The Detroit Red Wings were close, but close is definitely not good enough in Hockeytown. Nothing less than a championship will suffice in Detroit. Well the fans will have to wait another year for another crack at it after losing out to the Anaheim Ducks in the Western Conference Final.
With his new 23 million dollar contract tucked firmly into his pocket, Andrei Markov will now be earning an average of 5.75 million dollars per season for the next four years. Such a large contract has many Habs fans doubting the signing of unrestricted free agent Sheldon Souray. GM Bob Gainey has said, however that his “priority will be Sheldon Souray,” adding “I expect to have talks with Sheldon’s agent in the coming days.”
Acording to thefourthperiod.com, Mark Recchi and Gary Roberts have received offers!
The first game of the cup was fantastic. While i think Ottawa outplayed the ducks, i don’t think they deserved to win. The officiating was once again a joke. Neither announcer has the balls to say if a call is bad or not, and its really frustrating. It just feels to me like the refs try to control how the game is, like give the away team a headstart, and in the end have the home team come back with chances. Could just be another conspiracy theory, but its really become a joke.
“With the National Hockey League salary cap expected to jump from $44 million to $48 million next season, Gainey said the organization thinks it has enough to pay Sheldon Souray. “The question is whether he thinks we have enough,” Gainey said. “We’ll start talking to him right away and we hope we can get a deal done before July 1. We take these things one at a time and every time we sign someone, we see what we need and what we have left over to spend.” – Montreal Gazette”
According to blueshirtbulletin.com the NY Rangers and Phoenix Coyotes have discussed a trade of Al Montoya, arguably the Ranger’s top prospect, for Phoenix’s first pick (3rd overall) in the 2007 entry draft.
www.RDS.ca is reporting that Andrei Markov has accepted the 4 year, 20 million dollar offer that Gainey laid on the table. Markov was one of 2 key players (Souray being the other) that Gainey was / is trying to get under contract before they become UFA’s on July 1rst.
Ok…I’m bored and I felt like doing a little analysis on the Habs for a 2007-2008 roster analysis.
I took a quick look at the RFA’s they have to re-sign and who they have signed currently.
I came across an interesting article on TSN and it really got me thinking. I fully understand the whole notion of how the Senators are the only Canadian team left and how they should are Canada’s team and how the whole nation is supporting them to bring the Cup back where it belongs. However I just don’t see this happening.
Somebody wrote an article a few days saying the Canuck’s should go for the Cup this year, but most of his trades weren’t very realistic, the players he got wouldn’t fit that well, and the team gave up too much of it’s future. So my version will be realistic, and won’t involving giving up tooo much future.
It looks like the Bolts won’t be forced to sell of one of their Big Three as their payroll is not expected to be cut, but may in fact rise.
This should quell and speculation of Lecavalier, St. Louis or especially Richards being shopped.