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I came back from my vacation. I enjoyed it, but I was disappointed that hockey is rarely known down south. What was most disappointing though, was when I got back I read TSN’s (www.tsn.ca) power rankings. If you remember, I wrote an article against The Hockey News magazine. This is the same situation. But, TSN actually gave some sorts of reasons…and these reasons explain to us why the media shouldn’t be followed when it comes to their so called “experts”. Should we continue to use that term?
Restricted Free Agent Jarome Iginla is looking for a new team that can afford him after his tribulations with the Calgary Flames. He is not happy with what the Flames have to offer in more ways then one. Now that he has become a superstar he wants a better team. He is looking at a team that is serious about winning the Stanley Cup. A team that is looking ahead and don’t underestimate what Jarome can do. The Los Angeles Kings seem to best fit the profile. He is probably going to move for a draft pick most definitely soon.
A source close to the Canadiens has disclosed some information regarding the contract negotiations of Richard Zednik and José Theodore.
Reading the article about trading 5 first rounders for a Restricted Free Agent got me to thinking. What if a team could only keep who they drafted. No trades, no free agent signings. Only the players that they drafted could be in their lineup.
Consider someone like Jerome Iginla or Jose Theodore. From a historical perspective is 5 first rounders too much to give up for this kind of player.
With prospect training camps on the go, and team camps on the horizon, the question arises, “Which drafted prospects will make their respective teams this year?”
Aside from this.. is it wise for teams to bring their players to the big leagues at an early age?
Here are the results of the Goalie Poll I started conducting on August 17th. The final rankings are the averages of everyone who submitted a list of 30 names. Since some people only voted for 5 or 10 on the website, I didn’t include them, and one person e-mailed mea list consisting of only one name so that also wasn’t counting. Here are the goalies along with their average rankings:
Well the west has basically two sides…..the young teams building to de thrown the older teams and the old teams hoping to fend off the younger teams.
Just an update on the NHL vs. the Rangers, Holik, and Kasparaitis. Also, what is Messier and Rucinsky up to? Larry Brooks of the NYPost reports:
This offseason has been crazy already, I think within a couple of weeks it’s going to get crazier.
Hockey is entertainment. You go to games hoping to leave with a smile on your face. You smile when your team scores, when your goalie makes a great save, and you smile when something out of the ordinary happens, say for instance your favorite player attacks a mascot.
Obstructions, hooking, grabbing, you name it. Whatever should be stopped in order for the hockey games to speed up.
Veteran Trevor Kidd of the Florida Panthers is expected to be claimed off waivers by Toronto by the end of the week, Sportsnet has learned. He is said to be close to reaching a deal with the Leafs.
Sportsnet is reporting that the contracts of Bobby Holik and Darius Kasparitus were rejected by the NHL due to clauses in each players contract that state the Rangers will pay their salary even through a potential work stoppage during upcoming labour negotiations in 2004, not due to huge signing bonuses as previously thought.
The matter will be resolved before an independent arbitrator, but no date has been set as of yet.
As most of us come to look at the Maple Leafs latest off season, we wonder how could a team succeed if they only lose talent over the off season. How could they possibly perform? Many Maple Leafs question the future of their organization as people who oppose the team are waiting for the collapse of the team so they can rejoice. Well, keep those Champaign bottles packed, Leafs are still a contender.
Everyone has there own opinion on there Favorite team, What do you feel needs to be done in order to complete your team for the start of next season.
Your the GM and Coach…. What are your lines and realistic moves to bring your team to the next leave?
TSN.ca is reporting: The New York Post reports that the National Hockey League submitted a rejection of both Bobby Holik’s and Darius Kasparaitis’ contracts when the New York Rangers sent them for approval to Central Registry.
Last year the Florida Panthers accumulated only 60 points, ahead of only Columbus and Atlanta. Recently, Head Coach, Mike Keenan, signed a contract extension that will take him through the 2007-08 season. Why would he want to be tied down so long with such a team? The Florida Panthers have possibly the best young nucleus in the league. They could be cup contenders in years to come.
It has been rumored on Sporting News Radio that the Boston Bruins are continuing their search for a scoring winger to replace recently departed Bill Guerin, who went to the Dallas Stars this summer. Although it is near impossible to replace a guy like Guerin, the Bruins are supposedly talking to the New York Rangers about a possible deal, which would send tough winger Radek Dvorak to Boston.