Saturday, March 31, 2012

NHL Award Predictions.

From the team here, we just decided to choose the players we think deserve the following awards:

Hart Memorial Trophy:
Alson: My pick will be a surprise to a lot of people, but it goes for Claude Giroux of the Philadelphia Flyers gets my pick. After the trade of Richards and Carter, many people predicted that the Flyers would have horrible scoring, but he has done well offensively. To put it in perspective, Bryzgalov has had an "alright" year and with the Pronger out indefinitely, he has stepped up as well and deserves this award more than players like Lundqvist and Malkin.
Ronnie: I think its going to be probably Malkin because he's been carrying the team on his back for like forever.
Geoffrey: Got to go with Evgeni Malkin. The past few years, the leading goal scorer or points leader normally gets it. Giroux had a good year but Malkin has been more dazzling, especially after the injury to Crosby. Lundqvist has some chance but he'll really need to tear up the league. He already has an award most likely, the Vezina.
Kyle: Malkin because he stepped up during Crosby's absence and basically led his team to where they are today. Now that Crosby is back, I expect Malkin's pace to slow down but nonetheless congrats to him for what he has done this season.

Norris Memorial Trophy:
Alson: Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators gets my pick. He has the 7th most points in the league. Even though he is gifted offensively, he is also defensively gifted as well. He is a +18 and has only 42 penalty minutes all season.
Ronnie: Shae Weber is amazing.
Geoffrey: Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators obviously. If you used the number of points he's leading by for defensemen, you get another perfectly good defensemen. He's really one of the reasons why the Sens aren't last in the conference as they were predicted to be at the start of the year.
Kyle: There's really only one winner for this and its Erik Karlsson. He is one of the main reasons for Ottawa's resurgence this season. He improved his defence drastically (went from a very bad minus to positive this season) and is the future cornerstone of the franchise.

Jack Adams Award:
Alson: Ken Hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues. No one would have expected the Blues to be this good going into the playoffs. He has done tremendously well and this award, should be a no-brainer for him.
Ronnie: Ken hitchcock of the St. Louis Blues. Its a surprise that there doing so well.
Geoffrey: Barry Trotz of the Nashville Predators. He's been coaching the Preds ever since they entered the NHL and they have come a long way. They have by far one of the youngest teams in the league yet they all play like their veterans. His team has been consistenly been getting 100 points for the past few year and this year is no different. The reason why I choose him is because he keeps his team focus even though there are major UFA (Ryan Suter) and RFA (Shea Weber) on their team. His roster has changed so many times yet he makes sure his team always has a chance to win.
Kyle: Ken Hitchcock because he changed the Blues into one of the top teams in the Western Conference. People didn't believe he was good and that the Blues would finish out of the playoffs but look at them now. On the verge of the President's trophy. Congrats to the Blues and good luck in the playoffs!

Calder Memorial Trophy:
Alson: Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorade Avalanches. It would have been Ryan Nugent-Hopkins but his injuries have hampered his chances. Landeskog has had 22 goals and 29 assists in 80 games. He has been Mr. Durable this year him dressing in all 80 games this year.
Ronnie: I don't like the rookies.
Geoffrey: Gabriel Landeskog of the Colorado Avalanches. Not only has he been putting up numbers, he knows his defensive responsibilities. Most rookies struggle in their own end normally but landeskog has shown none of it. He is the leader in plus/minus for the Avs which shows what a great future for the #2 pick last year.
Kyle: I can't decide this because there are so many good rookies this year! Landeskog, Matt Read, RNH are all great rookies who will be future NHL superstars.

Vezina Trophy:
Alson: Jon Quick will be my choice. I know many of you will disagree and think that King Henrik deserves this award, but don't forget what kind of players King Henrik has in front of him. Quick is a top 10 leader in all the categories and is one of the main reasons why the Kings are in a playoff seed.
Ronnie: Pekka Rine has the most wins. Enough said.
Geoffrey: Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers. He has pushed his team to first in the Eastern conference and has been amazing in net. Competing in one of the toughest divisions this year, he has simply outperformed every other goalie out there. The fact that the Lundqvist has yet to let in 5 goals this year is completely crazy.
Kyle: Henrik Lundqvist because He stepped his game up from last season and is the main reason why the Rangers are first in the Eastern Conference. Some could say that the success of the Rangers could be allocated to the acquisition of Brad Richards but the main reason is because of Lundqvist and his amazing goaltending.

