Friday, September 28, 2007
Steve Downie has been handed a 20 game suspension from the NHL. However, it is unlikely that he will make the NHL this season, and it's believed it will carry over to whenever he makes the Flyers squad.
Brent Sopel has left the Red Wings training camp and signed a one year, $1.5 million contract with the Chicago Blackhawks. Also, Mark Smith has signed with the Calgary Flames. Smith was released by the New York Rangers earlier this week. Source
Flashback Friday: With all the recent concussion talks, anyone remember this from 2004?
TSN is reporting that the Dany Heatley contract negotiations has reached an impasse. Heatley's camp wants $8.5 million a year, while the Senators are countering with $7 million. Heatley has said that if negotiations are not finished before the season starts, he will not have any contract talks during the year.
Karel Pilar has been picked up on waivers by the Chicago Blackhawks. The Atlanta Thrashers put him on waivers earlier this week.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Dan McGillis has been playing well with the Vancouver Canucks and is very close to signing a contract. The deal is most likely a two-way deal in the $650,000 range. Source
The Anaheim Ducks and Cologne Sharks are officially pairing up. "This partnership can be of great importance to the DEL", says Sharks GM Thomas Eichin. The teams will work together on scouting, coaching, youth development and other hockey matters. It's also rumoured that the Ducks may play an exhibition game in the KölnArena in the 2008-2009 season. Source
Saturday, September 22, 2007
Ronald Petrovicky has signed with HC Dukla Trenčín in Slovakia. Petrovický, 30, played for the Pittsburgh Penguins last year, amassing 3 goals and 3 assists in 31 games. Source
Friday, September 21, 2007
There's speculation that Kyle Wellwood will miss some time with a groin tweak. Darren Dreger of TSN is also reporting that Dany Heatley is seeking an $8 million a year contract, for six years. As well, Marian Hossa may wait until the summer and gauge his worth on the open UFA market. Source
Thursday, September 20, 2007
Dan McGillis has joined the Vancouver Canucks on a tryout basis. The 35 year old free agent spent last season with Lowell of the American Hockey League. McGillis has also been rumoured to be in discussions with the Berlin Polar Bears of the DEL. Source
According to Swiss newspaper "Blick", Nathan Dempsey may also be signing with the Polar Bears. Dempsey spent the 2004-2005 lockout year with the Bears. Dempsey split time between the Boston and Providence Bruins last year. Earlier this summer, he was rumoured to be signing with SC Bern, but nothing official was confirmed. Source
What is the most annoying story this offseason?
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The rumours section of Yahoo Sports is speculating that Washington Capitals forward Ben Clymer may be traded. Clymer has two seasons left on his contract, and could go to a team looking for a reliable checking-line wing who isn't afraid to drop the gloves. Source
Injury reports: Jonathan Toews could miss 2-3 weeks with a broken right index finger, Petr Sykora will miss a few preseason games with a broken nose and Anson Carter suffered a concussion in his first preseason game.
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Linköping is also interested in Daniel Tjarnqvist. "We have an opening in our budget and our team." said Linkoping GM Johan Hemlin. Tjärnqvist was rumoured to be close to signing with Djurgården. Source
According to Bob McKenzie of TSN, the NHL will make changes to its schedule for the 2008-2009 season. There will be less divisional games, and each team will play each other at least twice. Also, the meetings that took place on Tuesday indicate that expansion will also be discussed, where representatives from Seattle, Winnipeg, Las Vegas and Kansas City will make their presentations to the league owners.
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
The San Jose Sharks have expressed an interest in Montreal Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak. According to RDS, the Sharks are looking for a backup to Evgeni Nabokov, and may send Joe Pavelski the other way to get Halak. Source
With the injury to Sami Salo, the Vancouver Canucks are shopping for defensive depth. Nolan Pratt has had some discussions with the Canucks during the summer, but talks may intensify with Vancouver's mounting injury troubles on the blueline.
Monday, September 17, 2007
According to the Toronto Sun, Curtis Joseph could be signed as the backup to Ray Emery in Ottawa. This would only happen if they can find a buyer for Martin Gerber's hefty contract.
The Ottawa Sun speculates that Jeff O'Neill has had talks with the Senators, and are discussing a contract.
Dany Heatley may wait until the end of the season to negotiate a new contract, or test his worth on the free agent market. Heatley, who has scored 50 goals in each of the last two years, may command a max contract of $9-10 million, depending on the cap.
Sami Salo will be out "week-to-week" with a hairline fracture to his wrist, according to the Team 1040 in Vancouver.
Jamie Langenbrunner may miss a large part of the season due to his groin injury. There is speculation that he could miss several months of action.
