Kukla's Korner Hockey
“It was a challenging year at times. We had some injuries, but we still felt we should have been there and to me, that’s all I’m focused on, trying to help my team get to the playoffs.”
(Eric) Staal readily admits the disappointment of an unsuccessful season isn’t an easy feeling to part with, faced with a summer to stew over what might have been had they managed to win the final game on their regular season slate.
“That’s kind of what everyone’s going to remember coming into camp,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of guys raring to go and erase that as quickly as possible.”
“I’m anxious to get going. I’m excited about coming to Colorado. I definitely want to show people that I’ve still got some good hockey left in me.”
-Andrew Raycroft at the Denver Post where you can read more on him from Adrian Dater…
from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog,
Among the clubs that might have interest in Schneider are the Kings, who are obviously even closer to his family’s current home than the Ducks, but don’t exactly figure to be Stanley Cup contenders during the remainder of Schneider’s career.
“It would certainly be convenient,” (Pat) Morris said. “Cups are hard to pick. You think you’re picking them when you sign with Anaheim, but it didn’t happen. (Marian) Hossa probably thinks he picked one with Detroit, but it’s hard to repeat, as the Ducks proved. When you get to his (Schneider’s) point, you want to keep playing. That could be done with LA. Winning is a bonus.”
more on Schneider…
from Mike Zeisberger and Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,
Whatever the case, a source close to McCabe said last night the veteran defenceman would not change addresses for at least another couple of weeks.
“(Bryan) isn’t going anywhere until Sept. 1, at the earliest,” the source said. “That’s the date (he) gets his $2-million US signing bonus from Toronto.
According to the source, the Panthers, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, New York Islanders and New York Rangers are among the teams McCabe would consider, although the Rangers might be out “because they’ve already signed everybody.”
Ian Pulver, McCabe’s agent, said nothing is confirmed as of yet.
“We continue to work with the Leafs to resolve this situation,” Pulver said in an e-mail last night.
from Mike Chen at Fox Sports,
Let’s take a quick look at who still has to make some moves before the season starts.
San Jose — The Sharks just inched over the cap because of two major blueline additions: Rob Blake and Dan Boyle. Boyle’s in for the long haul, but Blake is essentially a defensive mercenary, coming in at one year for $5 million to provide insurance on the San Jose power play. This pushes the Sharks just over the cap (combined with RFA signings for Christian Ehrhoff, Ryane Clowe and Joe Pavelski), and part of this was offset by the trading of Craig Rivet. Who’s left to cut? Look for GM Doug Wilson to beg anyone in the league to take defenseman Kyle McLaren and his $2.5 million cap hit.
more teams that need to trim salary.
“He’s cut,” Melrose said. “He’d be a male model if he wasn’t a hockey player. But he’s slim. He’s 18 years old. He’s not a man yet. Vinny (Lecavalier) looked like a beanpole with shoulder pads on, too. Matter of fact, Stamkos is thicker than Vinny when Vinny came in.”
Still, Melrose continued, “He’s got to realize that’s his biggest weakness right now is his size. He’s going to be playing against men now, and that’s his biggest adjustment, playing against guys who are as fast as he is and bigger than he is. That’s what he’s got to work on. We’ve got people talking to him every week, got him on nutritional programs, and we have strength and conditioning coaches talking to him every week, so he’s going to get bigger fast and heavier fast, but he’s sill a boy right now, so it’s going to take time.”
-Barry Melrose on Steven Stamkos. Read more at Lightning Strikes…
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
Been getting a ton of emails regarding the Jay Bouwmeester trade rumors. Isn’t going to happen, so relax.
and this too,
For Florida to make this move, you would have to gather that Mike Van Ryn would be headed north, his $3-plus million salary in each of the next two seasons going to Toronto in exchange for McCabe and his $6.15 million wage for this season. McCabe is scheduled to make $4.15 million in each of the final two years of his deal (2009-10, 2010-11).
Florida is going to be asked for more than its willing to give, but will probably have to throw in a young players or two along with a Van Ryn/Skrastins type veteran.
added 9:55pm, via Sportsnet,
Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos has learned that Toronto Maple Leafs defencman Bryan McCabe has reportedly waived his no-trade clause and may be headed to the Florida Panthers.
There are several teams reportedly interested in the much-maligned Leafs’ blue liner. However, sources in South Beach, Florida tell Sportsnet that the Panthers are interested in McCabe because reports indicate that defenceman Jay Bouwmeester is not interested in signing an extension with the Panthers.
However, this does not mean that a McCabe-for-Bouwmeester deal is in the works.
from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,
Scott Howson’s Blue Jackets haven’t created any major headlines lately but the ex- Oilers aide may be putting together the NHL’s sleeper team of 2008-09. There may not be an All-Star among the roster additions but there’s plenty of substance. Between R.J. Umberger, Kris Huselius, Raffi Torres, Mike Commodore, Fedor Tyutin and Chris Backman, Columbus has a neat nucleus with which Ken Hitchcock can work. If Pascal Leclaire matures as a No. 1 goalie and Russian whiz Nikita Filatov lives up to his notices, the pieces for a playoff team will be in place.
more hockey bits,,,
from Russo’s Rants,
I talked to a reporter from the Team 1040 in Vancouver today, and agent John Vollan confirmed to him that the Canucks have shown interest.
Parrish just has to stay patient. Remember, two of the teams interested in him have other things pending and he’s Plan B. In other words, if Mats Sundin turns down Vancouver’s reported $10 million-a-year offer or simply retires, Parrish will get an offer. If Radulov indeed does not return to the Predators, Parrish will likely receive an offer from Craig Leipold’s old team.
read on for some Gaborik talk…
from Alexandra Zabjek of the Edmonton Journal,
They first posed together back in 1985, when she was a four-year-old leukemia patient at the Cross Cancer Institute and he was an Edmonton Oilers’ star whose goals were raising money for the cancer facility.
The little girl had climbed atop the Stanley Cup and the hockey star leaned in and smiled brightly for media photographers.
Today, Alicia Maryniuk - a lifelong Oilers fan - and Glenn Anderson met at the institute again after it was announced that Anderson’s jersey would be retired at Rexall Place on Jan. 18.
About Kukla's Korner Hockey
Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.
From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.
Email Paul anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org