Congrats to the Anaheim Ducks and their fans for winning the 2007 Stanley Cup championship. Sorry Canada, it’s not coming home yet again for at least another year.
It was a great series as far as officiating, goals, physical play, and skill. Congrats to Chris Pronger and Selanne for winning it their first time ever. Congrats to GM Brian Burke who took this team and turned it into a winner in just two years.
It’s been a great season and another great season here on HockeyTradeRumors.com. You, the members, rock and we’ll continue speculation excitement in about two weeks with the Entry Draft.
Congrats all, CHEERS!
The New York Islanders bought out Alexi Yashins contract. Here is a summary of the hit the Islanders will take , according to NY Newsday…
The Rocky Mountain News provides interesting speculation regarding a number of big name players that are set to test the UFA market. Of specific note is that they indicate that Peter Forsberg is likely to sign with Colorado, Philly or Nashville or return to Sweden to play in Modo.
Hockeybuzz.com is reporting that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Nik Antropov have reached a two-year extension.
In 54 games played last year with the Leafs, Antropov had 18 goals and 15 assists for 33 points, he was also a plus 8.
The Leafs situation this off season shouldn’t be to difficult. They need 1 top line winger, 1 second line center, and a backup goalie. Assuming, and I think it’s a fair assumption, the Leafs GM resigns Antropov, Battaglia, Williams, Colaiacovo, Kronwall, Harrison, and Racine. There line up will have three holes, the three I mentioned, and I want to know who you would fill the blanks with for the right budget.
Assuming the Ducks close out the series, I don’t see this being one of those few years where a player from the losing team takes it. Either way, who do you think will win it?
So Alfredsson added another chapter to his book of “reasons why people can’t stand me” last night….or did he, was he shooting at the net or shooting it at Niedermayer?
I’m a Leaf fan and I think it was a direct shot at the net but knowing damn well there was Niedermayer in the way…the two birds with one stone effect.
From RDS.CA: according to RDS, Gainey hopes to keep negotiations with Sheldon Souray open, even though he hasn’t heard back from Souray’s agent, Paul Theofanous, after sending in a contract last week. Gainey also addresses the Kovalev/Carbonneau situation, saying that neither of them has a problem with each other. Gainey also voices pleasure with the rapid development of Bulldogs rookie goaltender Carey Price.
The Star Leger went out on a limb (sarcasm) by reporting that they do not feel that pending free agent Scott Gomez will re-sign with the Devils prior to the July 1 start of free agent season.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports that Michael Nylander is not interested in giving the Rangers “a home town discount” to stay in the big apple.
It is speculated that Nylander’s old agent had reached a three year contract with the Rangers for 3.75 million per year for 3 years. Nylanders new agent will be seeking more money … in the 4.5 million dollar range and as a result the Rangers will not be getting a bargain price to keep him under raps for the next few seasons. Nylander is set to become an UFA on July 1st.
Rumors out of Minnesota indicate that the Minnesota Wild may be looking to deal their number one goalie Manny Fernandez.
Pogge is a lock to start with the Marlies, and Raycroft will play SOME role with the big club. The BIG question is what role will that be and who will be the other goaltender.
Taylor Pyatt resigned with the Vancouver on June 1st. The contract is worth 3.2 million over 2 years. I think this was a great signing, and now the only player’s he has to resign are depth players (Smolinski, and Sopel won’t resign so I’m not counting them).