Several years ago, Bobby Holik was a third line center shutdown specialist who helped his devils win the 2000 Stanley Cup. He was impressive enough that the infamously free spending Rangers gave him a gigantic raise and tried using him on the top 2 lines as a scorer as well.
The Edmonton Journal believes that it is not very likely that Ryan Smyth will return to the Oilers this off season. They speculate that Smyths time as an Oiler came to an end when he rejected the Oilers multi year contract back in February.
The Philadelphia Inquirer weighs in with some of its own speculation regarding some soon to be big name players. The speculate that the Flyers can forget about Briere or Drury but can focus their attention of Scott Gomez.
While the focus of a lot of the teams golfing is which free agents will we sign this summer? Well, maybe you should wait till next summer to make a big splash, as its a much better crop:
Ok, so as a fan of the Blue & White that is the Toronto Maple Leafs, you probably all expect me to laugh and poke fun at the Senators inability to bring Lord Stanley’s mug north of the border – well, for now I will because the simple fact remains that they still have not won anything (significant).
Should the leafs get a winger or another centerman? I think they should get another center and have two dominant lines. Move Sundin along with ponikarovsky and antropov to the second line and have a new number one line to take some pressure off sundin.
According to the Boston Globe, the Montreal Canadiens are expected to buy out the contract of winger Sergei Samsonov.
The Globe reports the Habs will buy out his deal, at a cost of about $1.2 million each of the next two years.
Although not supported by any direct sources there is a great deal of speculation that the Vancouver Canucks are very interested in the Blue Jackets Nikolai Zherdev. It is well known that the Canucks are in need of extra scoring and Zherdev could provide to be a good fit with Morrison and Naslund provided that he cleans up his attitude and comes prepared to play.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post speculates that Chris Drury has a strong desire to play in the Big Apple and that this desire may have him choose to sign in New York over other places such as Buffalo or Colorado.
I was surprised, yet not shocked, to learn that 40 of the 42 Conn Smythe winners have been Canadian. That’s quite a telling stat. Every year I make the ‘bold’ assumption that only a team with a Canadian Captain will take home the Cup, because Canadians love the game the most and are willing to sacrifice the most. This is mainly a way to quiet Leaf and Canuck fans who think, “this is the year.” This is in no way a diss on Americans or Europeans. After all, who didn’t feel for Selanne after he finally got his Cup. But it is quite interesting to note the amount of Conn Smythe winners, for the playoff MVP, that have gone to Canadians.
Why do you think this is?
Alright, after a third straight year with a Canadian team in the Stanley Cup finals…NO CUP IN CANADA..pretty disappointing unless you follow The American League. Last Night the Hamilton Bulldogs “Montreal Canadien’s farm team” won the calder trophy, by eliminating the Hershey Bears “Washington Capital’s Farm Team” in Five games. Being a habs fan i am extremely happy to see our young players dominating the American League, and especially happy about the goaltending situation.
The New York Rangers appear that they will be active leading up to the draft, and will once again be spenders in this years free agency market.