bobby Ryan accepted the Ducks’ five-year, $25 million offer?

Ryan already has said he’s not worth more than linemates Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry, both of whom earn an average of $5.3 million a year, so what’s the hold-up?

Is Ryan’s agent trying get another team to make a bigger offer to the restricted free agent, forcing the Ducks to match? My guess is Ryan believes he’ll be worth more than $5 million in the final years of the contract, so he would prefer to sign for, say, only three years.