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?
After acquiring Roberto Luongo last summer and naming Alain Vigneault as coach, the team completely changed direction from an offensive minded squad to one very consciencious defensively. While this has led the Canucks to some instant success, getting back to the playoffs and reaching the 2nd round, to take the next step, the team is going to need to get back something they have lost along the way and that is some offence.
The Edmonton Oilers are back at it again, tendering a five year, $21.5 million offer sheet to Anaheim Ducks Group II restricted free agent Dustin Penner.
Gelinas signs a 1 year deal with Nashville…
Mike Peca is going to stay in the area. He will be a Buffalo Sabre or a Toronto Maple Leaf, and he’s getting to play where he wants to play. Why has he manipulated it so he can play where he wants, where as other players, dying to be Leafs, or dying to stay, like Joe Nieuwendyk, Eric Lindros, or even Wayne Gretzky failed.
One of the things many hockey fans, or really most sports fans, have seen is the dreaded “Prevent Defense”. It’s that magical time in a game when the strategy turns from continuing your success by producing more offense to concentrating primarily on defense. For hockey, this usually happens when a team leads after the second period. The idea being, “if we can prevent the other team from scoring for 20 minutes, we win.”
There are many trade rumors surrounding the TML lately, and these are the options that they should take
The San Jose Sharks have just revealed their new primary logo for the 2007-08 season, as well as their secondary marks. This is not much of a change from the old logo, as it still has a shark biting a hockey stick in a triangle, but it is meant to be more edgy and modern. Here is a link to the article unveiling the new logo and the secondary logos: http://sharks.nhl.com/index.asp?splash=y
Vancouver Canucks Senior Vice-President and General Manager Dave Nonis announced today that the Canucks have signed forward Juraj Simek. Simek spent the 2006-2007 season with the Brandon Wheat Kings. Terms of this deal were not disclosed.
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.”