Selke Trophy:
Alson: Datsyuk. Every year he has no problem doing well. This year is no different. He's a solid three zone player. One of the best in the world. Plays D well and has a great +/- to back it up.
Geoffrey: I think Datsuyk is going to have a run for his money. Patrice Bergeron is my pick this year because he has truly been the all around player for the Bruins this year, especially after the lost of centremens like Horton and Peverley. He's great on the powerplay and the penalty kill and is on one of the hottest lines in the league. He knows his defensive responsibility, evident in his plus-minus which makes him a great two way player. There's a reason why Bergeron was picked for the 2010 Canadian Olympic team over Stamkos.


Friday, March 30, 2012


There is rumors and murmurs out of Montreal tonight that Patrick Roy has agreed in principal and with a verbal agreement with Habs president Geoff Molson to become the 28th head coach of the storied franchise. We can't independently confirm this ,but his name has been thrown out a lot and Roy himself has said that he would be interested in this job.

This is even more far fetched but like we said, we try to give you the rumors and murmurs that seem the most right and logical. There's talk out of Toronto and Montreal that there could be an interesting duo of Brisebois and Damphousse as the next GM and Assistant GM combo. For our French readers, we have a clip of Damphousse saying he would be interested in the job. Brisebois has been the favorite so far as the next GM and it could be something to keep an eye on.

We will have updates as they come.
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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Habs GM replacement.

There's lots of talk about about who will be the replacement for Habs GM Pierre Gauthier.He has been fired by the Montreal Canadiens

There "celebrity" choice is P. Roy, but I personally don't think this is a great idea because when he was a coach in the QMJHL he got in a fight with his son giving the crowd a two middle finger salute.

However, the "executive" choice right now is Francois Giguere. Giguere was the GM and Executive Vice President of the Colorado Avalanche from 2006 - 2009.

We will have updates for you when we get them.

7:30 New candidates. Julien Brisebois is a new candidate that has emerged for the job. He is the current Assistant GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning. If the team wants him, they will need to talk to the Lightning for permission to pursue him.
Another candidate is Vincent Damphousse. He does not have any experience working in the front office but he has lots of experience working with players. Currently, Geoff Molson is more interested in hiring Damphousse over Brisebois.

7:57 Long shot would be Guy Lafleur. Not sure if he has any front office experience ,but he would please the fan base with his status.
Like always Pierre McGuire is an option. Not too sure he would want to go to MTL though...


Just a quick announcement from each one of us.

Alson: Wow. We've hit 5000. I'm not going to lie. When I first made this with Kyle I didn't expect more than 1000 views but 5000? That's insane. I just want to thank everyone of our readers for being so loyal and sticking with us even when we dont post for a few days! Once again thanks to all of our readers!

Geoffrey: 5000 views. Remember when we wanted 5000 views by the end of 2012. I think we need to redo our new year's resolution. thanks to all our readers

Kyle: I can't even believe this. We hit 5000 views! We couldn't have done it without all of our current staff Alson, Geoffrey, Ronnie, Mahbod and Michael. We also couldn't have done this without all of our loyal viewers! Thanks a lot people and stay tuned for more hockey posts!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

College Signings and Decisions!

