NHL Notes, Predictions, and more…

Just thought I’d write on all the happenings in the NHL right now, including my early predictions for next year- standings and awards.

NHL Notes:

-The Bryan McCabe situation is still thriving in the NHL rumor spotlight- and why not, there’s plenty going on here. Unless you’ve been living under a rock the past couple weeks, you know that Bryan is supposedly headed to Florida on September 1st. The only thing left to really speculate on is what’s the deal made of? Many think 29 year old Mike Van Ryn would be headed north of the border in the deal, and that Bryan would not be going to Florida alone. The best bets to head with him? Anyone not named Vesa or Luke, basically. Speculation has ranged from Nik Antropov to Ian White and everyone in between. My guess is either Ponikarovsky or White. And I’m not even getting into the wild fire talks of Jay Bo headed to T.O cause that’s when rumors turn into video game proposals- although I wish we could get him…

-How come everybody has seemingly forgotten Temmu Selanne? If Sundin had already signed somewhere, I’m sure this would make HUGE news. He’s all but forgotten Anaheim, and has shown that he would like to continue playing in the NHL…seems kinda like the opposite of Sundin if you ask me. The best bet for a Selanne landing place is…one of the front runners for Sundin that doesn’t get him… AKA Montreal, Vancouver or New York.

– Nikita Filatov better ready himself for one heck of a trip in Columbus now. If Stefan Legein truly does retire like reports, and Jackets front office say, then Filatov just got that much more important to the club…

-The latest spec. on Joe Sakic is that he is for sure back with the club, and is no longer considering retirement. If that’s so then what’s the hold up? I think Sakic and the Avs may be holding out because they have an outside shot at Sundin. Do the math. Sundin’s first team was the Nord’s, he played with Joe and is good friends with him, and the Avs are a playoff team, + Sundin and an instant Cup contender… seems like Sakic might be willing to take a pay cut if it meant reuniting with a friend and getting at chance at Cup…

-And I might as well get this out of the way I guess: Mats Sundin. The biggest hockey news this year. Seems kinda sad that we got THIS deprived of hockey- nothing against Mats. Let’s just let him make his own decision in his own time. Is that too much to ask? Apparently. So I might as well join in on the speculation. Let’s label Big Mats’ choices:

Toronto- Honor, Montreal- Cup, Vancouver- Money, Rangers- Cup/Money
Any other team- Any of the above, Retirement- Honor
I think it just comes down to that. Paint it blue, red, black, yellow, green, orange, that’s what it comes down to, and Sundin might as well get some dice. BTW Sundin to Flyers is about 0.01% chance.

-Rumor has it Pomminville is close to an extension with Buffalo. Good for Buffalo, they can’t let all their talent slip away. I’d expect the payout to be big.

-Who else thinks Chicago is ready for a playoff game?

-Seems like the Isles got a keeper in Josh Bailey; from NHL.com: “”I asked them straight up, ‘You guys are picking fifth, so what is your incentive to fly me down?'” Bailey told NHL.com. “Like any other team, they didn’t know what they were doing with the pick. They didn’t know if they were going to trade down, and sure enough they did and I was happy.” It’s that kind of fire and confidence that makes great hockey players.

-Sticking with the Isles, kudos to them for not going with Maurice as coach. Nothing against Paul, but the Isles were looking for “a coach to grow with the team”, and the only GM to say that about Maurice was a man named John Ferguson Jr. …

-Many people have now said that Radulov will probably have to lower his head in shame and trot on back to the Nashville Preds. And will then promptly be traded…

-Best of luck to Ladislav Nagy who has gone on a little trip to the KHL. He hopes to use the Russian league as leverage to get himself back to NHL form…or just be forgotten like so many other NHL to Europe-ies.

-Peter Forsberg’s days in the NHL seem just about to be over by some speculation.

