Leafs defense discussion from a different angle

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.”

Leafs Trade Rumours

There are many trade rumors surrounding the TML lately, and these are the options that they should take

Sharks Unveil New Logo

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

Canucks Sign Another Forward

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.

Lightning Need to Trade One of Their Big Three

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.

My King-Dom For A Goalie

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:

Emery Re-Signs with Ottawa

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.”

What Should Be Done With Raycroft And Why

There has been a lot of articles posted as to what the Leafs should do (sorry to all you non Leaf fans who get very angry at the number of Leaf postings that appear) and without any further adu here is my 2 cents.

Its a Goaltenders League Part Two

I will now rank teams 16-30 based on goaltending. Potential is the name of the game for the majority of these teams. Some of the goalies ranked here will be top 10 as soon as two years from now while other teams are just spinning the ol wheel in the continual search for a real #1.

Best Caps Team in Ovechkin Era

For the first two seasons of what likely will be a superstar career, Alexander Ovechkin was pretty much a one man show for his team the Washington Capitals. He has amassed 98 goals in 2 season, and many have been of the highlight reel solo variety.

Blues Acquire Toivonen From Boston

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired goaltender Hannu Toivonen (HA-noo, TOI-voh-nuhn) from the Boston Bruins in exchange for Carl Soderberg.

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?