Wings pick up option on Hasek

TSN.ca reports that the red wings have chosen to pick up Dominik Hasek’s option for the 2003-2004 season, effectively taking him off the free agent list. However, this option does not guarantee that he will play, but from reports surfacing from around the league, Hasek will replace Joseph as the #1 goaltender in “hockeytown”.

The only last hurdle in this situation is trading Curtis Joseph and the $16m left over in his contract. That will be a tough duty because he has a no-trade clause which he may decide to keep, and force the wings to either trade Hasek or buy him out.

What are your thoughts? who will play next season and what will happen with the other?

Danny Markov Not a Hurricane Yet

Danny Markov is not a Carolina Hurricane yet as much as I would love for him to be one! I think Danny Markov is a great veteram defenceman, still young, and if he does sign a contract with Carolina, doesn’t become a unrestricted free agent, and go play in Russia he will get lots of ice time in Carolina as he would be a top defenceman for the club.

Experts Look: Where Are These Players Going?

I will give my look on where,

Derian Hatcher,

Teemu Selanne,

Brian Leetch,

Jeff Hackett,

Greg DeVries,

Joe Nieuwendyk

Sergei Federov,

And more on where these names will sign next year?….

Coachs v.s NHL on Proposed Rule Changes

A couple days ago the Toronto Sun reported that during some meetings at the NHL draft a conflict between the NHL coachs and the League itself started.

Expert Rumor Update: *Flyers Find Goaltender In Nabokov*…Sharks Want

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The Philadelphia Flyers are said to have a trade in place to acquire San Jose goaltender Evgeni Nabokov….

Trade: Sabres Aquire Delmore from Predators

Canadian Press

Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Sabres General Manger Darcy Regier today announced the organization has acquired defenseman Andy Delmore from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a third round pick in the 2004 NHL Draft.

A minor trade, but a proactive move by the Sabres management. Delmore had 72 points in the last 2 seasons with the Predators after being traded from the Flyers in exchange for a 3rd rounder in the 2002 draft. This move adds more depth to the sabres blue line, and should provide the sabres with a scoring punch.

What can I get for $10 million

I was looking around on the TSN web site and I found this article by Pierre McGuire. I thought this was pretty interesting what the hockey guys at TSn think.

Leaf Press Conference Called

The Toronto Star reports that the Maple Leafs have called a press conference for today, in which they are expected to be announcing that Pat Quinn has stepped down as general manager, they also expect that Bill Watters will announce that he has been let go.

Stars offer 6 players, but Who?

dallasstars.com says “The Stars made qualifying offers to six restricted free agents Thursday, including Richard Matvichuk and Marty Turco.”

Who are the other 4 free agents?

Mother Of Mercy – Is This The End Of Rico?

Is this the “or else” year for Pierre LaCroix? Has his “magic touch” disappeared along with his musical taste?

Wings Re-sign Young Star

DETROIT, MI (Letsgowings.com) — The Detroit Red Wings made their first off-season signing Wednesday night, with Russia’s Sport-Express reporting that Group II restricted free agent Pavel Datsyuk has signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the club.

The contract includes incentive clauses, including a scoring benchmark of 70pts. that will reportedly earn Datsyuk a $2 million bonus.

Datsyuk finished fifth in team scoring last season, amassing 12 goals and 51 points in 64 games.

Robby to Slats:

Larry Robinson, currently a consultant with the world champion New Jersey Devils, withdrew his name from consideration for the head coaching position with the New York Rangers this morning. Robinson informed Rangers GM Glen Sather that he would not take the job, even though it had never been “formally” offered to him.

Hasek agrees to come back to wings!!!!

Report off of 1270 am radio is that hasek and Wings agreed to 1 year 8 million dollar agreement

Said that it will be offical at end of week!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Where will CuJo go to?

Forsberg Set to Return***Update: Forsberg signs a 1-year deal with Avs***

TSN.ca is reporting that superstar forward Peter Forsberg is set to announce that he will be returning for next season. Many sources close to Forsberg have said he will return for at least one more season, unless there is no lockout.

This is a huge break for the Avs. Now if they can acquire another solid 2nd line player they will have 3 good scoring lines to go with a solid defensive core.

Jagr to Rangers in progress?

The Score reports that Jaromir Jagr could go to the Rangers fairly soon in a deal that would involve:

To the Rangers:

F Jaromit Jagr

To the Capitals

F Matthew Barnaby

F Jamie Lundmark

F Petr Nedved

This trade would be a death wish for NY. They would be dealing away there top Left Winger, Their Top rookie, and their top scorer last year.

The score reports that this deal has been agreed to. All that is left to determine is the financial aspect. This information was being discussed on The Score television station. It is not yet on the website.

However, Sportsnet.ca has posted ‘Not so fast’ on the Jagr deal claiming that the proposed deal above is false.

What About These Guys?

Everyone’s heard of the big names on the market. Fedorov, Hatcher, Selanne, Robitaille, Potvin, Prospel, McCarty, Leetch, deVries. But what about the smaller, less heralded guys who are no less effective? Here’s a list of 12 forwards and 7 defensemen on the free agent market that you hear absolutely nothing about. They aren’t necessarily in best to worst order, more alphabetical for what team they played for last season. Oh, a couple of them might not be moving or might have some circumstances around them I’m not aware of, I was using a free agent list. If I screwed up on some, don’t chew me out. Chew out the person who made the list.

Well, At Leat All Russians Aren't Money Grubbing…

This story is really only worthy of news for one reason: it proves that not all NHL players are greedy money grubbers, and some actually respect the organizations they play for. And, it gives me another opportunity to rave about Datsyuk.

Report: Hasek wants back!

TSN.ca claims that reports coming out of Detroit are saying that Dominik Hasek has been in close contact with the management of the Red Wings regarding him coming back into the Red Wings lineup for next season.

TSN.ca: Hatcher Not Offered New Contract

Dallas Stars GM Doug Armstrong has confirmed that Captain Darian Hatecher will not be given a new offer. So we know that Hatcher won’t be returning to the Stars, so where will he go? Toronto perhaps?

You heard it here first…KINGS WILL WIN THE CUP NEXT YEAR!!

Thats right folks!! Ca`ll me crazy! Say “It’s waaaay to early to predict something like this! Tell me I don’t know anything about hockey! Hell, even point out the fact that I predicted a Bruins / Sharks Cup Finals last year, but be assured this one is an iron clad lock!! The Los Angeles Kings will win Lord Stanley’s Cup next year!