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It appears as though the NHL buyout season has begun, meaning two underachieving goaltenders will be looking for new homes.
Goaltenders Ray Emery and Dan Cloutier have been put on waivers, the first step that must be taken to buy them out.
from Bob White at Coaster.com,
He was third to hoist the Cup, which first went to captain Niklas Lidstrom, first European to ever captain an NHL championship team, and then to 16-year veteran and first-time Cup winner Dallas Drake, who passed it on to Cleary.
“I wasn’t expecting to get it (the Cup) that soon,” he said. “It showed me how much the guys respect me and how they understood how huge this was for me. I love these guys, each and every one of them are friends. Now, we’ve got a bond for life, one that will never be broken.”
And just what was it like to finally raise the famous and coveted 35-pound piece of silverware?
more with a nice picture with Cleary and Bob Cole…
The Wall Street Journal ranks the greatest athletes:
We gave the performance stats and achievement records of 79 male athletes to a panel of 5 judges, and asked them to rank the competitors based on six criteria: speed; vision and reflex; stamina and recovery; coordination and flexibility; power, strength and size; and success and competitiveness. The final category examined success—records held and victories—as well as competitiveness, based on the sport’s popularity.
Sidney Crosby made the list at #6.
Why not enjoy the highlights from the Stanley Cup Finals, Wings vs. Penguins.
Watch below and sorry to say Hulu is still only allowing IPs from the States to view their videos. Hopefully that will change by next season.
from the Nashville Predators,
The Predators significantly clarified their goaltending situation today, announcing they have reached an agreement in principle with Dan Ellis on a multi-year deal and then trading Chris Mason to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for a fourth round pick in this year’s draft. The trade gives the Predators nine selections in this year’s Entry Draft, including multiple picks in first, second, and fourth rounds and single picks in the third, fifth, and sixth rounds.
Pretty funny vid, watch below…
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Thus, barring an unexpected preemptive strike via a trade, the Blueshirts will enter the free agency market with a skeleton roster, absent first- and second-line wingers and a No. 1, first-pair defenseman, and with Jaromir Jagr Jaromir Jagr , Sean Avery, Martin Straka, Brendan Shanahan and Michal Rozsival all free to solicit offers.
The GM has not made a post-season offer to any of the aforementioned athletes. And while Sather most certainly will check in with Jagr - who has heard sounds of silence loudly and clearly - and with Shanahan, it appears increasingly likely Avery will not be invited to return and that the team will seek to replace Rozsival.
from Snapshots at Mlive,
...the Detroit Red Wings’ much-heralded scouts will attempt to assess the potential of six eighteen-year-old players, determining whether they can develop into professional hockey players when they’re 22, 23, or 24 years of age, and will make their picks at the end of each of the draft’s seven rounds (minus the 2nd round, as the Wings traded that pick to Los Angeles for Brad Stuart).
from John Glennon of the Tennessean,
Predators General Manager David Poile said he’s decided to renew his contract on an annual basis instead of signing any more multiyear deals, but it doesn’t mean he has other jobs in mind….
Poile said he doesn’t envision leaving the Predators but wants flexibility in case of unforeseen circumstances such as a change of ownership.
“I at least wouldn’t be tied into someone long term,’’ he said. “I’d rather be happy and motivated than in a situation where I wasn’t happy, or people were not happy with me.’‘
from Steve MaFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
But none of the whispers have included Alex Tanguay’s name.
At least, not yet.
If the Calgary Flames want to make a splash this weekend, Tanguay is the biggest bargaining chip they’ve got.
But anyone who believes the club should be peddling the left-winger needs to give their head a shake.
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