Mottau, Devils nearing deal

While there’s no telling whether upcoming unrestricted free agents Paul Martin and Ilya Kovalchuk will be back in New Jersey next season, it appears the Devils are close to re-signing defenseman Mike Mottau , who also could be a full free agent July 1.

Examining Markov!

So I was wondering about what the Habs options for this off-season were considering they are tight against the cap with many players due for raises whether it be a large raise or small. The thought came to my mind that maybe a trade including Andrei Markov might be beneficial for the club. While a huge asset he may be, the Habs proved this post-season they can play without him with great success. Much of this success is in direct correlation to P.K. Subban and his solid play.

So i visited the idea of trading Markov for lesser priced skilled large wingers. First of all, I personally like idea of keeping both Halak and Price , but i also believe this to be impossible, So I went with the more matured of the two. Also Price would fetch more in a trade i believe.

How Id fix the NHL

Well currently the NHL is ranked 4/4 out of the 4 major sports played in the US. i believe with a few changes it could climb to #2. (face it no sports is beating american football)

1. A crease outside of the crease
The point of this? This “crease would be approximately 2x the size of the regular crease and would be put infront of the current crease. Inside this crease certain limits would be turned off. In this crease there is no such thing as cross checking(long as its to the back), roughing, interferance and slashing (long as its stick on stick). However there would still be high sticking, tripping and hooking calls. Also anything on a goalie is still a penalty.

Leafs receive two offers for Kaberle

Speaking on HockeyCentral at noon today Leafs GM, Brian Burke stated that the Leafs have received two very serious offers for Kaberle . It is reported that the two offers are more than simple nibbles and are more in the category of “would you consider” an offer like this.

oilers sign 2009 firt round pick

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have signed Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson to a three-year NHL entry level contract.Paajarvi-Svensson , the Oilers 1st round choice, 10th overall, in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, recently completed his third season with Timra IK of the Swedish Elite League. The 6’2”, 201-pound left-winger from Norrkoping, Sweden, finished third in team scoring with 29 points (12G, 17A) in 49 games.”This is an exciting day for the Oilers organization,” said Tambellini.