After winning the Stanley Cup in 2004, the Tampa Bay Lightning have been just scraping by as a middle of the road franchise. The team cannot blame the dreaded “Stanley Cup Hangover” as they had well over a year to recover thanks to the lockout.
The Los Angeles Kings were one of the most active teams this summer in an effort to rebuild a squad that has appeared to be only good at missing the playoffs of late.
GM Dean Lombardi has been very busy since arriving last summer:
According to tsn.ca “Ottawa Senators and goaltender Ray Emery have avoided salary arbitration by reaching a last minute, three-year contract agreement worth $9.5 million. It is a substantial raise from the $925,000 he earned last season.”
There has been a lot of articles posted as to what the Leafs should do (sorry to all you non Leaf fans who get very angry at the number of Leaf postings that appear) and without any further adu here is my 2 cents.
I will now rank teams 16-30 based on goaltending. Potential is the name of the game for the majority of these teams. Some of the goalies ranked here will be top 10 as soon as two years from now while other teams are just spinning the ol wheel in the continual search for a real #1.
For the first two seasons of what likely will be a superstar career, Alexander Ovechkin was pretty much a one man show for his team the Washington Capitals. He has amassed 98 goals in 2 season, and many have been of the highlight reel solo variety.
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired goaltender Hannu Toivonen (HA-noo, TOI-voh-nuhn) from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Carl Soderberg.
cnnSI.com, through their FanNation section, is reporting that the Boston Globe reports that Brendan Shanahan, now having re-signed with the New York Rangers, will play left wing on a line with Chris Drury at center and Jaromir Jagr at right wing.
Also, Stan Fischler of MSG.com is reporting that Darius Kasparaitis has lost 20 pounds and looks 10 years younger. He also reports that Glen Sather was surprised how good Kasparaitis looks. Fischler believes that Kasparaitis is determined to make a comeback and has a legitimate chance to win a spot on the Rangers blueline.
The Philadelphia Flyers have been rumored to begun negotiations with unrestricted free agent Teemu Selanne. Although its on record that Teemu is “undecided” about his playing future, this shows that he is still considering his options; thus being where he may play his last seasons in the NHL. Naturally, one would assume he’d finish his career in Anaheim where he saw his most success but recent reports are that he and his family have just put his home in the Anaheim area on the market. Could he be preparing for another season in the NHL, and getting ready to leave to another city? If this was the case where do the Flyers come into it all?
While Gainey has brought over a couple of older players the last couple of years like Mark Streit and Jani Lahit, what about Alexandre Daigle? We all know he was never what he was supposed to be in the NHL but the last year he played with Min he played in 46 games and had 28 points. He played last season with Davos and had 61 points in 44 games.
The Islanders have agreed to terms on a one year deal with enforcer LW Chris Simon. The deal is reportedly worth $475,000 for the 2007-08 season. The Islanders originally signed the 35 year old from Wawa, Ontario last summer for $1 million. Simon, 6’4″ and 235 lbs., went on to contribute 10 goals and 27 points in 67 games played last season. He was also a +17 and had 75 PIM’s. His season came to an end on March 8th after a stick swinging incident against the Rangers’ forward Ryan Hollweg, that resulted in a 25 game suspension.
Well since I’ve been hearing everyone say, “if you’re sick of seeing leafs articles, then write an article about your team or another team.” I’ve noticed that there hasn’t been a pens article in a while so hear it goes.
ESPN Insider reports that Matthew Barnaby has decided to retire and will be making an offical statement sometime in the next few weeks.