Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Vancouver 2010 Roster Predictions: Finland

The Finns main strength is between the pipes so they'll count on their goalies to win games for them. There also not as well rounded as most nations ether. With a really aging lineup some youth would help. Their looking like a 5 or 6 team.

In Net: The Finns main strength this year is there tandem of goalis. Mikka Kiprusof who hasn't been amazing this year still should get the go ahead over Backup Nicklas Backstrom and third stringer Peka Rinne, although all 3 could easily start.

On D: Their defense is pretty good but anything physical shouldn't be expected at all. Joni Pikanen and his partner Kimmo Timonen will be expected to most of the work. Sami Salo will be utilizing his cannon from the point on the PP and second pairing. Also one of the few right handed shots avaliable to Finland. His partner would be stay at home defenseman Toni Lydman of the Buffalo Sabres. The final pairing of exNHLer Janne Niinimaa of HV71 of the SEL and Philadelphia prospect Lasse Kukkonen of Avangard OMSK of the KHL. Rounding out the D would be fellow KHLer Ossi Vaananen of Dynamo Minsk whose currently playing in the Spengler Cup.

Up Front: The Finns are rather offensively challange from the forward point of view but have a tight defensive unit with some surprisingly physical attributes. The aging might hamper their fun however. LW Tuomo Ruutu will be expected to try and put up numbers but we've been waiting a while for that one. Centering him would be Calgary Flame Oli Jokinen and on the right Niklas Hagman of the Leafs. The second line would feature best friends and Anaheim Ducks RW Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu C. Youngster Ville Leino would represent the left side. Jussi Jokinen of the Carolina Hurricanes would be the shootout expert and the left winger on the 3rd line. Centerman Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild and teamate Antti Miettinen RW. The last line consists of veteran Jere Lehtinen LW, Valtteri Filppula C and pesky Jarkko Ruutu RW. The sub should be Jarkko Immonen of AK Bars Kazan of the KHL who can play the wing and center.

Sleepers: RW Hannes Hyvonen has been playing extremely well as of late Dinamo Minsk in the KHL. Defenseman Sami Lepisto of the Phoenix Coyotes is steady and reliable. LW Sean Bergenheim of the Isles has potential and could be invited.

Vancouver 2010 Team Predictions: Czech Republic

The Czech could have a surprisingly good team and I'm going to place them around 5th place before I seen the finalized rosters. I believe the Czechs have a balanced attack more so than most nations and if their goaltending is stellar then they will steal some games from some of the big dogs of the tournament.

In Net: The Czech usually have pretty strong goaltending and believe it or not Dominik Hasek is still going. Remember him? He's currently playing for hometown club HC Pardubice and should feature as their backup. I don't believe he'll be their starter however as Tomas Vokoun of the Florida Panthers should get the nod while Ondrej Pavelec of the Atlanta Thrashers will be around to gain valuable experience and may even start if he stays hot.

On Defense: Apart from the Canadians I believe the Czech are more than capable of lining up the second best D of the tournament. The top pairing of former Toronto Maple Leaf and current Maple Leaf Tomas Kaberle and Pavel Kubina should carry most of the workload. Kaberle is always consistent while Pavel Kubina has been playing some underrated hockey for the Thrashers this season. The second paring of Roman Hamrlik of the Montreal Canadians if he's still healthy and offensively gifted Marek Zidlicky of the Wild. Zidlicky will most likely run the PP while Hamrlik will provide leadership and experience. Finally the last pair should consist of Filip Kuba of the Ottawa Senators and shut down defenseman Radislav Kesla of the Columbus blue Jackets. The odd man out should be Jaroslav Spacek of the Montreal Canadians or Zbyněk Michálek of the Coyotes.

On Forward: The Czech's have a very underrated offense as well. They have a combination of firepower and experience which should give them an edge over many Nations. The one problem they might run into is the age factor. Many of their forwards I predict are starting to show signs of wear and tear. The top line of RW Martin Havlat of the Minnesota Wild, C Tomas Plekanec of the Montreal Canadians and LW Milan Michalek of the Ottawa Senators should lead the way offensively against the opposition. LW Jiri Hudler of Dynamo Moscow who recently defected to the KHL should be a fixture on the second line with RW Milan Hedjuk of the Avs and center David Krejci of the Boston Bruins. The 3rd line I'll dub the New York, New York line featuring 2 former New York Rangers and 1 current Ranger. RW Jaromir Jagr (Avangard Omsk) who now dominates the KHL after several season with the Rangers should be the team captain and play an important part for his country. He's a future Hall of Famer that still can rack up the points but he is starting to slow. His center Martin Straka (HC Lasselsberger Plzen) plays responsible hockey while having an offensive touch should be an assistant. The last member of this line features current Ranger LW Vaclav Prospal who has resurrected his career in the Big Apple this season. The last line could feature Robert Lang of the Phoenix Coyotes up the middle with Martin Erat of the Nashville Predators to his right and Rostislav Olesz of the Panthers on the left. The spare forward could be Ales Kotalik, yet another Ranger.

Sleepers: There could be a lot of pleasant surprises to make the Czech this Olympic Games but my bets on this trio. Jan Bulis last seen in Vancouver has been playing the past few seasons in the KHL for Atlant Moscow and has been putting up pretty decent numbers. He was a fixture in several International events before this. Another question mark could be youngsters Michael Frolik of the Florida Panthers and Tomas Fleischmann of the caps. Another name to consider could be defenseman Marek Malik who has quietly been having a great season in HC Vítkovice.

Vancouver 2010 Team Predictions: Canada

Tomorrow at noon Hockey Canada will announce the 23 man roster for the Canucks. This has been a much discussed debate even before the Olympic draw. So here it is, my team Canada.
Canada is always a powerhouse in the International scene but recently has looked like a midpack team even with all the choices and talent. This year I think Hockey Canada will carefully select its rosters and quite possibly go in the next generation movement. I expect Canada to erase all doubts and finish in the top 2 if not number 1 in the world.
In Net: Canada always has strong goaltending so that shouldn't be an issue at all. The main issue is who will start? I believe veteran Martin Broduer will be their number 1 guy till he faulters. He's been playing invedible hockey and has been there and back in almost every way possible. Roberto Luongo will be his backup and be groomed for the next tournament. As for the third stringer its a tough call but my gut says Cam Ward of the Carolina Hurricanes. Wards a great goalie and one of the few bright spots in the Canes lineup and future.

On The Backend: Needless to say Canada easily has the best defense in the world and its a hard selection because there is way too many great Canadian defensemen of all molds.Veteran Chris Pronger will be Canadas main physical threat from the point. He can put up numbers while intimating the opposition. His partner I believe will be Ottawa native and San Jose Shark Dan Boyle, who is always deadly. Scotty Niedermayer will be the captain for one last tournament and should feature in the 2nd pairing with Mike Green of the Washington Caps. The last pairing of Jay Bouwmeister of the Calgary Flames and Brent Seabrook should be equally as deadly as the 1st 2 pairings. I believe that Duncan Keith, Robyn Regher or Shea Weber will be the last man in. Its a tough call and in my gut I still don't trust it as I've gone through this about 100 times before this post. Dion Phaneuf of Calgary Flames shouldn't be counted out ether.

Up Front: Canada always has a balanced forward attack with much skill and much grit as well. Canadas top line looks more like the top line of an allstar team and would gaurentie a cup for any team lucky enough to have all 3 players. Sydney Crosby I believe will be forced to the left as that's Canadas only weak position. Joe Thornton will center this group with Assistant captain Jerome Iginla on the right. On the second line former Senator Danny Heatley will play with International linemate Ryan Getzlaf and RW Rick Nash. Corey Perry could feature on the right but I have him one line day down with Vincent Levavalier C and LW Martin St Louis. Long gone are the days of Draper and Maltby frustrating and shutting down opponents. Welcome to the LW Ryan Smyth, C Eric Staal and RW Shane Doan days. A Pretty talented 4th line that would compare to any 1st line in the league. The Odd man out was a hard selection as there was about 20 players who could or should be on this squad. Many people are going to laugh when they are my selection but Ill stand by it. Mike Cammalleri of the Montreal Canadians. He's talanted and can play in all situations. He can play LW which Canada is short on and play center equally as good. A key trait in my opinion. He's also finally breaking out and showing why the Habs tried so hard to sign him. He's also consistent and has shown he can carry a offensively starved team. Love it or hate it he's my pick for the forward sub.

Sleepers: Half of the NHL roster could be considered sleepers but Ill limit it to a couple. Dion Phaneuf who I mentioned before could be a candidate. He's a talented hockey player despite his struggles with the Flames. One of the most feared hitters in the game. Jeff Carter is another bubble player to think about. Finally Milan Lucic. The brass are high on his physical play and determination. He's more likely a real sleeper than the other 2. If you wanna go by those standards you may wanna consider Paul Kariya who has loads of international experience and plays left wing. Brad Richards is another guy who could easily be there as well. Not so much a sleeper though.

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Afternoon

A few quick ones as I'm stuck working til late and its extremely busy here. I,ll post my predictions for Canada, Czech Rep, Germany, Finland and the Swiss tonight starting around 10:30PM eastern. As for Latvia, Norway and the Slovakian rosters which were officially released this morning, Ill start the reviews tomorrow evening. As for CA's article I'm having a little delay due to formating issues so hopefully have them resolved tonight.

Anyone else excited about tomorrows Canada Roster unveiling?

*-> The Vancouver Canucks have taken the first step in moving Mathieu Schnieder this morning by placing him on waivers. He is expected to clear so they may place him on reentry waivers so another club can claim him for half price. The Ottawa Senators are still in the mix reportedly, as are the Los Angeles Kings, Detroit Red Wings and the Washington Caps believe it or not. Some people are still reporting Columbus looking for a D but after yesterdays move its unlikely. We'll have to wait and see tomorrow at noon.

That's it for now I'll try to have another post this evening.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Vancouver 2010 Predictions: Norway And Latvia

Both extremely hard to predict but here's my best guess for Latvia and Norway....


