The NHL has released the schedule for the Stanley Cup Finals, and I for one am not happy with it at all and I would be willing to wager that the Senators aren’t either. The Finals open on monday the 28th of May in either Detroit or Anaheim. Now you might ask what is wrong with this? well I will tell you. If Anaheim wins tonight on home ice then they get 5 days off to rest and recover from their bumps and bruises while Ottawa has to sit and wait for 9 days-way too long a period without playing a real game of hockey. Ottawa should have won the advantage going into the Finals against either team because they won the Eastern Con. so handily instead they seem to be being punished.
Hockeysfuture.com has updated their organizational rankings. These rankings show, in Hockeyfuture.com’s opinions, the rankings of the youth in each NHL team’s system.
After a dissapointing 82nd game to end a dramatic season, it was so hard to see the positives. People were calling on Carbonneau to be fired, as well as asking for Gainey to step down. Some questionable moves by our coaching staff had many fans scratching their heads throughout the 2nd half of the season. If things weren’t bad enough, the trade deadline (and days before) lost all confidence in our team’s push for a playoff spot. While many players such as Guerin, Smolinski and Forsberg were rumored to join the Blue, Blanc et Rouge, we came away empty handed. I
Popular prospect magazine Hockeysfuture shows leafs nation less credit, but is it justified?
From what I’ve been reading and hearing it sounds like one of Drury or Briere will be leaving Buffalo this offseason, barring a salary-dumping trade by the Sabres to keep both.
What has intrigued me is the fact that most analysts say that Briere will be the one let go. Why do people value Drury over Briere? Won’t both make similar money next season?
Somehow the Senators achievements leads to a discussion about the Maple Leafs fans, go figure. It’s worth noting what exactly our world of hockey journalism has finally led to in the mist of the third straight Canadian team birth into the Stanley Cup finals.
Despite winning the Presidents Trophy for the most points in the regular season and establishing themselves as one of the NHL’s elite, it was a bitter end to the season for the Buffalo Sabres. Once again the team was stalled at the Eastern Conference Final and again forced to watch the Stanley Cup Final from the sidelines.
This may have been their best chance to bring a championship home to Buffalo which has come close in past years, but never has tasted the thrill of victory. Their talent level was second to none and their depth was one of the best in the league.
Its about time. After 10 years of agony the Ottawa Senators have finally fulfilled their promise and have made it to the Stanley Cup final. They have done so in very fine fashion taking only 15 games to beat three 100 point teams in the East including the Presidents Trophy winning Buffalo Sabres.
Wellwood, Stajan, Steen, Pogge, Carlo, White, all have come via the draft something both Quinn and JFJ have somewhat succeeded at. Everyone wants to put together all these high priced UFA’s but lets look to the future and see whats in store for the 2007 NHL draft.
This is a copy and paste from sportsnet.ca…I am not claiming to write this below section:
So Nicklas Backstrom looks like he is going back to Minni.
“An unrestricted free agent on July 1st, Backstrom said he feels his heart is with the team in Minnesota, and made that point clear to his agent last weekend. It’s believed Backstrom is worth over $3 million per season but re-signing him could force the Wild into trading netminder Manny Fernandez.ESPN.COM/AP “
According to an article in Newsday (http://www.newsday.com /) New York Islander fans should expect to see Alexei Yashin in an Islanders uniform next season. The question I have is why? Prior to this article, I was ready to guarantee that he would have been gone by July 1st. Now it looks like he’s here to stay.
I have a two year plan for the Canuck’s that will make them big time contenders, and in reality is pretty realistic.