NHL Hockey News – August 5, 2009

Heatley needs this to wrap up soon, too

Shanahan will return to Devils

Canucks’ Alex Burrows investigated for alleged summer hockey incident

VETERAN ROENICK SET TO ANNOUNCE HIS RETIREMENTHeatley needs this to wrap up soon, too

Allen Panzeri, The Ottawa Citizen

Dany Heatley remained an Ottawa Senator on Tuesday when another day passed without a resolution to his trade demand.

However, he’ll be crossing his fingers that Senators general manager Bryan Murray can arrange a deal by Aug. 24. That’s the day the Canadian Olympic hockey team’s three-day orientation camp opens in Calgary.

If Heatley’s fate hasn’t been decided by then, the focus of the camp will invariably be on the disgruntled Senator, which won’t please him or the canadian team’s staff. Hockey Canada is not fond of circuses.

It’s probably not going to help Heatley that one of the team’s associate directors is Kevin Lowe, the Edmonton Oilers’ president of hockey operations. Heatley, of course, wouldn’t waive his no-trade clause to go to Edmonton.

The Canadian team is also going to be anxious to hear Heatley’s plans for the 2009-10 season. If the current situation drags on too long, it could affect the way he starts the season. And what kind of a first half of the season would he have if he were forced to return to Ottawa and play in what would certainly be an acrimonious environment?


Shanahan will return to Devils


Brendan Shanahan had such a good time in his 3 1/2 months with the Devils last season that he’s coming back for more.

The 40-year-old left wing agreed to terms Tuesday and will be in training camp, an NHL source said. The official announcement on the one-year deal could come later today.

Shanahan, an unrestricted free agent, sat out the first three months of the 2008-09 season before signing with the Devils on Jan. 15. He put up six goals and eight assists in 34 regular-season games, and added one goal and two assists in seven playoff contests playing on the Devils’ checking line.

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said last week that “there will be something” with Shanahan by the end of the week. Lamoriello wanted to be certain that Shanahan was comfortable returning to the Devils under new head coach Jacques Lemaire when other teams also expressed interest in signing him.

“He has some opportunities and I just want him to make sure that this is where he wants to be with the role he plays and all of that, so that you never look back,” Lamoriello said.


Canucks’ Alex Burrows investigated for alleged summer hockey incident

Canwest News Service and Vancouver Sun

Vancouver Canucks forward Alex Burrows is under investigation by Montreal police as a result of an alleged incident during a summer hockey league game.

Burrows allegedly struck 19-year-old goaltender Koray Celik in the face during a July 21 game at the Excellent Ice Arena in Kirkland, Que.

The summer league features some pro, minor pro, college and amateur players.

“No charges have been laid,” Montreal police Const. Yannick Ouimet said Monday.

“There is an investigation under way. They are meeting witnesses, they are trying to establish whether or not charges will be laid against the gentleman, but for now there is nothing.”

Burrows’ agent, Paul Corbeil, said police were called to the arena after the alleged incident, but no arrests were made.

Asked by the Vancouver Sun if he was worried about the possibility of charges being laid, Corbeil said: “We need to be serious with that possibility, but there are no charges right now. We’ll see.




The San Jose Sharks have scheduled a news conference for Thursday, when it is expected that veteran centre Jeremy Roenick will announce his retirement.

Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, the Sharks’ television broadcaster, cited multiple league sources saying Roenick will call it a career after 20 years in the NHL.

Among all players in NHL history, Roenick ranks 36th on the all-time goals list (513), 48th on the all-time assist list (703) and for tied 39th on the all-time points list (1,216).

A two-time 50-goal scorer, Roenick became just the third American-born player to reach 500 career goals in 2007. He was selected to play in the All-Star Game nine times and twice represented the United States in the Olympics.


20 Responses to NHL Hockey News – August 5, 2009

  1. leafy says:

    Great job by the Leafs in selecting Scott Pearson sixth overall at the 1988 draft…and passing up on Roenick, Brind'Amour, and Selanne.

  2. the_word says:

    Pearson was a beast in the OHL.

