UPP 03-04 MEGA UPDATE!!

You liked the first version??? Wait ’til you see this one!

There is hope in Chicago…

Sunday night, I sat way up in section 321 of the United Center, and hopefully witnessed the dawn a new era of Blackhawks hockey….the Tuomo Ruutu years.

Rocks Report: Klee, Thomas & Oates remain unsigned

What could be the main reason why these proven players have not been signed by a team. The main reason is the stingent General Managers are nowkeeping one eye on the up and coming lockout.

Turco Stays a Star

TSN.ca reports that the Dallas Stars have signed Marty Turco to a 3-year deal. Terms of deal soon to follow.

Owen Nolan: I'm 100%

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Owen Nolan was on the defensive on Wednesday amid reports that a hairline fracture in his vertebrae and a bulging disc could limit his playing time this season.

Nolan Out?

Tsn.ca repots that Owen Nolan of the Toronto Maple Leafs has a fractured vertabrae.

Weekly B.J.s!!

CWthrash has his articles about the Thrashers that no one reads, so I figured I need to start my own article about my favorite (for this year) team in the NHL the Columbus Blue Jackets!

So brace yourself for the historic first installment of “Weekly B.J.s”

Hnilicka to Kings

The Atlanta Thrashers have traded Czech-born goaltender Milan Hnilicka to the Los Angeles Kings. In return the Thrashers receive future considerations.

Boucher to Preds?

The Hockey Zone is reporting that Brian Boucher may be moved to the Predators.

“Reports suggest that if Jon Lasak falters during training camp, Nashville is ready to pull the trigger on a deal which would see them get Brian Boucher, or possibly Zac Bierk from Phoenix. Phoenix is forced to move one of their three goalies (Sean Burke, Brian Boucher and Zac Bierk) or possibly lose one of them in the waiver draft. “

http://hockeyzone.4t.com/rumors.html

Experts Look: The Toronto Maple Leafs

Well, we had time to view other analyst’s and expert opinions on their teams going into the season.

Now here’s my look on:

The 2003-2004 Toronto Maple Leafs….

Oilers lock out Comrie until deal done

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=53672

EDMONTON (CP) – Mike Comrie won’t be playing for the Edmonton Oilers anytime soon, said General Manager Kevin Lowe as his club opened training camp Friday.

Lowe said the Edmonton-born first-line centre has been locked out of camp after failing to negotiate a new deal with his team and he wasn’t expecting the situation to change in the near future.

Predators Season Preview

I see all of these previews and predictions, so I decided, how hard can it be? Some of you may not care about this team, but let’s try to make it interested and I won’t take up much of your time, deal?

Jagr Rumors TRUE

According to TSN.ca, those Ranger Jagr rumors weren’t exactly false.

The Ultimate Predicitions: Western Conference

The western conference is probably the hardest conference in sports to make the playoffs. There are so many good teams. Here is how i think they standings will go down.

Oilers Ink Four

The Edmonton Oilers have signed Ethan Moreau and Georges Laraque, as well as Brad Winchester and Joe Cullen. Moreau has signed for one year, Laraque has signed for three years, and Winchester and Cullen both signed for two years.

Bob Stauffer of Total Sports radio show (TEAM1260, Edmonton) reported the signings on his show Thursday afternoon.

Rocks Rumors: Who will Replace Bure?

With the recent news of Pavel Bure not meeting the New York Rangers standards for player conditioning, Rangers General Manager Glen Sather must turn so trade options in order to replace one of his best wingers.

Bruins Re-Sign Sergei Samsonov!!!

The Boston Bruins have re-signed LW Sergei Samsonov to a 1 year contract on thursday!!! The flashy winger became a restricted free agent earlier this summer. Sergei made 2.2 million last season with the Bruins while only appearing in 8 games beacaue of a wrist injury. Terms of the new deal were undisclosed.

“Sergei is one of the most exciting and dynamic players in the NHL and we expect him to be a big contributor to the team this season with the injury behind him,” Bruins general manager Mike O’Connell said.

Open letter to Doug Armstrong

In this mornings Dallas-Fort Worth Star-Telegram, there was an article by Stars beat reporter Mac Engel titled “Turco’s Status for Camp in Doubt” which contained some interesting quotes from Stars GM Doug Armstrong. I’ll paste the link at the bottom, but to summarize:

Bure Out

Minutes ago, the Russian Rocket took his physical with the Rangers and has failed it. TSN.ca reports that there is no timetable for when Bure can resume his career.

Leafs interested in Berard?

TSN.CA hockey analyst Bob McKenzie reports that the Toronto Maple Leafs have shown interest in former Leaf, Bryan Berard. The interest is thought to be mild. The Leafs have inquired about what it would take to sign him. Although, they do seem content to give their young guys a shot on defense.