Stop Crying Already
Time and time again I end up reading blogs and opinions from angered hockey fans expressing resentment towards top end players not signing with their teams. These sentiments are even more highlighted in hockey cities such as my hometown of Montreal. Now, here is a different perspective for you. Life as a Player. I’ll focus formost on the Canadiens only because I’m most familiar with their situation. The whole city was outraged when the city couldn’t land Daniel Briere or Ryan Smyth. Well lets look at factors for them deciding their futures.
TSN.ca is reporting that the Edmonton Oilers have signed restricted free agent forward Thomas Vanek to a huge 50 million dollar seven year contract.
Buffalo will match the offer.
according to both the Canadian press and tsn,
The Ottawa Senators have promoted assistant John Paddock to head coach. Paddock spent the last five years in the Senators organization, including the last two as Ottawa’s assistant coach.
Well, its been almost a week since the free agency period started, and the Senators have sat idle watching two players leave the nation’s capital. Preissing is gone to LA, and Comrie is now on the Island. (sucks to see some good players leave what was a Stanley Cup Finalist team)
However, I will start by addressing the goaltending situation and work my way out from there.
Now that the draft is over and the major part of free agency concluded, it’s a good time to take an early look at how the Eastern Conference is shaping up. This isn’t a prediction of where teams will finish necessarily, but just a look at how teams will fare in the upcoming season.
To be honest, I really do feel Gainey has done an exceptional job being a GM. We can’t blame him for missing out on signing the top UFAs or FAs every year since it isn’t because of him why the players are not signing with MTL. It’s like Gainey said it’s more like teammates, geography, high taxes in MTL, and don’t forget the crazy media that puts so much pressure on you to play mistake-free every game.
This team would be near the top of this sport on a yearly basis except for everyone above John Ferguson Jr. Believe me I am not a supporter of JFJ. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is what is destroying this team and people have to wake up and see this.
According to Hockeybuzz, Dominik Hasek has signed a new deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
details to come.
26-year old playmaking center signs one-year deal worth 3,3M$
“We really wanted Mike Comrie because Ted Nolan, the scouts and I were unanimous in wanting to bring his offensive production, creativity and competitiveness to our team,” said Islanders general manager Garth Snow.
Hey guys, I was just thinking what the team will look like in 2010 if no major retirements or injuries come into place and believe me. I can smell the Gold already.
Gagne – Crosby – Iginla
Kariya – Lecavalier – St. Louis
Richards – Sakic – Cheechoo
Smyth – Spezza – Heatly
Niedermayer – Pronger
Regehr – Phaneuf
Boumeester – Jovanovski
Niedermayer – Richards Iginla – Sakic
Boumeester – Regehr Jovanovski – Phaneuf
Sakic – Crosby – Heatly Spezza – Lecavalier – St. Louis
Pronger – Boumeester Phaneuf – Niedermayer
This team is insanely awesome. I can’t imagine anyone competing to the level this team can. Looks like we can expect a Gold medal in 2010.
The New York Islanders today signed veteran forward Bill Guerin to a two-year contract worth $4.5 million a year.
The french sports site RDS is now reporting that the The Montreal Canadiens have signed center Tomas Pleckanec to a two year contract. Terms presently undisclosed.
Citing Plekanec as being one of the most constant players last season, he has achieved personal bests last year in all offensive stats as well as being consistently reliable in defence. Despite his young age (25), he is now ready to play a more prominent leadership role.
According to sportsnet, Muckler is going to meet with the Leafs