Free Agent aquisitions, good or bad?

Here’s just a little outlook of what has occurred in the 2007 Off-Season and just how improved teams are now, heading into the 2007-08 NHL season:

Why does everyone bash Brendan Morrison?

As a die hard Canucks fan, and someone who doesn’t take Canuck bashing very well, it boggles me why everyone around the league…ESPECIALLY Canuck fans bash B-Mo.
Is it his salary? Is it his point total? Could it be his age?

Jeremy Roenick Not offically retired

According to F Jeremy Roenick is not offically retired. Roenick’s agent has said his client has not yet made a formal decision on his retirement. However Roenick will not be respondig to any interviews due to the death of his father-in-law. Last season during free agencey Jeremy Roenick made it clear that he would like to play for a Canadain franchise at least once in his career.

What are we going to do?

Well this is my first entry, so please don’t tear me apart too bad.

Anyway, I’ve heard so many rumors this off season that my head is spinning. Everyone from Vinny to Shanny has been rumored to be heading up the St. Lawrence. But let’s face facts, what we have is what we’ll be seeing til season’s end. Now I’m not saying that Gainey may or may not pull off a trade or two in the upcoming months. but what, in reality do we have to offer? A good prospect (Kostisyn) for a veteran that may or may not help us reach the playoffs? Or a more seasoned player (Ryder) for an equally inept 5 on 5 player? Or perhaps an underachiever (Kovalev) for another underacheiver? (Zherdev springs to mind).

Cullen Back to Carolina and FAN590 in Toronto are both reporting that the Carolina Hurricanes have re-acquired forward Matt Cullen in a trade with the New York Rangers.

Going to New York in the deal are defenseman Andrew Hutchinson, forward Joe Barnes, and a 3rd-round pick in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

Lineups Canucks Moose

Currrently the Nucks’ are trying to make a move but if they dont I speculate they are going to be saving up for Dany Heatley next summer, but not have as long of a playoff run. Linden hasn’t signed with the team yet but will soon…. My Canucks & Moose Roster as of July 17, 2007 6:25AM PST.

Peter Schaefer for Shean Donovan

For whatever its worth, Eklund is reporting a “Confirmed” deal between the Sens and Bruins.

A look at the East

A lot of things have changed in a month in the East. The Sabres lost their co-captains. The Devils lost Rafalski and Gomez. The Rangers grabbed Gomez and Drury. The Flyers decided to replace every player on their roster.

Clearly all these moves will make the Eastern Conference much different than it was at the beginning of last year, but what are the expectations for each team…

Habs Free Agent period over?

Currently the Habs have 10.845 million dollars in Cap space available to them at this time. After Ryder’s arbitration, we’re looking at him getting roughly 3-4.5 million, depending on what he wants and what Gainey is willing to give him. A worst case scenario is the Habs having 6.345 million in cap space to cover anymore possible holes. Also, Josh Gorges is an RFA and i know how most of the Habs fans on this site feel about him but he will contribute more to the Habs then he did in his brief stay last season. Remember, he was a top shot blocker in San Jose at the time of his trade having something like 64 shots blocked. That’ll leave the Habs with roughly 5.345 million to spend. Now the question here is, do the Habs want to shore up anymore possible holes now, or wait out the season and if a play off spot looks to be within their grasp, use the 5.345 in space to shore up a long play off drive?

Are the Leafs really that much better?

I will start by saying i am not a Leafs fan or even close to ever being one and i know i will likely get bashed for this article but so be it.

An Offseason of Filling Holes?

The free agent signing period is essentially over, and for now the Canadiens offseason amounted to not much more than filling holes left by departing players. Some of the players who departed (David Aebischer, Janne Ninimaa & Sergei Samsonov) had provided little to the team last season, but some such as Sheldon Souray, Mike Johnson and Radek Bonk were key players on a team that struggled to make the playoffs. This is a look at what’s been done and what might happen in the next couple of months.

This article is exclusive to HTR and

2006-2007 Salaries….were they worth it?

With all the “this coming season” predictions I thought I’d take a step back and look at the 2006-2007 season that just passed us and discuss three things about the top 34 highest paid players in the NHL (I say 34 because I’m not including Yashin, we all know he was likely the biggest and most obvious bust), I am also not holding it against players whom were injured, however feel free to use a point per game percentage in those cases, take a look into the following:

Trades, Signings, Retirements

Selanne, Forsberg, Niedermayer retirement questions.
Colorado, Islander, Leaf, habs, Nucks trade rumors.
Where Peca, Yashin, Markov, and Sutton might end up?