I was reading some articles hockeybuzz.com about NHL expansion, and I thought I would post my thoughts here.
Note: All of this is just MY personal opinion. It is is not speculation or rumour, just one persons two cents. So please don’t waste your time flaming me. If your going to go into this with a closed mind, Don’t bother. I will only read worthwhile commentary on the ideas presented here. And remember, at least it’s not another Leafs article.
This should be short and sweet.
So last season Kevin claims he doesn’t have the funds to offer Smyth what he wants…they can’t afford to keep him….then the off-season happens and suddenly Kevin Lowe is Mr.Moneybags, he offers Vanek 7+ million and then offers Dustin Penner just over 4 million a season…both very young and hardly fully proven players (although we’re all pretty sure they’ll be decent) that he’s offering way more than what Smyth asked and just under what Smyth asked, both for players who have no ties to Edmonton, no ties to the community and no relationship with the team.
Assuming the Leafs make no more major moves, there are 30 players with a decent shot at making the leafs roster in training camp.
Most people would contend that this year was Buffalo’s greatest chance at contending for the cup since the finals. Everything was roaring during the regular season for the small market team.
The Montreal Canadiens have signed winger Michael Ryder to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Oil spill in the NHL, what should Kevin Lowe really do.
NHL’s cap for 2008-2009; where it should be and why.
Weekend of the Rat! A great day in South Florida.
This is long, and I offer no apology because of it. I took a lot of time out of my week to get this together, so that we can all debate this as fans of hockey. Feel free to bash me, but please, if you think Raycroft is all so bad, read this entirely and check the videos on NHL.com. When the Leafs lost, the usually lost by more than goal. Going to through out some season Rankings for the leafs before I start.
Well, there are three possible scenarios that have been laid out for the habs. Of course some minor players in the deals might switch, but the key players remain the same.
The Montreal Canadiens have reportedly made an offer to UFA Defencemen Patrice Brisebois believed to be a 700 000$, 1-year contract.
Kevin Lowe is desparate. He thought he had Nylander, but lost him. He thought he had Vanek, but lost him. Now one has to wonder what he thinks about Penner.
So, who has been the GM of the Rangers for the past few years? A couple of months ago I would have said Glen Sather but now I wonder.
According to tsn.ca, The Buffalo Sabres have avoided salary arbitration with Derek Roy, re-signing the forward to a US$24-million, six-year deal.
Still not traded, despite being shopped for 1-month
Last week, I wrote an article outlining how Andrew Raycroft, not the Maple Leaf defence, was to blame for Toronto’s failure to make the playoffs. Briefly, I pointed out that Raycroft ranked no. 32 in goals against and no. 35 in save percentage, despite the Leafs being ranked no. 2 in shots on goal differential and all 6 top defenders having a plus rating.
While many readers agreed with this assessment, there were a few that still persisted to argue that the Toronto defence was the problem, despite all evidence to the contrary. These individuals contend that Raycroft is actually a good goalie and will “one day” be an excellent NHL goalie.
If true, it begs the question as to why Raycroft has not been traded yet?