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The New York Rangers have made 4 consecutive playoff appearances after 7 straight years of being on the outside looking in. However, they have not exactly gone as far as they would have liked and as a result changes were made.
It all started with John Tortorella being appointed head coach. The former cup winner in Tampa, Torts will definitely bring some intensity, accountability and energy behind the bench.
On the ice, there may be as many as 10 new faces after a very busy summer by GM Glen Sather. Hopefully now they’ve found the right tonic to at least take the next step in their drive for a championship.
The Calgary Flames have had a difficult time living up to expectations. After reaching Game 7 of the finals back in 2004, many felt the Flames were on the cusp of something.
Instead they have fizzled and have done nothing but bow out rather meekly in the playoffs. For a team with lots of high end talent, expensive stars and high expectations, that is unacceptable.
So the team made one of the biggest splashes this summer getting one of the big free agents available and added a top coach with the hopes that they have finally found the missing element to take them to the next level.
As per Daren Millard of HockeyCentral, the Calgary Flames have released F Theo Fleury. In a text message sent to Millard by Fleury, he said he “was going to take a few days to reflect”.
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Veteran Brad May gets tryout with Wings, but is long shot to stick
Kessel deal opens door for possible Kovalchuk pursuit
This is an article to start a discussion on which team has the best defence core. I have broken it down to the top 10 defence cores and some people may not completely agree. This is not listed in any order.
The big word in Chicago has been turmoil. There has been lots of it this summer and it will be lots for a young team to take in.
There were mistakes made in filing qualifying offers. The GM was fired. conveniently the son of the top hockey guy was hired, their leading scorer was lost via free agency and he spoke out about it, one of their young stars got arrested, they signed a controversial contract that belittles the CBA, major cap problems lie ahead for the team and they just lost a key role player for the season. Talk about tough going.
Pat Burns hopes health will allow him to scout for NJ Devils this season
Balsillie continues to finesse Coyotes bid
Forsberg planning another comeback
Murray has deals in mind
Despite his client being the talk of the town the last couple of weeks, agent Don Baizley hasn’t been talking contract with the Calgary Flames.
Once again the Philadelphia Flyers are poised to take a run at the Stanley Cup without a top goaltender.
The talent and depth the team possesses is terrific as their lineup is lined with star power. But its new goaltender Ray Emery who must deliver in goal for the team to meet their aspirations. After being away from the league for a year, Emery attempts to resurrect his career in the city of brotherly love.
There may not be much love for this team if again the neglect of the most important position in the game costs this franchise once again a chance to compete.