-And finally don’t listen to those Gaborik to KHL rumors, Marian WILL be a Minnesota Wild for quite some time…

Predictions:

EAST:
1.Pittsburgh Penguins
2.Montreal Canadiens
3.Washington Capitals
4.New York Rangers
5.New Jersey Devils
6.Philadelphia Flyers
7.Tampa Bay Lightning
8.Toronto Maple Leafs
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9.Boston Bruins
10.Ottawa Senators
11.Carolina Hurricanes
12.Buffalo Sabres
13.New York Islanders
14.Florida Panthers
15.Atlanta Thrashers

WEST:
1.Detroit Red Wings
2.San Jose Sharks
3.Calgary Flames
4.Dallas Stars
5.Anaheim Ducks
6.Edmonton Oilers
7.Chicago Blackhawks
8.Colorado Avalanche
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9.Nashville Predators
10.Phoenix Coyotes
11.Vancouver Canucks
12.Minnesota Wild
13.Columbus Blue Jackets
14.St.Louis Blues
15.Los Angeles Kings

–xx–Note–xx–
I picked T.O to come in eighth because I am instantly reminded of last years Habs, and how everyone counted them down and out. Just had to point that out for the bashers, cause I know there will be…

Awards:
Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby
Vezina: Chris Osgood
Norris: Dion Phaneuf
Calder: Steven Stampkos
Lady Byng: Tomas Kaberle
Frank Selke: Henrik Zetterberg
Jack Adams: Michael Terrien
Masterson: Chris Chelios
Lester B. Pearson: Sidney Crosby
Conn Smythe: Joe Thornton
President Trophy: Detroit Red Wings
Art Ross: Sidney Crosby
Maurice Richard: Alex Ovechkin
William Jennings Trophy: Chris Osgood

and my very, very early Stanley Cup prediction: San Jose Sharks.


70 Responses to NHL Notes, Predictions, and more…

  1. Bure96 says:

    Say what you want, but Khabibulin is still a huge improvement over Budaj and Raycroft.

  2. oilcountry88 says:

    West:
    1.Detroit
    2.San Jose
    3.Edmonton
    4.Calgary
    5.Dallas
    6.Chicago

    7.Anaheim

    8.Phoenix

    —————-

    9.Vancouver

    10.Colorado

    11.Nashville

    12.Columbus

    13.Minnesota
    14.Los Angelous
    15.St.Louis

    East:
    1.Pittsburgh
    2.Montreal
    3.Washington
    4.New York
    5.New Jersey
    6.Boston
    7.Tampa Bay
    8.Ottawa
    ——————
    9.Philedalphia
    10.Buffalo
    11.Carolina
    12.Toronto
    13.Atlanta
    14.Florida
    15.New York

    West:
    Detroit vs. Phoenix=Detroit 4-1
    San Jose vs.Anaheim-San Jose 4-2
    Edmotnon vs. Chicago= Edmonton 4-1
    Calgary vs. Dallas=Dallas 4-3

    East:
    Pittsburgh vs. Ottawa=Pittsburgh 4-1
    Montreal vs.Tampa Bay=Montreal 4-2
    Washington vs. Boston= Washington 4-3
    New York vs. New Jersey=New York 4-3

    West #2
    Detroit vs Dallas=Detroit 4-2
    Edmonton vs. San Jose=Edmonton 4-3

    East#2

    Pittsburgh vs. New York=Pittsburgh 4-3
    Montreal vs. Washington= Washington 4-3

    West #3
    Detroit vs.Edmotnon= Edmonton 4-3

    East#3
    Washington vs.Pittsburgh=Washington 4-2

    Stanely Cup Finals:
    Edmonton vs. Washington=Edmonton 4-2

  3. Bure96 says:

    That's actually a decent idea, but teams would cheat by trading minor league players. It should be something like you have to move at least 2.25 million in salary, but it doesn't matter how much you take back. And unless it's a pending UFA it's the cap hit that matters, not the amount left to pay that season (this would make a huge difference at the deadline).

  4. Bure96 says:

    Shutup your an idiot. That's ridiculous that you have the Oilers winning the Cup. So biased.

  5. oilcountry88 says:

    lol just a joke buddy.. pretty obvious too?

  6. oilcountry88 says:

    and did you ever guess edmonton even coming close to the cup in 2006? NO but they did it proves anything can happen. Hell even the canucks could make the playoffs….

