According to the Post (not Brooks) and other sources, due to the lagging attendance this year, the Isles will be looking to cut some salary. It has been rumored that either Hamrlik or Parrish would be the one to go, but as I have said before, that would be a shock.
According to many reports, these 5 teams all want comrie really badly. Atlanta has been in the running for a while, but a few teams have recently shown interest, and offered some interesting deals.
By pushing for a hard salary cap and completly refusing the NHLPA’s proposition for a new CBA, the owners have shot themselves in the foot… again.
OK, everybody knows that the Avs are reaching a milestone 400th sellout (anticipating tonight’s game) at the Can. That may sound good but there’s a bigger issue here that’s telling of the National Hockey League’s policy on the attendance statistic.
Sportsnet.ca reports this morning that Habs center Yanic Perreault had a heated exchange with coach Claude Julien at the morning skate. As a result, he will not be playing tonight. This gives Bob Gainey a problem…or is it just a hint as to what is wrong in the Habs dressing room?
I used to have this as a regular feature (somewhat) and I hope to again have it as a weekly or bi-weekly thing. Just some random hockey thoughts.
The losses keep piling up, and the offence is nowhere to be seen lately. 1 goal in the past 6 periods, losing 3-0 to the Rangers, then 4-1 to the Isles two nights later.
Jody Vance of Sportsnet was reporting a couple of nights ago the Habs GM Bob Gainey was planning on hauling Jaromir Jagr to Montreal for Koivu and Brisebois. I can hardly see this happening, and as a Habs fan, I am rather skeptical that this trade would help…
According to TSN.ca, the Devils are the front runners for acquiring verteran forward Sergei Berezin.
I recall all those boos from Rangers and hockey fans in general that cried out for long time Oiler and Ranger Mark Messier to retire. He got on the fans’ nerves, and all those posts of “HANG EM UP!”.
Red Wings make history in the NHL world, Rangers hand them a special symbol….
Who, and what team, has been a disappointment/surprise?
Who’ll be the first coach to get the axe?
The latest news comes through that RW Steve Thomas has now signed with the Detroit Red Wings on a one year deal. No doubt this is because of the injury of Henrik Zetterbrug expected to be sidelined 4-6 weeks with a broken leg. Let’s now look at Steve Thomas’s career in the NHL and see if it was a step in the right direction for the already troubled wings.
New York Ranger$ captain Mark Messier moved past Gordie Howe into second place on the all-time scoring list with an empty-net goal in a 3-0 win against Dallas.
Did anyone catch the Oilers game on Sat vs the Red Wings? I just do not understand what is going on with Oilers, up two-nil after the first and then let in four goals in 5:17. I am not saying that it was any one-persons fault on the four goals, it just boggles the mind when a team with the Oilers’ capability can let leads slip away. It was the same thing in St.Louis where the Oil had total domination for the first 15 minutes of the game, came out 3-2 after the first, slept through the second and tried to comeback in the last 7 minutes of the third.
I just bought a magazine from Barnes & Noble that’s really fascinating reading. The Magazine is called “The Hockey News The Best of Everything in Hockey” And yes you guessed it, it is chock full of great lists involving the NHL. One of those lists involves the greatest players for each of their respective teams. Some are no brainers like Lemieux for the Pens…and some are a little more open to debate. So here’s the best ever according to THN, and my opinions on the selections…
According to espn.com Marian Gaborik has signed a 3 year/ 10M$ deal with the Minnesota Wild. A good sign for Minnesota, since they didn’t have to lose ground and offer 6 million dollars a year or upwards as was reported.
Al Stachan reports in a colomn in the Toronto Sun that the Dallas stars are once again (or still) trying to unload the large contract of Billy Guerin. It is speculated that they have been trying to work out a deal with the Maple Leafs involving Guerin and/or Defenseman Richard Matvichuck
According to the Toronto Sun:
Karel Pilar is working out with the Maple Leafs on their five-game road trip despite being unsigned, according to the Toronto Sun. “One of these days there will be a try (with Pilar),” coach Pat Quinn said. “We still have to sign him. Two years ago we thought he was close to playing on a regular basis. We still have that decision in front of us. He has had medical clearance. What he’s looking to do is build up his physical strength.”
I know I haven’t been the most consistent contributor to this site in recent months, but the witching hour is almost upon us, and my return from the underworld is long past due. It has been, to say the least, an interesting first couple of weeks to this NHL season. Some happenings border on the bizzare, so what better time to discuss than now?
Rumors/speculation/news on the future of extra goaltender Curtis Joseph have been incredibly sparse, leading one to believe that no one is interested in the $16-million man or that something is brewing in Ken Hollands office.