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Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun is reporting that if the Leafs are truly interested in Brian Burke as their next general manager they had better act very quickly.
TheStar.com reports that upset forward Jason Blake is questioning his future with the Maple Leafs after having been a healthy scratch for a number of games so far this season.
The speculation regarding Brendan Shanahan is going full tilt and it is reported that Shanahan will sign this week and that it is possible that a signing could come as early as today.
Don Brennan of Sun Media reports that it is time for the Senators to wake up and speculates that the Senators have had possible discussions with the Black Hawks about sending Spezza to the Windy City.
Disclaimer: The following account is a fictional event that only the true fan of the NHL could long to wait for – no names have been changed to protect the innocent – as there is no innocence in lying through the side of your mouth.
For many years the Sharks have been favs to win the cup. The closest they came was 2004 when they lost in the WCF to the Flames in 6. The past 3 years they have lost in the WCSF to the Oilers, Red Wings and then the Stars last year. This lead to many changes in the Offseason. The firing of Ron Wilson, hiring Todd McLean, Aquiring Dan Boyle, signing Rob Blake all to improve the one aspect Doug Wilson felt they were weak in. Defence.
I have nothing to do this afternoon, so I’ve came up with a blockbuster trade, with no other source than my head and nhlnumbers. this trade involves the Ottawa Senators and the Florida Panthers.
Fantasy Hockey: Around the Western Conference
Written by Joe Cutroni, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer
November 7, 2008
Joe Cutroni provides an inside look at what’s happening around the Western Conference to give you the edge you need in your fantasy hockey league.
Disclaimer: This article contradicts many things I have recently posted and simply being put out for the purposes of speculation. I do not demand that the approach I’ll be suggesting need to be pursued or that it is the best solution.
After a dozen or so games, if the Habs keep playing this way, there won’t be a 25th cup in Montreal this year.
After signing Laraques, everyone thought the Habs would be a tough team to play against, well I guess not. No one is hitting, no one battles for the puck. Montreal has been a lazy team only relying on their talent. I am starting to think that there are too many so called talented players on this team and not enough grinders. It’s great to have skilled players, but if nobody wants to go into the corners and get the puck, you won’t have much sucess.
When Cliff Fletcher took over for the Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager position in late January of last year, he made one thing clear. That this team was going to be a young team and its primary focus is to grow as a team and build for future success, not short term gain. The rebuilding process started when the Leafs shipped out Hall Gill, Chad Kilger and Wade Belak. In exchange for these players, the Leafs got a 2nd, a 3rd and two fifth round draft picks. In May with no permanent General Manger found, Fletcher fired head coach Paul Maurice, and hired former San Jose coach Ron Wilson, who vowed to make the Leafs a much better team in the long run Then in June at the NHL entry draft Cliff Fletcher traded up to select standout CHL defenseman Luke Schenn 5th overall. Shortly after the Leafs bought out the contracts of both veterans Darcy Tucker and Andrew Raycroft. On July 1 Fletcher signed forward Niklas Hagman to a 4 year 12 million dollar deal, little known Jeff Finger to a 4 year 14 million dollar deal and fan favourite Curtis Joseph to a 1 year 750,000 deal. As well Fletcher acquired forward Ryan Holwegg from the New York Rangers, in exchange for a 5th round draft selection and as well acquired Mikhail Grabovski from Montreal in exchange for a 2nd round pick and prospect, Greg Patryn, also the Leafs signed defenseman Jonas Frogren out of Sweden to a 2 year deal. The Leafs also remained in the Mats Sundin sweepstakes by offering him a 1-year contract worth 7 million dollars.
Fantasy Hockey: Eastern Conference Scene
Written by Frank Mazzola, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer
November 7, 2008
Frank Mazzola takes a look at the NHL’s Eastern Conference and keeps you up to date on the latest developments.