Calder Speculation in Light of the Ruutu Signing

Tuomo Ruutu, Chicago’s latest prospect signing, should bring a combination of hitting, goal scoring and raw talent that has been compared to that of a young Peter Forsberg. In 30 games with HIFK in Finland last season, Ruutu scored 12 goals and 17 assists. It is thought that Ruutu will be given every chance to make the Blackhawks’ roster this season, likely playing as the third line center behind Zhamnov and Arnason. This leads to some early consideration of Ruutu as a Calder Trophy candidate next season, so I thought I’d look at some other players who may also be in the running for top rookie of 2003-04.

Rangers Sign Two

MSGnetwork.com reported that the Rangers had agreed terms with former Rangers Jan Hlavac and Martin Rucisnky.

Rocks Report: Berezin set to replace Bure?

TSN.ca is reporting that Sergei Berezin is set to begin negociations on a contract with the New York Rangers. Berezin’s role is set to become a replacement if Pavel Bure should be not able to continue this year.

Prospect T. Ruutu signs with Blackhawks

Sources report that GM Mike Smith announced today that the Chicago Blackhawks have signed highly touted prospect, Finnish center/left winger Tuomo Ruutu. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hockey gets no respect from SI

To determine hockey’s popluarity in the US media, I’ve examined every cover of Sports Illustrated and tabulated the result by team and by year.

Red Wings sign Miller

CCHA.com is reporting that the Detroit Red Wings have signed Kevin Miller.

Penguins 101 pt 2

Part two, the Eddie O equation.

At least let me have my pads!

Sabres #1 goaltender Martin Biron had a bad surprise when he woke up yesterday…

Chris Drury signs 4 year deal with Sabres

Chris Drury yesterday signed a 4 year deal with the Buffalo Sabres. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. http://www.nhl.com/onthefly/news/2003/08/146930.html

Now the Sabres seem to be back on track and back to the playoffs hopefully.

Although did find it odd that anything else that remotely qualifies as news gets posted immediately, and yet this signing of the #1 center desont get anything.

Tverdovsky signs with Russian league team!

Sport-express.ru, a Russian website with a good reputation, reports that speedy defenseman Oleg Tverdovsky has signed a two-year deal with Russian league team Avangard Omsk. The 27-year old Russian won’t be back in the NHL in the next two years, as the contract has a clause that prevents him from signing with any other team, including NHL teams, for the duration of the contract.

Yzerman OFFICIALLY Signs With The Wings

Today, TSN.ca has reported that Red Wings Captain, Steve Yzerman has finally signed the one year deal worth 6 million dollars.

Leafs about to name John Ferguson Jr as GM

It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs have finally found their man to replace Pat Quinn as the club’s GM.

Andrei Markov Agrees to a new Two-Year Deal With the Habs

The Montreal Canadiens have announced the re-signing of Andrei Markov to a two-year contract. General Manager Bob Gainey did not disclose the salary figures of the contract.

The Moose Is Now A Nuck

The Vancouver Canucks have obtained goaltender Johan Hedberg from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2004 NHL draft. Now the Nucks have a good goaltending tandem in net. A great trade here for both sides.

Penguins 101 pt 1

What can I say about the Penguins that hasn’t already been said.

Well first off that maybe they won’t finish in last place next season, yeah I think I’ll say that for starters. How about maybe they are better off having traded Alexei Kovalev and his 7 million dollar a year demands to the Bermuda triangle of hockey known as Broadway. Or that maybe Eddie Olczyk will make a damn good coach. Yeah, I think that I’ll make all those bold statements, and probably some more as we go along.

Welcome to the class that I’m sure many of you never cared to take: Penguins 101

Holes That Need Filling Pt.3

It’s time yet again, for the seris of “Holes That Need Filling” articles. The atlantic is up.

Possible Holdouts?

According to WayMoreSports the following 18 players may be holdouts

Hedberg On The Way Out??

Is Craig Patrick slowly preparing the departure of is #1 goalie??

The Predators, Or The Prey?

Unlike The Minnesota Wild, or the Columbus Blue Jackets, The Nashville Predators have not made steps to improve their team since becoming part of the NHL. Things do not seem to be getting any better in the town nicknamed “Smashville”. Nashville fans wont be able to count on their team doing any smashing this year. No notable big off-season moves were made, and when looking at their roster I wondered how this team would make it this year.

Problems and Solutions Part 2

As mentioned in my previous article, the referees in the NHL have been anything but stellar. What I like to call “quick-fix” rule changes (interference crack-down, bigger crease, moving blue lines ect) have created confusion and inconsistency amongst the officials. The last two seasons, the NHL has put a minimal effort forth, to try and cut back on the clutching, grabbing and interference that nearly choked the league out during the 1990′s. At the start of the 2002-2003 season, watching the NHL was amazing. Games were fast paced, with end-to-end action. Very entertaining. However, the conistency failed to translate over the course of the entire season. By the time the playoff races came around, the league was back to clutch and grab hockey. For the players, this must be a very frustrating environment to play in. From a fan’s standpoint, it is more dissapointing to see the decline, than anything.