The New York Rangers will be regarded by many as a preseason favorite in the Atlantic Division, and a top contender in the Eastern Conference. Their 2nd half of 2006-07 was amazing and if they are able to maintain that level of play into the new season, they have a great chance to make a deep run in the playoffs.
There are however tweaks that need to be made to the roster to ensure this happening.
The Vancouver Province is reporting that it is highly unlikely that the Vancouver Canucks will land any big-name free agents this year. All bets are off for next year however as they will have cap space available to shop for some of the huge names that may be available.
This post is purely speculation, as a true leafs fan this is what I believe is the best option for the buds for not only next year but for years to come.
The News and Observer is rumoring that a deal is in the works for the Carolina Hurricanes. They are reporting that Jim Rutherford is only waiting to make a trade happen because the player has to waive his no trade clause to make it happen.
Bruce Garrioch of Sun Media is suggesting that the Senators should get on the ball and sign Ray Emery to a new contract before July the first.
Tom Gulitti of NorthJersey.com is reporting that Brian Rafalski who is et to become unrestricted on July first wants to remain with the Devils.
We all now as Habs fans the situation in Montreal. UFA’s are hard to come by for the many reason’s we have all heard before. Until now our minor system has been not very good, so now that is looking promising some of us want to trade it all away for a potential quick fix!! then there are those who think we can make a deal and give away nothing!!!!
A story by Steve Simmons of The Toronto Sun has said Scotty Bowman has turned down the leafs over a reluctance to work with Richard Peddie.
The Florida Sun-Sentinel is suggesting that the Florida Panthers will cut loose goalie Alex Auld by not tendering him a qualifying offer. What is interesting about this move is that a year ago he was set to be their top goalie. Other news from Florida is that the Panthers may be looking to bring back Martin Gelinas and Jozef Stumpel for another season.
In an article from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, it is stated that after giving qualifying offers and still having 16 players that can become free-agents, Ray Shero is only trying to sign defenseman Rob Scuderi from the list of 16, before he tests the free-agent market.
According to Sportsnet.ca, the Toronto Maple Leafs made a pair of moves Monday, re-signing restricted free agent defencemen Jay Harrison to a one-year contract while luring forward Simon Gamache, the leading scorer in the Swiss Elite League last season, with a two-year deal.
The Pens today made qualifying offers to 5 of 7 restricted FA’s fwd’s Colby Armstrong, Erik Christensen, Maxime Talbot Tim Brent, d’s Ryan Whitney, and Ryan Lannon.
One of Brian Burke’s genious draft day moves.. possibly the best move a GM has pulled off on draft day ever. these guys along with Roberto Luongo will make the Canucks contenders for years to come. This being all said they have never played with a player expected to do huge things… my question is Why.. they have proven to be guys who make other players that play with them better even in there earlier years with guys like