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Saturday, June 02, 2007

News and Rumors

BREAKING NEWS: on The Nashville Predators
report in the Hamilton Spectator states that the city of Hamilton has reactivated an agreement with potential Nashville owner Jim Balsillie that gives him exclusive rights to bring an NHL team to its arena.
This is an interesting development as it has been widely speculated that Balsillie wants to move the franchise to Southern Ontario from Nashville. It is thought that Balsillie wants to build a new arena in his hometown of Waterloo which is about an hour outside of Toronto and that he could use the Copps Coliseum in Hamilton until his rink is ready or just play out of Hamilton. The Nashville arena agreement allows the franchise to be able to move should the team not hit the 14,000 mark in attendance for three straight years. The Predators have been under that amount for the last two years, so it should be an interesting development to watch next season.

Hurricanes goalie and last years story of the Stanley Cup play was Cam Ward. The Canes may be out of the playoffs but Ward is getting rewarded with a 3 year deal, he will be making a total of $8 million in that time frame. 2 then 2.5 and 3.5 in the third year. The 23 year old who won the Conn Symth last year along with the Stanley Cup. Look for the Hurricanes to add another young forward in the Free Agency. In 60 apperance this year he had 30 wins, 2.93 GAA, and 2 shutouts.

Another goalie making noise is Manny Frenandez who wants to be dealt out of Minnesota. Frenandez who's uncle is head coach Jacques Lemaire wants Backstrom back as the Wild's starter.

The Coyotes have hired a new GM, in Don Maloney. Maloney who will be leaving his NY Rangers postion where he was Vice President of Player Personnel and Assistant GM. Maloney who has his hands full with this position. Where their is a lot of older players who are way past thier prime. They also need to make sure they sign young tallented players, but not to over pay them.

With Maloney leaving New York rumors are flying that the Rangers former captian Mark Messier might be in running for one, or both of the postions Maloney leaves. Also in the running is Former NHL Coach and newly named Head Coach of the Rangers farm team Hartford Wolf Pack coach Jim Schoenfeld.

The Habs re-signed defensmen Andrei Markov to a4 year contract worth $23 million. The 28 year old totaled 49 points this past season. Montreal's next move must be to try to resign another blueliner in Sheldon Souray. As a Bruins fan I would be more than happy to see him leave the Habs. According to a Montreal news paper the Habs have offered Souray a contract that is less than what Markov is about to make. Souray who is regaurded as one of the hardest shoters and a key peiece to Montreal's success last year on their power play will be demanding top dollar. Look for him to sign on the West Coast where his family lives. Imagine if Souray winds up in Anaheim next season? With Pronger and Neids, WOW!

Penguins annouce that next years Captian will be Sidney Crosby. Crosby who will turn 20 before the season starts will be enterning his third season after his best season as a pro last year. Crosby will the youngest captian in NHL history.

Former BU and Malden Catholic star Keith Tkachuk will be hitting the free agent market. Tkachuk who was dealt at the deadline to Atlanta by the Blues. Tkachuk had 58 in 79 games between the two squads. Once the prime example of the NHL power forward will get an NHL contract but not for the amount he once would have gotten.

Form several sources the Maple Leafs and Mats Sundin are very close to coming to terms of a deal.

Tampa Bay has had problems in net since they let the Bulin Wall go after winning the Cup via free agency. I have heard the Lighting are very intrested in bringing another Russian goalie. The 6'6'' Vasily Koshechkin, who played for Team Russia at the World Championships this past spring. Koshechkin was a 8th round pick by Tampa bay in the 2002 draft. He played in 42 games this past season for Tolyatti Lada of the Russia league (his stats for this past season aren't avalible). In 2005-2006 in 41 games he had 9 shutouts, 1.62 GAA, and .934 save percentage. Koshechkin could be the answer to Tampa's goaltending problems.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

fourteen thousand being the average?

3:56 PM  

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