Just a quick rundown of all the college signings in the last few days!
  • University of Denver C Drew Shore has signed on with the Florida Panthers.
  • University of Denver W Jason Zucker has signed on with the Minnesota Wild.
    • He will report to the NHL club on Thursday.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed University of Michigan G Shawn Hunwick to an entry level contract.
    • He will report to the NHL club tonight and serve as Mike York's backup as Steve Mason took a puck to the mask during practice this morning.
  • The Columbus Blue Jackets have also signed F Boone Jenner to a two year contract.
    • F Spencer Abott, the leading scorer in NCAA has decided to leave the University of Maine and join the Toronto Maple Leafs on an one year entry level contract.
      • He will play off the year in the Toronto Marlies.
    • Western Michigan D Matt Tenneyson has decided to join the San Jose Sharks.
    • The Ottawa Senators have signed University of Florida - Miami D Chris Wideman to a two year contract.
    • The Buffalo Sabers have signed F Brian Flynn of the University of Maine to a contract.
    • The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed F J.T. Brown from the University of Minnesota - Duluth to an two year entry level contract.
      • He will report to the parent team and burn a year off of his contract by playing in the parent club.
    • Washington Capitals have signed University of Miami of Ohio D Cam Schilling to an entry level contract.
      • He will report to AHL Hershey as his deal starts next year. 2 year deal.
    • Western Michigan sophomore D Danny DeKeyser, considered the best US college free agent available has announced on Twitter that he will stay and Western Michigan for at least one more season.

    • Danny DeKeyser  @DeKeyser5

      Prouder than hell to be a bronco for te next year Atleast#broncoforlife #WMU babay!!
    • The Coyotes have signed St. Cloud State University G Mike Lee to a two year entry level deal.
    • The Coyotes have also signed University of Michigan C Chris Brown to a three year entry level deal.

    Tuesday, March 27, 2012

    Ehrhoff injured

    Buffalo pulled out a huge win over Washington, leapfrogging them, and now hold on to the final playoff spot in the East. Sad thing though was that half way in, they lost Ehrhoff to undisclosed injury. He's labelled as having a lower body injury but its most likely a knee injury after colliding with Troy Brouwer. The hot Sabres will lose their big free agent signing and could have trouble in the playoff race. They are only two points ahead of Washington for the final playoff spot.


    TSN's Darren Dreger is reporting that Jussi Rynnas has been called up on an emergency basis for tonight's game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Tonight's game is absolutely crucial for both teams' playoff hopes. The team that loses tonight will be mathematically eliminated from the playoff race. We are not sure right now if it an injury or illness and if it is to either Reimer or Gustavsson. We will have updates for you when we get the information.

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    6:10 James Reimer has an upper body injury. Gustavsson will start.

    Ilya Bryzgalov injury.

    Flyers GM Paul Holmgren has announced that G Ilya Bryzgalov has a chip fracture in his foot. Don't worry Flyers fans, it's not serious and he could be able to play on the weekend. If there are updates, we will give it to you first!

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    Letang and Lovejoy News.

    It was announced today that D Ben Lovejoy will be out for 3-4 weeks after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his right week. Also, Coach Bylsma said that D Kris Letang will be out for Tuesday's game against the Islanders. However, it was said it was not the concussion that sidelined hime earlier in the season.

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    Taylor Hall Shut Down.

    The Edmonton Oilers have announced that they are shutting down F Taylor Hall. He hasn't played since March 17th after suffering a concussion. In 61 games this season he scored 53 points. However, it is new news that he will be out for the season with the shoulder surgery.

    Stay here for the most important news.

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    3:56 PM: It is a shoulder labrum injury and he will be out for 5-6 months.
    4:08 PM: @DarrenDreger reports he has been playing with a torn labrum  for some time now and the Cleveland surgeon recommended that he get surgery now and not to wait much longer.

    Monday, March 26, 2012

    Best of the Season: Save

    Next part of the series, sorry for the delay folks. Without further to do! Best Save of the season!


    This is the save of the year in my opinion. Rinne stretches out past splits and uses his glove to rob him. The glove save itself a nasty save that is highlight worthy. But the diving?? I can't do that even on NHL 12. Trust me, I've tried. He's done something not even a video game charcter can do and in the games they often overstretch the abilities. The Blues get an interference call too. Just simply amazing.

