Shanahan to skate with Drury and Jagr? Kasparaitis back?

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.

Flyers targetting Selanne? Playoff contenders or early season favorites?

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?

What About Daigle?

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.

Isles Re-sign Simon

Source: www.islesinfo.com

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.

Putting together a puzzle

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.

Barnaby calls it quits

ESPN Insider reports that Matthew Barnaby has decided to retire and will be making an offical statement sometime in the next few weeks.

Lindros still has potential to produce… in the East

Is Eric Lindros done? Not by a long shot. Lets look at some facts, shall we.

Its a goaltenders league

We all know the tired saying, “your team will only go as far as your goaltender”. Well its true and I think just about all of us can agree on that. But which team has the best? Which team has the worst? I have taken the liberty of ranking all 30 teams based on goaltending from best to worst. In this article I look at teams #1-15 with article #16-30 to follow up later in the week. Backups do play into some ratings but obviously some teams like Vancouver and New Jersey need not worry of such things.

Rangers will be better!

I’ve seen so many things being posted in other articles, small tidbits here and there, about the Rangers and small arguments and points made. I mean to respond to most of them… but I feel it’s better to collaberate my opinions into one post to cover many topics.

Gainey Bashing

Ever since Gainey came to town, I have been reading the fans on the forum from RDS complain about him and everything from his inability to sign French players to his wardrobe. Well… that is to be expected, but I am quite shocked about the amount of Gainey bashing that is being done in this forum. People tend to think that hockey teams are built in 2 or 3 years, but that is not now, nor has it ever been the case. And you better believe that Bob Gainey knows it!

Jonathan Ferland Good For One More Year

According to canadiens.com, the Montreal Canadiens have signed Jonathan Ferland for one more year.

Alexei Yashin has gone home

TSA.ca reports…

Alexei Yashin has gone home. The Russian centre agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Locomotiv (Yaroslavl) of the Russian League on Friday, bolting the NHL after 12 seasons. Russian teams do not disclose financial terms but The Canadian Press can confirm the deal does not include an out clause to return to the NHL next season.

Joni Pitkanen agrees with the Oil.

According to TSN, Joni Pitkanen has agreed to a 1 year deal worth
$2.4 million. I was expecting a longer term for the contract, but signed pretty cheap and only received a $400,000 raise from last year.