In The Net: The starting goalie should be "The Carpenter" Pal Grotnes (Stjernen) and his backup should be Ruban Smith (Storhamar Dragons) . Third string could be Andre Lysenstøen (Stavanger Oilers)

On Defense: The defense will be anchored by the only Norwegian in the National Hockey League Ole-Kristian Tollefsen of the Philadelphia Flyers. He'll provide a physical catalyst for Norway which will be must needed. Tommy Jakobsen (Graz 99ers Austria) will captain this squad like usual. Longtime team Norway rep Mattias Livf (Storhamar Dragons) should be his assistant. The rest of the blueline filled out by Anders Myrvold (Stjernen), Lars Erik Lund (Vålerenga), twin Mats Trygg (Färjestad) and his defense partner Jonas Holos (Jonas Holos).

On Forward: The forwards are pretty thin as well but many of these guys have been playing International hockey together for a while so chemistry may help them out a little. Their best forward of the bunch is LW Patrick Thoresen of Salavat Yulaev Ufa in the KHL. He has been showcasing his skills in the KHL and has finished high in scoring the past 2 seasons. Another former NHLer RW Marius Holtet of Färjestad of the SEL. The center of the top line should be Mads Hansen of Brynas. Centering the second line should be Dallas Stars prospect Scott Winkler (Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL) with Vancouver prospect Mats Froshaug (Luleå) to his left and Kristian Forsberg (Modo) on his right. The third line will feature should be assitant captain RW Pal Johnsen (Storhamar Dragons), C Tore Vikingstad (Hannover Scorpions), and LW Per-Åge Skrøder (Modo). Finally the last line will feature LW Martin Roymark (Frolunda), C Morten Ask (Nurnberg Ice Tigers DEL) and RW Mats André Zuccarello Aasen (Modo). The other Trygg twin will be the odd man and sub Marius Trygg (Stavanger Oilers).

Sleepers: Goodluck!! Espen Knutsen might return from coaching to lead his Nation?

In The Net: The Latvians lack a quality and have ever since Arturs Irbe retired. Unless he decides to break out the old school pads and bucket again don't count on quality. Expect Edgars Masaļskis (Dinamo Riga) to start. His back up it's a toss up although Dmitrijs Žabotinskis (Liepājas Metalurgs LAT) has had more experience in International play. Although Ervīns Muštukovs (Dinamo Riga) plays in a way higher level of play in the KHL.

On The Backend: The Latvian's actually have an alright defense squad and many have had experience on the North American ice. It's not a great defense but it will beat out many of the basement teams defensive corps. They may surprise a few. Captain former San Jose Shark Sandis Ozolins (Dinamo Riga) will be their goto guy on the point and should quarterback their PP. Dallas Stars shut down defenseman Kārlis Skrastiņš will be counted on to log heavy minutes and be their penalty killer from the point. Oskars Bārtulis of the Philly Flyers should feature on the second pair with Atlanta prospect Arturs Kulda (Chicago Wolves). The final pairing should consist of brothers Jēkabs Rēdlihs and Krišjānis Rēdlihs both of Dinamo Riga in the KHL. Fellow Dinamo Riga member Rodrigo Laviņš should be the 7th man.

Up Front: This is where the Latvians willl hurt well other than in the net. Not many teams are going to respect this lack luster offense that counts on most of Dinamo Riga's forwards (which is struggling in the KHL) and a couple of prospect to do damage. Ottawa Senator prospect LW Kaspar Daugavins (Binghamton Senators) should feature on the top line with former NHLer C Janis Sprukts (Dinamo Riga) and Martin Karsums of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The second unit should be anchored by C Armands Bērziņš (Dinamo Riga) and have tough guy Raitis Ivanans of the Los Angeles Kings to his left and former prospect Juris Štāls (Quad City Mallards IHL) to his right. The 3rd line will feature the third Rēdlihs brother Miķelis (Dinamo Riga) on the left and Herberts Vasiļjevs (Krefeld Pinguine DEL) up the middle and Aleksandrs Ņiživijs (Dinamo Riga) on the right. Finally the last line will have C Roberts Bukarts (Dinamo Riga), LW Mārtiņš Cipulis (Dinamo Riga) and Guntis Džeriņš (Dinamo Riga). The forward substitute could be Lauris Dārziņš (Dinamo Riga).

Sleepers: Well not many sleepers out there for the Latvians but Ģirts Ankipāns of the HK Riga 2000 squad could be a longshot. Forwards Ronald Cinks and Roberts Bukarts both of the CHL could be allowed to play. Both were leading scorers for the Latvians last World Juniors.

Vancouver 2010 - Team Slovakia Predictions

On the eve of the unveiling of the Slovakia, Norway and Latvia rosters I thought I'd do a preview of each of them and make some predictions. Norway and Latvia are going to be pretty difficult but I'll try. Slovakia I'll do right now while later this evening I'll post a Latvia/Norway combo posting.

As for team Slovakia....

The Slovak's are pretty thin in most aspects of their roster so there really isn't many choices. The fact is most of their most talented players are in the NHL and very little stay in the Slovak Extraliga. However saying this that doesn't mean their squad doesn't have a chance or isn't a good team. I think they could be a sleeper team to surprise a few but most likely wont make the top 5.

On Forward: Obviously the leading goal scorer and 2nd in point producer Marian Gaborik will be leading the charge. His good pal and countryman Pavol Demtra will center the top line if he's healthy. On the Left side expect former star NHLer and recently unretired Zigmund Palffy. Palffy has been light up the Extraliga and last season shattered it's record books in almost every category. The second line will consist of both Hossa's. Marian of the Chicago Blackhawks on the right while little brother Marcel of Dinamo Riga in the KHL on the left. Michael Handzus will likely get the call to center the second line. On the third line it should feature another KHL member Ladislav Nagy of Severstal Cherepovets on the left. Up the middle former Florida Panther and KHLer Jozef Stumpel of Barys Astana and to his right the enigmatic Marek Svatos of the Colorado Avs. On the 4th line another KHLer Branko Radivojevic of Spartak Moscow. Up the middle Tomas Kpoecky of the Chicago Blackhawks . Finally on the right side another former NHLer and now KHLer Richard Zednik of Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Subbing in should be center/left winger Peter Sejna of the ZSC Lions of the Swiss League.

On Defense: Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins will be his countries main source of well everything from the backend. He'll add the grit, offense, defense and anything else the Slovaks need. Lubomir Vishnovsky of the Oilers should be Chara's partner and in attendance if hes healthy. The second pairing most likely will consist of the inconsistent Andrej Mezaros of the Tampa Bay Lightning and shut down D Boris Valabik of the Atlanta Thrashers. On the last pairing freshly traded Milan Jurcina of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Andrej Sekera of the Buffalo Sabres. The 7th man should be Martin Strbak of HC MVD of yes the KHL.

In Net: This is the easiest one since theres literally no options avaliable to the Slovaks. Obviously Jaroslav Halak of the Habs will be the Slovak's goto guy between the pipes. Next in line is Colorado's Peter Budaj. Finally this is a gamble but I think youth experience is very important so I'm going to go with World Junior Allstar Jaroslav Janus of the Erie Otters. If not it's Jan Lasak of the Slovak Extraliga as usual.

Some sleepers to watch: I'm going to say for my 3 sleepers Tomas Tatar of the Grand Rapid Griffins and Detroit Red Wing prospect. He might make it if he has an incredible World Juniors and or if the Slovaks decide to go youth. My next sleeper is Richard Panik of the Windsor Spitfires and Tampa Bay prospect. Same deal as Tatar, if it's a youth movement or he impresses he could steal a job. Finally another KHLer and NHL defector Marek Zagrapan of Severstal Cherepovets and Buffalo Sabres prospect.

What do you guys think? Let me see your predictions. Post Away...

Ice Scoopz: Team Russian 2010

The Russians I previously predicted way back in July and I was failry close. A almost couple mid season surprises have happened though. The Russians announced it would feature a half KHL half NHL roster which surprised many but I deep down knew this would happen since the International management are in bed with the KHL and their obviously going to promote their own league which they believe is the best hockey in the world.

In net for the Russian's is pretty easy to call. Evgeni Nabokov (Turin 06) will obviously be the starter with plenty of international experience. Backing him up will be the tandem of Ilya Bryzgalov and rookie sensation Semyon Varlamov. Ether of the 3 choices the Russian's are good in between the pipes. I doubt Varlamov will see action but it's good exposure for him. I had Nikolai Khabibulin in the mix too but as he's injured it doesnt make sense and I'd still had Varlamov ahead of him.

On the blueline possible captain Andrei Markov (Turin 06) will be their cornerstone and play heavy minutes. Could have been a risky pick because he was injured but Markov is the Russians best defenseman
and has rebounded nicely. Another Turin member is offensive catalyst Sergei Gonchar who also was sidelined. Fedor Tyutin (Turin 06) will help carry the load as well. Anton Volchenkov (Turin 06)will be the Russians shut down weapon. He'll lead the tournament guarantied in blocked shots and could catch a few Canadians with their heads down. Dmitri Kalinin of the KHL will also be in charge of shutting down the big guns. Denis Grebeshkov is an Olympic newcomer and is quite capable of playing. Another Olympic rookie is KHLer's Konstantin Korneyev of CSKA Moscow and Ilya Nikulin of Ak Bars Kazan. while Korneyev I'm surprised in, I'm not so much surprised in Nikulin who I had on my draft copy before I posted on my predictions. The blueline is pretty stable and has been a weak point in many years but I think now it's more well rounded than before. They are missing a lot of grit and jam in vicious Darius Kasparaitis who had every International star watching for a head shot or knee. Another name I thought I'd see is Sergei Zubov but I see the point in taking youth over experience since the Russians have a lot of experience on the backend already.

