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The Houle dark ages are long behind us and still most fans fail to realize the damage that was done in that nightmarish era and how the Canadians are still cleaning up the mess. Between 1995 and 1997, Houle went on an embarassing (for everyone including himself) show of poor management qualities and simply put, he was but a small fish in a shark tank. A team loaded with several high end players in their prime with the likes of Roy, Recchi, Turgeon, Damphousse and Malakhov, was expected to finish among the top four teams in the conference. However, the Roy scandal combined with Tremblay’s inexperience as coach was the beginning of a decade where competitiveness and talent lacked and where the fans would groan with continuous dissapointment.
According to Ottawasenators.com, Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler today announced the signing of forward Brian McGrattan to a two-year deal and defenceman Andy Hedlund to a one-year deal.
According to RDS.ca and TSN.ca, Kirk Muller has been named as an assistant coach to the Montreal Canadiens. He will assist head coach Guy Carbineau, along with Doug
Rumours in Toronto and Sweden are that Mats Sundins long time friend Niklas Lidstrom is agreed in principle to a one-year one million dollar contract. This does sound hard to believe, but Lidstrom knows that Sundin wants to win a cup and wants to do it with the Leafs, so Lidstrom is offering out a hand. Also, reports out of florida are that mike keenan is seriously considering Toronto’s latest offer of Pogge, Harrison, Suglobov and a 2nd rounder for Gary Roberts and Roberto Luongo. Keenan is looking at more youth movement and thinks Pogge is NHL ready and roberts and luongo will help Toronto with their cup run next year. These transactions will hopefully be made more public by weeks end.
The Carolina Hurricanes have for the first time in team history won the Stanley Cup. Cam Ward, goalie for the Hurricanes was awarded the Conn Smythe trophy as the playoff MVP.
GM Ken Holland has said repeatedly that he’s not planning to trade Pavel Datsyuk. But, he’s entitled to change his mind, especially if it means getting a guy who you know will solidify your goaltending position for many years. And it’s doubtful any interested club could offer the Panthers a more enticing player than Datsyuk.
There are more and more rumors popping out each day.
By Darryl Dobbs
The annual NHL entry draft is this Saturday, June 24. Those of you in keeper league hockey pools will be very interested in which of the players drafted in the early rounds will make an early impact in the NHL, and which ones are long-term projects.
The NHL 2006 draft is less then a week away and many articles have come out listing the various scouting listings for the top picks. I have taken the top 12 skaters based on the ISS report and summed up what you need to know about them. This year’s draft may not have the highly touted super prospects but it has great depth and a glut of centres.
Seeing as the Entry Draft is coming up, I’ve decided to post a list compiled by the witers of THN, listing the top 100 prospects in the NHL Entry Draft, in order of their predicted place of selection.
This years NHL draft and free agent look like they’ll be exciting periods for all HTR readers. For anyone interested, I am tryint to set up a chat for it, I’ll keep you all posted.
Here we go the Top Ten reasons why Leaf fans should look at why they like The Leafs.
10 – Thier Name – The Toronto Maple Leafs – The plural of leaf is LEAVES not LEAFS
Carolina Hurricanes center Doug Weight will miss Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals with an upper body injury, the team announced on Friday.
some players that did not sign with their team will be re-entering the draft this year
According to a report in the Toronto Sun and the Boston Globe, Boston GM Peter Chiarelli had dinner with the Big Irishman, likely to discuss Quinn filling the vacant coaching position.
This article is inspired by a question a friend asked me today, if the Edmonton Oilers win the Stanley Cup, will it be the best sports story ever?