Monday, April 13, 2009

NHL and Hockey Rumors for April 14, 2009

The Phoenix Coyotes have signed free agent forward Justin Bernhardt to an entry-level contract. The 21-year old has spent the past five seasons with the Regina Pats, Kelowna Rockets and the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL. Source

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed free agent forward Robert Slaney to a three-year, entry-level contract. The 20-year old Slaney has spent the four seasons with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL. Source

The Colorado Avalanche have fired GM Francois Giguere and team president Pierre Lacroix will take over until a replacement is found. Brochu's take: It looks like Giguere was the fall guy, as the Avs finished a dissappointing 28th in the NHL. Injuries really decimated the Avs this year, so it wasn't all Giguere's fault. Source

The Calgary Flames have placed defenseman Anders Eriksson on re-entry waivers. Brochu's take: I wonder if the Blackhawks would pick him up to spite Calgary?

Brochu's European rumor roundup:

The Tennessean is reporting that Alexander Radulov might consider a return to the Nashville Predators. Radulov is signed in Russia for next year, but also still has one year left on his contract with the Preds. Brochu's take: Like the article states, the dressing room might have problems accepting him back. I'm sure management doesn't mind at all. Source

Poll Results: (It's been awhile, so here's several)

Who was the "winner" of the NHL Trade Deadline?

64 (48%)
10 (7%)
1 (0%)
1 (0%)
24 (18%)
0 (0%)
Maple Leafs
4 (3%)
11 (8%)
18 (13%)

Total Votes: 133

What do you think of Alex Ovechkin's 50th goal celebration?

I like it!
16 (30%)
It's stupid!
16 (30%)
Don't care
20 (38%)

Total Votes: 52

Who will win the Hart Trophy?

Evgeni Malkin
18 (30%)
Alex Ovechkin
30 (50%)
Sidney Crosby
1 (1%)
Zach Parise
9 (15%)
1 (1%)

Total Votes: 59

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