    Kyle: Carey Price makes 2 huge saves to preserve the shutout during the third period. He robs Antti Miettinen with his glove and t hen he robs him again as a desperation save and is able to hold onto the puck for the whistle


    This save is completely crazy. The pens are shorthanded and turn over the puck at their blue line. Hanzal's on a partial break away when fleury just dives in front of him and stones him. Even his own defender, Niskanen is surprised and trips over fleury. Fleury is an amazing acrobatic goalie. all you have to do is watch the recap of that game and you'll see how many crazy saves he does

    Friday, March 23, 2012

    NHLPA Files Greivance

    The NHLPA has officialy filed a greivance on behalf of Oilers forward Ben Eager. On November 26th the Edmonton Oilers were at Vancouver in a game against the Vancouver Canucks. During the game, Eager was assesed a penalty. As he sat down in the box. He slashed his stick at the box in anger. During that slash, he unfortunately smashed an HD Camera broken. Canucks' management was not happy obviously and demanded that the Oilers pay for the new camera. In return, the Oilers docked $13,000 (the said price of the camera) from Eager's $1 Million dollar contract.

    The greivance was not filed because the NHLPA thinks the teams should pay for the camera, but instead the price of $13,000 is in dispute. For example, a question in dispute is who says the camera is worth $13,000 and not $10,000?

    A greivance hearing has not been scheduled yet.

    Video of the incident:

    Thursday, March 22, 2012


    Reports out of Montreal press and Ex- NHL Executive Shawn Simpson's sources have said Patrick Roy will be next Habs GM and Bob Hartley coach. A quick note is that both of them are francophones. Roy and Hartley both speak french as a first language, an important factor to some of the fans. 

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    Wednesday, March 21, 2012

    Radulov returns

    Alexander Radulov has returned to the Nashville Predators after a stint in the KHL. An extremely gifted player, he has a really good resume in the KHL, being a two-time MVP and having won the KHL championship. he abandoned his contract after the 07-08 season to play in his native country russia. he's done well in the NHL, putting up some decent numbers. He arrives at a great time too. The preds have most likely secured a playoff spot and will need the extra scoring considering their leading goal scorer is only 46th overall and their top points getter is 45th overall.

    Evgeni Nabokov Re-Signs

    Previously pending UFA goalie Evegeni Nabokov has re-signed with the New York Islanders for one more year at the price of $2.5 Million. He was expected to be a hot commodity this year when he would hit free agency. With many teams interested in a goalie, (Toronto, Tampa Bay, Columbus, Philadelphia, Chicago) this is a significant blow to the quality of goalies in free agency market.

    Remaining goalies for this Free Agency that stand out include,

    Cristobal Huet: Probably not coming back and certainly not his contract size.
    Martin Brodeur: If he's returning its in New Jersey
    Dwayne Roloson: His age is a large problem.
    Antero Niitymaki: Probably the best backup available left.
    Thomas Vokoun: Will probably sign on with Washington for another year.
    Jonas Gustavsson: If he does not re-sign with the Maple Leafs, he will be a hot commodity.
    Martin Biron: Seems content in New York.
    Josh Harding: Will be a goalie highly sought after.

    Monday, March 19, 2012

    Best Of The Season: Fight

    To start the Best Of The Season series, we will start with fights!

    Alson: For me it's gotta be Jay Rosehill vs Brian McGratten on November 17th 2011. The two enforcers came out punching. They landed a whole lot of punches just non stop. Punch after punch after punch. Knuckles were bloody after that. What made that the best fight was McGratten's taunt after the fight. Absolutely amazing. See for yourself:

    Kyle: I've never seen Grabovski fight and I was very surprised that his first fight was with a veteran fighter of Chris Neil. I bet it took a lot of guts to drop the gloves with Neil and I want to acknowledge that.


    This fight symbolizes how aggressive and violent but entertaining this sport is.
    The part that separate this fight from others is that this fight does not stall, the fighters actaully punch each other without taking a million years to skate around the rink.


    This was one of Gudbranson first fights. Downie is probably one of the grittiest player and he completely gets destroyed by Gudbranson. Just watch how many uppercuts Gudbranson throws.

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    Best Of The Season

    For a new series, we will be showing the best of the year.
    Best Hit, Best Goal, Best Save, Best Fight

    We hope you'll like it!
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    Friday, March 16, 2012

    Crosby's return overhyped?

