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More Awards – Who Wins The Vezina?

In keeping with the current trend of late season awards nominees (Hart and Jack Adams have already been examined), I couldn’t help but wonder which goaltender the members of this forum felt has been the most outstanding this season. As I began to mull this topic around in my head, it has occurred to me that unlike other seasons, there isn’t any one goaltender who is dominating this year. Many goalies have been fantastic, but each is also guilty of stretches when they haven’t played the way they normally do.

Nash Captain in Columbus

According to TSN, Rick Nash has been named the 5th captain in team history following the deadline trade of Adam Foote. He will bear the “C” for the first time Friday when the Blue Jackets take on the Chicago Blackhawks.

Cleary re-signed

TSN is reporting that the Detroit Red Wings have re-signed Left Winger Dan Cleary to a 5 year/14mil deal earning him 2.8 million per year. Cleary’s contract has a no-trade clause in the first 4 years, however the fourth year has a modified no trade. In his first season with the Wings he had 3 goals and 12 assists but in the past two seasons with the Wings he has passed the 20 goal mark and has 40 points this year in 57 games.

Season Winding Down – Who wins the Adams?

As there are about a dozen or so games left on the sked it’s time to discuss who could walk away with the Adams Trophy – Coach of the year this year and really it comes down to three choices. The West has the best teams but the East has the best coached teams.

SI Poll: which team has the best fans in the NHL?

Sports Illustrated recently polled 365 NHL players asking them which team has the best fans, players were not allowed to vote for their own team – here are the results:

Hart Candidates (So Far)

Who would be your Hart Candidate?

Here are a list of players who should get credit for their outstanding performances on their teams this year….

Unrestriced/Restricted Free Agents Yet To Be Signed

Here’s a list of Players who are set to become Free Agents on July 1st. I will first showcase the UFA’s to be then the RFA’s to be afterwards. So here are this year’s potential UFA’s(with their current Salary not Cap Hit in brackets and the one’s in bold and italics are the ones I feel will be the most sought-after):

Avery to become a UFA. How much would you sign him for assuming you want him?

The NY Post, Daily News and Newsday have all reported that contract talks between Sean Avery and the NY Rangers have broken off. Sean Avery was hoping to re-sign with the NY Rangers, but it now appears he’ll become a UFA this summer.

The Daily News’ John Dellapina reports Avery is believed seeking a contract comparable to the $4.2 million per season Scott Hartnell signed with the Philadelphia Flyers last season… is he really worth that much do you think?

Kilger Suspended

Yahoo Sports is showing a transaction that states newly acquired forward Chad Kilger has been suspended indefinitely by the Panthers for failing to report to the team.

The truth about penalties.

Do you want to know which team is the most penalized? And which the least?
Do you want to know which team has the most PP opportunities? And which the least?
Do you want to know which team has the best PP to PK ratio (I guarantee it’s a shocker!) and which the worst PP to PK ratio?

Check it out inside. I guarantee a couple of the results will definitely surprise you.

PS. It’s not Pittsburgh for any.


Best blue print for an NHL team

As more seasons go by in the current CBA, we’re seeing different models team’s use to construct their teams. I was curious what other people on this forum thought was the best model an NHL GM should use to create a team in the NHL’s Salary cap system. I’m not looking for rebuild/draft/buy/solid trades to build a winner rather I’m looking for people’s opinions on what kind of team you should build and what is the best approach to allocate your salary cap money between goaltending, defence and forwards…. to having more depth or allocating lots of money into a few star players.

Jason Smith to become a UFA

Spector reports that Philadelphia Flyers captain Jason Smith could hit this summer’s UFA market as he’s believed seeking considerably more than his $1.97 million salary for this season.

Salary Woes?…Hossa a rental?

With the addition of Marian Hossa to the Pittsburgh Penguins lineup, there has been well spread talk around the league that Pittsburgh will turn into another Tampa Bay, a team who had to eventually ship Brad Richards out of town, because they could no longer afford three prominent players and their salaries. This has in turn started the talk around the league that Marian Hossa will not sign with the Penguins and will likely seek a different destination after July, with plenty of fans speculating already on Hossa’s future zip code come next season. Although these are certainly worthy concerns, and there is truth among them, the real truth and specifics are hidden in the details of it all.

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