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Fletcher to Sundin: The List

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=230283&hubname=nhl
According to TSN’s Daren Dreger, Leafs GM Cliff Fletcher sat down with Sundin on Thursday to discuss his future with the club. Among the talk, Fletcher asked Sundin to make a list of teams that he would like to be traded to, if he was to go somewhere. It seems that the plot has now thickened in the Sundin deadling talk…

Has the NEW Pittsburgh Penguins dynasty begun? [Plus: A Penguins History Lesson]

With four seasons of just atrocious hockey, many hockey fans may have forgotten what a powerhouse team the Pittsburgh Penguins were during the ’90s. From 1988-2001, only three players won the Art Ross Trophy. Mario Lemieux 6 times (3 times back-to-back), Jaromir Jagr 5 times (including 4 straight) and Wayne Gretzky 3 times (once back-to-back). With the exceptions of Mario’s first win (’88) and Wayne’s last win (’94), none of those teams ever failed to reach the playoffs when their team sported the NHL’s leading scorer. Iginla broke that trend with Calgary the following year in ’02, but Foppa got back on track with the Aves after, followed by St. Louis and his Cup-winning Lightning, with Joe Thornton and Sidney Crosby having followed suit.
Few sane people would deny that having the League’s top scoring player on your team is a recipe for success.

So where does that leave the Penguins, who, with Malkin, have the potential to have back-to-back different Art Ross Trophy winners, and 13 of the past 19 said Trophies?

Also inside, Sergei Gonchar sets an active record with his eighth consecutive 50+ point season with a goal in last night’s victory over the Habs. [What an exciting game by the way!] And, a Penguins and Art Ross Trophy history lesson.

Strachan Sees Vinny in Big Market City

Saturday night, HNIC analyst Al Strachan said Vincent Lecavalier has “spent enough of his career” in Tampa Bay. 

Forsberg Not Going Anywhere

TSN.ca is reporting that C Peter Forsberg will not be returning for the 07/08 season.

Forsberg’s agent Don Baizley has begun advising NHL teams that Forsberg doesn’t have enough confidence in his wonky foot to commit to a return to the league this season.

More to follow.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=229969&hubname=

Kaberle to Philadelphia?

15 teams interested in all-star D, plus other Leaf players shopped around

The latest hot rumor arising from the GM meetings has the Philadelphia Flyers interested in acquiring Toronto Maple Leafs all-star defenseman Tomas Kaberle.

Tragedy Strikes Windsor Spitfires

Sad news came to Windsor this morning, as Windsor Spifire Captain Mickey Renaud has passed away.

Devils tried to bring Holik back

Apparently the New Jersey Devils were a trade away from bringing back an old face from their glory days, Bobby Holik. The trade was set to happen, going to the Devils would be Bobby Holik, and to the Thrashers, John Madden, but the deal fell through due to Don Waddell believing Atlanta had a good shot with Holik in the mix.

http://www.nypost.com/seven/02172008/sports/devils/gettin_fired_up_98089.htm?page=2

Leafs-Rangers News

According to Larry Brooks, NYPost.com, Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenseman Tomas Kaberle would waive his NTC to come to the Rangers. Kaberle would be a bargain at his current salary for the Rangers, but the price is said to be very steep, at least including Bob Sanguinetti. Two other Leafs defensemen, Bryan McCabe and Pavel Kubina, are not gaining interest from the Rangers.

mikster’s note: With Lundqvist’s new contract, the Rangers will most likely not re-sign their Czech players in Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, Marek Malik, and Michal Rozsival. They will be in the hunt, in the off-season, for wingers that can fit the style of hockey that Scott Gomez and Chris Drury play. The future of the Rangers lies within their organization, since they won’t have much cap space to play with for the next number of years, and so I do not see Sather trading too much youth for veteran help. Also, he would have to clear cap space by ridding himself of either Malik or Paul Mara. I also do not see the Leafs trading Kaberle, and I would encourage the Leafs not to trade him.

Morning News

Two quick ones.

According to Larry Brooks article in today’s paper, the New York Rangers and Henrik Lundqvist are finalizing a deal that is expected to be six years and $36M. Also, the Rangers are expected to re-sign Avery later in the year.

South Florida news have it that Richard Zednik is still in stable condition after that horrible incident, but that he will be out for the season, therefore Zednik joins Radek Dvorak, Josef Stumpel, and Rosty Olesz, though expected to be back soon, as injured forwards. Just two points behind 3rd seed in the East, the Panthers may make a trade to add forward depth.

Canada's Teams So Far!

So a quick look a which Canadian teams have a legitimate shot at being a contender come playoff time…

Studs or Duds!

(Yes TSN uses the same term…)

Forsberg a Ranger?

Eklund at HockeyBuzz.com is reporting that he has spoken with a source “very close to the situation” that says the New York Rangers may be Peter Forsberg’s #1 choice if he is to return to the NHL this season.

Where Do The Habs Stand At The Deadline?

Sorry to non-Habs fans for another Habs article, it’s just I haven’t written about them in nearly 6 months. So yeah, sorry.

Now, over the last 4 or 5 days, I’ve been asking myself just where does Montreal stand going into the Trade Deadline, which is in 30 days. Should they be big buyers…

Ferguson's fired as Maple Leafs GM

TSN is reporting that John Ferguson Jr has been fired by the Maple Leafs.

It is expected that the Leafs will announce Cliff Fletcher as the new interim GM on Tuesday.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=227906&hubname=

All Around the League Comments

Hello hockey fans. It has been a while, but I have been busy. Things have calmed down and just now the season is starting to get the thrills of a long ride. I will be commenting on every, yes that’s right, EVERY, NHL team………in the East. Some of them will get a phrase, others a lot more depth. Nonetheless, read more and welcome to my world of thought, open for discussions.

We're 20 Games In, So…What's Up?

Amazing how we are 20 games in and it feels as if the season started just a few games ago. It has also been a strange start to the season, but that’s not new. So where do teams stand after 20 games?

Dallas Stars Fire GM

Accord to sportsnet.ca, and AP, the Dallas Stars have fired general manager Doug Armstrong. Quite a shocking news as the Stars sit in 2nd place in their division with a 7-7-3 record.

Major Hockey Talk

Hello hockey fans. I hope you are enjoying the season thus far even if it has been a bit whacky. A bunch of topics to talk about for the teams I have seen thus far.

Heatley Re-signs with the Sens

According to sportsnet.ca, Heatley has signed a 6 year 45 million dollar deal with the senators.  This equates to 7.5 million dollars per year.  Murray was pushing 7, Heatley was wanting 8, they compromised right down the middle.  I just hope the money doesn’t go to his head and turns into a lazy A$$ like many others do when they hit the big bucks.

Good Job Mr. Murray for getting this one done!

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2007/10/03/senators_heatley/

Toronto, Boston, Buffalo

Gus Katsaros releases his season previews on the three Northeastern teams.

Penguins make their cuts….

The Pittsburgh Penguins announced today that they have reduced their roster to 22 players for the start of the NHL season, with a bit of a shake-up on what was originally expected.