    Was Crosby's return last night over hyped? The entire league was there and reporters when they saw Crosby get on the ice looked like they just saw aliens. They were just so amazed. We all know what he's been through and we all know what happened last time he came back. He got two assists on his return. That's pretty good for pretty much every other player, but he's Crosby. This reminds me sort of like a bad sequel of a movie. Sort of like the Hangover and Hangover II?



    Sidney's return

    Sidney Crosby made his return yesterday against the Rangers. The pens went on to win their 10th in a row.
    But he was shifted around the lineup, playing with the likes of Staal and suivillan. He did pick up an assist on Chris Kunitz goal and shows that he's coming back. not as showy as his last comeback ( 4 points)

    Just on a side note, he also picked up another assist after review on Dupuis goal.

    Andrei Markov injured once again.

    Multiple reports have said that Montreal Canadiens' defensemen Andrei Markov is out once again. Habs fans don't panic yet though. He is not out with a knee injury, but with an "upper body injury". We will give you updates as we get them.

    He has played 3 games this season, registering four shots and one assist. Do the Habs fan feel annoyed about his durability? Or do they feel that it's something out of his control? COMMENT BELOW!

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    Tuesday, March 13, 2012

    Quick News From Around The League

    • No official confirmation but the buzz around the league is that Alexander Radulov has been granted permission to go back to the NHL. There is also talk that he would not need to clear waivers before re-joining the Predators.

    • The NHL's GM confirm and accept the Hybrid icing rule. The Hybrid rule is that when the forward and defender are chasing after a puck, instead of the back line it will be at the face off dot. If the defenseman is winning at the faceoff dot, it will be an icing call, but if the forward is winning, the game continues. 

    • Sean Avery told the New York Post that he is indeed retiring after this his current contract ends, which is this season, "No, that wasn't a joke, yes I'm retiring at end of season and its ok"



    Sid The Kid is Back!

    It has been announced by the Pittsburgh organization that superstar Sidney Crosby will be back on Thursday against the New York Rangers. In 8 games this year, he has posted 2 goals and 10 assists. He has been on the Injured Reserve since December 8th after feeling Post Concussion Syndrome.

    Monday, March 12, 2012

    Chicago Re-Signs Dan Carcillo

    Dan Carcillo has re-signed with the Chicago Blackhawks. He has scored 11 points in his first season. He also has 28 fights this year. Known for his fist, he will provide some physical grit to the Blackhawks and protect the stars of the Hawks.

    Friday, March 9, 2012

    Lightning Could Have New AHL Affiliate

    The Tampa Bay Lightning might have a new AHL affiliate next year.

    The current Lightning AHL affiliate, the Norfolk Admirals, is in the final year of the 5 year deal that they signed with Tampa Bay.

    The Lightning may not resign with Norfolk because the GM Steve Yzerman wanted to make travel easier for the prospects because they have long bus rides to travel for road games.

    Syracuse is speculated to be at the top of the Lightning's list of new affiliates if they don't resign with Norfolk.

    Syracuse Crunch team president, Howard Dolgon recently told reporters that he had a deal in place for a new NHL partnership, but did not name the team.

    The assistant GM of the Lightning and GM of Norfolk didn't confirm the rumors of a Tampa Bay-Syracuse deal.

    "We have not finalized any plans for next season at this time," BriseBois said in an email.

    Nonetheless, a decision is expected to be made soon by Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman.

    Radulov back in the NHL?

    There is lots of talk that Alexander Radulov may return to the NHL. He still has one more year in his entry level deal. In the last four seasons in Ufa Salavat Yulayev of the KHL, he has consistently scored well. In 210 games over four seasons, he has sccored 91 goals and 163 assists, good for 254 points. That's good for 1.02 points per game. The main problem for the Predators is that when the Predators try to give him a contract offer, his KHL team gives him more money to lure him to stay.

    This is where it gets interesting, unlike most players, he would not have to go through waivers and would join the Predators immediately if he decides to go back to the NHL. Do you think this is a fair exemption for him? It is widely known that if a player of his caliber will be picked up on waivers if he is brought over.