A couple shockers on the forward lists but the Russian's probably have the most firepower in the tournament. My only concern is they have a pretty soft line-up up front which may hurt them agains't Canada. It's going to be a Finesse vs Physical battle and the Russian's better hope their boys aren't afraid and can fill the net more than the Canadians. Alexander Ovechkin (Turin 06) will help provide the physical play while lighting the lamp. He's quite capable of carrying even an International team on his back as we've previously seen. Thats about it for physical play however. Their attack will be the main focus with Evgeni Malkin (Turin 06) and Pavel Datsyuk leading the way. Ilya Kovalchuk will turn heads once again. He's playing the best hockey of his career and in the World Championships made Canada fear the Russians offensive capabilities. He'll be in top 3 for scoring is my prediction. Veterans and KHL stars Sergei Fedorov (Turin 06) of Metallurg Magnitogorsk and Viktor Kozlov (Turin 06) of Salavat Yulayev Ufa are no stranger to the Olympics. Fedorov will be counted on to balance the attack and provide some defense. By the way he can also sub on the backend of needed which is valuable. Another player who will be counted on to help out in his own end is Alexei Morozov (Turin 06) who is considered one of the best players outside the NHL. He consistantly leads the Russian leagues in scoring. Very underated in my opinion. KHL defector Alexander Radulov adds to the offense as will the enigmatic Maxim Afinogenov (Turin 06) who is also adds blinding speed. Max has been playing incredible of late and it's hard to believe he was struggling to find work at the start of this season. Alexander Semin fresh off a new contract will make his Olympic debut as will KHL stars Danis Zaripov of Ak Bars Kazan and Boston draft pick Sergei Zinoviev of Salavat Yulayev Ufa. A pretty scary offense but a soft almost invisible defensive forward cast. A few big names left off that surprised me was usual captain Alexei Kovalev who should be there over Zaripov and Zinoviev but politics gets in the way. Also I'm surprised KHL poster boy Alexei Yashin was left off as well as he's having a decent season in the KHL. Alexander Frolov is another head scratcher but maybe his inconstant play, bad attitude and oh....NHL status scared off the brass. Maxim Sushinsky is another name I expected to make the squad as he provides defensive coverage and has the most International experience out of any of the Russians. did I mention he currently is leading the KHL in scoring? Might be a bad decision to leave him off this one. Nikolai Zherdev could be another KHL defect to consider as is Nikita Filatov whose murdering the KHL at the moment. A good youth player to showcase the future. Sergei Mozyakin is also nother KHL name that should have been considered.

Overall the Russian's have one of the best teams in years and baring any injuries should be in the top 2. There only struggles may come agains't the physical play of Canada. They can out gun most of the teams in the tournament and have incredible experience as well most of their squad was in Turin and Nagano. I was pretty damn close to calling this one but then again this was an easy team to call I'm sure.

Ice Scoopz: Trade

Bob McKenzie was once again right on yet another deal. This is why I think he's one of the most impressive analysts in the game today. He consistently reports nothing but gold and his insight to the game is incredible. One of my main influences and nothing but awe and respect for him.

*-> The Washington Capitals have traded captain Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Jason Chimera.

It's not a blockbuster like most pundits were predicting involving blue chip prospects but hey it's a steal for the Blue Jacket's in my mind. The Jackets get a great dressingroom guy in Clark and someone who will help motivate the room. A great turn around move and Jurcina will also add some grit. Not too sure why the Capitals want Chimera? Maybe a cap clearing move for something bigger?

Ice Scoopz: Team Sweden 2010

As we all know several Olympic rosters were named for Vancouver 2010 so I've decided to a quick recap and Ice Scoopz review of each one. The good and the bad will be judged starting with the Swedes.

The Swedes for will have credible goaltending again in Henrik Lundqvist (Turin 06), Stefan Liv (Turin 06) and newcomer Jonas Guvstafsson. This is a well rounded group who will mainly rely on Lundqvist to carry the load although Liv can handle the weight as well. The Monster is another good choice because he will or hopefully should be Sweden's future in net.

The defense features several newbs but also has a veteran feel including both Nicklas Lidstrom and Mattias Ohlund who will be making their 4th Olympic squad. Henrik Tallinder who is no rookie when it comes to experience will be in charge of shutting down the oppositions forwards along with the injured Nicklas Kronwall who is a risky decision as he may not be healthy in time for the games. Rookie Tobias Enstrom will give some offensive support along with Johnny Oduya from the Devils. Magnus Johansson of the Swedish Elite league and Douglas Murray will round out the defense. I'm surprised to see Kim Johnsson left off the list but I can understand the decision to get younger and make way for the new generation. I like the defense but a lot will hinge on Kronwall's recovery. I'm kinda surprised to see big Victor Hedman discluded but he may indeed not be ready for the International scene yet although he was increidly head strong while in the World Juniors. If Enstrom is there, I'm sure he could play a minor role too.

As for the forwards the biggest news is the selection of "Foppa" aka Peter Forsberg. After many botched comebacks he has returned to the hockey scene and is reportedly healthy for the first time in nearly 4 years. How effective can he be with little to no serious competition? is the question to ask on top of how healthy is he really? and how long will he stay healthy? A big risk that could pay off in a gold medal if he can return to his dominant form. He was after all a gold medalist in 06. Returning from the 2006 Turin roster is also Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson, Henrik Zetterberg, the Sedin's, and shut down forward Samuel Pahlsson. It sounds like an All-Star line up but it's really the Injury Reserve line-up in reality. Zetterberg is currently nursing a shoulder injury and Daniel Alfredsson will be out untill the games take place also with a shoulder injury. The bad news is that Alfie has stated he will chose Sens over Sweden if he still isn't 100%. Speaking of injuries the often injured Fredrik Modin who was also in Turin and also injured made the club. A strange pic as Modin hasn't exactly been lighting it up the past few seasons and is fresh off a serious injury. Youngster Nicklas Backstrom will of course be there along with newcomers Loui Eriksson, and Patric Hornqvist. The steal of the roster is however in former NHLer and playing in the KHL for Dinamo Moscow.....Mattias Weinhandl who has been tearing up the KHL the past two years. Definitely a name that deserves to be there and should make an impact despite doubts. The Modin pick I feel is a bad one. Modin is fading away slowly and I'd rather have seen Tomas Holmstrom in the line-up. Holmstrom would have added much needed grit and crease presence the Swedes will need to be sucessful. Another big name left off was the injured Johan Franzen for obvious reasons. Mikeal Samualsson also was overlooked and caused quite a stir by saying "F*** them" in requards to Sweden's management. I feel he'd be a bit better than Hornqvist but thems the breaks as they say.

Overall I think Sweden's got a great mix of young and old. Their experience is impressive and they have the goaltending to steal games. If their injured players can return to form, they may end up repeating. But if they don't I place them around the top 4.

Ice Scoopz: Monday Afternoon

More rumors for you on a snowy Monday Afternoon.

*-> Bob Mckenzie has twittered that the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Washington Capitals are talking in reguards to Milan Jurcina. I've heard also the Toronto Maple Leafs are involved but highly unlikely because they already have a ton of the same mold defensemen. I doubt Burke wants yet another D. The other name being sent around is Nikita Filitov and the Ottawa Senators are reportedly in on this one. I'm also hearing Karl Alzner could be the return for Filitov who the Caps are also high on.

*-> The Edmonton Oilers are looking for a shake-up and could be close to dealing Andrew Cogliano once again. The LA Kings are looking to replace Justin Williams so they have been linked as a potential suitor but its highly unlikely they'll want Cogliano. Gilbert Brule may be the better option for them although he has tailed off. The Kings want someone to help run the powerplay from the wing.

*-> On the subject of the Kings it's been reported that the Kostitsyns are in the rumor mill to L.A and Edmonton once again. The city of angels is reportedly to be sending Alexander Frolov to the Habs for both brothers. This makes sense as Brian Gionta has returned and Sergei will once again be unhappy in Hamilton. I do think Matt D'Agostini or Tom Pyatt would be the better to send down. I also don't think Bob Gainey is ready to give up Andrei as he's been one of the more consistant scorers as of late. As for Edmonton, what would the Canadians want from them? The only offerings are Brule, Cogliano, and most of their defensemen all of which the Habs don't need. They could however offer their soon to be high draft pick but the Habs need help now.

Ice Scoopz: Monday Morning

I'm back after an awesome few days off for Christmas. Merry Christmas to all the Ice Scoopz followers and I hope your Christmas was as good as mine.

*-> Montreal's Jaroslav Halak's stock has sky rocketed as he was named the NHL's 1st star this week. Halak has faced over 40 shots in each of his last 4 games and has stolen the number one job away from Carey Price. although the other teams have not started contacting Montreal it's been well known that there is a ton of interest and come deadline day, he is more than likely gone from Montreal. Halak has stated many times to the media he is a starter and doesn't wanna play 2nd string to Price. His agent over the course of the season has taken many knocks on Price to try and cause controversy. The rumor on the streets is that Halak would rather play in the KHL next season than another season behind Price. In fact he's so adamant to be starter, it's to the point where it's Price on the team or him. Personally I feel Halak is more proven than Price. Halak has shown multiple seasons he can put the struggling Habs on his back and carry them. If you all remember when Cristobal Huet went down to injury down the stretch a few seasons back it was Halak who stole the show. It came down to the last game against the Leafs and Carbs chose to start Huet fresh off injury and the Habs lost because Huet was shaky. Halak has the tools to be a starter and the confidence, the main thing Price lacks. Carey Price was rushed into the lineup and I truly believe it hindered his development. He's not the goalie that was drafted and if I was in Gainey's shoes I would seriously consider trading Price while his stock is still high. I'm not saying he'll never become the superstar goalie he was predicted to be but I am saying it's a long road ahead and Halak may be the better of the two now and the near future. Price's return would be incredible and could help the Canadians now instead of later as in Halak's case. Montreal still has a credible 3rd stringer in Curtis Sanford so a trade could put Montreal back into the playoff picture. the Los Angeles Kings have huge interest in Price and the Habs could wield a pile of prospects or maybe even Alexander Frolov and a high pick. If they were to go that route I'm sure more than a handful of teams would be bidding on Price. If they went with the Halak route they may get a 2nd rounder back as they did with Huet. There still is a ton of interest for Halak and as he heats up he might warrant a better return. The struggling Flyers have had their eyes on him for most of the season and there's no doubt the Detroit Red Wings would also love to have a future starter as they've all but given up on Jimmy Howard. Despite what many media pundits are saying the St.Louis Blues are also looking for a credible starter. The L.A Kings are also in the mix but more for a back-up/post season insurance role.

*-> Mathieu Schnieder has reportedly asked for a trade out of Vancouver siting he is being used sparingly and would like to play or retire. The veteran d-man is infact being shopped but there is little interest. The Canucks are rumored to be willing to take almost anything just to clear his cap hit off the books. The Columbus Blue Jacket's are reported to be interested but I don't think thats the case as the Jackets already aquired Brendan Bell to help out on the PP. They still could use a veteran presance but it's highly unlikely as they'd be seeking someone who could log regular minutes. The L.A Kings are another name mentioned as they would like some experience for their young crew to lean on down the stretch. The Ottawa Senator's are also interested in a powerplay quarterback as their struggling powerplay is costing them games. The pathetic combo of Erik Karlsson. Chris Campoli and Alexandre Picard is embarassing and till Karlsson gets NHL ready, they need somebody to step in and run the show. Cory Cloustons love for using AHLer Ryan Shannon on the point is also quite sad. The Sens would first have to ship out Campoli or Picard the latter who they've tried all season long to no success.

