Chicago- The Hawks have a lot of depth in goal, but they all consist of players that lost starter jobs elsewhere. The true starter will be Khabibulin, and he struggled last year before getting injured. The Hawks also have Lalime, who was kicked out of the NHL last year with St. Louis, Caron, who I thought played well last year with the Pens but struggled with consistency, and Boucher, whos only highlight was being on every NHL film looking like a pee-wee goalie as Ovetchkin scored on his back. none really are NHL caliber players and unless Khabibulin recovers from last years fiasco, it will be a long year for the hawks.
Leaf fans must face the truth, that this team will fail, and they will be firing their General Manager John Ferguson Jr pretty soon. With the available GMs including Pat Quinn, Mike Keenan, Colin Campbell, Niel Smith, Dave Taylor, and many others, it would be stupid not to fire him unless this team surprises earlier. Whoever turns out being the next Maple Leafs GM, there are a few things I’d ask of him.
The Atlanta Thrashers reassigned goalie Fred Brathwaite to Chicago of the American Hockey League on Saturday.
Defenseman Mike Rathje is out indefinitely with an L5 herniated disk in his back it was announced Saturday by the Philadelphia Flyers. They also announced that defenseman Denis Gauthier head injury has improved and they expect him to play tonight (Saturday 10/7) against the New York Rangers in Philadelphia’s home opener.
The Vancouver Canucks assigned backup goaltender Wade Flaherty to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League on Friday.
The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Ethan Moreau to a four-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2010-11 season.
Moreau scored 11 goals with 16 assists and 87 penalty minutes in 74 games last year and was second on the Oilers with a plus-6 rating. A key penalty killer, the six-foot-two, 220-pound native of Huntsville, Ont., is an assistant captain for the club.
Ethan Moreau of the Edmonton Oilers has signed a 4 year extension through the 2010-2011 season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, in all likelyhood, will not make the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, sorry Leaf fans, last nights slaughtering of the Ottawa Senators was more proof that the Sens are over rated, then the Leafs being under rated. The Leafs are a team with their top goal scorers being Darcy Tucker, and Chad Kilger, (other then Sundin of course) who are both second liners, at best, and it has become painfully obvious, that whether he is the leagues outstanding player or not, a Leafs playoff appearance will mean a Hart trophy performance from Mats Sundin.
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TSN is reporting Boyd Devereaux has signed a 1 year, 2 Way deal with the Leafs.
New Jersey- Its a given that Brodeur will be the starter, but he began to show some chinks in the armor last year and is starting to show a bit of his ag and outdated style. Dont get me wrong, he is still an amaizing goalie, but he has passed his peak and is starting down the hill toward retirement. The backup is still up in the air as far as I know, with a battle between Clemmenson and Doyle for the backup spot. Like Nashville, it doesnt really matter who the backup is because they will be spending most of the time warming up the bench.