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NorthJersey.com is reporting that UFA to be Niclas Havelid has left the NHL and signed with Linkoping of the Swedish Elite League. The 36-year old was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1st. Havelid played in 78 games this season, splitting time between the Atlanta Thrashers and New Jersey Devils. He finished the season with two goals and 17 assists. He also added one assist in seven playoff games with the Devils. Havelid was originally drafted in the third round, 83rd overall by the Anaheim Ducks in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Well, the third round is starting, and sadly it does not include the Bruins. The question on most B’s fans’ minds, including mine, is where did they go wrong and how can it be fixed? Well, Boston, I’ve got a pretty good scenario here. Granted, it is only my opinion. It doesn’t mean this will happen. So, here’s what I thought of:
Tsn.ca is reporting that Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced that Montreal signed 20 year old P.K. Subban to a 3-yr deal through the 2011-2012 season. Many people know Subban for winning two straight World Junior Championships with Team Canada. As per team policy, Gainey has not released any financial terms of the deal. Gainey also announced that they Habs signed defenseman Andre Benoit to 1-yr, two way contract agreement. As with Subban, financial terms of the deal have not yet been disclosed.
Let’s keep your predictions coming. Who is going to win? We have 2 great matchups in the final four
Penguins and Hurricanes
Red Wings and Hawks
The new fad seems to be to get really pumped about the draft and all the great prospects that come along with it. Here’s a little bit of reality for you. Most of these players will become nothing, some of them will be come NHL regulars, and a couple will become stars.
Here’s a history lesson for you, and notice that history repeats itself, again and again, here:
We all know Montreal has many unsigned players, the Question is can they still get something out of Komisarek, Koivu and other UFAs on the team? What I mean is, could the Habs trade Komisarek’s right to a team before Jully 1st? Example= Could the Habs trade Komisarek’s rights to the Islanders for a 3rd rounder or/and trade Koivu’s rights to Minnesota for a 3rd rounder or will Montreal end-up losing their UFAs without any sort of compensation?
Here is a Leafs offseason plan. This is meant to be viewed as objectively as possible and i am looking for your thoughts but i don’t want any skewed views from a leaf hater or from leaf fans. I would like to get your hockey thoughts on this and personal preference, but not horribly skewed views. All draft positions are done with the help of the Hockey News Draft Preview for any who wonder. Cap Hits are in Brackets and are from nhlnumbers.com.
Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun is reporting that Maple Leafs G.M. Brian Burke is calling the recent trade rumors between the Leafs and the Lightning regarding a possible trade up to acquire the second overall pick.
Could Roberto Luongo actually be traded? That’s the question everyone has been wondering the past few days after the Canucks were eliminated from the playoffs. Let’s look at a few possible scenarios.
As EVERYONE knows, the rangers are in a ton of trouble when it comes to the salary cap situation with the team they have, the restricted free agents they have to resign, and the lack of success the team had in 08-09. I’ll get right to the point. This is my plan to clear the room needed to resign the players that have actual worth to the franchise and address the teams needs.
Soooo, it didn’t take long for the center of the universe to get to Brian Burkes head. Not only is he walking a very thin ethical and legal line by talking about players under contract, he is shaming the future Leafs Captain and the most solid building block the Leafs have had since Sundin in Luke Schenn, not to mention setting himslef up for a huge faceplant at the draft table and upstaging the greatest playoff round of hockey in memory.
According to tsn.ca, sources say that there are rumors including the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Toronto Maple Leafs. This rumor includes the Leafs trading up to acquire the Lightnings second overall pick in this upcoming NHL Entry Draft.
With draft day getting closer there is even more rumors about the leafs trading to get Tavares. As great as Tavares is and as much as i like him i honestly think it might be the wrong thing for the leafs to do. Would it not seem more reasonable to trade Kabaerle and Kubina to teams and stock up for more first rounders? The ideal Targets would be Atlanta, Los Angeles and Phoenix. I know Phoenix might not want to take on any big contracts with the whole bankrupt thing, so go after the other 2. LA needs leadership and skill to make the playoffs. For their first rounder give them Kubina or Kaberle and have them through in Hickey/Teubert and a roster player.