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The Leafs are down to their last two preseason games and its slowly becoming clear who will make the cut.
The Leaf hopefuls have demonstrated scoring talent, quickness, tough fights and impressive goaltending but now its the moment of truth.
According to Cyberpresse.ca, Guillaume Latendresse who’s been the fan’s center of attention during the habs’s training camp will be starting the season for the CH. While Andrei Kostityn would be sent back to Hamilton for another season in the AHL, Latendresse would sign this morning his first contract in the nhl, according to the same source.
The New York Rangers finished their season on one of the lowest notes possible. Needing only a couple of victories down the stretch, they ultimately came up one victory short, and saw the rival Devils take the division yet again. They would continue their losing streak for the first 4 games of the playoffs, and that was it for one of the cinderella stories of 05-06. As training camp arrives, fellow Ranger fans, we have a problem… The Rangers have too many solid kids ready and not enough roster space for them! …I never said the problem was a bad one.
tsn reports that “The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed right wing Nikolai Zherdev to a three-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed but The Columbus Dispatch is reporting that it’s worth in excess of $7 million. ”I am very happy to remain a Blue Jacket and want to thank the organization for their commitment and support,” said Zherdev. ”I am excited about our team and look forward to joining my teammates in Columbus as soon as possible.”
Montreal claimed him from San Jose on waivers. I wonder if the injury to Souray is more serious than originally thought.
The Maple Leafs last season were simply put not very good. After making the playoffs for the previous 6 seasons, the team fell flat on their face finishing 9th and missing the big dance for the first time under coach Pat Quinn. Poor personnel moves were made last summer due to un-necessary financial commitments as the team could only watch top tier talent change places all over the league leaving themselves to pick up the scraps left over. The team did little to adjust to the new rules and penalty standards taking the attitude that things wont change and brushed them aside with a huff. After 3 quarters of the year passed, it was then it hit them that they needed to start adapting to the what the league mandated and by then, it was too late. As usual in the Pat Quinn era, everything and everyone else was to blame for what happened but in the end the Leafs missed the playoffs and had no one to blame but themselves.
According to the Columbus Dispatch, negotiations between Zherdev and the Jackets have resumed, and a new deal could be signed within the next 24-48 hours assuming no ‘hiccups’ arise. It’s expected to be close to the 3 year contract the Jackets last offered.
…”We’ve got real progress, which is good,” MacLean said. “We have not agreed to terms. I wouldn’t say we’re close, necessarily, in a lot of respects.
“But I would say the foundation is in place where we could get something done if we keep having productive talks.” …
With the terrible news of Nittymaki going down and being out for possibly 3 months, one really must wonder what is going through Clarke’s mind right now? Should we go after very good goalie and trade some good assets? Should we go with Esche and see how he pans out for the time being? Or should we trade for a backup for Esche? In this article, I take a look at possible moves to make…
The Los Angeles Kings have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension with Kings goaltender Dan Cloutier, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today. Per club policy, terms of the agreement were not announced.
This year’s 2nd overall draft pick has impressed enough at training camp and preseason games to merit a trip to West Point, N.Y., for three days of team-building. Staal becomes one of 29 remaining Penguins players vying for a spot. Now with the injury to Malkin, Staal may have a chance to fill in for 9 games and still be allowed to return to juniors without having a year count against his entry-level contract.