The final cuts have been made, the 22 players going to the Czech Republic are:
Erik Cole was a pen stroke away from being an Ottawa Senator in a proposed pre-lockout trade deal. The question now is should Ottawa take another stab at grabbing the high-scoring forward.
Mike Richards is close to signing a deal with the Flyers. Rumor is the deal is a massive contract in terms of years, possibly over 10. Also rumored to be between $5.5-$6 million per year. This signing is a must! The longer the better. And Richards deserves every penny. Holmgren is denying a deal is “done”, but apparently there is just a few legal technicalities to work out.
Okay, I’ve been looking at the current roster as well as the current cap hit and how the team changes as it enter’s the centennial year of the franchise.
As it stands, if Bob Gainey does nothing, this is a possible roster for next season with an estimate cap hit of around 38.36 million.
I’ve recently come across a story from the canadian press that is suggesting four anonymous players, anonymous due to keep media attetion away an not be a distraction to the players, are using battery heated/wamred skates. Basically it’s a device in the skates that heat up the blades a little I believe the article said, 5 degree C. This little heat melts the ice a little, therefore making the water layer between the skate blade an actual ice a little more slick which has been shown in the test conducted by the maker’s, Verdun, Que., Company Therma Blade Inc. Of coarse the advantage is a reduction in Glide friction making players move faster… but players also will seem faster with the skates at the start being as it also reduces starting resistance for skaters.
For those of you ready to burst with frustration and demand a move of some sort, you got your wish. Carbonneau and Gainey have decided to call up Sergei Kostitsyn from the minors- not to be mistaken with his brother, Andrei.
Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, unbeaten the last three weeks, has a badly sprained ankle that will keep him out of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ lineup for up to two months.
I was at the game last night (Dec. 11, 2007 vs Tampa) and was very dissapointed with what I saw… I can’t believe I actually paid to see that poor performance. With this said, I don’t think the players are completely to blame. Yes, they had all the trouble in the world to clear their zone. However, when players like Lecavalier, Richards (whom played awsome) and St-Louis are constantly buzzing in your zone, you are prone to make mistakes.
Right, So we have all been wondering what the hell is going on with the habs right? Lets start from the beginning.. Remember when the Canadians were actually a force to be reckoned with, when they actually had players. When they were a well balanced team? Remember Lafleur, Maurice, Roy, Boom Boom,Dryden. All those amazing players. That was when the Canadians were an actual legend, when we were a team of intimidation.