*-> Dion Phaneuf's unrest in Calgary is still an issue although most Calgary media sources have laid off at the request of the Flames. Phaneuf has been the target of Sutter most of the season and could be dealt if the price is right so to speak. Now that the Flames have Bouwmeister, Phaneuf seams expendable especially with his play of late. He could bring in a fortune to a team looking for instant help and a cornerstone player. The Flames would love to re-up Rene Bourque for next season and will need cap space for him and the rest of the season. Many NHL teams still covet Dion and with the exception the cap space starved teams most would love to get the hard hitting Phaneuf. It's a long shot he's moved but I believe if a team can step up and put out an offer that will stock Calgary for the future and for the present the Flames could be tempted. What do you guys think?

More to come, The I.R, more rumors, plus an awesome article written by C.A one of our dedicated fans.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Afternoon

*-> GM Brian Murray of the Ottawa Senators is reportedly looking to make a deal now that his 2 best players are out for extended time and his team is lacking offensive depth. Ray Whitney is a guy the Sens covet and has been linked in the rumor mills to the Sens as has Alexander Frolov. Another name mentioned has been Kanata native Todd White whose role in Atlanta has been shrunken dramatically now Nick Antropov and Bryan Little are in the fold. He is a 60pt guy given the right situation and Ottawa has littrally no offensive centers other than Spezza. Anothe longshot option could be Michael Nylander if he was place on reentry waivers by the Capitols.

*-> The New York Rangers are trying desperately to land Phoenix Coyote Peter Mueller. Glen Sather has tried multiple attempts to land him but have come up short. The asking price is rumored to be Brandon Dubinsky and a 3rd. Something the Blue Shirts arnt willing to give up...yet.

The IR: Thursday

*-> The New Jersey Devils defenseman Paul White is expected to miss yet another 4 weeks after he was still experiencing difficulty skating.

*-> Daniel Alfredsson of the Ottawa Senators will be out for atleast 3 weeks with an undisclosed shoulder injury suffered last night. He's expected to go for x-rays today to see the extent of the damage.

*-> Cam Barker of the Chicago Blackhawks is day to day with a lower body injury.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Lunchhour

I took 2 days off to prepare for Christmas and to spend time with my overseas family who has stopped by and I'm ready to start reporting the rumors today. God knows Ill have lots of time today as I wait for a locksmith to unlock the keys in my car with it running! Allways a rush with xmas and stuff like this is the result. Oh well on to the news.

*-> The Dallas Stars are reportedly trying to get a deal done with Marty Turco. He is a UFA at seasons end and there isn't much in elite goalies on the market or even a decent goalie in their system. Reports have Turcos camp wanting to stay in Dallas but the managment are tempted to look elsewhere. I'd he's not signed and Dallas is out of the mix expect a deadline deal to bring in a goalie prospect and picks.

*-> On the subject of goaltenders its rumored that Anaheim,s JS Giguere will be moved by the deadline. The Leafs are the front runners by are held back by JS's no movement clause and Vesa Toskala,s hefty salary. The Ducks are willing to take him in return but will expect more in return for to compensate. Another option would be a buyout. He is UFA afterall. The no movement clause shouldn't be a problem as long as Toronto is in the playoff mix, can gaurentie he'll start and they prove they want to take the team to the next level. When you think of it it makes sense. Francois Allare who is JS's longtime friend and mentor is there and his former GM who have him his shot is also there. The only thing missing is the warm Californian weather!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Sunday Afternoon

*-> Several rumors have John Michael Liles headed to the Buffalo Sabres as he's falling out of the Colorado Avalanche managements goodbooks. Kyle Quincey has essentially stolen his job and he is expendable at this point. The only negative to this rumor is that he holds a no movement clause which would make him almost unshoppable unless he was unhappy in Denver.
*-> The Flyers appear to be standing pat and waiting to see if the team pulls itself back together. The dressingroom is rumored to be in termoil so Philly is looking for a good lockeroom guy to shake things up and add a punch. Ray Whitney could be that guy. The Flyers have also revealed that Montreal reportedly asked them for Jeff Carter in return for Jaroslav Halak and a 2 round. I doubt that they would ever accept that but they are indeed shopping Jeff Carter to clear up some cap space and also bring in some consistent help.

Friday, December 18, 2009

The IR: Friday

*-> Keith Tkachuk will
miss a game due to an undisclosed lowerbody injury for the St.Louis Blues.

*-> Nick Foligno of the Ottawa Senators is also day to day with a lowerbody injury.

*-> Wayne Simmonds of the Kings is sidelined for atleast 6 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgury.

*-> The Montreal Canadians have lost yet another defenseman. Roman Hamrlik is out indefinitely with a knee injury suffered last night.

*-> Steve Downlie of the Bolts will miss a week due to a concussion suffered this week.

*-> The Boston Bruins will be without Mark Stuart till January as he's suffering with a sternum injury.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Afternoon

*-> Aaron Ward has officially cleared waivers. Its expected he'll be sent down to Albany of the AHL or out on reentry waivers. Several teams are interested but are waiting to see if they can get him at a bargain price or later on in the year when his salary doesn't hit as hard.

*-> The Canadians are looking at inquiring Alexander Frolov. These rumors have been consistent all season long. Bob Gainey would love to add Mike Cammalleris former linemate to his club. The LA Kings are still unsure about dealing him however especially since they are playoff bound. The Kings would need an offensive player in return or quite possibly a reliable starter. This ones still a long shot.

*-> While on the subject of the Canadians the apparent target in Philadelphia is Claude Giroux. The Flyers I don't believe are willing to part with a key player for a UFA unsure goalie. Montreal does have several picks and prospects to spare however.

*-> A lot of media sources are reporting a major deal coming out of St Louis and Carolina. Carolina is rumored to be trying to dump salary in an effort to rebuild. Eric Staal is the center of attention and the Blues would love to build around Staal. They have a high pick this year and could dangle it along with some of their young NHL bound players such as Patrick Berglund. I highly doubt this one as the Canes are likely to build around Staal themselves. They already have 10 UFA's they could shop and rebuild with instead.

More this afternoon..

The IR: Wednesday

*-> The Jason Spezza,a injury turns out to be a knee injury not an ankle injury as previously reported. The turn around is still up to 8 weeks however.

*-> Milan Lucic was once again placed on the IR by the Boston Bruins. A nagging undisclosed injury appears to be the case. He's expected to miss the rest of the month.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Afternoon

*-> According to TSN the Montreal Canadians are offering goalie Jaroslav Halak around the league. The report states Bob Gainey has put in several calls to say he is available and Halak had asked to take the next step in gaining a starter status. The Philadelphia Flyers were listed as the main team being approached but have not made any offers yet. TSN is reporting off a 3rd party site so this may not be accurate as I still believe Halak might stay as the Habs may need the duo down the stretch. The asking price is a 2nd rounder or a top 6 gritty forward.

*-> The Philadelphia Flyers have claimed goaltender Michael Leighton in an effort to replace there backup/ overall goalie woes. This could mean the Halak reports are just kicking tires.

*-> No news yet on PA Parenteau but I,ll stay tuned. Its expected he'll be claimed. The Habs might have interest as do the Wings and Preds.

*-> Aaron Ward was placed on waivers last night as well by the Carolina Hurricanes. He should get picked up. The Ottawa Senators have shown interest in the gritty defenseman as have the Vancouver Canucks and the Phoenix Coyotes.

*-> Michael Nylander has been loaned to Grand Rapids of the AHL. This situation is finally over or atleast for now....

The IR: Tuesday

*-> Jason Spezza will miss up to 8 weeks with an ankle injury sustained last night against the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is a huge blow to the Ottawa Senators playoff hopes.

*-> Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks is day to day after suffering an undisclosed injury.
*-> Braydon Coburn will miss a game for the Flyers with an ankle injury.

*-> Montreals Marc Andre Bergeron is day to day with a facial laceration its being reported. Highly doubtfull hell miss any time though.

Ice Scoopz: Late Night Monday

*-> The New York Rangers have placed forward P.A Parenteau on waivers this evening. He is expected to be claimed. Several teams are linked. I expect him to be claimed. He's an intelligent player whose has tremendous upside.

Monday, December 14, 2009

The I.R: Monday Morning

*-> Martin Gerber of Atlant Mystichi suffered a serious injury this weekend when he collided with a player during a game against Vityaz Chekhov. According to Russian Media reports Martin Gerber had to leave the ice on a stretcher and the injury is believed to be a fractured cervical vertebra. This means the former Leaf/Sen and Cane will be off the ice for atleast 6 months. It could also mean the end of his professional career. Heres to hoping Gerber has a swift and speedy recovery so we may see him on the ice again.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Sunday Morning

Rough morning but a great night last night. Went to Opera for a buddys birthday but on my way home now.

*-> The Atlanta Thrashers have set a hard deadline on talking to Ilya Kovalchuk. The reported deadline is the end of January. They will reportedly listen to offers after the imposed deadline. The Boston Bruins are reportedly eagerly waiting to make their pitch. I don't see him being shopped yet. Last night is the perfect example of what Kovalchuk means to the Thrashers. On the other hand loosing him for free would be devestating. I think if he's not signed before the deadline he'll be gone to the highest bidder.

*-> The John Grahame situation is still on going. The signing was premature but they are on track to sign him. He's on a professional tryout with the Phantoms.

*-> Some sources are reporting Jeff Carter of the Philadelphia Flyers is being shopped by the club. Anaheim Ducks and the Nashville Preditors have been linked but I don't believe this one has any backing as Carter has just had a slow start.

*-> Chris Chelios of the Chicago Wolves has stated he's had several NHL suitors but all for a 7th defenseman role which he isn't ready to accept. He went on to state if it was the right conditions he'd sign and hopes to return to the NHL but he's still quite content in the AHL.

*-> Speaking of waiting for a phone call Michael Peca is reported to be entertaining a few offers from around the league. He's not waiting around but however has been entertaining offers still and is carefully choosing what could be his final stop. The Florida Panthers, Buffalo Sabres, and the Ottawa Senators all have been rumored to be in touch.

*-> Michael Nylander could be heading to Finland after he cleard waivers this week. A Finnish TV station reported that several team including Oula and Karpat could contact the Washington Caps about his services.