Mathieu Schneider will be out at least 4 weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his left ankle. Schneider suffered the injury in the second period of Saturday's preseason game against the LA Kings. Source
It may be sometime until another Gretzky laces the skates in the NHL. Wayne Gretzky's oldest son, Ty, has left hockey. He had been playing at Shattuck St. Mary's in Minnesota, where Sidney Crosby and Jack Johnson also played. “Ty told me, he gave hockey a good run, but his playing days are over,” Gretzky reported Sunday, prior to a Coyotes-Ducks’ exhibition game. “I said, ‘first of all, it took a lot of guts to go and do what he did. Second of all, when you’re 24 or 25, you can at least say you gave it a shot.’ So good for him.” Ty, 17, would have been draft eligible in 2008. Source
Best name in hockey? It could just be Texas-Kid Egertz, from Sweden.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
According to TSN, Anson Carter has been invited to the Oilers training camp.
Vancouver Canucks fans got a few injury shocks today. Roberto Luongo got a high slapshot to the collarbone/throat, Sami Salo could have a possible broken wrist and Trevor Linden has a pulled groin.
Saturday, September 15, 2007
"If someone is going to join the NBA or NHL as a partner and their first foray is to say they don't care about your rules, it doesn't bode well for the long term. The fact is, there are a lot of people who can sign cheques. If Balsillie wants in that club, he really has to go and say, `Look, I went about this the wrong way. I believe in your leadership.' He has to suck up." Source
The Buffalo News is reporting that the Teppo Numminen suspension was purely "business." "There's a clause explicitly in the contract that states the player must pass the physical and be fit to play," GM Darcy Regier said. "It's the collective bargaining agreement and in no way is it personal to Teppo. I had the conversation with Teppo. He understands it's business. It has a lot of implications on the salary side, on the cap side." Numminen is expected to have surgery soon for his heart condition and will be out four to six weeks. Source
Edmonton's favourite official, Mick McGeough, will be retiring after this season. McGeough's on-ice antics have had the fans give him nicknames such as "Mr. Magoo" and "McGoof." Source
Friday, September 14, 2007
"I promise today, to have an NHL team in Quebec City one day. It is thus necessary to find a tactic to find the financing. That will not be done with the government, but with the private company. The majority of these projects in the world are mainly financed by the private one." Source
William Houston of the Globe and Mail speculates that Hockey Canada wants to have another Super Series next year, but with Canada playing the US. Ratings for the series have been positive, and they are hoping they will have a 6 game series between the Canadians and Americans. Possible cities that could host the games would be Detroit, Grand Forks, St. Paul, Vancouver, Winnipeg and Saskatoon. Source
Houston also mentions that Tie Domi will not be returning to TSN on a full-time basis.
More camp invitees: Kris Vernarsky, Mark Hartigan - Red Wings, Mark Smith - Rangers, Bryan Muir - Maple Leafs.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
The Florida Panthers have signed Noah Welch to a two year contract. Terms were not disclosed. Welch played in 24 games in 2006-2007, splitting between Pittsburgh and Florida. Welch was acquired from the Penguins in the Gary Roberts deal. Source
Patrick Stefan will remain at Bern. His out clause expired September 11, and there was speculation that he was negotiating with Phoenix. Source
More camp invitees: Adam Hall - Penguins, Mike Morrison and Maxime Ouellet - Islanders.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Other notable camp invitees are: Brent Sopel, Jassen Cullimore and Aaron Downey - Red Wings, Jim Dowd and Rory Fitzpatrick- Flyers, and David Tanabe - Hurricanes.
Janis Sprukts has signed in Finland with Rauman Lukko of the SM-liiga. Sprukts had just signed with Riga 2000, but this new contract only lasts for 4 months, and he may return to Latvia afterwards. Source
Mike Dunham has become the new goaltending coach for the New York Islanders. One thing about Islanders goalies is that they have good job security. Former backup Garth Snow becomes the GM, and Rick DiPietro got a 15-year contract. Could Wade Dubielewicz be the next Islanders coach? ;-)
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Aaron Miller will undergo minor abdominal surgery and may miss some of the Vancouver Canucks preseason. GM Dave Nonis has noted that a team ususally needs "7,8 or 9" defenseman a season. He is hoping youngsters like Luc Bourdon and Alex Edler can step up, while looking for free agent depth.
The Boston Bruins have acquired center/right wing Petteri Nokelainen from the New York Islanders in exchange for center prospect Ben Walter and a conditional second-round draft choice in 2009. Source
NHL player agent Brian Lawton has resigned from his agency Octagon and is pursuing a job in NHL management. He wants to be involved in the day-to-day operations of an NHL team. Source
What is your level of interest in the Canada-Russia Super Series?