  3. muckies says:

    Heatley's a wank, but he'll go to San Jose and score 50 goals and help them get further then they ever have in the playoffs, BUT NOT win the Stanley CUp…sign and extention…and then ask for a trade to an underachcieve playoff team with a ton of firepower

  4. Jenkinstein says:

    Why would he, or SJ, negotiate an extension when he has another 5 years left on his contract?

  5. 93killer93 says:

    How about the Leafs drafting Antropov over Gagne, Gomez, Tanguay, Richards and Cheechoo. Not always but many times with Draft picks it's the lower ones who turn out better. For Example  Zetterber 7th ROUND, Datsyuk 6th ROUND.

  6. muckies says:

    because he does whatever he wants to do and always gets his way.

  7. bbruins37 says:

    hahaha you pretty much nailed it right there

  8. the_word says:

    How about Thomas Kaberle in the 8th round or does it only count when Holland stumbles upon a gem?

  9. muckies says:

    every NHL team has a guy on the roster they get in the late rounds, Ottawa has their's, Montreal has their's.  But you gotta nail your #1 and #2 draft choices pretty much everytime.  That's no secret, just that JFJ didn't believe it.

    That is why Torotno is so bad right now, JFJ traded away all your draft picks for 1 bad goalie and another very average one, and when you guys came out of the lockout there wasn't really much in the prospects cupboard. Stralman and Kulimen were supposed to be your late round saviours  and were the great hope 3 years ago, now you guys have Schenn and Kadri to build aorund, and those will be the faces that will be logging 20+ minutes a night when Toronto makes the playoffs, maybe throw in a late round gem, but it will not the players like Stempniak and Blake, Kulemin and Pogge. It will be names of players you guys don;t even have the rights to yet, guys playing in the WHL, OHL and college.

  10. hockey_lover says:

    I think what killer and word were referring to was picking up a stud in the later rounds. You're right in saying that every team has "guys" on their team from the later rounds, but not necessarily a stud.

    Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Kaberle (even though you dont like him) are all worthy late round "studs."

    Who does Ottawa have in that bracket?

    Schubert was a 4th rounder. He isnt a stud.
    Kelly was a 3rd rounder. He isnt a stud.
    Neil was a 6th rounder. Meh, whats he really worth?
    Alfie was a 6th rounder. He is obviously a stud.

    In fact, from the 5th round onwards, they really only have those two guys that have stuck with the team. Their late round draft history is nothing to be excited about.

  11. muckies says:

    I think you missed the point, the point is every team has usually an excellent player from the later rounds on their team – but to build a winner you need to nail your first round drfat choices and not take players like Pearson, Rask and trade him, or trade away your high draft choices like Toronto has done to much of the last many years. 

    All the playoff NHL teams built through the draft, and usually at the high end with the odd late round choice becoming a big part of the team, and it is the Ovechkins, Getzlafs'  and Perry's, Sedin's, Spezza's, Toewes and Kane;s that get you to the promised land. Just as Kadri, and Schenn will be the studs that get Toronto (maybe) to the playoffs again.

  12. the_word says:

    Thats exactly the point that teams often stuble upon on luck in the late rounds. Holland has had the good fortune to be consistent in later rounds.

    The whole nailing the first round argument is weak though, so long as a team finds a 'stud' it doesn't matter what round he's drafted in. Look at Detroit's core Lidstrom, Raflaski, Osgood, Datsykuk and Zetterberg, none are first round selections by Detroit.

    JFJ's short coming was bad decisions on the UFA market and not his draft record. If you look at the first round picks he moved, both were marginal talents. Tuuka Rask is a good goaltending prospect but by no means a 'stud' and the first pick sent to SJ turned out to be Bernier a marginal top six forward who already in his young career has the makings of being a journeyman. I suspect had the Leafs not traded for Toskala they would have drafted Chereponov and we know how that unfortunately played out.


  13. muckies says:

    O.K., yes everybody knows that Datsuk and Zetterberg are amazing and that is the exeption not the rule, but be honest, teams win and build playoff teams with players they get high in the draft and i don't think you can argue that.