*-> Lucas Krijick cleared waivers yesterday surprisingly and is expected to be headed to the AHL. He is bitter about the situation and could bolt to the KHL unless the Lightning can find him an NHL team according to sources.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Saturday Night

*-> It looks like that 3 way deal was false as the Philadelphia Flyers have signed veteran goalie John Grahame to a 1yr deal worth 500K. Grahame who has spent time in Russia should be a reliable backup and a cheap replacement should the Flyers have to waiver when Ray Emery returns.

Ice Scoopz: Saturday Night

Well on my way to Montreal for a birthday jam, should be a goodtime. I really wanted to check out a Habs game but I might have to settle with a Montreal Juniors game instead.

*-> On the topic of the Montreal Canadiens, they are reportedly shopping
Jaroslav Halak. Halak has attracted a lot of interest but the Habs are worried about getting rid of him because Carey Price hasn't been able show he can handle long stretches. The LA Kings are really high on him and believe he can be their number 1 till Steve Bernier is ready. The Edmonton Oilers are also debating making a pitch as well. The Red Wings are keeping the door open but they'd rather Martin Biron. Biron would be their number 1 chose. I still think that the Wings are guna wait out the Jimmy Howard / Chris Osgoode experiment. The Red Wings brass still have high hopes he'll be their intended starter.

*-> Another Rumor is that the Blackhawks, the Flyers, and the New York Islanders are in talks. The deal is rumored to be Chicago sending Cam Barker to the New York Isles for Martin Biron and a 2nd while the Hawks turn around and send Biron back to Philly for a 1st. This ones hard to say because the Hawks do need to dump cash and Cam Barker is their best sell but would rather dump Brent Sopel. The Flyers want Biron back bad especially with Sugar Ray out for a month and a bit. The Isles will have a goaltending drama once DiPietro returns and Biron would get the most value back. So it does make sense a 3 way deal would be hard to work out but isn't necessarily impossible. Ill keep my ears out for more on this one.

The IR: Saturday

*-> Brian Pothier of the Washington Capitals with miss the next 2 games with damaged ribs.

*-> Marc Andre Vlasic will miss until late December with a lowerbody injury. The Vancouver Canucks will promote within the club instead of looking on the outside.

Heading to Montreal for the night so more soon.

Friday, December 11, 2009

The IR: Friday

*-> The Red Wings have taken another hit due to injuries. Detroit has lost Dan Cleary for a month. This is bad news for the Wings who are already bruised up and hurting from key injuries. Kenny Holland claims to be not interested in a trade but something tells me he'll be forced to make a depth move.

*-> Mark Popovic of the Atlanta Thrashers will be out for a week due to a foot injury from blocking a shot.

*-> Tim Jackman of the New York Islanders will miss the next game due to a hip injury suffered last game.

*-> The Flames will be without Craig Conroy for a week with an undisclosed upperbody injury.

*-> Semen Varlamov of the Washington Caps is day to day with a lowerbody injury.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Afternoon

*-> A small trade to report. Brendan Bell is on the move again. The St.Louis Blues traded the Ottawa native to the offensevly challanged Columbus Blue Jackets for minor leaguer Pascal Pelletier. Tomas Kano also went to the Jackets.

*-> Michael Leighton of the Carolina Hurricanes cleard waivers today.

*-> Ville Koistinen is on the move again the Florida Panthers have placed him on reentry waivers. The New York Islanders are extremely interested. Expect somebody to claim him as he's a bargain at half price. The New Jersey Devils have also been looking at acquiring an offensive dman so they could be another suitor.

The IR: Wednesday Morning

*-> Ray Emery will miss the next 6 to 8 weeks with a torn abdominal muscle. This means that the Flyers will turn to backup Brian Boucher. Philadelphia may also turn to an outside source for help but Boucher has proven to be worthy of stepping into action for long periods of time.

*-> The Carolina Hurricanes have reactivated goaltender Cam Ward as he's set to make his return this week.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Saturday

A little catch up today, a few waiver claims Thursday to report plus a hiring and firing.

*-> Jay Leach of the Montreal Canadians was claimed Thursday off waivers by the San Jose Sharks.

*-> John Stevens was fired by the Philadelphia Flyers then quickly replaced by former Carolina Hurricane bench boss Peter Laviolette. The reason for the sudden firing was because the team was struggling badly and needed a new change of direction.

*-> Rick Dipietro is set to take to this ice this week with the Bridgeport Tigers on a conditioning stint. This means the Islanders are going to be forced to trade ether Martin Biron or Dwayne Roloson within the 2 weeks. My guess is Biron will be the easier sell with his affordable salary.

Friday, December 4, 2009

The IR: Friday

*-> The Ducks will be without Teemu Selanne for 4 to 6 weeks with a broken bone in his hand. Bad news for Anaheim.

Thursday, December 3, 2009


*-> Toronto Maple Leafs have traded Jiri Tlusty to the Carolina Hurricanes for prospect Phillipe Paradis.

This looks like a pretty even one both teams get a decent player. The main plus however for Carolina is that Tlusty is pretty much NHL ready and could step in now while Paradis is a waya yet to go.


*-> The Montreal Canadians have trade Kyle Chipchura to the Anaheim Ducks for a 4th round draft pick.

This is a good deal for the Ducks. They get a future captain and a key roleplayer. Montreal should have aimmed for a higher pick but I believe teams knew Montreal was faced with a logjam and Chipchura would never surpass Lapiere, Metropolit or Pyatt. It was a necessary deal but a higher pick would have been better.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

The IR: Wednesday

*-> Jonas Gustafsson of the Toronto Maple Leafs left last nights game with a rapid heartbeat. He was released from the hospital late last night and has flown back to Tdot to see his heart specialist. As we all remember he had heart surgury this summer during camp.

*-> After that unfortunate teamate stick swinging incident Thomas Vokoun will miss a weeks work load while he gets a specialty mask constructed for him so his stitches may heal. No concussion or hearing loss however.

*-> Joe Corvo will miss 8 weeks after his leg was severly cut by Karl Alzners skate blade. The Canes loose an important piece and some of their best tradebait for 2 months.

*-> Also the Carolina Hurricanes will loose Chad Larose for a week with an upperbody injury.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Monday Afternoon

*-> Victor Tikonov has been loaned to CSKA Moscow of the KHL by the Phoenix Coyotes. A new trend has been started and is continuing among young Russian players. The money and the increased ice time are a huge temptation rather than toil away in the AHL. Although its not really a threat as he's coming back next summer for training camp with intent to crack the roster but I do believe it could stunt their development.

*-> Eric Staal could be available many pundits are saying as the Carolina Hurricanes Are almost ready to start a rebuilding phase. Edmonton has made a pitch according to reports which includes Andrew Cogliano and Tom Gilbert plus a 1st rounder. I don't think the Canes are ready to part ways with their best player so Staal should be safe. As for Cogliano he's most likely going to be trade bait all season long as he's expendable.

More tonight..

The IR: Monday

*-> David Clarkson will be out till mid January with a broken fibula. The Devils have officially placed him on the Injured Reserve.

*-> The Buffalo Sabres will be without Craig Rivet for atleast 2 weeks as he's recovering from a leg injury.

*-> Peter Mueller will miss a week with an undisclosed upperbody injury.

*-> Kyle Calder of the Anaheim Ducks is suffering from an eye injury that will keep him out of the lineup till late December.

*-> Matt Cooke of the Pittsburgh Penguins is suspended untill his hearing sometime this week. Its expected to be 5 games.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Ice Scop

The IR: Friday

*-> Antti Mietenen of the Dallas Stars will miss up to 2 games with an upperbody injury.

*-> New York Rangers Wade Redden is out with an upperbody injury. He's expected to miss atlrast a week.

*-> Andrei Lokiniov is out indefinatly with a shoulder injury for the Kings. Injured in his first call up game of the year. Talk about bad luck.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

The IR: Thursday

*-> Montreals Andrei Markov has returned to skating this week after his collision with Carey Price which cut his tendon. He is expected to be playing by January 1st which Russian and Habs fans will be estatic about. His original time frame was late February.

*-> Ottawa will be without Chris Neil for two weeks while he recovers from a knee injury. Mike Fisher is also listed as day to day with an upperbody injury. The Sens can't catch a break.

*-> The New York Rangers have lost Ales kotalik to an undisclosed injury which should be only a week.

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Afternoon

*-> The Washington Capitols are still trying to get rid of Michael Nylander. Reportedly the KHL teams interested have stalled and are rethinking the whole situation. The Caps would love to get rid of him before the christmas break. It might be in their best interest to play him for a week or so to showcase him.

*-> Several Toronto Radio stations have reported the deal between The Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks is revolving around Patrick Sharp as a centerpiece. I highly doubt this though.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Morning

*-> The Colorado Avalanche have placed TJ Hensick on other waivers with plans to demote him.

*-> The Florida Panthers have also waived a player. That player being Ville Koistinen. Several teams are interested including The Coyotes, Toronto, Detroit and the Isles.

*-> Rumors around an injury riddled Detroit Redwings continue to fly. Mainly in the return of Chris Chelios to help the Wings on the backend. Although Ken Holland claims no moves will be made as its time for the youngins.

More rumors later including an IR report.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Afternoon

*-> The Toronto Maple Leafs and the Chicago Blackhawks are talking deal. A league source has reported a deal is being ironed out by both clubs with Toronto trying to shake up their struggling squad and Chicago trying to dump cap. Right now it looks like Burke is trying to pry a draft pick off the Blackhawks and also what is believed to be defenseman Brent Sopel or possibly Cam Barker in exchange for a mid range pick next season and a throw in midrange prospect. Christian Hanson has been mentioned as well as Garnett Exelby. This doesn't sound like a for sure thing yet as I don't believe the Hawks are that desperate to get rid of Sopel for virtually nothing.

*-> Still no word on Miroslav Satan's return to the NHL. His agent reported a few weeks back that he was close to a deal and narrowed it down with 2 teams. He could just have been trying to stir the pot and get some teams on the phones. Currently Minnesota and Ottawa are the two rumored to be involved.

*-> Alexander Frolov continues to frustrate his Los Angeles coaches and GM with his in consistent play. This season has been a frustrating rollarcoaster for the Russian sniper and is an almost certain trade deal in the future, quite possibly at the deadline if the Kings can get some more help back to replace him. The Kings management have already stated they don't want to lose him for nothing. Lots of teams have inquired about his services but the Kings aren't ready to trade yet but have small hopes on resigning him.

