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As the end of August begins to near, hockey fans start to hit the part of the year that goes the slowest. News is slow and camps haven’t started yet. So to get some interest for the season up and running, I’ve decided its time for the inaugural HTR Bold Predictions Thread.
The good thing about the Internet is that news can travel at a blinding speed on the information superhighway. The bad thing is that a false rumor can travel just as fast.
Trent Hunter‘s apparent signing with the Ducks on Friday was just that — a false rumor that only took flight due to a computer glitch in which a Google search of “trent hunter anaheim ducks” revealed a Ducks’ player page with Hunter’s mugshot and career statistics listed.
It’s that time of year again when everything is put on the line and prognostications are made for the upcoming season.
In keeping with a THN tradition, we have already debated the merits of each organization and after much back-and-forth, settled on our rankings from 1-15 in each conference.
Toronto general manager Brian Burke has thus far not responded to unrestricted free agents who are seeking a tryout with the Leafs at next month’s training camp. Homeless veterans such as Owen Nolan and Todd Fedoruk (Vancouver) and goaltender Ray Emery (Chicago) will be getting a chance in those cities and in the past, Burke has extended a hand to players such as Jason Allison and Wayne Primeau.
“We haven’t ruled out an invitation,” Burke told Sun Media. “But most likely we will give the kids a look.”
If reports are to be believed, Jaromir Jagr might not be the only former NHLer coming back to North America from the KHL this season. Genadi Boguslavski of Sovetsky Sport out of Russia reports that former Sharks first round pick in 1996 defenseman Andrei Zyuzin is close to returning to the NHL. Yahoo’s Dmitry Chesnokov follows that report up saying that Zyuzin has two offers from NHL teams to return to the NHL after a three season absence from the league.