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Prospects are Proving Their Worth, Too

Written by Darryl Dobbsfrom www.dobberhockey.com

The Stanley Cup Final is about to begin, and the playoff heroism stories of various Hurricane and Oiler players can be found in any newspaper or hockey website.

The Veterans' Missing Link.

Rod Brind’amour, Glen Wesley, Bret Hedican, Doug Weight, Ray Whitney all have been solid to great NHL’ers for many years. While they have all had personal success it is the ultimate team success they yearn for, the glory and awe that is the Stanley Cup.

NHL 2006 Off-Season

So there’re only two teams left in the NHL now eh? Yeah, yeah. That’s great. Well my Habs were eliminated in the first round and I want to know what’s up with them. I know there’re a lot of other hockey fans out there who want to know the same about their team(s).

Well I came across a website (http://www.geocities.com/floridapanthers2000/free2006.html) with the information on every restricted and unrestricted free agent in the league. I was excited to find it, but found it was too difficult to navigate because the players weren’t organized in terms of position (defense/forward/goalie). But have no fear, yours truly, Hockey_Expert, had nothing to do today when all of Saturday’s hockey was over (except homework…HAH) so I decided to watse my entire day revamping this list so it was easier to go through for everyone.

2006 Stanley Cup Finals

The 2006 Stanley Cup Finals are set to begin between two clubs that have battled hard to get to this point. Both the Hurricanes and the Oilers have grizzled veterans who are challenging to hoist the cup for the first time and most people feel that it is set to be a great series.

With that in mind who do you say will win the cup?

Lindros Resigned?

Barb Digiulio on the FAN590 indicated that the Leafs and Eric Lindros may have a tentative 1 yr deal for $700K

There is no mention on any site of this actually happening.

Maple Leafs Sign Chris Harrington

Before you all say “who!?!”, here is some info on him.

He was the captain of the University of Minnesota Golden Gopher (NCAA).

Harrington, a 23-year-old native of St. Cloud, Minnesota, played in 40 games for the Golden Gophers this past season, and earned a career-high 36 points (three goals, 33 assists). Harrington was Minnesota’s team captain in his fourth and final season at the school.

Harrington won a national championship with the Golden Gophers and was a WCHA All-Rookie selection in the 2002-03 season. In 129 career games at Minnesota, Harrington earned 109 points (14 goals, 95 assists) along with 264 career penalty minutes.

Harrington’s father, John, played on the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team, which won the gold medal.

Source – http://www.mapleleafs.com/news/news.asp?story_id=2016

He is by all rights a solid defenceman, and since he is being signed and not drafted, there is really no downside to this deal.

The Curse of #1

Over the past two years, 3 different people have been projected to be taken first overall in the draft. So far all three of them have taken a significant drop in the rankings, while other players have taken advantage of this.

Gretzky Re-Signs For Another Five

The Phoenix Coyotes announced today that Wayne Gretzky has re-signed a five year contract as head coach. As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Remparts Win!

Patrick Roy’s Quebec Rempart’s have won the 2006 Memorial Cup in a 6-2 victory over the Moncton WildCats. The score was not indicative of the play as the Remparts goaltender Cedrick Dejardins turned away 46 of 48 shots. It was a happy ending for the Rempart goaltender that had a horrific game in last year’s memorial cup final as a member of the Rimouski Oceanic. Alexander Radulov (NAS) proved his worth being named the Memorial Cup MVP shortly after being named the CHL player of the year.

Flights in and out of Philly

After being utterly unprepared for the “new NHL” the Flyers will need to retool and the 06-07 Flyers may look noticeably different then the 05-06 heavy legged broad street bullies. For the Flyers to be a REAL contender they will have to retool at every

UFA's – Hidden Gems II

Written by Darryl Dobbsfrom www.dobberhockey.com

Here is the second installment of players that could make a huge splash on a new team…but not so much in the headlines…

Panthers on the Prowl

For the first time in a long time, there is some light at the end of the tunnel for the Florida Panthers. After a furious finish to the season, where at one point the team won 10 of 11 games, there is some legitimate hope that this team will be a competitive one for years to come. Though the team missed the playoffs, the Cats should have plenty to be optimistic about heading into next season.

Salary cap an unfair system

The Brad Richards deal and its possible repercussions throughout the league reveals the detrimental side of the salary cap system for all to see. Welcome, ladies and gentlemen, to the New NHL.

Insert bill face side up to continue.

Koivu's future uncertain

Today tsn sports reports that “Koivu uncertain if he’ll ever play again”

Canucks Need Change

On the east coast, the Ottawa Senators after another disappointing playoff are contemplating change. The situation is the same out on the west coast. The Vancouver Canucks did one worse than the Sens missing the playoffs altogether despite a talented group. It was a rather poor showing by the Canucks who really faltered in the second half. Yes some of the blame is due to the injury to star blueliner Ed Jovanovski and Dan Cloutier being out forcing the Nucks to run with rookie Alex Auld in goal. But really it’s the big stars who really failed to deliver. It has been the same group that the team has ridden the last few years put together by then GM Brian Burke and his former assistant turned current GM Dave Nonis. Instead of progressing the team is regressing missing the playoffs for the first time in 5 years.

Talks Between Wild And Gaborik Get Ugly

Brad Richards’ new contract with Tampa Bay may

prove to be disastorous for the hopes of keeping

star winger, Marian Gaborik in Minnesota.

The Wild used to compare Richards to Gaborik and

after Richards recieved a 5-year/39 million dollar deal, Gaborik wants around the same amount of money.

This team has a little destiny to it

I don’t believe in destiny, it’s one of the things, like astrology, giving animals rights, and political correctness that I really don’t feel like believing in. But watching this Edmonton Oilers team is like watching a poorly written Disney Sports movie.

UFA's – Hidden Gems

Written by Darryl Dobbsfrom www.dobberhockey.com

It has been well do*****ented that Patrick Elias will become an unrestricted free agent this summer. The same can be said about the dynamic duo in Ottawa, Wade Redden and Zdeno Chara.

OIL BOOM!

Could it be that Kevin Lowe has built a contender?

During the offseason, Lowe signed up Pronger to a healthy contract, and also signed the likes of Micheal Peca.

Edmonton fans got very excited, and why shouldn’t we?

Where does each team go after the playoffs.

Were down to the conference Finals, and we are left with four teams that no one would have predicted. Well maybe some crazy forecaster predicted Edmonton after the Pronger and Peca aquisitions, but Im sure they’d have to been drunk to call that.

Once the playoffs are said and done, we’ll all sit glued watching what should be a crazy race into next season.

Im gonna go ahead and speculate a bit where each team should sit going into next season.