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The WHA will hold a player draft July 17-18, allowing each team to draft 30 NHL/AHL Free Agents on July 17 and another 30 Entry Level players on July 18. The Entry Level draft will be for players drafted but not signed in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 drafts and will also be open to players who turn 17 by January 1, 2005.
Well I thought that I would weigh in on the talk of who is going where. I spend alot of time working on my NHL Free Agent site, so I have some ideas about rumors of the destination of some current unrestricted free agents. I have listed in the brackets the teams I have heard from legitimate media that are interested in the players. I also have noted where I feel they may end up at. But I could be way off too. It should give you all something to read, as I have noticed that hockey media is slow these days.
The Florida Panthers have signed defenceman Alexander Karpovtsev to a two-year deal, Sportsnet has learned.
The 34-year-old Russian played three games with the New York Islanders and 24 with the Chicago Blackhawks. In 590 career games, he has 188 points.
I decided to take over Ken Holland’s duties for a while. I found that fixing the Wings isn’t that tough after all.
As we have been hearing, some are saying that Joe Thornton wants out of Boston. Whether this is true or not remains to be seen as we have yet to hear from Joe himself about his own status. Yes Thornton had a bad playoff, but would he be really that bad if he was 100%? And really they weren’t talking too much about his injury when the bruins were up 3-1 on Montréal, but since they lost, it was all his fault. A team with that kind of talent should have been able to at least win one of the final 3 games of that series. Face it; the entire team blew it, not just Thornton. I still think he is a franchise player worth keeping and I am sure alot of people feel the same way.
The New Jersey Devils shored up their defence on Monday, signing unrestricted free agent blueliner Richard Matvichuk, according to Sports Radio 1310 in Dallas.
Keeping with tradition, I would like to submit my opinions for some possible tweaks that the Toronto Maple Leafs could do this upcoming season.
First off, I will try to be realistic in my opinion of players and of possible deals to be made, so please feel free to comment with your own suggestions.
As I read earlier the “how to tweak your team” articles have come out of the woodwork. So I thought I would write an article about the steps Montreal may need to take to reach the “rebuilt” stage.
There’s still many “big name” free agents left in free agency and here is where I think they will all go:
In 1990 the Canucks selected Petr Nedved with the second overall pick right behind Owen Nolan. Since that time Nedved has developed into a good NHL player, but not with the Canucks. However rumor has it that the Canucks are interested in Nedved.
With the current CBA running out on September 15th, 2004, the NHLPA is taking a stand against the cost certainty (that’s legalese for “salary cap”).
So…the players won’t play under a salary cap, right? Well, not exactly…
This has been a long time comming. Mark Recchi has agreed to a multi year deal.
Boston bruins captain Joe Thornton has been the centre of rumors stating that he is disgruntled and wants out of Boston. Apparently, those were true.
Former St. Lous Blues coach, Joel Quenville, will be named the new coach of the Colorado Avalanche, according to TSN.CA. Quenville will replace Tony Granato, who took over for Bob Hartley in 2002. Quenville was let go by the Blues last season. Quenville was interviewed by the New York Rangers but not given the job as they announced today that Tom Renney would retain the head coaching position.
The Team 1200 is reporting that the Ottawa Senators will hold a press conference on Tuesday July 6th to make the worst kept secret in the NHL official.
The Florida Panthers have signed defenceman Eric Cairns to a contract, Sportsnet has learned. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
The 30-year-old blueliner has spent his entire eight-year career in New York, two with the Rangers, six with the Islanders.
The Philadelphia Flyers announced on Saturday that they have signed 6’3”, 230-pound right wing Mike Knuble (kuh-NOO-buhl) and 6’3”, 220-pound right wing Turner Stevenson each to a three-year contract, according to General Manager Bob Clarke. Per club policy, financial terms were not disclosed. Knuble and Stevenson each became Group III unrestricted free agents on July 1.
When you get into arguments with your friends about what the best sport is and why, when your answer is “Hockey is the best sport.” What is your reasonings. I`d like to have the best reason for why hockey is the best sport. So if you all would, respond with why you all think hockey is the best sport.
The NHL has become a living model of ‘how not to run your business’, and has had more than it’s fair share of bad publicity with headlines like; goalies vs. goals, players vs. owners, the league vs. the fans, and most notably the recent headline, Bertuzzi vs. the people. It would appear that Gary Bettman is steering his ship off the edge of the earth. But with doom and gloom hanging over the league like a bad stench, there may be light at the end of a narrowing tunnel.
I hate to be cliche, and ripoff the title of an Aerosmith song, but for the Rangers this holds true. You’d figure that they’d learn by now not to dip into the UFA pool and come out with every name available.