Monthly Archives: July 2011

Nabokov set to return to NHL for 2011-12

It’s been a bumpy road for Evgeni Nabokov of late.

Nabokov finished second in the NHL in wins with 44 with the San Jose Sharks in a career year in 2009-10, finishing tied for fourth in Vezina Trophy voting.

He struggled in the postseason, however, leading the Sharks to turn to Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki in goal and Nabokov to hit free agency as one of many goalies available on July 1.

Report: Alexei Yashin eyes NHL return

Russian centre Alexei Yashin is considering a return to the National Hockey League with the New York Islanders according to a report by Canadian sports broadcaster TSN.

The Islanders confirmed on Friday that Yashin and his agent Mark Gandler have been in discussions with the NHL club and may make his return from the KHL this season.

Simmons: GMs not doing their jobs

What would it have taken for the Maple Leafs to make an offer of consequence on Steven Stamkos?

One year and $12 million? Ten years and $100 million?

The bottom line is: No one, including the Leafs, will ever know. Because no team in hockey made an offer on the restricted free-agent sniper, other than the Tampa team he re-signed with.

Flames 2011

Baring a trade or two between now and the start of the regular season the flames roster is pretty much set. Backlund most likely gets a shot at the number one center job to start the year given how he played with Iggy and Tanguay down the stretch and the fact that Morrison won’t be ready to go at the start of the season. All five of Calgary’s centers (including BMO) could potentially see time on lines 1-4, Calgary essentially has 5 2nd-3rd line centermen, although Backlund could become a 1st line guy.

Red Wings GM will talk with Kris Draper soon about future

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland soon plans to talk with Kris Draper regarding the longtime forward’s future with the team.

Draper wants to play another season, but the Wings are full well-stocked at the position.

“No doubt he wants to play … and play in Detroit,” Holland said. “We don’t have any cap issues, but we have to sort out what we’re doing with our 14 forwards.”

Speculation on Stamkos mounts: Leafs, Pens involved

As negotiations between Tampa Bay and all-star center Steven Stamkos continues, there is mounting speculation of a possible three-way trade between the Lightning, Maple Leafs and Penguins.

NHL arena coming to Seattle?

Yahoo sports is reporting It was only three years ago that Kevin Durant and the rest of the Seattle SuperSonics folded up their green-and-gold uniforms for good and moved to Oklahoma City. Now word comes that there are plans for an arena to be built in a Seattle suburb that could house an NHL team, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports. The main focus of the plan is to try and lure an NHL team to Seattle, the online newspaper reports.

Kaberle yet to cash in on unrestricted free-agent status

It’s a tough time to be a free agent.

Tomas Kaberle, Christian Hanson and Darryl Boyce are finding that out as unrestricted free agents.

Clarke MacArthur and Tyler Bozak are going to find that out as restricted free agents.

Tuesday is the deadline for MacArthur and Bozak to file for arbitration. If it goes that far, arbitration on their cases could go as late as the first week of August.

Boston Bruins reportedly 'Ready for next Season'

Boston will have to replace the experience and leadership of retired second-line right wing Mark Recchi. They may also need another winger on the third line if unrestricted free agent Michael Ryder signs elsewhere.

Burke's overhaul almost done?

For all the moves the Maple Leafs have made, going back before the NHL draft, there is still great uncertainty about them making the playoffs.

But what’s important to note is that the Brian Burke broom is no longer solely aimed at those brought here by previous general managers. Players and staff that came here under his watch are starting to disappear, too, or at least, look over their shoulders.

SHARKS SHIP HEATLEY TO WILD FOR HAVLAT

The San Jose Sharks have traded forward Dany Heatley to the Minnesota Wild for forward Martin Havlat.

Heatley scored 28 goals and added 38 assists in 80 games for the Sharks last season while Havlat scored 22 goals and added 40 assists in 78 games for the Wild.

The Wild inherit the last three years remaining on Heatley’s deal that will count as $7.5 million a year under the salary cap. However in real money, Heatley will make $8 million in 2011-12, $6 million in 2012-13 and $5 million in 2013-14.

the toronto heist….

David Poile was seen looking for his wallet today,when Brian Burke approached him to return it. Poile expressed his gratitude to Burke but when he opened it later he found it empty…..the leafs acquired Matthew Lombardi and Cody Franson from the Preds today for Brett Lebda and Robert Slaney and A conditional 4th round pick..

NHL teams go to Plan B

The rich got Richards, while the rest of the National Hockey League teams will soon begin closing their wallets now that two days of free agent shopping have concluded.

Once the New York Rangers won the Brad Richards’ bidding at $60 million US for nine years, runners-up such as Toronto and Los Angeles made their Plan B moves and 30 general managers paused to catch their breath and double-check their salary cap computations.