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.
MSGnetwork.com reported that the Rangers had agreed terms with former Rangers Jan Hlavac and Martin Rucisnky.
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.
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.
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.
CCHA.com is reporting that the Detroit Red Wings have signed Kevin Miller.
Sabres #1 goaltender Martin Biron had a bad surprise when he woke up yesterday…
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.
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.
Today, TSN.ca has reported that Red Wings Captain, Steve Yzerman has finally signed the one year deal worth 6 million dollars.
It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs have finally found their man to replace Pat Quinn as the club’s GM.
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 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.
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
It’s time yet again, for the seris of “Holes That Need Filling” articles. The atlantic is up.
Is Craig Patrick slowly preparing the departure of is #1 goalie??
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.
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.