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Penguins – A New Reality
Imagine a team full of AHL players all struggling for a spot on the roster. This scenario plays out during the off season every year. However, for the penguins, this was the 2003-2004 season. While they did not make the play offs with this rookie team, and rookie coach they did do something – they were able to compete on an NHL level. Now let’s fast forward a bit to now, past the lockout, and past all the arguments. Let’s look at the new 2005-2006 NHL. The penguins have acquired leadership, talent, and a will to win. Not to mention hockey’s newborn superstar, Sydney Crosby.
After reading the article concerning the banning of IP addresses for anyone that makes “immature, unnecessary, and stupid” comments, I felt the matter was still unresolved. I have been a regular member of this site for several years and have seen my fair share of moronic posters. However, this newly instituted no-tolerance system raises several questions.
According to TSN, Keith Tkachuk has been suspended by the St. Louis Blues for failing his physical. According to TSN article at http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=136560, he showed up at training camp over-weight, but is expected to rejoin the team shortly.
The Bruins on Friday re-signed Andrew Raycroft to a one-year contract, ending speculation the team would begin the 2005-06 season without the reigning Calder Trophy winner.
Financial terms were not disclosed, but Raycroft made $550,000 during his rookie season in 2003-04.
As good as the Right Wingers are in the NHL, the Left Wingers are no slouches either. Here is the top 10 Left Wingers in the NHL
1. Markus Naslund – arguably one of the best scorers in the league. He has a wonderful shot, great hands and terrific hockey sense. Yeah everyone can harp on him not doing a whole lot in the playoffs but he is one of the league’s best players. On the rush he may be the most dangerous. His great speed can break teams apart. playing on perhaps the best line in hockey certainly helps the cause.
The Canucks have an interesting situation going into the start of training camp. The have a fan favourite and world class agitator who is threatening at holding out. They have an absolute dogfight for the 6th spot on defence and they have three goalies, all who will want to play in the NHL. I think it is time we break this down.
According to spectorshockey.com, The Boston
Bruins GM Mike O’Connell continues to “touch base” with the agents for holdouts Andrew Raycroft and Nick Boynton. Meanwhile, O’Connell has invited former Bruins starter Byron Dafoe to training camp for a tryout. Dafoe has yet to announce his intentions.
St. Louis Post reports that Scott Young has returned to the Blues. The announcement should come sometime today.
So who is the best centre in the NHL? A very tough question indeed since there are so many to choose from. But I will try to narrow it down to the 10 best centres in the NHL. I also threw in rankings for top young centre and checking centre.
Files from TSN.ca and The Toronto Star make up this report.
The Toronto Star reports that a group of NHL veterans are calling for the resignation of NHL Players Association executive director Ted Saskin, union president Trevor Linden and other players association officials amid allegations that Saskin was hired improperly.
Eklund claims that according to “an Atlanta Based source” Bondra signed a deal late sunday night to play with the Thrashers. There currently is no mention of either the term or value of the contract.
Center Yanic Perreault has accepted a tryout invitation extended by the Nashville Predators and will attend the team’s training camp, which opens Monday.
Can I ever take Mike Brophy seriously again? As a writer, ‘expert’ or man. The Hockey News’ Top 50 Players of 2005-2006 had the most bizarre and insanely ludicrous rankings I have read in a long time.
Steve Thomas has accepted the Toronto Maple Leafs’ invitation to attend camp on a tryout basis.
sources = tsn.ca:
It looks like the 2005-06 NHL season will begin without the league’s second-leading scorer of all time.
According to the New York Post, Mark Messier is done playing after 25 seasons in the NHL.
Other newspaper reports say that the future Hall of Famer will not be reporting for a training camp physical with the New York Rangers on Monday, and may take the opportunity to announce his retirement from hockey.
There are more remaining free agents then people think, but I guess it’s time we once again go over the list of players still on the market.
It is being reported in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Fox Sports Pittsburgh that Sidney Crosby has signed his rookie deal. http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/05251/568331.stm
38-year-old veteran forward Mike Keane has been invited to attend the Toronto Maple Leaf’s training camp.
If he accepts the offer to attend camp, Keane would have to fight for his place on the Maple Leafs roster.
TSN is reporting that St.Louis defencemen Al MacInnis has decided to call it a career. It is expected to be announced sometime friday morning.
According to www.sportsnet.ca
Derian Hatcher’s debut with the Philadelphia Flyers may be delayed.