Here are a few offseason tips to help the struggling Blackhawks…
The Pens are still trying to re-sign Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts.
They will NOT be re-signing Nils Ekman, Ronald Petrovicky, Eric Cairns or Joel Kwiatkowski.
The Penguins seem to have some interest in retaining goalie Jocelyn Thibault and defensemen Rob Scuderi, Alain Nasreddine and Josef Melichar.
They are still pursuing, at minimum, one defensive defensemen, possibly two, and a top six winger.
spectorshockey.net is reporting that the Sharks have re-signed defencemen Craig Rivet to a 4 year, 14 million dollar deal.
The Carolina Hurricanes have locked up potential unrestricted free agent right winger Scott Walker to a 3 year, 7.5 million dollar contract.
So this article isnt about the big names that will impact teams dramatically with such names like Gomez, Briere, Drury, Kariya and so on .. instead im mixing things up and im going to talk about the players not many people are talking about .. sometimes its the small moves that win Stanley Cups .. not the drastic moves.
Some rumors are just getting out of hand. Some are possible, it’s best to just speculate.
This is only my opinion, but, I think there won’t be any major trade involving the Canadiens this year at the entry draft pick for 2 reasons.
These are a few of my ideas as to whom, from the Canadiens, has a chance of being traded by draft day. I am not saying they are going to happen, but we won’t see any deals like this:
To Toronto: Jokinen
To Dallas: Kilger and 2nd Round Pick.
As a Habs fan I know Kilger’s value so don’t say that THAT is a good trade for Dallas.
Ok, i’m a life long Habs fan and as the end of last year came, i couldn’t help but think “i wonder who the Habs will get and who the Habs can?” I’ve heard all the rumours surrounding Bergeron, Briere, Souray and Marleau and ya, it’d be great to get these guys but Habs fans everywhere have to more realistic.
The roster chosen to play a triumphant 8 game sweep of the Russians has been selected.
According to an article in the Toronto Sun , Curtis Joseph would love to come back to Toronto to finish off his career. When asked if he would settle for being the backup heading into the new season, the King City residnet replied “To be back here again? Ya, absolutely I would, for sure,” . The 40 year old would probably also have to take a hometown discount.
The Tennessean is downplaying speculation that the Predators are set to become a poor team following the potential losses of key players Kariya, Forsberg and the recent trades of Hartnell and Timonen. They report that it is not likely that the Predators will move players such as Arnott, Vokoun or Sullivan to further reduce their payroll even further.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that the Rangers are getting ready for contract talks with Gillis, Nylander’s agent. Brooks speculates that Nylander will be able to command a 4 year deal in the range of 18-20 million dollars on the open market and it is well known that Nylander has already fired his old agent for reportedly agreeing to a deal worth 3.75 per season.