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In the past few years, it has been generally accepted that MLB’s All-Star Game is the most exiting to watch of all the major sports, hockey included… And I can’t say that I disagree.
Should the NHL take a page out of MLB’s book and have the winning Conference earn home ice advantage for the finals? I don’t think that format will fly with either the NHL or NHLPA!
Here are a few random thoughts on how to improve the All-Star game:
I was reading through the paper today when I came across the Steve Simmons article: http://www.torontosun.com/Sports/OtherSports/2008/07/20/6209936-sun.html
the following is an overview of the 2008-2009 leafs squad and how it should compete barring any trades or other transactions made
According to a Swedish Newspaper (article in Swedish as well) it appears that Mats Sundin may be heading to Vancouver after all.
Let us start this by seeing who the Wings lost from their cup winning team and who they gained.
Losses: Wings have lost Dominik Hasek and Dallas Drake to retirement (nice to see Drake go out with his name on the cup). The Wings have 2 way offers on the table for both Darren McCarty and Aaron Downey but they have yet to accept them. Mark Hartigan likely won’t be back but he played mostly in the AHL and was quickly blown out of the lineup during the playoffs by the play of young Darren Helm who quickly showed fans why he is compared to a young Kris Draper.
According to thefourthperiod.com, Senators have announced they are looking to keep Chris Neil. Also the club’s main priority is to sign Vermette and Meszaros and not trade them away.
With the forward position basically set and goaltending already in place the one place that will see movement from here to training camp will be the defence. With 9 NHL caliber d-men on the roster (10 if like me you consider Jay harrison a very solid player) and a max of seven spots available. Here is a quick look at the contenders.
The NHLPA has decided it will grieve the NHL’s decision to reject the Jonas Frogren contract, effectively allowing the Swedish defenseman to join the Maple Leafs for the upcoming season while the terms of the contract are settled in a protracted arbitration process that will likely extend well into the 08/09 campaign.
According to http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=243610&lid=sublink01&lpos=headlines_nhl, the Atlanta Thrashers have signed free agent forward Marty Reasoner. The contract was undisclosed.
Edmotnon Oilers have locked up Center Shawn Horcoff to a six year extension. Horcoff was an All-Star and at the skills competition was named “fastest skater”. Horcoff had 21 goals and 50 points in just 53 games last season. Horcoff will be under contract until the 2014-2015 season.
Sportsnet is reporting a rumor regarding a possible huge three way deal between the Kings, Senators and the Hawks.
We all know that the Blackhawks are now above the cap. The exact number, according to nhlnumbers.com, is 2.508 millions. So they must ship salary somewhere, while trying to fill the few missing pieces the team has.
Edmonton has had a busy offseason this summer but they still have some some work to do..