Last week i made an article of the following second tier Eastern Conference UFA’s who are hitting the market a week from today and where they could possibly end up this summer. The reason in why i am doing this is simply because we as fans are hearing the same names over and over again with the likes of Smyth, Briere, Drury, Gomez, Forsberg and so on. This week will be the Western Conference.
Draft is done and the spectacular blockbuster involving Marleau didn’t happen. Some say it’s because the Sharks want to make sure they will get Drury others say it’s simply because Marleau isn’t going anywhere.
Now that the draft and long playoff run is over in Ottawa the Senators are looking to assess their situation for the future. Reports from the Ottawa Sun indicate that the Senators are looking to move Gerber (old news) and deal another forward.
Rumors were flying yesterday that the Oilers are looking to make a big move in the near future. Today, one day later, HTR has dug deep through media sources in an effort to uncover possible names that may be on the move.
The Florida Sun-Sentinel provides speculation regarding a number of Florida Panthers players. They indicate that as many as seven players are in line for qualifying offers by the first or they will become unrestricted free agents.
The Detroit Free Press is speculating that the Detroit Red Wings may have a better chance to sign Bertuzzi than Schneider. Schneider who has had several solid years on defense for the Wings may be in for a huge raise due to the fact that the Flyers signed Timonen to a huge money deal.
John Ferguson had a choice on draft day. Actually he had a lot of choices. Did he make the right one?
On Saturday, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired center Tim Brent from the Stanley Cup champions Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Pittsburgh’s Stephen Dixon.
Sorry to break all the excitement involved with the second draft day and all but something about yesterday’s first round caught mine and probably everybody else’s attention… wow how bout those “new” Columbus jersey’s? Just kidding. How on earth did Alexei Cherepanov drop to 17th!!
After all wasn’t he projected to go by 5th pick if not in the top 3? Many point to lack of a NHL-Russian international league agreement, however I don’t quite agree with that.
The Montreal Canadiens trade Michale Leighton to Carolina For A 7th Round pick in 2007 draft. This is the 5th club in 2 years for the netminder.
TSN has confirmed that the Canucks have acquired Ryan Shannon from the Anaheim ducks. In exchange the Canucks sent Jason king, with whom they could not get a deal done and has been playing in Sweden for the last season. Additionally, a conditional 2009 draft choice from the Canucks thrown in.
Ok, Draft day has come and gone and as everyone now knows, Patrick Kane is a Blackhawk. But, what did Montreal do? Well, for what seems like a long run of “terrible” drafting, the Habs, yet again, took a defencemen in the first round.
Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer provides some interesting speculation regarding the Edmonton Oilers.