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Just submitting this so we can share thoughts on the World Cup.
In my opinion, the hockey we have seen so far has been great. I am loving the fact that we are seeing the best teams internationally playing on the smaller North American ice surfaces for a change and with NHL rules. It makes for way better hockey in my opinion although I know many will disagree.
With the recent negotiation breakdown I thought that I would look into the feasibility of a salary cap. It seems like the owners won’t bend on this so I looked at the current salary of my favorite team and wanted to see if a rumored cap of 30 to 35 million was even possible.
I will start by saying that my favorite team is the Leafs and their player contracts were the easiest to find as it is listed on their website. I will also answer the arguements that I am sure to hear from fans of teams like Atlanta who only had a team payroll last year of 27.2 million compared to the Leafs 61.8.
So who is the best team in Canada? Well I will attempt to break it down with an analysis for everything that is hockey from goaltending to best fans to defence to best arena. Everything will be covered and from this maybe we can determine who the best team in Canada really is.
So who out there has money to spend? Training camp is a few weeks away and perhaps another season will begin in October. So what has happened this off season and where do teams currently stand? Let us look at the Eastern Conference first. Here you will find the current team’s payroll using data from nhlpa.com, the RFAs remaining and the UFAs for each team, and potential players that may be used for trade plus an analysis of the team’s situation. The Fantasy GM category is what teams could do if money didn’t matter. But obviously money does matter these days.
Well after phoenix decided to put an end to the hopes of every Oilers fan. (from what I have heard from sources out of Edmonton, the deal was quite a kick in the junk to Mr. Lowe) Where do the Oilers stand when it comes to finding a number one center. There are a few options when it comes to free agency.
www.phoenixcoyotes.com announced today that the coyotes have signed free agent Peter Nedved to a 2 year deal. The Coyotes made a very interesting trade as well.
I know I am not alone when I say “Can we give it a rest with Sidney Crosby??”
Wayne Gretzky is my favorite player and without question, the greatest to ever play the game. Still I do not view The Great One as clairvoyant. Nor do I believe ANYONE will ever approach or eclipse number 99′s stats. The NHL has changed and those type numbers will never be repeated. Unless of course they go to a soccer sized net.
If you’re interrested in what the leafs could do in the off-season and how they could do it check here.
Very long beware!!!
*All info from www.mapleleafs.com & www.nhlpa.com
*All figures USD
*Regular Season Only!
Sportsnet’s Hockey Hearsay reports There are rumours circulating that Mighty Ducks of Anaheim want to deal Sergei Fedorov.
As the Stanley Cup makes its rounds this Summer with players & personnel of the Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning, as it does with every winning team each year, it goes through some unbelievable things. However, this may be a first.
As you probably know, each year the Hockey News releases a list of the top 50 players in hockey. This can spark some fantastic debate, so let’s see who made the list this year.
Brian Leetch’s short playing time with Toronto has given him no time for Jelling with building a new home in Toronto
Now this may Drive Toronto fans crazy, but guess who will be coming HOME to New York?
Rumor has it that this lockout will be Brian Leech’s ticket back home.
We need a way to End this lockout because both sides are getting farther apart. Basically the bottom line question to all the fans on HTR is.
What’s best for the NHL?
1. Hard Salary Cap? 30-35 million a team
2. Soft Cap? 50-60 Million a team
3. No Cap but hard Taxing if over a certain number?
Pick one, it’s time for the fans to fix this problem.
The NHL Players’ Association says it will never accept a salary cap for its members, and that was reiterated on Thursday in light of remarks made by 20-year NHL veteran Steve Thomas.
StuWild writes- With the likes of Forsberg, Sundin, Lidstrom and Naslund, Team Sweden knows it can compete with the best the world has to offer and I look for them to win the World Cup which gets underway August 30th.
Sweden’s forwards are right up there with the other seven nations taking part in the competition.
This is an email that I received earlier today. It is a little funny and points out what is wrong with pro atheletes today. Don’t get me wrong, if someone is going to hand out the bucks take it but to argue over whether you will make 2 million or 4 million is completely absurd to me.
Oh yeah, this is long and the source of it is unknown but I don’t believe that it is copyrighted!!!
The Fan 960 is reporting in Calgary that Jay Feaster and the Tampa Bay Lightning walked away from Forward Cory Stillman in arbitration. The Arbitrater awarded Stillman $3.5 Million. With Tampa walking away, it makes Stillman an unrestricted Free Agent. This is the first time that in a while that a team has walked away from player arbitration.
Has the word cup lost its luster from the Canada Cup days? Yes. Has the World Cup lost its luster from the last one eight years ago? Yes. Is its popularity loss directly attributed to the current woes of the NHL today? Yes. Has it lost its importance and excitement of play? No.
Tsn is reporting that Bryan Berard and the Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a contract.
Islanders GM Mike Milbury has just recently re-signed D Janne Niinimaa. Rumors have been flying around that at least ONE of the Islanders original four defensmen will be let go this off-season. The original four are Adrian Aucoin, Kenny Jonsson, Janne Niinimaa, and Roman Hamrlik. Aucoin has not yet re-signed officially but is believed to, Jonsson has an Islander heart and most likely won`t be let go, and Niinimaa has just been re-signed. That leaves us with Roman Hamrlik.