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Bates Battaglia signed a PTO contract with Maple Leafs affiliate, the Toronto Marlies.
tsn.ca is reporting that Ilya Kovalchuk will fly in to Atlanta either Tuesday or Wednesday to spend time with his newborn daughter. Don Waddell has stated that he would like to use this opportunity to speak with Kovalchuk about a new contract.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have let go of Steve Thomas who was with the team on a tryout basis.
The Montreal Canadiens have assigned forward Guillaume Latendresse to the Drummondville Voltigeurs of the QMJHL.
To bad, he looked good. But it goes to show how deep this edition of the habs are up front. He’ll be ready to go next year!
I don’t know if any of you have tracked any of this down, but I found some of these interesting. Here are some players who are approaching some milestones this season.
RDS reports that Patrick Roy has announced he will be the next head coach of the Quebec Remparts in the QJMHL.
It looks as if the Penguins have found their solution to the center position. And it’s the same solution they found back in 1984.
According to TSN.ca the Toronto Maple Leafs have decided not to bring back Bryan Marchment.
As most of you may have noticed, especially if one of them is your team, a lot of the team out there have yet to name their new captains.
Some of them, like Minnesota and Buffalo, have never actually had a full-time captain, they have always rotated the ‘C’ monthly.
“The Shootout will save hockey.” Words from so many NHL people around the league have all said the same thing. NHL is featuring the shootout during the end of every pre-season game to get the fans going….
But as I watch it… the truth is… it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
Note to NHL: Bring back the hockey we all loved to watch.
Nick Kronwall is going to be out for at least 6 weeks. This injury occured during the Red Wings preseason game vs. the Av’s
Pavel Datsyuk is back with the Detroit Red Wings, after turning down the chance to go home to play in Russia.
It is no secret that the Canadian Hockey League is the foremost breeding ground for NHL talent. In the 2005 NHL Entry draft, 17 players from the CHL were taken in the 1st round alone. In the top ten draft selections, 7 came from the CHL including the top prospect in the world, Sidney Crosby. Thankfully, the NHL and hockey fans will see more great talent to come from this very entertaining league.
Owen Nolan’s disputed contract buyout should finally go through within the next few weeks making him an unrestricted free agent around the time the season starts.
Despite his health and age, Nolan could still be a strong winger that a number of teams should be looking at, and (when hes finally bought out) he’ll be the last of the big name free agents.
According to nhl.com, left winger Alexander Semin has not reported to Washington’s training camp despite being under contract. What is strange though, is that the Russian media is reporting that Semin would likely remain in Russia for all year.
Eric Lindros’s season will be an interesting one to follow, without a doubt, he’s saying he can play without getting hurt, he’s finally playing for the hometown Leafs, and he’s had a great training camp/preseason so far. What really is his potential, 100 pts? 40 goals? 50 goals? MVP? Olympic team? An all star appearance? A Stanley Cup? Well… aside from the cup, and fifty goals, he’s done it all. The cup he’s lost by flukes a time or two, and the fifty goals… well… he once scored 47 in 65 games, is it really his fault?
After more than a year of waiting that included practically no news about hockey players – now the most hardcore of hockey fans must prepare to draft the best of the best for our respective fantasy leagues.
According to the Fourth period Adam Deadmarsh has decided to retire from the NHL. Deadmarsh has been suffering from post concussion syndrome since 2002.
There were a lot of big free agent signings in the Northwest and a lot of big names moving out of Colorado this summer. They have a much different look than the team that could last year ice three very potent offensive lines and had one of the better defensive cores in the NHL. With the dramatic loses and with little in the way of replacements it will be interesting to see just how much the mighty will fall this year.
Those of you familiar with baseball statistics may be aware of Pythagorean wins. If you hate math, skip to the next paragraph. The idea is as follows: if a team scores as many goals as they let in, chances are they should have exactly a .500 record. If they score more goals than they let in, their winning percentage should move higher according to some mathematical relationship. Bill James determined that the relationship for baseball is runs scored squared divided by runs scored squared less runs allowed squared.