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    Thursday, March 8, 2012

    End of the Coyotes?

    Another end to the Coyotes' ?Glendale councilman Phil Leiberman came out today stating that, "As far as I'm concerned, the Coyotes' effort in Glendale is over." He belies that the city should not give any money to a new owner and that it's a waste of money. He also says that the city should just put add in more shows and create a $4 surcharge to make the arena a economically viable area. With those words, the debate becomes where would a economically viable place for the Yotes' be?

    Just a few suggestions,
    Hamilton, Ontario: Hockey starved market, and owner, but it doesn't make sense economically, the Leafs and Sabres would want a huge chunk of relocation and royalty fees.

    Seattle, Washington: Hockey starved market as well, and with a new arena, this is the most logical choice.

    Quebec City, Quebec: Hockey starved market, rabid fans, government wants a team back after Nordiques departure.


    Wednesday, March 7, 2012

    Burke getting fired?

    With the recent firing of Ron Wilson, Brian Burke has got to be a bit nervous. If he was able to let go of the 2010 silver medalist coach and good friend, then it wouldn't be hard for the ownership to fire Burke. Burke made no big moves during the trade deadline, something nobody expected. the one thing Burke has for him is a good record. He helped faltering organizations and re-establish talent elsewhere (Sedin Twins going to Vancouver, Hartford suddenly in contention to draft Pronger, anahiem winning the cup). However his magic hasn't been working with the leafs. He was in the Nash race but couldn't pull it off. However, he'll have a chance this summer.

    Should Burke get fired? Comment below.

    Tuesday, March 6, 2012

    Does this warrant Suspension/Penalty?

    During the Flyers/Red Wings game, Flyers forward Jakub Voracek was handeling the puck when Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall absolutely destroys him. Does this warrant suspension?

    Alson: No, Voracek's head is down trying to race down the ice. He's not looking up so he doesn't know what's in his way and Kronwall never leaves his feet and doesn't deliberately aim for his head. So in my books, fair game.
    Kyle: Yes because Kronwall knew that the area of impact would be around the head area and he did nothing to change it. Although Voracek kept his head down, I agree with the commentators that Kronwall was aiming for Voracek's head.
    Ronnie: NOT EVEN CLOSE TO A SUSPENSION. First of all his head was down, look up bro. Second that dude who hit him didn't even jump. I think it deserved a major though cause the elbow was at his face and that's not allowed.


    Sidney Crosby Cleared for Contact

    Sidney Crosby has recently been cleared for contact in practice by the Penguin's medical staff. However, there is no timetable for his return to the NHL.

    Crosby revealed that he had been symptom free for a few days but he reminded reporters that practice with contact was the first step and he still has a long way to go before returning to the Penguins.

    “I just want to make sure I get through these days fine and that would be a great decision to make if I get to that point,” Crosby added.

    He mused about his return on Sunday but he didn't guarantee it because it would be "total guesswork."

    The NHL superstar has only played 8 games this season, but recorded 12 points, including 4 points in his first game. Getting Crosby back for the postseason would boost and help the Penguins a lot and make them favourites to win the Cup.

    In the past 15 months, Crosby's career has been jeopardized because of multiple concussions and Post Concussion Syndrome, the first one happening in January 2011 during the 2011 Winter Classic. He returned on November 21 and played for 8 games before that fateful night where he got elbowed by David Krejci and his own teammate Chris Kunitz. The Penguins initially thought he wouldn't be out for long but it has been 3 months since then.

    Crosby has been looking for other injuries that might have induced the symptoms and while in Los Angeles, the doctors found a soft tissue neck problem which they resolved and Crosby said that he felt better.

    “The neck stuff certainly helped,” Crosby said. “With this stuff, it’s always trial and error. There’s no specific treatment that everybody knows is going to work, but you try to do what’s related to what you feel. I definitely felt like I saw some improvement in my neck, with getting that loose. Was it everything? I don’t know. But it certainly helped, so that’s something I’ll continue to do and stay on.”

