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It has been just one day since a tentative agreement was reached between the league and NHLPA, and rumors about the upcoming offseason are already swirling. This is shaping up to be a frantic sprint to training camp, and here are some of the latest rumors.
The Vancouver Canucks have for the last few season have been a very solid, competitive team. But they have struggled to get over the hump and do much damage in the playoffs. In fact, the damage they usually inflict is on themselves. Whether it be the poor goaltending by Dan Cloutier, the disappearance of captain Markus Naslund or of course the infamous Bertuzzi incident, Vancouver has not had everything fall into place. Instead, things seem to fall to pieces.
Sweeping changes are coming to the NHL. Or should I say the new NHL as it should have a distinctly different look when it returns. According to this article by Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun, several rule changes and new twists will be implemented in order to add more spice to the game.
Since it is clear to this writer that the NHL is banking on a full return by the fans, what should the league and its players do to win us back to the game they took from us last season? Anything? Is the rule changes enough for us? Or do they need to bend over backwards to accomidate the people who make the game work?
From this year long lockout we have seen most if not all teams layoff team employees and place hiring freezes until the new CBA is settled. But in the past little while we have seen some movement that is a good sign that teams are readying themselves for the upcoming season.
If there was one team that is completely ready to adapt to the new CBA it is the Florida Panthers. It is really too bad that this team is where it is, where hockey is probably dead last when it comes to importance down in Florida. We have seen fan support dwindle since their cup run in 1996 and much of it is due to them being in last place annually and because of the nice sunny weather.
In a recent article here on HTR it mentioned 5 players on the trading block. Those players were Sergei Fedorov, Todd Bertuzzi, Ed Jovanovski, Joe Thornton and Jeremy Roenick.
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Most Overrated Hockey players:
Mario Lemieux – Hockey analysts are speaking as if Lemieux may be the savior for the Pittsburgh Penguins young and underrated hockey team. At 39, Mario is still labeled as one of the best in the game although it seems more and more evident that he’s slowing down even though most Lemieux fans will not admit the obvious. Sometimes I believe that younger players have so much respect for this once ironically underrated hockey player, that they feel when he’s on the ice they’re obligated to not check the big center with full intensity. At this stage of his career, he’s not capable of carrying a team on his back; although some believe so.
I really am not quite sure what to make of the Islanders. Afterall they are being run by the wildest GM in the league Mike Milbury. They had star players like Ziggy Palffy, Pierre Turgeon and others. Then they gutted them and decided to build through the draft which netted them the likes of Luongo, Bertuzzi and Chara. Instead of letting their draftees grow together, they decided to take a win now approach and brought in veterans like Yashin, Peca and Hamrlik.
This is great news.
Crosby now has endorsement deals with two companies big in the United States. Both of them advertise during OTHER major sporting events and the general athletic public uses one, the other, or both.
When it comes to the Flyers we often hear Ed Snider complaining or Bobby Clarke ripping Eric Lindros or Jeremy Roenick speaking out and making a fool out of himself. Often overlooked is the real underlying problems that the Flyers currently have. The team has not won a cup in 30 years and is going to have an uphill battle in adjusting to the new economic world of the NHL.
Quick, what happens when you put a blank chequebook, the Rangers and 400 plus free agents in one room? You get overspending. Well that would have been the case as recently as 2 years ago when New York brought in Jaromir Jagr after already acquiring the likes of Lindros, Bure, Kovalev, Holik, Kasparitius, among others. But now things may be different on Broadway. The Rangers have begun their youth movement and are looking for long term success in the future and not a quick fix in the present.
For years the Edmonton Oilers have wasted draft picks on busts such as Jason Bonsignore, Steve Kelly, Michel Riesen and Michael Heinrich. It left their system bereft of good prospects. The Oilers were forced to acquire their nucleus through trades such as Doug Weight, Todd Marchant, Curtis Joseph, Bill Geurin, Roman Hamrlik only to see these players leave for greener pastures.
The Vancouver Canucks have been one of my favourite teams for a while. They’re strong, they’re fast, and a perfect blend of the best 2 hockey countries, Sweden and Canada (sorry USA, but they can kill you guys.) in 1999, 2000, and even 2001, you had told me that Marcus Naslund and Bertuzzi would be 2 of the best players in the game, I would’ve laughed my butt off at you. And I would have laughed harder if in 2002, you told me the Canucks would be atop the NHL standings. So what caused this success? How will it continue?
There are many players who’s careers were plagued with injuries. In the minds of most hockey fans Wayne Gretzky is the greatest…but what if Lemieux played 18 full NHL season, what if Bossy went for 50 goals 15 times, what if Bobby Orr never needed knee surgery…what if?
There is only one good side to the NHL lockout and its effect in the United States….people here have no long-term memory! No one in this country is still “upset” over the 1994 baseball strike. However, hockey has do to more work since it is not “America’s past-time.”
Why did the Phoenix Coyotes, after spending 3 years downsizing their payroll, shipping verterans all over the map and replenishing their dilapidated farm system, suddenly become the surprise player in last summer’s unique NHL free agent market?
The National Hockey League and NHLPA may be off for the weekend from CBA talks, but that didn’t stop Jeremy Roenick from speaking up!
At first glance, it appears that the Toronto Maple Leafs will be in quite the bind come the time a new CBA is in place. With the likelihood of the Cap being anywhere between $35-40 million, it leaves little opportunity for Toronto to spend freely as in years past. Though a rollback in salaries will help increase team’s cap limit, the Leafs are still not that well off as they will have approximately $27 million in salary tied to a mere 8 players.
Things are looking up for Mario and his Pittsburgh Penguins. Despite bankruptcy, the inability to get a new arena and losing seasons the last few years, the Pens have a promising future. The new CBA should allow Pittsburgh to play on a more level playing field with the rest of the league. And new investors are on the horizon from the west coast that should put the team in more stable financial position.