Ponikarovsky is Canadian!

Alexei Ponikarovksy got his Canadian citizenship yesterday (June 6th) in Toronto and is now Canadian.

Backstrom Signed

According to TSN.ca, the Minnesota Wild have re-signed goaltender Niklas Backstrom to a multi-year contract. He was set to be a UFA on July 1st.

With this signing it more than likely confirms that Manny Fernandez will be dealt

Many Potential Suitors for Giguere

The Miami Herald speculates that if JS Giguere does decide to part ways with the Ducks many teams will be lining up for his services. One of the problems facing Brian Burks and the Ducks is that several Anaheim players are due for a raise and it is possible that they will be constrained by the salary cap.

Smyth and Peca to the Island??

The New York Post is reporting that the Islanders buyout of Yashin could lead to a long term deal for Ryan Smyth. Larry Brooks indicates that if the Islanders did keep Yashin, Ryan Smyth would not even consider signing with the team. This does not speak well for Yashin’s team chemistry.

Congratulations Anaheim DUCKS!

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!

Yashin was bought out

The New York Islanders bought out Alexi Yashins contract. Here is a summary of the hit the Islanders will take , according to NY Newsday…

Speculation from the Rocky Mountain News

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.

Antropov Re-Signs With Leafs?

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.

Who would you fill the blank with???

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.

Conn Smythe. Who's your vote?

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?

Alfredsson……Love Him or Hate Him?

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.

Gainey hopes to keep negotiating with Souray

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.

Gomez set to become unrestricted ??

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.