    Mikhail Grabovski Re-Signs

    The Toronto Maple Leafs announce that they have agreed on a 5 year $5.5AAV deal. The pending UFA has enjoyed a rebirth of his careers after coming to the Leafs. He is now put in a group of players like Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf, and Brian Gionta. This contract will add a new amount of pressure, and he will have to perform at this a Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf calibre to not be scrutinized by the rabid Toronto media.

    Monday, March 5, 2012

    Marty Turco Signs with NHL Team.

    Marty Turco has signed with the Boston Bruins for a one year contract. Per team terms, financial numbers will not be released at this time. He has also been placed on waivers, the fact that he has been signed after the trade deadline means he will be ineligible for the 2012 playoffs. He last played for EC Red Bull Salzburg in the Austrian First Division this year. 

    Sunday, March 4, 2012

    Opinion Piece: Should NHL teams stop the affiliation with AHL teams?

    5 years ago, when teams wanted to place a player in to the minors, only one team was to get them, the one they have a minor league affiliation with. However, nowadays, even though there are still contracts with affiliates, it seems like it doesn't matter anymore. Just the other day, the San Jose sent goalie Alex Stalock to Peoria, even though the Sharks are affiliated with Worchester Sharks. Does it even matter now? I feel that if NHL teams can freely assign players to any AHL would be largely beneficial to the development of players. Teams will assign their players to weaker teams so their players will get more playing time. There will be a parity amongst teams. It makes every game that much more competitive. Isn't that what the league, teams, players, and agents want? The best for the players. Just scrap the affiliation, let any teams assign anywhere.

    Carlyle Adds an Assistant Coach to Toronto

    Newly appointed head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs Randy Carlyle has finished remodelling his new bench.

    On Sunday, the Toronto Maple Leafs officially announced the signing of Dave Farrish. He was part of the coaching team with Anaheim that won the Stanley Cup in 2007. The other assistant coaches that Carlyle wanted and got were Scott Gordon and Greg Cronin.

    Farrish spent 7 seasons with Carlyle in Anaheim before they cleaned house and fired him in December. The 55 year old former defenceman brings more than 21 seasons of coaching in various leagues such as the AHL, IHL (International Hockey League), and ECHL.

    Friday, March 2, 2012



    8:37 Bob McKenzie of TSN is reporting that Randy Carlyle will be Wilson's replacement, and if there are any troubles, Marlies coach Dallas Eakins is next in line.
    8:43 Damien Cox of the Globe & Mail says that Carlyle will be behind the bench for tomorrow's game.
    8:47 Darren Millard reports that when GM Brian Burke was asked by reporters whether Coach Wilson has been fired, he has said, "Will Not Deny."
    8:48 McKenzie reports that it will probably be a permanent replacement if it is in fact Eakins or Carlyle.
    8:50 Players meeting called for 10PM today. Will most likely be called for introduction of new coach.
    8:56 "Ron Wilson" and "Randy Carlyle" are trending worldwide on twitter.
    9:28 Mike Brophy is reporting it's the fastest he's seen players move past media.
    9:30 Players are starting to go to the Team Meeting.
    10:01 Brian Burke just tweeted, Ron has been a loyal and dedicated head coach for the Maple Leafs for last four seasons. I want to thank Ron for his years of service and the contributions to our club. I wish him the very best.
    10:08 David Alter is reporting that all the assistants will stay.

    Day 2
    9:57 Ron Wilson has left Montreal this morning.

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    Top 3 Goaltender Tandems

    Goalies are what stand between you and the cup. They have to have the clutch to close out game and can bounce back from bad goals. But your backup goalie has to be just as good. when your starter gets injured, you're thrust into the spotlight and you have to play well or you'll get it from the fans (Toronto....). Here's my top three goalie tandems in the NHL right now.

    3. Tim Thomas and Tuuku Rask.

        These guys are the main reasons why the Bruins have become such a competitive team for the past few years. There both acrobatic goalies who rely on their reflexes and its helping out their team (2ND in conference) and the sports highlighters. Their combined GAA is 2.14 and their S% is 0.929. They compliment each other because every time one of them has a bad year, the other guy steps up and plays wonderfully. 

