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On the Fan 590 “Hockeycentral” this afternoon, Ron Wilson was in studio being asked a few questions. One that came up was the question of if Mats Sundin retired or moved on else where, who would be the captain? Wilson answered with the solution of rotating captains, similar to the system he had in San Jose before giving it to Marleau or of what Minnesota has, unless he found a strong, talented leader who would be ready to take the ‘C’ and flourish with it for a long time. He didn’t sound too confident he would. He said the rotating system works like so: Each month the players will vote- along with the help of the coaching staff- to determine the select amount of players who are the team leaders.
Generally, Micky makes these posts, but there’s some stuff on this that I think needs to be said, and I’m going to do my best to keep this as a-political as possible, because I think too many people make this an issue of right or left, as opposed to right or wrong.
After a rough couple of years where a significant number of their leadership core left the organization, the Buffalo Sabres appear more settled and ready to get back to playoffs.
They have managed to lock up some of their key core players like Roy, Vanek and Miller and this time dont really have a heart and soul player due to be unrestricted after this year.
This being the 100th year of the greatest hockey organization, how bout we make an all time best line-up
The long wait is almost over!! Summer is done and training camp is just around the corner. This time of the year the average hockey fan is trying to figure out what his respective team will look like, how well the new players will mesh with the team, and most importantly in today’s salary cap era…Who and how well will your team’s prospects fill the gaps left by UFAs or retirements.
So I thought Id give you all a look at this years rookie crop in no particular order:
This will be a good year for rookies. A couple guys really stand out, but there’s many 2nd tier prospects who could be good.
Very soon, we’ll have to say good bye to the greatest Toronto Maple Leaf of all time. He’s been criticized for never having won a Cup, but that really isn’t his fault at all, because of the weak teams he played with. He gave everything he was to this team for the time he was here, and I hope we’ll see a lot of him this year.
Keith Ballard, just acquired by the Florida Panthers along with Nick Boynton in the Jokinen trade, has just signed a 6 years extension with the Cats. Terms have yet to be disclosed.
I know a lot of people are getting sick of the Mats Sundin story, myself included. However when I saw this on Sportsnet today during the baseball game I did find it very interesting.
Consistency. Thats the element the Boston Bruins are looking for after having a pretty decent season last year. The B’s have had a rather bumpy last decade or so and are looking to getting back to being the team that never missed the playoffs from 1968 to 1996.
As the season nears, there are lots of sites discussing who will be the top players this season.
Let’s take a look at the NHL’s Top Goalies.
In my opinion, these are the who the Top 5 Goalies SHOULD be in 08-09.
Like track star Usain Bolt running fast like lightning, the Tampa Bay Lightning have overhauled their entire organization with similar blazing speed.
After owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie took over the team early in 2008, the Bolts underwent a massive makeover from top to bottom. They have not been boring to say the least.
Nicklas Lidstrom is one of my favorite topics in the National Hockey League, because knowledgable hockey people seem to have a hard on for this guy that I just don’t understand. But your average fan, young kid, or passive fan doesn’t know his name like he’d know of Chris Pronger, Dion Phaneuf, or Scott Niedermayer. How exactly can I evaluate one of the greatest defensemen of all time?