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from Darren Eliot at Sports Illustrated,
With so many goalies moving this offseason, facemask artists can bank on a backlog of work based on redesigns. The turnover hasn’t precisely been from A-to-Z but from Aebischer to Weekes comes pretty close.
While there hasn’t been a blockbuster deal like last year’s Roberto Luongo from Florida to Vancouver heist, several teams have tried to shore up their number one status. Not coincidentally, the Panthers helped themselves the most by pilfering Tomas Vokoun from the payroll-letting Nashville Predators and, in the process, moved themselves into the mix as a team capable of becoming the Southeast Division’s fourth different champion in four seasons.
New York Post blogger wants to eliminate ten NHL teams,
I’d lose the following ten clubs (despite three of them accounting for the last three Stanley Cups won):
Minnesota (and move the Stars back north)
his reasoning, read on...
When it comes to NHL season tickets, a few teams have a waiting list.
Behind the Jersey gives you the information and other sports are included too…
Minnesota Wild: Despite not having a successful playoff team, the Wild have a solid waiting list of over 7500 fans. One message board member said that he heard you have to wait 5-10 years for an upper bowl seat (lower bowl seats are easier to obtain). To get your name on the list, you must pay a one time deposit of $200 to keep your membership in the Minnesota Wild Warming House. You then must pay $100 yearly to keep your name on the list.
much, much more...
For Wings fans, it is my understanding the “waiting list” is at about 6000 names.
from Spector at Fox Sports,
What re-ignited them was a report by TSN on July 1 suggesting the Calgary Flames might consider offering up Alex Tanguay to the Panthers for Jokinen.
Panthers GM Jacques Martin (who replaced Mike Keenan last year) and Flames GM Darryl Sutter both denied the report. Still, it was enough to spark internet chatter claiming Jokinen was available, based on the Panthers supposed desire to dump his salary in hopes of landing good young players for their “rebuilding project”.
But the Panthers are no longer rebuilding. This is a team that has made continual improvement since the 2001-02 season, and came oh-so-close to making the 2007 Stanley Cup playoffs. Indeed, had former GM Keenan not traded away Luongo to Vancouver in one of the worst deals in NHL history (a move that likely led to Keenan’s firing), the Panthers probably would’ve made the postseason.
from Pamela Barone at NBC Sports,
While three professional sports leagues sit embroiled in scandal, we hockey fans can sit back and laugh. Steroids? Nope. Point-shaving? Don’t think so. Dog fighting? We’re talking about Canadians, here. Sure, there aren’t many of us these days. But maybe these latest headlines will be enough to convert some disgruntled fans of the so-called big three. If not—who cares? We know why the NHL is the best professional sports league. Just in case, though, I thought I would take this time to review some of the reasons.
from Elliotte Friedman of the CBC,
I always read the comments posted underneath this blog, and a couple of you have brought up the Maple Leafs. I can understand why Toronto would not want Nashville moving to Hamilton.
Because the Predators would win the Stanley Cup first.
Think about it: Look what David Poile has done under a limited budget. Even in the great summer sell-off of 2007, you can’t help but look at that roster and say, “Geez, this guy does an unbelievable job of drafting and identifying talent.”
Now, imagine him working for Jim Balsillie, someone who will not be afraid to spend money, someone whose ego will demand an immediate contender.
continued... and some other sports bits too…
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
The most intriguing case may be goalie Ray Emery, whose team has already dumped Peter Schaefer in an effort to clear some cap space. After taking the Senators to the Stanley Cup Final with four rounds worth of excellent goaltending, Emery’s aiming for something in the same neighborhood as New York’s Henrik Lundqvist ($4.25 million for one year) while the Sens are hoping for something closer to the $2.333 million that Carolina’s Cam Ward averages over the three-year deal that he signed last summer.
read on for more arbitration cases…
from The Maven at MSG Network,
MOST OVERRRATED STORY OF THE SUMMER—The Isles losing Ryan Smyth:
Smyth072307No matter how you shake it, Ryan is a good—NOT SUPERIOR—hockey player. When he came to Long Island—at a pretty steep price—Smyth displayed virtually no signs of greatness simply because he is what he is; a solid veteran who was deified beyond all reason in Canada.
Yashin’s agent Mark Gandler answers a few questions in Sovsport and basically said this will be Yashin’s most important year of hockey.
They are hoping Yashin has a year on the ice that will attract NHL teams again.
Read on for the very rough translation of the Q & A…
A2Y pointed to a great story on the "Life of Chelios" today. In case you missed it, I suggest you take a few minutes out of your day and read it.
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