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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.

More Hollow Promises and Emery Rejected.

Fans in Ottawa are getting pretty sick of guarantees from their team leaders. And here’s another from an owner that may not completely understand the ignorance he shows by guaranteeing.

Not only that, Alfie looks like a little school child trying to get Emery out of the net for game 4.

Crawford to the Kings????

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) – Marc Crawford will reportedly be introduced as the new coach of the Los Angeles Kings on Monday. The Kings had scheduled a news conference and said on friday that they would be announcing a new coach as early as monday. A source told The Canadian Press that the Kings are expected to hire former Vancouver and Colorado coach Marc Crawford as the replacement for John Torchetti.

Which Canadian team will be the most active this summer?

As the playoffs wind down with only 4 teams left, the other 26 teams are already busy trying to decide what changes need to be done this off season. I am wondering which one of the 6 Canadian Teams will make the most significant changes. Each team is in a very different situation heading into the summer.

Possibilities for The Leafs this summer…

I am not here to tell you what the leafs are going to do this summer because pretty much no one out there can predict what such an unpredictable organization is going to do over a summer coming off a disappointing year. I am going to tell you in this article some of the more likely possibilities that actually make sense unlike the ones other people like to ramble on about but have no chance of happening in a life time.

Disgrace in San Jose

Anyone who has ever been to a sporting event, not just a hockey game, but any sporting event at all, knows that there is a certain rule; a certain code of conduct. You stand for the national anthems,remove your hat and you DO NOT boo. Well, as I was getting ready to watch game 5 of the Edmonton/San Jose series the other night I found myself able to sit down a little early and watch the anthems being sung, and what do I hear? The San Jose home crowd booing the singing of the Canadian national anthem. This is a complete disgrace. This should never happen and anyone who was taking part in this should be ashamed of themselves.

Should the Sens trade Alfredsson?

I am really wondering why this still hasn’t been talked about alot, given the conversation over a Sundin departure.

Elias plans to explore free-agent market

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) – Patrik Elias will explore the free agency market if the Devils fail to come up with a contract that makes the high-scoring left wing want to stay in New Jersey. Elias earned $4.1 million US last season, a year in which he missed the first three months because of hepatitis. His return in January sparked a nine-game winning streak that got New Jersey back into playoff contention and an 11-game run at the end of the season that led the Devils to the Atlantic Division

Steroids in Sports

There is an on going problem in pro sports, and that is the use of performance enhancing drugs, and I think it’s time to stop sugar coating it for some, and it’s time to take the “Hazard” label off for others.

Defending The ''New NHL''

Some fans are worried about the NHL and the sport of hockey because small market teams that apparently “nobody cares about” as some might say, are having success this season. TV ratings for playoff games haven’t been very good because teams in larger markets aren’t involved. They say if a big market city isn’t playing hardly anyone is watching, and hardly anyone cares. These fans argue that if a big market team isn’t successful we won’t see hockey on TV because no one is going to watch. In a way this argument has its merit, but why is this view wrong?

Sabres Rattling

Written by Darryl Dobbsfrom www.dobberhockey.com

Those of you in keeper leagues remember that in the late nineties and early in the new millennium a Colorado or Detroit player could not be had for any price. It seemed that the only way one could acquire one is by drafting one (perhaps earlier than they deserved) or if a player on your team was traded to the Red Wings or Avs. The reason? Not only did the two teams have eight or nine real solid offensive players, but it also seemed like every year one or the other was in the Stanley Cup final. Those players help both your regular season and your playoff pool.

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