Oiles sign Vanek to a HUGE deal

TSN.ca is reporting that the Edmonton Oilers have signed restricted free agent forward Thomas Vanek to a huge 50 million dollar seven year contract.

Buffalo will match the offer.

Senators promote Paddock as head coach

according to both the Canadian press and tsn,

The Ottawa Senators have promoted assistant John Paddock to head coach. Paddock spent the last five years in the Senators organization, including the last two as Ottawa’s assistant coach.

Senators Off-Season and UFA Analysis

Well, its been almost a week since the free agency period started, and the Senators have sat idle watching two players leave the nation’s capital. Preissing is gone to LA, and Comrie is now on the Island. (sucks to see some good players leave what was a Stanley Cup Finalist team)

However, I will start by addressing the goaltending situation and work my way out from there.

Eastern Conference Outlook

Now that the draft is over and the major part of free agency concluded, it’s a good time to take an early look at how the Eastern Conference is shaping up. This isn’t a prediction of where teams will finish necessarily, but just a look at how teams will fare in the upcoming season.

I AGREE, leave GAINEY ALONE

To be honest, I really do feel Gainey has done an exceptional job being a GM. We can’t blame him for missing out on signing the top UFAs or FAs every year since it isn’t because of him why the players are not signing with MTL. It’s like Gainey said it’s more like teammates, geography, high taxes in MTL, and don’t forget the crazy media that puts so much pressure on you to play mistake-free every game.

The Problem With The Leafs Is Ownership!!

This team would be near the top of this sport on a yearly basis except for everyone above John Ferguson Jr. Believe me I am not a supporter of JFJ. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is what is destroying this team and people have to wake up and see this.

Hasek officially back in Motown

According to Hockeybuzz, Dominik Hasek has signed a new deal with the Detroit Red Wings.

details to come.

Comrie An Islander!

26-year old playmaking center signs one-year deal worth 3,3M$

“We really wanted Mike Comrie because Ted Nolan, the scouts and I were unanimous in wanting to bring his offensive production, creativity and competitiveness to our team,” said Islanders general manager Garth Snow.

Canadian Olympic Team for 2010

Hey guys, I was just thinking what the team will look like in 2010 if no major retirements or injuries come into place and believe me. I can smell the Gold already.

Gagne – Crosby – Iginla
Kariya – Lecavalier – St. Louis
Richards – Sakic – Cheechoo
Smyth – Spezza – Heatly

Niedermayer – Pronger
Regehr – Phaneuf
Boumeester – Jovanovski

Luongo
Price

PK1 PK2
Niedermayer – Richards Iginla – Sakic
Boumeester – Regehr Jovanovski – Phaneuf

PP1 PP2
Sakic – Crosby – Heatly Spezza – Lecavalier – St. Louis
Pronger – Boumeester Phaneuf – Niedermayer

This team is insanely awesome. I can’t imagine anyone competing to the level this team can. Looks like we can expect a Gold medal in 2010.

Thanks

Guerin to the Island!

The New York Islanders today signed veteran forward Bill Guerin to a two-year contract worth $4.5 million a year.

Plekanec signs contract with the habs

The french sports site RDS is now reporting that the The Montreal Canadiens have signed center Tomas Pleckanec to a two year contract. Terms presently undisclosed.

Citing Plekanec as being one of the most constant players last season, he has achieved personal bests last year in all offensive stats as well as being consistently reliable in defence. Despite his young age (25), he is now ready to play a more prominent leadership role.

Muckler To Become Part Maple Leaf?

According to sportsnet, Muckler is going to meet with the Leafs

Ferguson’s Off-Season Report Card

I think it’s time we evaluate how John Ferguson Jr. has faired this off-season.