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The New NHL Season…
When I was 12 I had a huge argument with my brother over this kickass secret lighty-uppy (a technical term) ring that came in our box of FrankenBerry (which only turns the milk pink and not Strawberryish… those bastards!!!) which eventually led me to write a letter to General Mills about putting 2 prizes in each cereal box for families with kids. Thinking back on that moment has reminded me of 3 things….
The 2005-06 season will be very interesting, and after seeing a few games, here’s what I think we’ll be looking at in March at the deadline
Phoenixcoyotes.com is reporting that they have aquired Geoff Sanderson and Tim Jackman from Columbus for Mike Rupp, Cale Hulse, and Jason Chimera.
SI.com is reporting Ilya Kovalchuk is close to re-signing with the Atlanta Thrashers. On Thursday, Kovalchuk released a statement saying that he had not yet been contacted by Atlanta management and that he was flying back to Russia on Sunday. Since then negotiations have accelerated, and Kovalchuk could make his season debut as early as Wednesday night when the Thrashers host the Montreal Canadiens.
The Vancouver Canucks have traded Fedor Fedorov to the New York Rangers in exchange for Josef Balej and a 5th round draft pick in 2006.
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The Washington Capitals have acquired left wing Jeff Friesen from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a conditional pick in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft. The Devils are over the league salary cap and needed to shed some money. The Capitals, on the other hand, have plenty of cap space and are happy to have a veteran to help their young players.
It is no secret that the Canadian Hockey League is the foremost breeding ground for NHL talent. In the 2005 NHL Entry draft, 17 players from the CHL were taken in the 1st round alone. In the top ten draft selections, 7 came from the CHL including the top prospect in the world, Sidney Crosby. Thankfully, the NHL and hockey fans will see more great talent to come from this very entertaining league.
So guys, I’m sure plenty of you have seen the my NHL ad that was on NHL.com the other day.
Some like it, some hate it. But I highly doubt those of you that hate it were saying to yourself, “man, I can’t believe it, that woman is a sex object, I’m calling my local government represenative! I’m steemed!”
Well, here we are.
Owen Nolan’s disputed contract buyout should finally go through within the next few weeks making him an unrestricted free agent around the time the season starts.
Despite his health and age, Nolan could still be a strong winger that a number of teams should be looking at, and (when hes finally bought out) he’ll be the last of the big name free agents.