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A prior article mentioned that the historic Montreal Canadiens organization will be retiring three more jerseys this year. In my opinion the three jerseys could represent four players. Why? Because you have to the respect the number twelve. Two great hall of fame Habs wore this number with pride and distinction. Even if they are glossed over this time fans shouldn’t forget the #12.
By Alan Adams, Sportsnet.ca
Tommy Salo may have retired from the NHL but he is a part of Sweden’s plans for the 2006 Winter Olympic tournament in Italy in February.
Salo was one of five goaltenders and 65 players named to Sweden’s preliminary Olympic roster. Salo retired after last season but he changed his mind and joined Frolunda of Sweden’s Elite League after the team lost Henrik Lundqvist to the New York Rangers.
There are 3 undeniable truths that I live by:
1. Never let the hot girl in front of you in the exit lane. She will rarely pull over and make out with you.
2. Order the soup or the salad, never both. That’s how they get’cha!
3. The more things change the more you’re going to hear a Jennifer Capriatiesque meltdown inducing complaint from some windsucker hanging out in his parent’ basement…. (ok, it’s me)
Yes, its only been a little more then the week since the NHL started up but it is still a decent time to examine a few teams and players who are either playing above or below expectations and whether or not these trends will continue.
Many players who are around the league now or recently retired players could be eligible to have their numbers retired with their respective teams or former teams. Here’s a list of each team and the player who will have their numbers retired next……
Sportsnet.ca — Depending on whether Edmonton Oilers forward Georges Laraque chooses to make it an issue, Los Angeles Kings winger Sean Avery could be in hot water again.
Yesterday I wrote that scoring is up 25% over the first hundred games. Today, I will examine the reasons why. I looked at shots per game, shooting percentage, penalties per game and powerplay efficiency. Each is up. However, not surprisingly it is penalties per game that seems to be having the greatest effect on the game. Amazingly, even strength goals per game are up only 3% this year.
The current 24 man roster of the New Jersey Devils has a collective salary of $43,579,929, more than $4.5 million over the $39 million salary-cap. Now, I fully understand that we are merely in the beginning stages of capology, and that there is much learning to be done by us fans about how it works. So how exactly is it that the Devils continue to bounce along playing in NHL games, seemingly unpunished? What is going on?
The 2005-06 season is now 100 games old and the initial results are positive. The multiple initiatives to increase scoring are working. At this point, teams are combining to score 6.4 goals per game, up from 5.1 goals in 03 and 5.3 goals in 02. This is a 25% increase over the 2003 seaosn. However this is still down from the 24 team early 90′s 7.5 goals per game.
The Fourth Period is reporting that Phoenix Coyotes centers Jeff Taffe and Krys Kolanos are on the trading block. At least one player will have to be moved to make room for Petr Nedved who may return midweek. Both players would have to clear waivers to return to the minors.
The St. Petersberg Times reported this morning that the Bolts are looking at Avalanche defenseman Bob Boughner. Lightning coach John Tortorella is impressed with Rookie Timo Helbling but covets a more experienced blueliner. Boughner, in his tenth season, is apparently being shopped by Colorado. However, his $950,000 salary may be too high for Tampa to fit under the cap.
For those of you who may or may not know, OLN has decided to blackout all of their NHL games to Cablevision customers unless Cablevision agrees to put OLN in their basic cable package. Not only is this ridiculous considering what fans have suffered through over the past 18 months, but it doesn’t look like a resolution is anywhere near happening.
The 2005-06 season will be very interesting, and after seeing a few games, here’s what I think we’ll be looking at in March at the deadline
Phoenixcoyotes.com is reporting that they have aquired Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman from Columbus for Mike Rupp, Cale Hulse, and Jason Chimera.
SI.com is reporting Ilya Kovalchuk is close to re-signing with the Atlanta Thrashers. On Thursday, Kovalchuk released a statement saying that he had not yet been contacted by Atlanta management and that he was flying back to Russia on Sunday. Since then negotiations have accelerated, and Kovalchuk could make his season debut as early as Wednesday night when the Thrashers host the Montreal Canadiens.
The Vancouver Canucks have traded Fedor Fedorov to the New York Rangers in exchange for Josef Balej and a 5th round draft pick in 2006.
The Montreal Canadiens annonce that 3 number this years will join the roof of the Bell Center.
Jacques Plante (1), Doug Harvey (2), Jean Béliveau (4), Howie Morenz (7), Maurice Richard (9), Guy Lafleur (10) and Henri Richard (16) have already be honored.
Speculation around Montreal said that Patrick Roy (33), Larry Robinson (19) are two of the highest possibility of this year.
Personnally, I think that Robinson, Geoffrion (5) and Ken Dryden (?) are the best possibility. The Habs also announce that 3 others players will be honored, one per year onto 2009.
Who do you think will have his number on the top of the hockey’s church ?
Waiting your answer.
***Source : RDS.ca
www.ottawasenators.com has posted the starting lineup for the club in their first game.
Of note, Vaclav Varada is injured for the first month of the season, so Antoine Vermette will likely be on the left side playing with Mike Fisher and Daniel Alfredsson on the third line.
If Buffalo’s crease wasn’t filled up enough, they have added recently edged out back up Michael Leighton from the Hawks. The recently waived Leighton, who lost the back-up job to Craig Anderson was traded for 1999 second round pick and recently waived Milan Bartovic.