    Toronto has not drafted well under JFJ or for the past few years because the proof is in the pudding. And if you say they would have drafted Cheraponov that only strenthens my argument.

    And the argument remains the same for both of us at the fundenmental
    level, if you don;t draft well you do not ever win.

    If the leafs had taken

    2006 – 1st round Claude Giroux, Patrick Berglund or Varlemov over TLUSTY
    2005 Matty Niskanen, Cogliano instead of RASK
    2002 – Cam Ward instead of STEEN

    AND they made their 1st round choices
    in 2007 they drafted Couture, Eller or Mcdonaugh
    2004 they drafted Travis Zajac, Mike Green or Andrej Meszaros
    2003 they drafted Ryen Kessler, Cory Perry or Mike Richards

    The Leafs would be a very solid team, a playoff tema and a very stable team. They didn't draft well, they tarded away their picks, and throw in a late steal they had like Thomas Kaberle and an Ian White and you have built a team from within that can win every night.

  14. the_word says:

    Its just a silly argument to apply 20/20 hindsight to criticize the Leafs. As if Toronto is the only team passing on these players. Mike Green and Zajac are bad examples, as every other team passed on them, not just Toronto. I'm sure Mike Green could have been taken from Washington's farm system at a reasonable price before he stepped into the LNH. Again its silly to suggest JFJ is a worst GM than others for passing on Mike Green when every other GM passed on him.

    The draft didn't become essential to building a contender until the cap era. Toronto like other spenders were definately behind the curb in terms of adapting to the new landscape.

    There are many ways to build a team. Take Ottawa for example, they've held onto their picks and their performance last year was as piss poor as Toronto's.

    Consider Buffalo, a team that hit pay dirt in the post lockout landscape, that drafts well, has a good development system however because of poor managment are back to being mired in the mediocrity that should be familiar to their fanbase.

  15. muckies says:

    well in the Ottawa  example is totally worng, they ran into rouble precsiely because they traded away all their home gorwn talent – Meszaros, Havlat, Hossa, Eaves, and let other home grown talent walk away – Chara, Emery, Redden and brought in free agenst like Gerber who sucked and sucks, Kuba who sucks, Jason Smith who sucks. Buffallo was exactly the same.

    It is exactly that Ottawa let it's home grown talent get away coupled with the fact they did not draft well at all for 5 years in the early and late rounds that led them to the position last seaosn where the big guns could not carry the team as the supporting cast and defence failed to match the oppositions talent.

    And I never said JFJ and Toronto sucked, (even though he does and they do) I was just giving an example that if you do not draft well early, which Toronto hasn;t for many years, you have nothing.
    You have no future, nothing to trade for assets and nothing to build on in the tough times.

    Toewes and Getzlaf and Perry and Mike Green and Zajac, those decisions in those spots are precisely why those teams are in the playoffs every year, because you HAVE TO  get the first 2 rounds right, or your team has nothing, free agency cannot save you and many times it makes it worse

  16. the_word says:

    The Buffalo example is fine, what killed them is that they have a passive whinny stiff of a GM that could have signed Briere and Drury at 5 million in midseason but let them walk. Neither Drury or Briere were drafted by the Sabres. What the Sabres were left with was their homegrown talent (Pominville, Miller, Roy, Connolly) and they suck.

    Ottawa has had drafting success, but you can't keep all your talent in a cap era. Again emphasizing the point that 'hitting on all first round picks' isn't suffiecent or even a necessary compotent to moving forward. Good GMing is a result of managing your assets as a whole.

    I understand that JFJ sucked, my point was he doesn't suck because he traded away a few picks. JFJ wasn't particularly bad at his job in terms of drafting hence he now works as a scout for SJ.

    I'm not suggesting drafting well isn't important but its somewhat of a crapshoot, there is no perfect blueprint for draft day


  17. zackman13 says:

    in my opinion teams should vote a player from the home team to sing the national anthem! only players vote and sing!

  18. mojo19 says:

    Antropov is better than Gomez, Tanguay, Richards and Cheechoo, but Gagne would have been a good pick.

  19. hockey_lover says:

    teehee .. you are amusing, to say the least.

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