  7. mojo19 says:

    Budaj went 16-10-4 last year, much better than Khabiboulan.

    GAA of 2.57, 20th in the league. Better than Khabiboulan.

    Save % of .903, worse than Khabiboulan.

    Overall yes I'll agree, Khabiboulan would be better, but not significantly and certainly not enough for his salary to make any kind of sense to Colorado.

    So I stand by my oringal thought's that Chicago would have to take salary back for the Avs to be interested, or else forefit a first rounder/good young player in a package with 'Boulin to entice the Avs to take the contract.

  8. HABSSTAR says:

    The Flames are doing a pretty damn good impression of the Sharks ever since their unexpected run to the cup finals….cough cough…can't breath…playoff time!

  9. HABSSTAR says:

    I wouldn't be surprised to see them win their division which could put them #1 or #2 in the East (let's face it nobody in the SE division finishes ahead of #3 spot).  I also wouldn't be surprised to see them finish #4-6.  Gagne back is HUGE but who knows for how long, or if he'll be as effective. 

  10. Hockey_Insider says:

    Would have been funny, cept I went to Mr.Sub a week ago…

  11. Hockey_Insider says:

    Something about you makes me think of mental institutions…in a good way? Is that possible?

  12. Bure96 says:

    Budaj played for a team though that was better then Khabibulin's too. Colorado had a very solid defense last year. Chicago now has a very good defense too, but if you subtract Brian Campbell (which is huge), and remember that there defense is quite young.

    But I really don't understand why you don't like Khabibulin so much. I don't think he's a bad goalie.

  13. Bure96 says:

    Oh, ahaha sorry bud, we've had some disagreements before, and I just couldn't tell.

  14. KingCanada says:

    Good news!  Was he even living IN prison or did he show up to prison each day??  If he wasnt living there he had it easy, doing PI…much better then living in a cell risking getting shanked lol.

  15. oilcountry88 says:

    no problem!

  16. oilcountry88 says:

    I dont get how Vancouver makes the Playoffs over Edmonton?

  17. oilcountry88 says:

    what happened to Minnesota?

  18. mojo19 says:

    I think he's okay. I used to Love him like back when he played for the Jets. I just don't think he's that guy anymore. And I did stand up for him last year when he started playing well, but I don't think he's that guy anymore. He's just average. Like Olaf Kolzig, who also used to be amazing.

  19. oilcountry88 says:

    Prediction:

    East:
    1.Pittsburgh
    2.Montreal
    3.Washington
    4.New York R
    5.Philedalphia
    6.Boston
    7.New Jersey
    8.Tampa Bay
    ———————
    9.Buffalo
    10.Ottawa
    11.Carolina
    12.Toronto
    13.Atlanta
    14.Florida
    15.New York I

    West:

    1.Detroit
    2.San Jose
    3.Edmonton
    4.Dallas
    5.Calgary
    6.Chicago
    7.Anaheim
    8.Phoenix
    ——————–
    9.Columbus
    10.Vancouver
    11.Minnesota
    12.Los Angelous
    13.Colorado
    14.Nashville
    15.St.Louis

    Playoffs:
    West
    1.Detroit vs.Phoenix—-Detroit in 4
    San Jose vs. Anaheim—–San Jose in 7
    Edmonton vs. Chicago——Edmonton in 6
    Calgary vs. Dallas——–Dallas in 6

    East
    1.Pittsburgh vs.Tampa Bay—–Pittsburgh in 5
    Montreal vs. New Jersey——–Montreal in 6
    Washington vs. Boston———Washington in 5
    New York R vs. Philly——— Philly in 7

    West:
    2.Detroit vs.Dallas——— Dallas in 7
    Edmonton vs.San Jose——Edmonton in 6

    East:
    2:Pittsburgh vs. Philedalphia——–Philedalphia in 7
    Montreal vs. Washington ————-Washington in 6

    West:
    3.Dallas vs. Edmonton ———-Dallas in 7 🙁 🙁

    East:
    3.Philedalphia vs. Washington——- Washington in 6

    Stanely Cup Finals!= Washington vs. Dallas——— Dallas in 7

    Hart Trophy-Marty Turco

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