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SI.com is reporting Ilya Kovalchuk is close to re-signing with the Atlanta Thrashers. On Thursday, Kovalchuk released a statement saying that he had not yet been contacted by Atlanta management and that he was flying back to Russia on Sunday. Since then negotiations have accelerated, and Kovalchuk could make his season debut as early as Wednesday night when the Thrashers host the Montreal Canadiens.
The Vancouver Canucks have traded Fedor Fedorov to the New York Rangers in exchange for Josef Balej and a 5th round draft pick in 2006.
The Montreal Canadiens annonce that 3 number this years will join the roof of the Bell Center.
Jacques Plante (1), Doug Harvey (2), Jean Béliveau (4), Howie Morenz (7), Maurice Richard (9), Guy Lafleur (10) and Henri Richard (16) have already be honored.
Speculation around Montreal said that Patrick Roy (33), Larry Robinson (19) are two of the highest possibility of this year.
Personnally, I think that Robinson, Geoffrion (5) and Ken Dryden (?) are the best possibility. The Habs also announce that 3 others players will be honored, one per year onto 2009.
Who do you think will have his number on the top of the hockey’s church ?
Waiting your answer.
***Source : RDS.ca
www.ottawasenators.com has posted the starting lineup for the club in their first game.
Of note, Vaclav Varada is injured for the first month of the season, so Antoine Vermette will likely be on the left side playing with Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson on the third line.
If Buffalo’s crease wasn’t filled up enough, they have added recently edged out back up Michael Leighton from the Hawks. The recently waived Leighton, who lost the back-up job to Craig Anderson was traded for 1999 second round pick and recently waived Milan Bartovic.
Brent Johnson has been claimed from the waiver wire by the Washington Capitals off the Vancouver Canucks.
in hindsight, this COULD be a good move for the Caps, but that might mean that once again young gun Maxime Ouellet will be forced to play in the minors.
Under the new rules of the NHL special teams (Penalty killing and powerplays) will a greater importance to team success than ever before. With officials consistantly cracking down on obstruction and calling penalties there were an abundance of powerplays in every game during the preseason. While, yes this was preseason and they’ve said they were cracking down on obstruction years ago and stopped calling it, I think this year they will stick with it.
I don’t know if you realised, but there were a lot of fights during the preseason games.
Love it or not, fights will always be part of hockey…
But who are they NHL fighters (GOONS) ????
The competition for the Predators’ second-line center has come to an end.
Bates Battaglia signed a PTO contract with Maple Leafs affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
tsn.ca is reporting that Ilya Kovalchuk will fly in to Atlanta either Tuesday or Wednesday to spend time with his newborn daughter. Don Waddell has stated that he would like to use this opportunity to speak with Kovalchuk about a new contract.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have let go of Steve Thomas who was with the team on a tryout basis.
The Montreal Canadiens have assigned forward Guillaume Latendresse to the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL.
To bad, he looked good. But it goes to show how deep this edition of the habs are up front. He’ll be ready to go next year!
I don’t know if any of you have tracked any of this down, but I found some of these interesting. Here are some players who are approaching some milestones this season.
RDS reports that Patrick Roy has announced he will be the next head coach of the Quebec Remparts in the QJMHL.
It looks as if the Penguins have found their solution to the center position. And it’s the same solution they found back in 1984.
According to TSN.ca the Toronto Maple Leafs have decided not to bring back Bryan Marchment.
As most of you may have noticed, especially if one of them is your team, a lot of the team out there have yet to name their new captains.
Some of them, like Minnesota and Buffalo, have never actually had a full-time captain, they have always rotated the ‘C’ monthly.
“The Shootout will save hockey.” Words from so many NHL people around the league have all said the same thing. NHL is featuring the shootout during the end of every pre-season game to get the fans going….
But as I watch it… the truth is… it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Note to NHL: Bring back the hockey we all loved to watch.