    2. Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliot

        Out of nowhere, these two goalies have proven themselves to be top NHLers after not having their best year previously. They use to be rivals back when they were in the NorthEast division and now they are leading the league in least goals against. Brian Elliot was just a quick backup pickup and now the two share time, playing with similar statistics. Sucks to be in the St Louis goalie system because not much of a chance yoou'll be playing in the big team in St. Louis. (Ben Bishop's gone, Benjamin Conz still there, jake Allen)

    1. Henrik Lundqvist and Martin Biron

         there's no competition that these two are the main reason why the rangers sit at the top of the table in the east. Martin Biron is a reliable back up after many years as a starter and showing that he's making his last run as he nears the end of his career. They've only lost 15 times the entire season and they sit near the top of every statistic group. henrik Lundqvist has the Vezina wrapped in his hand and possibly the hart if he continues to play that well. 

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    Thursday, March 1, 2012

    Kris Letang Out with Another Concussion

    Sidney Crosby may have another new friend in the press box.

    Kris Letang, a powerful two-way defenceman for the Penguins, has concussion-like symptoms after Pittsburgh's 4-3 shootout win over Dallas.

    Dan Bylsma, the head coach of the Penguins, released a statement saying that Letang had the symptoms and that he would not play against Colorado on Saturday.

    “He did have symptoms today,” Bylsma said Thursday in Denver.

    This could be Letang's second concussion this season, the first one happening from Nov. 26 to Jan. 11, and that would be a huge blow to Pittsburgh's offence and overall game play.

    The hit happened during the first period, where Letang was hit in the head by the right arm of Eric Nystrom. He immediately fell to the ice, where everybody could see that he was in pain.

    Nystrom was given a minor penalty for roughing, but there will be no disciplinary action towards him.

    Letang has nine goals and 22 assists, good for 31 points in 40 games.

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    The End of the Senators?

    The Ottawa Senators may have to declare bankruptcy if the province of Ontario scraps the tax exemption that allows businesses to write off sports tickets, declared Cyril Leeder, the Ottawa Senators team president.

    Leeder also said that the decision announced yesterday by Ontario's minority Liberal government was not thought out and favours Toronto's sports teams.

    The big name franchises in Toronto (Raptors, Leafs, and Jays) would most likely survive the tax scrap while the smaller name franchises (Senators) would not.

    The province of Ontario allows businesses to write off 50% of all ticket and luxury suites for all events at the venue (sports, theatres, etc.) and all entertainment costs are deductible.

    This tax deduction is a very strong incentive for Senator ticket sales.

    All of the luxury boxes at the Scotiabank place are leased to corporations and roughly 50% of season ticket holders use the deduction as well.

    Dalton McGuinty, the Premier of Ontario and the Finance Minister Dwight Duncan want to scrap the subsidy because it costs the province $15 million annually.

    McGuinty stated that his government has been warned to organize it's fiscal house. The government is stuck in a $16 billion deficit and cannot afford to subsidize corporate entertainment.

    When Duncan talked to the reporters about the issue, he said the move was made to make Leafs games more affordable for families (The Leafs have the highest average ticket price at $123.77).

    Leeder said Duncan “should remember that there’s more than one team in Ontario.”
    “I think that’s the most disturbing thing here,” he said. “We weren’t consulted at all. We didn’t get a phone call until five minutes before there was something released to the public. If you’re really trying to find solutions, you would think you would talk to your constituents about where the solutions are.”
    “We pay a lot of taxes here in this province. A lot. And we’re happy to do that, but we just want to be treated fairly. And if we’re not, we can’t stay.”


    Is Ron Wilson going to be fired soon?

    There have been talks around Toronto that Ron Wilson should be fired. After yesterday's humiliating loss, there are lots of talks that Wilson should be fired. In fact, a Trending Topic for Toronto two days ago was Fire Wilson. We all know that GM Brian Burke  and coach Ron Wilson are rather close friends and the chances that he gets fired isn't that high, but do YOU think he should be fired? If you think he should, who do you think should be his replacement? Dallas Eakins? Scott Gordon? Greg Cronin? Or someone else?


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