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Morning

I started reading Theo Fleury's book Playing With Fire this morning and could not put it down. Such a great insight into hockey and into why he became the man he did. If anyone went through what he has they'd be in the same boat. It's incredible how tough he was when he played but whats even more amazing is how mentally tough he was even though he was battling many many demons. Theo has allways been one of my favorite hockey players and I have tremendous respect for him. I truely believe he should be in the Hockey Hall Of Fame for the numbers hes put up, how he changed the game and the fact he beat all odds and returned to the NHL after conquring his demons. Great read so far, I'll post more thoughts when I'm finished it. Now to the news.

*->Georges Laraque has been suspended for 5 games by the NHL for his knee on knee hit agains't Detroit. The result of the knee knocked out Nicklas Kronwall for atleast a month. Laraque has previous infractions which i'm sure helped the verdict a little.

*-> On that note many are reporting that the call up of Sergei Kostitsyn is pretty much a trial to showcase him to the league. Reports have him being scouted by the two Alberta teams. Calgary has reportedly showed interest in just Sergei while Edmonton is after both brothes Sergei and Andrei. I highly doubt this because A. Montreal has had a waive of injuries with even more bodies out now with Gomez, and Gionta and B. because these rumors after been floating around since the start of the Sergei Kostitsyn termoil.

*-> Speaking of termoil the media community is keeping a tight lip about what went on a few weeks back with Dion Phanuef and coach Sutter. A yelling match as I commented on before was overhead between the player and the coach with "selfish" apparently being the key word shouted several times, for those who don't follow me regularly. It's hard to read the situation because a major media code was broken in reporting/listening on behind closed doors so not many people want to touch it. The main theory is that Phaneuf is struggling and his attitude has become negative so its rubbing off on the other players and he may or may not be happy in Calgary. Some have reported it goes deeper than that and may be something negative harming himself personally. It's really a difficult situation for the Flames as they have to settle it soon because he's one of the cornerblocks of that franchise and if they don't it could turn into the Heatley situation like Ottawa had to deal with. Several bloggers, pundits and rumor seekers have reported the Flames might turn to a trade if this situation isn't solved soon. Once again the Alberta and mainstream media has shyed away so it's hard to say, and after all it's still premature to talk about a trade. This could just be over a bad selfish play who knows. I'll report it as I hear its comes.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Monday Night

Awesome finish to the game. Ottawas lucky that their supporting cast played with heart cause the stars wernt shining tonight. Guys like Neil, Fisher and Regin. Something tells me Alexander Ovechkin is still injured.

Ice Scoopz: Monday Evening

I hope everyone got to read that great article Thomas Kingsley wrote for us. Hopefully he,ll keep working with us in the future.

I'm currently at the Sens Caps game in Ottawa tonight. A few quick observations. The Sens are lucky to have scored at all but as I say that they get their 2nd. Ryan Shannon truely looks litterally out of his league...Mathieu Perrault of the Caps however does not...Ovechkin hasn't been himself tonight...I'm starting to think Cory Clouston might not be the right fit. He consistantly mixes his lines and never allows a ryhthem for his guys. He's been out matched at home most of the night. He's coaching AHL hockey still especially with his love for Shannon and Pickard.

Trade ! Montreal - Minnesota

*-> The Montreal Canadians have traded fan favorite Gulliame Lattendresse to the Minnesota Wild for forward Benoit Poulliot.

Personally I think its a bad deal for the Habs who need grit and size on a small soft team. Lattendresse was also a fan fav adding to the list of favorites out the door this year. Poulliot has yet to show his potential, neither has Gulliame but he is more expected to be a grinder. If Benoit does find his scoring touch though it could be worth it.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Sunday

*-> The Minnesota Wild have claimed Andrew Ebbett off waivers from the Chitown Blackhawks.

*-> The Anaheim Ducks have had a boatload of rival GMs and scouts taking in their games leading us to believe a deal is on the way. League sources have said the Ducks want a shake up bad. Rumor has it is that the Ducks are willing to listen to anybody outside Ryan Getzlaf, Corey Perry, and Bobby Ryan.

Ice Scoopz: Saturday Morning

*-> The Blackhawks have placed Andrew Ebbett on waivers this morning. He is expected to clear although Nashville or Carolina might have interest. This is presumed to be a move in order to be able to announce the resiging of the big 3. Sopel appears to be the next step although I believe that Cam Barker could be shopped in order to get a very cheap rugged veteran d man. Maybe sign Chelios? Keith and Seabrook are the clear future and moving Barker while he still has value could be a smart move.

The IR: Saturday

*-> The Carolina Hurricanes keep riding the storm of injuries as of late now adding backup goaltender Michael Leighton to the long mix. Although, Leighton is just day to day with a lower body injury.

*-> The Penguins will be without Jay McKee for a week with a broken finger.

*-> The Ottawa Senators have lost Shean Donovan for atleast 3 months with what is assumed to be a torn MCL or ACL after the knee on knee from Matt Cooke Thursday night.

That's all the bad news for now but some good rumors in a bit.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

A Profile Of Gary Bettman

Profile: Gary Bettman
By Thomas Kingsley

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is a regular feature in the sports media. In over 16 years at this position, he has experienced many highs and lows, and has been a major influence on the league's evolution. Some believe he has accomplished a great deal in this time, others believe his autocratic decision making has damaged the league's traditions and history. Whatever viewpoint you may take, Gary Bettman will certainly go down in league history as a truly influential and memorable commissioner.

Gary Bettman began his career as a lawyer in New York City, before joining the NBA in 1981 as an executive dealing the league's marketing and legal responsibilities. He would hold this position for 12 years before making his transition to the NHL.
Beginning his tenure as NHL commissioner in 1993, there were immediately questions as to whether Bettman was the right man for the job. His legal experience and his time with the NBA demonstrated he had skills as an administrator, but there were doubts about his level of understanding and appreciation for the sport itself and what effects this would have on the league.

His original mandate was to 'grow the game'. This meant expansion into the large untapped American markets, employing new marketing tactics for the United States, and securing television deals. For the league's longstanding following in Canada, where hockey is deeply engrained in the nation's culture, these instructions were seen by some as a threat to the history and identity of the game. An example of this is his decision to immediately rename the leagues conferences and divisions with geographical identities, instead of the existing names that were tributes to the league's pioneers. Changes such as these were viewed as pandering to prospective fans in markets who were unwilling to adopt the game, at the expense of its core following.

1st Period: First NHL Lockout
During the 1994-1995 season, a lockout shut the league down for over 3 months before a new labour agreement was reached. At the heart of this dispute were the league's failing small market teams, who simply could not keep up with the growing salaries being absorbed by the larger markets.
Though Bettman and the owners wanted a salary cap, they decided to compromise with smaller measures including a cap on rookie salaries, greater limitations on free agency, and changes to salary arbitration.
Despite these changes, 4 small market teams where lost during this period. They were:
· Minnesota North Stars 1993 (to Dallas, Texas)
· Quebec Nordiques 1995 (to Denver, Colorado)
· Winnipeg Jets 1996 (to Phoenix, Arizona)
· Hartford Whalers 1997 (to Raleigh, North Carolina)

There are two points of view in the minds of hockey fans when it comes to Bettman's role in these relocations. Some defend his position, as he had been the head of the league for a short time, and inherited an antiquated labour agreement from his predecessors. The other side is that if Bettman had done more during the first lockout, like demanding a hard salary cap at that time instead of 10 years later, it would have not been too late to save at least some of the these franchises. Some even contend that this was a part of his plan to sell the game to new markets at the expense of its established ones.

2nd Period: Television and Expansion
In the second half of the 1990s, on the heels of the exciting and historic New York Rangers' Stanley Cup victory, Bettman was able to secure long-term television deals with two major American networks; a first for the league. They included Fox (best remembered for their cartoonish FoxTrax puck streak), and ABC/ESPN (of the Disney company). While this was an impressive feat, ratings would remain poor during that period. One issue was that new viewers found it difficult to follow the small, fast-moving puck on the large ice surface. Another was that the sports culture in many American television markets was such that sports (or pastimes) like bowling consistently received better ratings than the NHL. Despite the fact that four small market teams had already been lost to larger, less hockey-friendly markets, Bettman felt the next move to improve the television ratings and league revenues was expansion.

When Bettman was first hired as commissioner in 1993, the league's expansion was already underway, with two new franchises having been awarded to California, two to Florida, and one new franchise in Ottawa, Ontario. While the clear focus was on American markets, establishing a franchise in the small market of Ottawa (with two of the most devoutly supported franchises in league history within a 400 kilometre radius) showed the league was willing to at least consider the hockey-culture of a city when selecting a location for expansion.
By the end of the decade, Bettman had expanded the league to 30 teams, with the number of divisions having increased from 4 to 6. While Minnesota was given a second chance, the others were more southern and less hockey friendly locations, including Nashville, Tennessee, and Atlanta, Georgia, where the Atlanta Flames had failed 20 years earlier.
One downside is that this rapid expansion put tremendous financial pressure on the league, with teams carrying hundreds of millions of dollars of debt combined. This coupled with a low Canadian dollar and severe ownership turmoil meant that teams like the Ottawa Senators (who went bankrupt before being saved by billionaire Eugene Melnyk) and the legendary Edmonton Oilers franchise were in jeopardy of being lost to larger American markets. Even storied American franchises like the Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres (who entered bankruptcy protection) were in danger of relocation due to this troubling financial situation.

3rd Period: Second NHL Lockout and Rule Changes
The entire 2004-2005 season was lost due to this lockout. The unresolved issues from the first lockout had snowballed, with players' salaries accounting for over three-quarters of revenues at that time. During the 2002-2003 season alone, NHL clubs amassed a combined quarter of a billion dollars of debt. It was clear that this path would lead to more bankruptcies and relocations, so Bettman decided that more band-aid solutions comparable to the outcome of the last lockout would not be acceptable.
The buzz word Bettman and the owners were trumpeting throughout this ordeal was 'cost certainty'. This meant protection for clubs and the league from skyrocketing player salaries in the future. The NHLPA director Bob Goodenow rejected all 6 of the NHL's proposals, refusing to let go of their open marketplace concept for player salaries despite its long-term consequences. These events would lead some to observe a seemingly personal battle going on between Bettman and Goodenow's egos, with the players and fans feeling like the victims.
In the end, a new collective agreement was adopted, which included a salary cap. It took over 300 days and severely damaged the league's relationship with its fans. Bettman achieved the goals he had set at the beginning of the dispute, while Goodenow ended up signing an agreement that was harsher than many of the league's original proposals. This failure marked the end of Goodenow's tenure, and he was asked to step down.

