Kovalev's days numbered?

The self imposed deadline of signing superstar center Alex Kovalev to a contract extention passed yesterday for Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Craig Patrick leaving us all to wonder throughout the season how many more times we will see Kovalev in the new penguins’ sweaters that he modeled nearly 2 months ago.

Chipping in Some News

Leaf_Expert participates…

Fedorov’s losing his Wings next season?

Canucks looking to trade _____?

Philadelphia's Prospects – Some Surprises After Camp

Taking a cue from the mikster, here is a look at how the top prospects for the Philadelphia Flyers looked in training camp. There were some surprises, as those who were expected to make some noise and play for the big club fell short of expectations and will be toiling across the street in the Spectrum for the AHL’s Phantoms.

Zubrus Agrees To Terms With Capitals


The Washington Capitals and restricted free agent Dainius Zubrus agreed to terms on a two-year contact on Tuesday.

Fleury Back In Rehab

E.J. Hradek, of ESPN the Magazine, is reporting that Chicago Blackhawks winger Theoren Fleury has re-entered the active care stage of the NHL’s substance abuse program for the second time. It is unclear at this time whether or not this action is being taken due to a positive drug test, or on a purely voluntary basis.

Fleury raised some eyebrows last week by skipping a practice without informing the Chicago coaching staff or management. It later came out that Fleury’s father was undergoing prostate surgery.

His emotional and substance abuse problems have been well documented ever since he checked himself into a rehab facility in February of last year, when he was with the New York Rangers.

Like the guy or hate him, we should all wish Fleury the best of luck in straightening out his life.

ESPN.com story – http://espn.go.com/nhl/news/2002/1008/1443071.html

Mclaren has to go!

It is no secret that Kyle Mclaren is on the trading block. However, it seems Mike O’connell is asking too much in return and therefore no team is willing to swap a player in return for the injury plagged defensemen. Here is my humble unbiased opinion on a few deals which the Bruins should explore. Let me know what you think!

New Scoring Title Award |||| HTR AWARD!!!!

rrud: We have a scoring title award for he who scores the most goals (the Maurice Richard), and one for he who scores the most total points (the Art Ross).

We also have a team award, essentially, for the goaltender(s) who allow the least goals over a season (the William M. Jennings).

Why not an award for the TEAM that scores the MOST goals over the course of a season? Sort of an anti-Jennings award.

Discussion here should be threefold:

1. is this award a good idea, or just contributing to an already bloated awards ceremony;

2. after whom should the award be named (insert your own columbus bluejackets joke here);

3. who are the likely winners of this award for this season? vancouver, colorado, detroit, dallas, rangers? another team?

NHL Top 10

Since the most recent survey posted by Micki, I’ve noticed a major conflict in opinion among the members. Who are the top 10 players who would have the best chance to lead the league in scoring after the first 10 games of the season??

A different look on trade rumours- October 7 Edition

After seven long months, I’ve decided to return with “A different look on trade rumours”. This edition: the Derek Morris trade, Byron Dafoe and Kyle McLaren

Prospects Signed

Colaiacovo, Upshall, Bowumeester, Nash, and Garth Murray.

participants:Leaf_Expert, oojuxeoo, GNashPred

Oilers Trade Grier

The Edmonton Oilers have traded Mike Grier to the Washington Capitals for a second and third round draft pick. The power forward has spent his whole six season career with the Oilers and collected 183 points in 448 games.


I think this is a good move for the Oilers. Everyone knew this move was coming…just not to Washington for Draft picks. He became expendable with the youth in the Oilers organization finally stepping up. Next on the list…..Marchant.

Time For Predictions!

Since predictions are “OH SO FUN”, why not start now? Remember when Jonathane, I think, used to check these articles months after? So, it will be fun making predictions now and after months go by you look back at what you said and go “oh! how did I come up with that!?”.

So, how about predicting what the standings will be by mid-season? When a team plays its 41st game, that will mark mid season.

Also, if you want, give a rason why you placed a team in that postion…much better that way.

The Dallas Stars: Realistically

The Dallas Stars have one of the highest payrolls in the NHL. After this off-season’s acquisitions, the team is heading into the next two years with the goal of two stanley cups.

The Buffalo Sabres Curse

It can be said that the whole city of Buffalo is cursed. It all started in 1991 on a January night. Super Bowl XXV ended when Scott Norwood booted his last-second, 47-yard field goal attempt wide right in the Bills’ 20-19 loss to the New York Giants. From that day on Buffalo has been cursed.

DG's Quick Hits- October 4, 2002

Is Ron MacLean worth $450,000?

Domi: Lay off the Eagle

On the radar screen: Jeff Farkas, Pierre Lacroix, the Buffalo Sabres, the All-Star Game and more

Waiver updates..

Thrashers selected Robidas, then dealt him to the Stars for a 2003 6th round pick.

…stay put for updates, which will be posted as comments written in bold font to this post.

Less than a week left

This is quite interesting…


(Oct. 3rd) As reports continue to suggest that the Penguins are close to signing forwards Alexei Kovalev and Alexandre Daigle, general manager Craig Patrick said he had no contract talks with the agents for the two yesterday, but Kovalev seems fairly optimistic that a deal can be struck before the Oct. 9 deadline imposed by both sides. “I’m really happy that this team is interested in signing me and keeping me here for a lot longer,” he said. “We’ll see what happens. We still have a lot of time.”

Waiver List

Two sources you can get the list:



Few good players out there

Kovalev Close to Re-signing with the Penguins


TSN Staff reports:

Oilers and Bruins Deal About To Go Down?

Like a bad forehead pimple on prom night, a possible deal is brewing between the Edmonton Oilers and Boston Bruins that would rid the Winnie-the-Pooh squad of the headache otherwise known as Kyle McLaren.