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 Center Right Wing Alex Tanguay Robert Lang Nikolai Zherdev Vaclav Prospal Dominic Moore Petr Sykora Todd Bertuzzi Manny Malholtra Jason Williams Miroslav Satan Rob Niedermayer Mike Grier Blair Betts Maxim

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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 the 2009-10 NHL season the auction to relocate the Coyotes. But there are a number of other issues that have arisen as well. 1. We have learned that neither the

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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 Group’s Bid presents a significant opportunity to sell the team to an owner thatis dedicated to keeping the team in the City of Glendale, thereby avoiding the massive damage to

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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 really surprising news but the vote against Balsillie is an interesting one as Judge Baum in an earlier ruling that barring material changes PSE (Balsillie’s company for purchasing an NHL

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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, Kaberle is not, nor has he ever been, in the upper echelon among NHL stars. He is an above-average performer some nights; middling and ineffective on many others, with an

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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 The Philadelphia Flyers made one of the boldest moves of the summer trading away Joffrey Lupul, Luca Sbisa, and a couple of first round picks for Chris Pronger. As good

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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 have about $46 million allocated to just 11 players and only 2 defensemen. That doesn’t include prospect defenseman Erik Karlsson who would earn $875,000 with bonuses that could take him

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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, as well as his comments on the radio today. It’s the reason Burke has to do his utmost to resist temptation this week. A number of distinguished names will be

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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. Shane O’Brien Vancouver 1 1.6M Needed to keep O’Brien after Ohlund left for Tampa. Andrew Raycroft Vancouver 1 500K Dot he Canucks now have the best goalie and the worst

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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 because most of them aren’t flops, they are just subject to the laws of reality and the reality is that it is simply not possible for every top 18 year

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