Also during this period, Bettman made numerous changes in an attempt to 'modernize' the game and increase offense. The league added a second referee, moved the goal lines and defensive-zone circles, moved the blue lines closer to centre ice, and created a trapezoid behind the net where goaltenders were allowed to play the puck
There were also rule changes that were implemented with the hope of improving the speed and flow of the game. Obstruction penalties were more strictly enforced, two line passes were permitted, and hurry-up line changes were adopted. Also, the size of goaltenders' equipment was reduced by about 11%. These changes were not popular among some of the game's purists, but Bettman firmly believed that creating more offense was the way to attract new fans.

Overtime: Financial Impact and the Future
With league revenues growing from $400 million to over $2.5 billion during Bettman's tenure, the league has certainly enjoyed impressive growth numbers. However, one outcome of the second lockout has been that the league's relationship with many of its long-time fans had been damaged. This was exacerbated by the fact that throughout the lockout, the NHL promised that the stoppage was in the best interests of the average fan. They claimed that NHL games would be affordable to real fans, and no longer would so many of the best seats belong to corporate buyers. As it turns out, this was categorically untrue. Despite the 'cost certainty' that teams now enjoy, ticket prices have been rising across the board, with jumps as high as 10% in a single year some markets (like this year in St. Louis). Some teams have 'frozen' ticket prices, and only a few teams have actually lowered their ticked prices this season (including Tampa Bay).
This problem particularly frustrates many fans in Canadian markets. During the 2007-2008 season, the 6 Canadian teams accounted for 31 per cent of league ticket revenue; which meant a contribution to the tune of $341 million US. The teams with the highest average ticket prices in the league in US dollars are currently:
1. Toronto Maple Leafs: $76.15 (up 3.5% this season)
2. Montreal Canadians: $64.26
3. Vancouver Canucks: $62.05 (up 2% this season)

The fact that there has only been one Stanley Cup awarded between these three franchises in over 20 years demonstrates that there is an unwavering passion for hockey in these regions, where fans are willing to pay a premium for what is often a mediocre product. This year, the NHL has been running advertisements called "Faith: Is this the year?" These are very appropriate because this faith is key to their product offering in their most lucrative markets, where actual winning is a distant memory.

In terms of further league expansion, 30 teams appear to be the limit for the foreseeable future. However, the league’s rapid expansion in a short period of time coupled with the emergence of the KHL has lead many observers to perceive a dilution in the talent level of the league. If Bettman was truly concerned with the quality of the on-ice product, reducing the number of teams would in fact greatly improve the average skill level of NHL level players, and truly deliver the best hockey in the world.

In the coming years, the NHL will continue to evolve. The foundation has been laid by Gary Bettman, centering on his vision of growth in new markets for the league. More recently, regular season games have been played overseas in Europe and even Japan. This could be a sign that Bettman wishes to arouse interest in the league overseas to create new franchises for a more global league in the long run. From the point of view of the league's ticket holders, this seemingly undying desire to expand the league does little to serve their interests. Bettman on the other hand is more interested in creating longer-term cash flow for the league, even if it requires some undeniable damage to the league's traditions and relationship with its core following along the way. Most fans will agree that a more balanced approach between league growth and a respect for wishes of the ticket holders and television audience who are paying the leagues bills would be more desirable, as opposed to autocratic overhauls that take many of the leagues stakeholders for granted.


Canadian teams accounted for 31 per cent of league ticket revenue, pegged at $1.1 billion US

Had its profile across North America dramatically raised. The NHL's licensing and sponsorship income now rivals that of other big professional sports leagues. Ten years ago NHL teams competed in 11 U.S. markets. That number has doubled to 22. Licensing revenues have grown 700% to 1.2 billion.

Expansion - 30 franchises, questionable markets

Bettman's strategy to "grow the game" has also made it difficult for hockey to survive in Canadian markets. Some fans in Quebec and Winnipeg still blame Bettman's expansionist plan for the Jets' move to Phoenix and the Nordiques' move to Colorado. Annually, the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens must find ways to compete despite financial constraints. The Ottawa Senators went bankrupt.







Ice Scoopz: Thursday Morning

*-> The Blue Jackets brass are expected to meet this week to discuss the Nikita Filatov situation. The main decesion is whether or not to trade his rights for a prospect or draft picks. With no space in site for Filatov he will stay in the KHL till a space opens up. Filatov is a bonafide prospect and will make an impact eventually but the Jackets have already wasted time with Nikolai Zherdev and have taken heat. My guess is they will trade him to a "Russian" friendly squad like The Rangers or The Caps. He is worth the wait in my mind and he wants to play in the NHL but with top line minutes. They will get a large chunk back for him and the team getting him will benifit so its win win in my books.

The IR: Thursday

*-> The New York Islanders will miss Brendan Witt for 2 games as he deals with personal issues.

*-> Ryan Smyth will miss atleast a month due to a lower body injury. The Kings will surely miss him.

*-> The Dallas Stars will be without Fabian Brunnstrom for a week with an injured shoulder.

*-> Another Carolina Star has hit the shelf long term today. The Canes have placed Eric Staal on the IR. He's expected to miss until mid December with a lowerbody ibjury suffered on the 1st.

*-> Kris Versteeg is day to day with an upperbody injury.

*-> Aaron Asham of the Flyers will miss a week with an oblique injury.

*-> Rob Scuderi of the Kings will also miss a week with a lowerbody injury.

*-> The Lightning have given Matias Ohlund day to day status with yet another lowerbody injury.

*-> Finally Mike Comrie is still suffering mono. He is expected recover within the month while playing.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Morning

A retirement and an unretirement to announce, plus the possible end to the Forsberg saga for now?

*-> Brendan Shanahan has decided to call it a career after 17 seasons. He said his decesion was based on wanting to be with his family.

*-> Markus Naslund has come out of retirement to play for Modo of the Swedish Elite League. Although no NHL plans are in the present there may be in the distant future.

*-> Peter Forsberg is reportedly staying in Sweden for the 09 season playing with Modo alongside his buddy Naslund. This was all announced yesterday by the Vancouver Media. It has yet to be confirmed by his agent or Forsberg himself. Reportedly he is unsure of his ankle still and wants to return for the 10 season.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Friday Afternoon

*-> The Michael Nylander situation is far from over. Several KHL teams have sent him offers but it is rumored the NHL is where he wants to be. It is doubtful an NHL team will make a pitch given his salary.

*-> Scott Niedermayers name has been thrown about this past week. It is doubtful the Ducks will move him unless they are clearly out of the playoff picture. The New Jersey Devils has huge interest in him but arnt willing to part with their future.

*-> David Hale and or Lucas Krejick seam to be the target of Kevin Lowes and the Oilers search.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Afternoon

*-> It looks like Michael Nylander is infact heading to Russia/the KHL but to what team is a mystery. I've heard quite a few teams in the mix or atleast rumored. St. Petersburg, Dinamo Moscow, AK Bars and now Dinamo Minsk. I've also heard Jagr has put quite a big push to get Nylander with him so OMSK could be another possibility. Only Dinamo Minsk has commented on the situation saying that they have had discussion but nothing further is left to anounce.

*-> The past 2 weeks Kevin Lowe has been scouting the Tampa Bay Lighting which leads many to believe the Edmonton Oilers and the Bolts are talking trade. The Oilers are rumored to be after a defenseman. One name being thrown about is David Hale. More to come on this.

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Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Wednesday Afternoon

*->The Detroit Red Wings have claimed Tampa Bays Drew Miller off waivers today.

*-> The Phoenix Coyotes are rumored to be highly interested in defenseman Chris Chelios. Don Maloney has jumped into the mix and made it public that the team needs help to cover injuries to the point. Could the Islanders who are in the same boat be interested as well?

*-> The Ottawa Senators have rumored to be one of the few teams looking at Edmontons Robert Nillson. The Oilers have yet to make shopping him public but he has been a consistent dog house resident since last season.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Evening

*-> The Ottawa Senators GM Bryan Murray has stated today he plans on looking for a goal scoring forward at the GM meetings the next few days. Although he is pleased with his team, he knows his team needs secondary scoring something the club has struggled with for quite sometime. It was especially obvious during Jason Spezza's back injury. Some possible targets have rumored Ray Whitney who has a no trade clause, Andrei Kostitsyn who has had a lot of success with Alexei Kovalev and Atlanta's Todd White. I personally think none of the above are posibillities but anything can happen. Todd White could probably be acquired with ease since hes been demoted to 3rd line duties now. what about Brendan Shannahan? He would probably come cheap, provide secondary scoring and take some leadership off Alfredsson's shoulders.

*-> J.S Giguere has voiced his unhappyness to the L.A Times today. The veteran goalie expressed how he would not be happy unless he was the starting goalie and if not he'd be happier retired. He went on to say its ether hims or Hillier whose a free agent this summer so the organization needs to make a choice soon. The rumored since the start of the season have linked him back to Brian Burke in Toronto. The Leafs would have to send the Anaheim Ducks Vesa Toskala back in return however to clear cap space. Detroit could be another team interested in reliable goaltending as well as the St. Louis Blues.

*-> Chris Chelios has admitted to not hearing anything yet from any NHL teams but expects some calls after he's shown the past few weeks with the Chicago Wolves that he can still play and keep up. The Montreal Canadiens who have defensive depth problems were interested but it has been quiet on that front for some time. The New Jersey Devils have been in the same boat as of late and in my opinion would be the front runner. Chelios is inexpesnive and priceless when it comes to effort, leadership and experience. Speaking of experience, the Chicago Blackhawks blueline is looking for some of that as well.

*-> Miroslav Satan's agent has revealed that his client is contemplating a few offers and expects to be signing with an NHL club by the end of the week. The Minnesota Wild who just lost Petr Sykora is rumored to be in talks with the slovak forward. The Nashville Preditors, New York Islanders and the Ottawa Senators have all shown interest as well.

