Really, We're This Close

A month ago both sides seem to be optimistic about a new deal. Now that training camp is fast approaching and Joe Sakic has re-signed (rejoice, hockey fans), Andrej Meszaros and the Sens seem to be drifting further and further apart. Despite claims from both sides in earlier months that a contract extension was near, it seems as though that may be quite contrary to the truth. The young rearguard, who is coming off a rather disappointing sophomore campaign after a marvelous rookie one, is asking for around $4.5m/year, while the Sens remain adamant that $3.5m/year is a much fairer

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Same New Song and Dance

More on Mats Sundin. The endless carousel goes ’round and ’round, with still no end in sight. “This is the song that never ends, As it goes on and on my friends. Some people started singing it, not knowing what it was, And they’ll continue singing it forever just because…” While Sundin sits on his sofa and mulls over his options, teams are getting anxious, reports Bruce Garrioch. Sundin is going to be the first domino to fall – once he decides what to do, there will be a flurry of moves as teams move to their Plan Bs. Others

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My Turn

says, Joe Sakic, who will be holding a press conference before his annual charity golf tournament on Thursday. While it’s not unusual for such a high-profile athlete to have a press conference/media junket for a charity golf tournament, you can bet that questions will be asked about Sakic’s decision on whether to return or not (my bet is he will). Colorado’s success this year will very much depend on Sakic’s decision. While Paul Stastny is a good (he will be great some day), he is no Sakic, and no one on the team is good enough or ready to take

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Rumour Quick Hits

Rather slow news day, but a couple quick rumours: Andrej Meszaros has yet to sign, and could still be given an offer sheet. Meszaros reportedly has a standing offer from the KHL for $4m/year, but is still willing to negotiate with the Sens, in the hopes of reaching an agreement before camp. It’s a little odd that he hasn’t signed already, considering how “close” both sides said they were. I’m not expecting to see Meszaros in anything but a Sens uniform, however. Vitaly Vishnevksi has been placed on waivers by the Devils to clear some cap room. The Devils have

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Pissing Dogs

The NHL and KHL are in a war and marking clear their territories. Bill Daly, the NHL’s second-in-command, recently commented that the NHL is not interested in compensation from the KHL for signing players under NHL contracts, referring to Nashville’s Alexander Radulov, who recently signed a lucrative deal with Ufa in the KHL even though he had one year remaining on his NHL contract. Daly maintains that contractual obligations must be respected, and that Radulov should not be allowed to suit up for Ufa (the Preds have been wise enough to defer the responsibilities to the league). Alexander Medvedev, the

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Gaborik Makes Wild Push

Losing Pavol Demitra and Brian Rolston hurt. Doug Risebrough was obviously disappointed that both chose to leave for greener pastures, after being optimistic that Rolston, or possibly both, would be back in Minnesota next year. While Demitra’s in Vancouver wondering when Mats Sundin will be his linemate and Rolston’s in Jersey wondering if he could potentially lead the team in goals (Zach Parise was the only player to top 30), Risebrough wasted no time in making sure that he wouldn’t be letting Marian Gaborik go without a fight. The oft-injured Gaborik had a career season last year, posting 42 goals

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Free Agent Thoughts

Here are some of my thoughts on the free agent signings so far. 1. I want to give the finger tor all those who are outraged at the Jeff Finger signing and who have seen him play fewer than two games. Yes, that is pretty much everyone. As a Leaf fan I am a little skeptical of the Finger signing but I am going to reserve judgment until at least December when we will have seen him in action for a couple months and that is what all you Leaf fans should do. It astonishes me how many people will

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Free Agent Wingers

06-07 06-07 06-07 07-08 07-08 07-08 Average Name Age Team Off. Def. Overall Off. Def. Overall Overall Teemu Selanne 37 ANA 1.46 1.13 1.32 1.17 1.49 1.31 1.32 Kristian Huselius 28 CGY 1.30 1.25 1.28 1.27 1.06 1.18 1.23 Jaromir Jagr 35 NYR 1.40 1.20 1.31 1.12 1.11 1.12 1.22 Martin Gelinas 37 NAS 1.21 1.10 1.16 0.99 1.31 1.16 1.16 Brian Rolston 34 MIN 1.04 1.41 1.21 1.02 1.20 1.11 1.16 Pavol Demitra 32 MIN 1.20 0.96 1.09 1.40 0.99 1.20 1.15 Andrew Brunette 33 COL 1.41 0.77 1.14 1.36 0.88 1.15 1.15 Marian Hossa 28 PIT 1.40 1.00

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Free Agent Centers

Similar to yesterdays free agent defensemen list, here are this summers top free agent centers. 06-07 06-07 06-07 07-08 07-08 07-08 Average Name Age Team Off. Def. Overall Off. Def. Overall Overall Daymond Langkow 30 CGY 1.45 1.04 1.27 1.30 1.07 1.20 1.24 Doug Weight 36 ANA 1.29 1.11 1.21 0.92 1.66 1.24 1.23 Martin Straka 34 NYR 1.22 1.32 1.26 1.15 1.01 1.08 1.17 Curtis Brown 31 SJS 0.84 1.04 0.95 1.28 1.36 1.33 1.14 Joe Sakic 37 COL 1.44 0.92 1.21 1.27 0.77 1.06 1.14 Chris Kelly 26 OTT 1.27 1.17 1.21 1.01 1.09 1.05 1.13 Mats Sundin

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Free Agent Defensemen

In preparation for the off season, over the next few days I am going to be posting lists of most of the NHL unrestricted free agents that played fairly reguler roles in the NHL last season. In my lists I am including the player offense, defense and overall ratings that can be found at stats.hockeyanalysis.com for 2006-07 and 2007-08 plus each players two year average overall rating. It should be noted that these ratings do not take into account ice time, just how they performed in the ice time they got. Clearly some of these players played far more significant

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