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Saturday, September 16, 2006

A Long Needed NHL News Update

Here is what has happened in the NHL over the past few days.

-Mats Sundin has said he wants to remain a Leafs for life, but it is up to his club to make that happen. But with a hefty contract, he will have to be willing to take less then 4.5 million, I think, to stay the Leafs captian for a few more years. Expect trade rumors to swirl around him during the deadline.

-The Toronto Maple Leafs have hired former Leaf, and fan favorite, Doug Gilmour to the front office. He will be a talent evaluator.

-The Washington Capitals signed D tough guy John Erskine to a one year deal. He will provide depth in the Capitals blueline.

-Spectors is reporting that Nikolai Zherdev wants to be traded, but MacLean will not trade him unless a "sweathear deal" is offered.

-Alexander Mogiliny's contract may not count against the cap because he failed his medical exam during training camp due to his injured hip. But he could argue that it happened while playing in the AHL last year, so his money would count against the cap. Also, Vladimir Malakhov, he is currently not at camp, and is still under "suspension" from the team and if his suspension carries over to this season, his money will count against the cap. It will be harder for Lou to get rid of Malakhov's deal than Mogiliny's.

-Former Flyers and Coyotes goalie Brian Boucher gone to training camp with the Chicago Blawkhawks. He will compete with Sebastian Caron for the backup spot, while Patrick Lalime recovers from back surgery, which will cost him 2-3 months of the season. It is sad to see how Boucher, a former starter, is now "trying out" for a spot on the team. Also, don't get me started with Patrick Lalime. Going from one of the best goalies with the Sens, to crap in one season. Same with Khabibulan. Sad to see this. Looks like the Hawks are doing anything they can to get help at the goaltending posistion.

-The Boucher to Hawks has screwed over the Flyers, who were close to signing him. There was talk of dealing Robert Esche is he returned, but not anymore.

-Blues F Scott Young has announced his retirement from the NHL.

-The Chicago Blawkhawks C Cam Baker, 20, will miss 4-6 weeks with a fractured ankle. A tough blow to Hawks fans.

-Habs captain Saku Koivu has passed his screening test, and he says his vision feels fine and is ready to return to the ice.

-The Boston Bruins have sent C Alexei Zhamnov home. He failed his physical examination earlier this week. His 4.1 million will come of the cap, and has been placed on the long term injury list. It is uknown whether he will retire or not. The Bruins still have to pay his 8.2 million owed to him, but it will likely be covered by insurance.


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