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from Spector at his Fox Sports blog,
As "D-Day" fast approaches for New Jersey Devils GM Lou Lamoriello to pare down his payroll to get under the $44 million salary cap, some wild speculation is turning up in cyberspace as to his potential moves. Lots involve Vladimir Malakhov getting shopped somewhere since it's quite likely Alexander Mogilny's salary will be written off owing to his injury status. There may be some plausibility in the Malakhov rumors, after all, he doesn't want to play for the Devils, but that doesn't necessarily mean he doesn't want to return to the NHL. Those aren't the stupid rumors. The stupid one once again involves Scott Gomez and the Calgary Flames, which I shot down several weeks ago. Sadly, that one has once again reared its ugly head, with some rumormongers suggesting Gomez would get traded to the Flames for picks and prospects.continued
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
So, do you have an extra $100 you can part with? Need some advice on who you should bet on to win it all this year? Why ask Mistress Cleo? Our advice is just unreliable and hell of a lot cheaper… 2007 Stanley Cup Odds Detroit Red Wings 6-1 A good bet if: Dominik Hasek can do what Yogi Bear couldn’t; that is, live a whole year without a Boo Boo.read on
from Fox Sports,
The Sabres will once again finish a season without one of the top snipers in the league at the conclusion of the 2006-07 campaign, but that doesn't mean this team won't be successful. Like last year, expect this team to have balanced scoring up and down the lineup, with a new hero emerging almost every night.... The health of two key players, Tim Connolly and Teppo Numminen, may also be a concern during the year. Connolly (16 G, 39 A in 63 games) is still not fully recovered from a concussion he suffered last season and Numminen underwent off-season surgery to correct an irregular heartbeat. If either or both of these players can't aren't ready for the 2006-07 season, the Sabres may have to unload Biron to bring back a replacement or replacements. Where they'll finish Division: First Conference: Secondmore
from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
Question: What should be the going rate for a National Hockey League back-up goalie, an experienced hand, with a strong dressing room presence and great leadership ability? Is $1.6 million per season too much in the new NHL? Yes? Then how about $800,000? It is a decision that a handful of NHL teams will need to ponder in the weeks ahead, following the Tampa Bay Lightning's decision to put goaltender Sean Burke on waivers over the weekend.continued
I blogged about it today at NHL.com, I have used it, and Buccigross just used it too.
I promise never to use it again.
New" NHL is history in my book. How about "improved", "better" or nothing at all?
Suggestions are encouraged!
from John Buccigross (remember him) of ESPN,
Thank God, hockey is back. One new twist to this season's preview columns will be a player point projection. Last year I received a Nobel Prize for my Sidney Crosby preseason point projection.... Tampa Bay Lightning I'm going to jump back on this bandwagon for the 2006-07 season. His time in Columbus should only help goaltender Marc Denis. He will play with a very good team in front of him that should have received a dose of humility last season. There is no logical reason why Martin St. Louis went from 94 points to 61 in the "new" NHL.just go... John will explain...and anyone else have an Uncle Kenny?...
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
The biggest fear for hockey people heading into this season is that they'll wake up on Oct. 4 and find out that they're like Pam Ewing on the old television show Dallas, that all the good that was accomplished last season was a big dream. Only it won't be Bobby Ewing coming out of the shower, it'll be Jacques Lemaire and he'll be wrapped in the neutral-zone trap. AAAAARRRRGGGHHH! The genesis of this fear is the understanding that last year was but one step down a long road toward Hockey Shangri-La.continued
My own version of the +/- system at my blog on NHL.com.
By Alanah Downie This feature disappeared for a while but now I'm back from vacation and ready to roll. From now on, this column will be published every Tuesday and some Fridays.
from the Tyee,
When Vancouver writer Michael McKinley got the call, the request was a dream. Write an encyclopedic history of hockey in Canada. The deadline was a nightmare. McKinley produced it in just three months in the spring of 2005. At least he had the support of an enormous team of researchers working on the current 10-part CBC documentary series, Hockey: A People's History, produced by CBC genius Mark Starowicz (head of the documentary unit, and creator of As It Happens and Canada: A People's History). The Tyee talked to McKinley last week, at one of an unmentionable coffee merchant's ubiquitous downtown cafés. On the best non-fiction books about hockey From an inside point of view, there's [Ken Dryden's] The Game. I think Net Worth is up there, because it made us take a cold-eyed look at some of our hockey heroes and the professional world they played in. In the end, the heroes often emerge as even more heroic because of the knavish owners and managers they had to survive.more
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