The All Remaining UFA Team

We are now into mid-August, the dog days of the hockey season, but there are still a number of pretty solid NHL players that are available as un-restricted free agents, including Nikolai Zherdev who was let loose by the NY Rangers today. That got me to thinking, if we took the best of the currently unrestricted free agents, what might the team look like. Here is one possibility. Left Wing…

August 4, 2009
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Coyotes staying in Phoenix not looking good.

Monday is going to be an interesting day in the Phoenix bankruptcy court room, and it could be a bad day for the Coyotes future in Phoenix. Up for discussion is a motion filed by the NHL and the City of Glendale to postpone the auction for the sale of the Coyotes to parties interested in keeping the franchise in Phoenix until mid-September and thus cancel or delay until after…

August 2, 2009
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Is the NHL/Glendale stalling?

Yesterday, both the NHL and the City of Glendale have filed motions to the court to delay the ‘Glendale only’ auction from August 5th to sometime in November. From the NHL: Based on the foregoing, the NHL moves the Court to extend the hearing date for the sale of substantially all of the assets of the Phoenix Coyotes to September 10, 2009.It is clear to the NHL that the Reinsdorf…

July 31, 2009
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Phoenix Coyotes Dispute Continues

There have been a lot of developments over the past couple days in the Phoenix Coyote situation and the next week will be an interesting one for sure. Yesterday the NHL Board of Governors voted to approve Jerry Reinsdorf as a potential owner of the Phoenix Coyotes while voting against Jim Balsille and postponing any decision on the Ice Edge group do to an incomplete application. None of this is…

July 30, 2009
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More on Tomas Kaberle

Ok, I just read an article that Howard Berger wrote yesterday on how the Leafs must trade Tomas Kaberle. It was a pretty disturbing read actually because it showed the ignorance of just how good Tomas Kaberle has been and how ignorant Howard Berger is to what Brian Burke is trying to build in Toronto (not just a team of tough guys). While he is unquestionably the Leafs’ best defenseman,…

July 24, 2009
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Mid-summer hockey thoughts

We are approaching mid-summer, though the weather seems to indicate it is still late spring with below average temperatures and lots of rain. That said, the NHL draft is over as is the prime free agent season and while several teams have new looks and have pretty much set rosters, other teams still have moves to make. Here are a few mid-summer hockey thoughts. Are the Philadelphia Flyers a better…

July 24, 2009
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Three teams with Cap Issues

There are several teams that are tight against the salary cap, such as the Flyers and Flames, but those teams look like they can manage without any major roster moves. The same can’t be said for the following three teams. Ottawa Senators With the Kovalev signing they are now over the cap for the 2009-10 season by close to $1.5 million and next season doesn’t get much better as they…

July 7, 2009
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Should the Leafs do Nothing?

It seems that the majority of the Toronto hockey media seem to have the belief that the Maple Leafs are at least 3-4 years away from being a good team and that the best way to get there is to do nothing this summer and hope to get another high draft pick in next years draft. Howard Berger is a prime example as we can see from his latest article,…

June 30, 2009
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Free Agent Signings

The following are free agent (or pending free agent) signings.  I’ll update as free agents are signed. Newest free agent signings will be at the top. Player Team Yrs Cap Hit Comments Alexei Kovalev Ottawa 2 5.0M Expensive for a streaky 36 year old who most years ends up with ~65 points. Francois Beauchemin Toronto 3 3.8M Decent price for a solid defenseman. Leafs likely to trade a defenseman now….

June 30, 2009
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Pre-Draft Musings…

The 2009 NHL entry draft takes place tomorrow evening so lets talk draft and trade rumours. The first thing that everyone needs to know is that not all players drafted tomorrow night in the first round will become NHL star players, or even good NHL players. The truth is the majority of those drafted in the first round tomorrow will go down in history as ‘draft flops’. That is unfortunate…

June 25, 2009
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