Eastern Conference Preditctions

Here are my eastern conference predictions: 1. Washington, 109pts – This is a bit of a gamble that the Capitals are going to get good enough goaltending from Theodore and Varlamov, but if they do, 109 points is easily within their reach. They had the pure offensive stars last season and I think that the singing of veteren and more physical winger Knuble will be one of the best free agents signings of this past summer. 2. Philadelphia, 104pts – They lost a bit of scoring up front with Knuble signing in Washington and Lupul traded to Anaheim but a

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Judge Baum sides with Balsillie

Judge Redfield T. Baum has decided to allow all bidders into the September 10th auction, including Jim Balsillie against the pleading of the NHL. It was the most significant decision that Judge Baum has made so far in the bankruptcy case and in my opinion has clearly put Jim Balsillie’s offer for the Coyotes at the front of the line. On June 15th, Judge Baum ruled against the Balsillie offer to purchase the team largely because Balsillie could not prove that the NHL was violating anti-trust laws mostly because they had not yet denied his request to move the team

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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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The Waiver Wire and Other Moves

Some interesting non-trade moves have taken place today that might shed some light on trades and player value for tomorrows trade deadline. First, Niklas Backstrom has signed a four year contract extension in Minnesota. That means, if there was any doubt, that Backstrom will not be traded. But what it does mean is that quite possibly young backup Josh Harding could potentially be used as trade bait for the Wild either leading into tomorrow’s trade deadline or in the off season. A number of intriguing players have been placed on waivers today. The list included Miroslav Satan, Gary Roberts, Brendan

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Trade Deadline Sellers Preview

The NHL trade deadline is less than 2 weeks away so it is time that we take a look at what trades might or might not happen between now and then. Here are some of the selling teams to watch as we approach the deadline. New York Islanders The Islanders are clearly the worst team in the NHL this season and they also have several players that they will likely trade. The two soon to be unrestricted free agent veterans that will likely draw the most attention are center Doug Weight and winger Bill Guerin. Despite the Islanders problems both

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The Frogren Affair

There are some strange happenings in regards to the Toronto Maple Leafs attempts to sign Jonas Frogren and one has to wonder if and why the NHL is standing in the way of the Leafs signing the Swedish defenseman. Yesterday was the day it was expected that the Leafs would finally announce the signing of Frogren but instead news came out that the league had nixed the deal stating that Frogren had to be signed to an entry level contract, not a standard contract. Yesterday news came out that the NHL has rejected the Leafs contract with Jonas Frogren stating

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Who Is Your Franchise Player

The question I pose to all of you today is this: If you were a GM of a team and you could choose any player in the NHL to be the anchor of your franchise for the next 8-10 years, who would it be? My Answer: If you are looking for 8-10 years and beyond, you have to be looking at a fairly young player. With that in mind I am going to target players born in 1980 or later. I also am looking for a player that has shown himself to be healthy and durable as well as being

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NHL Power Rankings – Nov. 20, 2007

The mover of the week is the Atlanta Thrashers. The Thrashers who finished last season horribly and started this season off 0-6 have turned it around and are 10-4 under new coach (and current GM) Don Waddell and have won 6 of their last 7 games. That has allowed them to jump into 18th spot from 27th last week. In the “who’d have guessed it category” the whole central division ranks in the top 11 teams. They accomplished that by being a combined 31-17-2 vs. teams outside their division. Nashville has the worst outside division record with a measley .500

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