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Afternoon

*->Tyler Arnason has been suspended by the New York Ranger organization for breaking his contract with the club. Arnason was expected to be the next call up apparently but pulled the wool over the organizations eyes and took off from Hartford to Russia. The club would not say if they would pursue actions agains't the other party.

*-> In other KHL news, Michael Nylander has clear waivers and he is expected to sign in the next few days with ether AK Bars Kazan or St. Petersburg. Several KHL teams reportedly have come into the mix after his waiving. Nylander reportedly would rather play in the NHL this season but is highly doubtful that the Washington Capitals would put him on reentry waivers in order to get another team to claim him. Looks like the ordeal is almost over and Nylander will be forced to retire or head to Europe.

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Morning

*-> The Colorado Avalanche have admitted to scouting Peter Forsberg as of late. The team has revealed they have sent scouts to watch team Sweden during international play to get a good read on the situation. Colorado fans shouldn't get to excited according to the team because most teams have been following this situation and everybodies watching this situation they explained. The Vancouver Canucks have also openly stated they are following closely and would love to add Forsberg to their offensively challenged lineup.

*-> Tyler Arnason has signed a contract with Dinamo Riga of the KHL. It is rumored to be worth 500K for one year. This isn't really a blow to the New York Rangers considering they've been trying to shop the disgruntled winger for weeks.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Monday Afternoon

*-> The Carolina Hurricanes have signed goaltender Manny Legace after loosing Cam Ward for a month with a cut. The deal is worth 500K for 1 year and is a two way deal. Great pickup by the Canes. Legace is a proven starter and at that salary can easily be moved if he performs till Ward gets back.

*-> The New York Rangers have indeed sent scouts and personel to go and talk with Peter Forsberg this week.

*-> Jaroslav Halaks agent Allen Walsh made quite a big storm on his Twitter account last week. The agent basically stated that Price has only 6 wins in something like 40 starts. His client has a way better record and stats. He retracted his comments saying it was only in humor and didn't know Montreal media can't take a joke. The Montreal brass has yet to comment. The facts are indeed true and I believe that Halak is the more reliable of the 2 goalies and they're definately gunna have to think about whether Price is the man or not. Its a tough call especially since Halak is a UFA this summer and will not return if he's a backup. Stupid move by Gainey to only resign him to a single year deal. Montreal is going to be forced to deal him if they don't see him in their plans. The system is pretty dry for the next couple of years as well so its going to be a rough decesion between Price or Halak. I think they'll deal Halak but Price may not be the goalie they thought he was and they might be able to rack in a randsom for him if they were to shop him while he has great value. Tough call!

Ice Scoopz: Monday Morning

This cold was really hard to kick but is finally gone so lots to report on today.

*-> Peter Forsbergs agent has started discusing a comeback with his former star this weekend. All signs point to a return. His agent has said he'd like to return to the Colorado Avalanche but that scenerio doesn't make sense because Colorado is in the middle of a youth movement. Reports have also connected him Chicago and New York but of which would have to dump camp first. Chicago is also looking for a stay at home defenseman first more than likely. Which the injury to Simone Gagne the Flyers now have cap space and GM Paul Holgren has openly said he'd be interested. The Preds have also thought of rehiring Forsberg but the word is he's not interested in going back. The Canadians have also inquired but they too have cap issues. Another team that could make a move is the LA Kings since they believe they are contenders for the cup and Forsberg could add that extra offense and leadership to lead them into the playoffs.

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Saturday, November 7, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Saturday morning

*-> The Montreal Canadians have claimed defenseman Jay Leach off reentry waivers today. Leach has played in only 29 games all with the Devils but will give the Habs some depth and hurt the Devils defensive depth even more.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Friday Afternoon

*-> The New Jersey Devils have added a bit of depth today by signing veteran Dean McAmmond to a 2 way 1 year deal worth 500k. McAmmond brings smart defensive play and speed to the Devils.

*-> Mike Peca hasn't given up hope yet on returning to the NHL. The former captain has stated while he isn't waiting by the phones he still would love to play under the right circumstances. He has received several offers so far but is being picky. He is only considering offers from contenders and has clearly stated the money isn't important but is being choosey when it comes to what team. He just wants to win one last cup and help a team out that has a chance.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Thursday Afternoon

*-> The Montreal Canadiens have recalled Mathieu Carle and Tom Pyatt from the Hamilton Bulldogs.

*-> In other Montreal news, the team has responded to Andrei Kostitsyns complaint by dropping him down to the 4th line. Jacques Martin has stayed that if the elder Kostitsyn wishes to remain on the 2nd line he has to play like he's a top 6 forward. In other words produce. I don't think this is the way to go as neither winger on the 2nd line has yet to produce. Seperating Cammaleri from the 1st to the second to spread out the offense may be a better solution. This is just going to cause more issues with the brothers. The LA Kings and the Nashville Preds both have inquired about the brothers so far. Montreal is requesting Alexander Frolov apparently but the LA Kings arnt ready to make a deal involving Frolov yet.

More in a bit.

The I.R: Thursday

*-> David Krejci of the Boston Bruins is the latest NHLer to be diagnosed with H1N1 and will miss atleast 3 days to avoid infecting the team.

*-> Steve Staios of the Edmonton Oilers will return to action tonight after missing time with a concussion.

*-> The Nashville Preditors will get back a little agitation and grit tonight as Jordan Tootoo will make his season debut after suffering a quad injury in the odd season.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

The I.R Wednesday

*-> Kristian Huseluis will miss up to a week with an upperbody injury. He is expected to be placed on the IR officially Thursday.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Tuesday Afternoon

Still not feeling so great but I'm fighting through it. Back at work now so why not back to blogging is the way I see it.

*-> Michael Nylander is still without any interest yet. The Washington Capitals have recalled him from Hersey and he is expected to begin playing as soon as Thursday. It looks like the Caps are stuck with him.

*-> The Detroit Red Wings are still searching for a starting goalie. Many pundits still believe that the lack of a net presence may cause them to miss the postseason. A rumor that has been going around is they may be trying to put together a package for Carey Price. I find this one highly unlikely as I doubt Montreal will move Price unless Halak can 100% show he's there guy and even then it would have to be over Gaineys dead body. The Wings don't have many options left but Manny Fernandez and former Wing Manny Legace via fee agency and there's nothing available for trade other than Toskala who has cap and well goaltending problems. He would be a good fit if he can clear his head and start playing the way he's capable of. The Leafs would still have to reentry him but they won't do that till they find themselves a goalie first.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Monday Evening

*-> Add another Kostitsyn brother to the list of disgruntled Montreal Canadiens. Andrei Kostitsyn has come out with his unhappyness according to the Montreal Gazette. The winger claims the lack of production is due to the lack of ice time compared to the previous seasons. Montreal has yet to speak on this but may be packaging the brothers to an offensive starved team. The Nashville Preditors are reportedly interested but the Habs have yet to make a decesion on whether or not they want to give up on Andrei yet.

Ice Scoopz: Im Back!

Sorry folks I've been sick with the damn flu the past week and a half. Thought it was H1N1 for a while but I never got the whole stomach thing and it *knock on wood* seams to be just about over. Everyone seams to have this bug which should confuse the hell outta doctors and the Swine Flu clinics Haha. Anyways business in now back to normal starting today!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The IR: Wednesday

A lot of injuries to get caught up on.

*-> The Atlanta Thrashers have lost franchise player Ilya Kovalchuk for a month do to a fracture in his ankle. A huge blow for the Thrashers but good news for Thrasher fans Jason Krog has been called up. Hardly a replacement if I may say so.

*-> TJ Oshie of St Louis Blues will miss up to 2 weeks after having his appendix removed.

*-> The slow start of Philadelphia Flyer forward Simone Gagne could be attributed to the 2 hernias that Gagne is suffering from. Gagne and the team have yet to decide the next route as surgery is required but they may decide to hold off untill a replacement is found.

*-> Peter Budaj of the Colorado Avalanche has the swine flu and is expected to miss up to 2 weeks.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Sunday Morning

*-> Michael Nylander has been sent down to the Hersey Bears this week for a "conditioning" stint its more likely its to showcase his skills for rival GM's and other leagues. There is very little interest in Nylander but some believe a struggling team like Nashville may take a risk. It is also believed that the Caps have accepted the fact they may have to rentry waive him and take the cap hit to clear him out. Nylanders camp is also accepting the fact that he may have to accept being waived in order to resume his career quickly. There isn't much interest overseas so time is running out.

*-> Peter Forsberg is in a similar boat as Nylander. His main goal is to return to the NHL but not many teams have inquired about the former best player in the world. The Preds would love to have him centering them but the risk may be too high. The Blackhawks also were interested but would have to solve there RFA problem first. Another team who is in the market for a 2nd line center is the Senators but they too have cap issues and way too many defensemen. A few moves would be in order.

*-> Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun has been called out for making up rumors by Florida GM Randy Sexton. The original rumor of the Panthers trying to trade away Nathen Horton last week was squashed quickly by Sexton saying the source fabricated the rumor and he has even considered it. This is not the first time Garrioch has been in the spotlight for making up rumor.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Ice Scoopz: Friday Morning

*-> The Toronto Maple Leafs need a goalie bad and its no secret. GM Brian Burke has been making inquiries to almost every team in the league to try and find some extra help. The Leafs have been linked to Goaltender JS Giguere. Its believed the Ducks would love to part ways with there 6 million dollar backup. Js is really the most proven goaltender out there but the Leafs first would have to clear some cap. Another option could be teamless Manny Fernandez. Fernandez would be a good backup or depth signing but would be no Better than Toskala in my opinion. Kevin Weekes and Joclyn Thibault are both still out there to provide depth as well. Another option could be the Habs Jaroslav Halak who is ready to start but the Canadians may decide to stick with him since he is the hotter goalie.

*-> Sergei Kostitsyn has reported back to Hamilton after leaving the team earlier this week. Apparently it was a big misunderstanding between the winger and Bob Gainey. Gainey would love to keep the disgruntled winger and is trying his hardest to end his trade request. The main reason for the demotion was revealed last week. Reportedly Kostitsyn and new star Scott Gomez got in a fight during training camp and Gainey and Jacques Martin wanted to let Gomez get settled and not have any unwanted drama before the season starts. I expect Kostitsyn to remain a Hab for the time being.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009


*-> The Buffalo Sabers have traded Dan Paille to the Boston Bruins for a 2nd round pick in 2009 and a conditional 3rd round pick depending on whether Dan Paille scores over 16 goals this seasons.