Slam Sports reports that nealy hired Toronto Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr. is on the verge to sign his first player, Ken Klee.
In other news, Sportnet.ca Nik Kypreos is reporting that the New York Rangers and old-timer Mark Messier have agreed to a contract, which now now ‘imminent’.
Since we are in the doldrums of the off-season, I decided to take a look back at the 1995-96 Colorado Avalanche, the team that taught Denver what it felt like to win a championship, and gave a lot of ignorant people the impression that it was really simple to win the Cup every year.
Young Wild phenom Marian Gaborik is still unsigned by Minnesota, and at this time, it looks like he will remain that way. Marian is in Slovakia at this time, and is ready so suit up for his former team, Dukla Trencin of the Slovakian Elite League.
With the Off-Season just about almost over, I will be doing my Look on what my “Top 3″ favourite and “Top 3″ least favourite teams still need to patch up….
When are the Boston Bruins going to sign veteran free agent goalie Felix Potvin? We all know it will happen. Why hasn’t it happened yet? What is Mike O’Connnell waiting for?
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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.