Off Season Report – Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks are going to have to do some shuffling this summer, as the defense obviously needs an upgrade. I believe Willie Mitchell’s career is over, so that is a MAJOR hole to fill on the backend. The Canucks have a few options about how there going to fill that gapping hole on the blueline though.

Leafs not interested in Kovalchuk

Lebrun is posting on his twitter account this morning that Brian Burke has told him that he has no interest in Kovalchuk. This goes right along with what Hockey trade Rumors has been saying, burke wants to move Europeans off his team, he wants to bring in big tough Canadian/American players just like what he did in Anaheim.

# I’ve got a Kovalchuk blog coming later here’s what Burke told me today: “We’re not going to be involved in that race,” Burke said of Kovy.

Kovalchuk camp continues to gauge market

I laugh every time. The most common question I get from nonhockey people at this time of year is, “So, are you off now for the summer?”

Yeah, I wish.

Nope, this is when it actually starts to get busy. Between trades at the NHL draft on June 25-26 in Los Angeles and the free-agency market opening July 1, many players will switch uniforms during the next month or so.

It’s the NHL’s crazy season.

Spezza trade non-starter for Bruins

Not sure where rumors of the Bruins trading the No. 2 pick to Ottawa for Jason Spezza are coming from. The Ottawa Citizen addressed the speculation, calling it “unlikely” that the Bruins would make such a deal. You can add “outlandish” as another adjective to describe a Spezza- for-Seguin /Hall trade.

Quick NHL News Tidbits – June 15, 2010

Brendan Morrison won’t be back with Caps

Afinogenov not close on new deal

may start next season in sick bay