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Wade Redden is looking forward to the upcoming season, as well as meeting GM Bryan Murray to talk about his situation with the team. Redden was the subject of trade rumours around the NHL draft, with Redden turning down a trade to a Western team. "I don't have any plans to go anywhere," he told TSN. "Who knows what will happen in four months. There is lots that can happen between now and then." Redden recently got engaged and is building a house in BC. Could this little blurb get the Canucks rumour mill started? Source
Monday, September 10, 2007
Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun has reported that the Toronto Maple Leafs and Scotty Bowman are still negotiating. It was rumoured earlier this summer that the Leafs were pursuing Bowman for a senior position in the organization. Despite the public rejections, Simmons claims that they have met again in late August and early September to discuss the matter. Source
The Chicago Tribune is reporting that GM Dale Tallon has denied any internet or rumoured dealings that have swirled around his team. In response to questions asked about Pavel Kubina, Danny Markov and Tony Amonte, Tallon answered, "Nope." Source
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Rule 24 - Gross Misconduct. The term "gross misconduct" was eliminated from the rulebook. Any act that would have been assessed a gross misconduct penalty will receive a game misconduct penalty. Accumulated game misconduct penalties can lead to fines or suspension.
Rule 25 - Penalty Shot. A player may be awarded a penalty shot if he is fouled on a clear breakaway outside his defensive zone (i.e., anywhere in the neutral zone or in the attacking zone). Previously, a penalty shot was awarded only when the player on a clear breakaway was fouled on the attacking side of the centre line.
Rule 56 - Interference. Referees were given discretion to assess a major penalty and a game misconduct when an injury results from an act of interference. Previously, only a minor penalty could be assessed for interference.
Rule 76 - Faceoffs. All faceoffs must be conducted at one of the nine faceoff dots painted on the rink. Previously, there had been instances, such as when a puck left the playing surface, which caused the faceoff to occur on unmarked ice, parallel to the dot nearest the place where the puck departed.
Janis Sprukts has signed with Latvian club Riga 2000. The Florida Panthers offered a two-way contract to the restricted free agent, but he wanted a one way because he did not want to jump between the AHL and NHL during the season. He received an offer from Metallurg Magnitogorsk, but wanted to play closer to home. He remains as Panthers property. Source
Friday, September 07, 2007
According to Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily, Brent Sopel will attend the Wing's training camp as a tryout. Sopel split last year with Vancouver and LA, scoring 5 goals and 23 assists in 64 games.
According to Swiss sources, Janne Niinimaa may sign with HC Davos. However, there is no official confirmation at this time.
The Hockey News is reporting that Brad Stuart was about to be sent to Dallas for a 1st rounder and prospects at the trade deadline, but the deal fell through. The deal would have been contingent on Stuart signing a 4 year extension worth $19.2 million. Stuart signed a one year, $3.5 million deal with LA this offseason.
Thursday, September 06, 2007
Also, the Hockey News quotes a source that Teemu Selanne is comfortable with the idea of being retired. However, in an interview with the television station The Score, GM Brian Burke indicated that Selanne has not said anything to indicate he was going to retire. Source
Tommi Santala has signed with Jokerit. Santala played for the Vancouver Canucks last year, scoring 1 goal and 5 assists in 30 games. Source
An update on Jamie McLennan. It appears he has has left Metallurg Magnitogorsk for family reasons.
Wednesday, September 05, 2007
A late report from Sweden has Jeff Friesen headed to Leksands IF to join Ed Belfour, but this has been flatly denied by Leksands sportchief Mikael Lundström.
Pat Leahy has signed with EHC Black Wings Linz in Austria. Leahy was a UFA of the Nashville Predators, and appeared in one game in 2006-2007.
There's a rumour that Jamie McLennan has left Metallurg Magnitogorsk. It's unknown if an NHL team has offered him a contract.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
According to TSN, Mark Bell has been suspended indefinitely by the league. He has been placed in stage two of the NHL's substance abuse program. The question is, what will GM John Ferguson do? Will he panic and try to grab a free agent, like Anson Carter or Mike Johnson? Source
A Swedish newspaper has speculated that Tommi Santala may sign with Djurgården in Sweden. Santala played for the Canucks last year, scoring 1 goal and 5 assists in 30 games.
Monday, September 03, 2007
Teemu Selanne has returned to California from Finland and should be making his decision this week. The Anaheim Ducks training camp starts one week earlier than most clubs because of their game in London.
Sunday, September 02, 2007
Which is the ugliest NHL jersey ever?
Canucks - "Flying V"
Islanders - "Fishsticks"
Kings - "Burger King"
Coyotes - "Cubist"
Other (write in comments)
Saturday, September 01, 2007
A Minnesota source has confirmed that A.J. Thelen will be offered a tryout with the Wild at their prospects tournament in Michigan. The former first rounder of the Wild became a free agent on July 1. It was rumoured earlier this summer that the Canucks were interested in signing him, but GM Dave Nonis felt he needed a more experienced defenseman.