News from San Jose

The San Jose Mercury News is speculating that the Sharks have a number of big decisions to make regarding their players.

More Free Agent Talk

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal is speculating that some teams are about to go crazy by handing out huge contracts to free agent players next week.

Leafs Should Target Kariya, Not Smyth

Paul Kariya is available this July, and he should be the player that the Leafs are after. Here’s why:

leaf survey

canuck poll

Canadiens summer situation

Hi there and welcome to what may be a regular “reality check” to Montreal Canadien fans. This will basically depend on the fury that will strike their heart next season when Brière/Drury/Any UFA who will sign will have a bad two week period.

RFAs qualified, Cullimore and Salmelainen waived

Courtesy of RDS and Canadiens.com:

Michael Lambert was not given a qualifying offer, and has now become a free agent.

Not this year, but next year is an option

The Canuck’s don’t have much Cap room. They have no serious needs (they need offensive, but unlike most team’s they’ll be okay with only a 2nd tier player to fix there need), and will only aquire some depth player’s, and one (maybe two, but unlikely) top 6 forward. When the season is over though, Naslund, Morrison, and Cooke all have expiring contract’s, which will give the Canuck’s some breathing room, and possible enough room to acquire a true superstar (if we don’t acquire someone that good, it’s okay too).

Penguins and Flames talking MAJOR trade?!?!

Several sources out of Pittsburgh today have discussed the possibility of the Penguins acquiring Robyn Regher from the Flames for Brooks Orpik, Ryan Malone, and a 2nd round pick or Role Player. Ryan Whitney has also been brought up in discussions between the two teams. Sources… www.thebuzzontheburgh.com and www.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?post_id=8226

Tkachuk Back to the Blues

According to tsn.ca the blues have re-acquired the rights to Keith Tkachuk for 2 draft picks ( a 4th round draft pick in 2008 which can be a 3rd, and also a 1st round draft pick in 2008 ). Tkachuk will become a unrestricted free agent on July.1st and the blues are trying to negotiate and new contract for the star forward.

Habs Cap Space

I’ve done a little research to find out just how much Cap room the Habs actually have. As of this very moment (June 26, 2007, 3:22 pm) the Habs have $31.034 million dedicated to the Cap. Thats also with Ryder, Plekanec, Milroy and Gorges not signing yet.

New York Rangers Offseason Plan/Future Outlook

The New York Rangers will be regarded by many as a preseason favorite in the Atlantic Division, and a top contender in the Eastern Conference. Their 2nd half of 2006-07 was amazing and if they are able to maintain that level of play into the new season, they have a great chance to make a deep run in the playoffs.

There are however tweaks that need to be made to the roster to ensure this happening.

Canucks to go UFA shopping, Next Year

The Vancouver Province is reporting that it is highly unlikely that the Vancouver Canucks will land any big-name free agents this year. All bets are off for next year however as they will have cap space available to shop for some of the huge names that may be available.