Archive for July, 2010

Ian White Signs With Calgary Flames, but Are Cap Problems Looming?

July 31st, 2010 No Comments

The Calgary Flames are reporting that Ian White has signed a one-year contract that will see the former Toronto Maple Leaf make close to $3 million. Originally taken in the sixth round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, White spent portions of five seasons with the Maple Leafs before being dealt to the Calgary Flames on January 31, 2010 as part of the deal that sent Dion Phaneuf to Toronto. White, 26, scored four goals and registered 12 points through 27 games with the Flames last season. Add that to his nine goals and 26 points with the Leafs last season, and White emerged with a career high 13 goals and 38 points through 83 games in 2009-10. White’s 38 points was 12 points better than his previous career high of 26 points, something he accomplished twice (2006, 2008) as

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Will The Tampa Bay Lightning Make The Playoffs In 2010-11?

July 30th, 2010 No Comments

Since the moment the Tampa Bay Lightning signed legendary NHLer Steve Yzerman to be their general manager the team has undergone an incredible re-tooling process. Highlighted by free agent signings Teddy Purcell (F), Chris Durno (F), Marc Pouliot (F), Brett Clark (D), Pavol Kubina (D) and Dan Ellis (G), Yzerman has slowly put together the makings of a playoff contender in Tampa. Other notable moves include trading for veteran forward Simon Gagne and assembling a much improved coaching staff that now includes Guy Boucher (head coach), Rick Wilson (associate coach), Martin Raymond (assistant coach) and Dan Lacroix (assistant coach). While there is no “Gucci” name amongst Tampa’s coaching staff, Yzerman believes his coaching staff will bring a new direction to the hockey club and supply the team with plenty of innovative coaching, something Boucher is known for. The guidance of

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Brian Burke’s Best Work Yet To Come?

July 29th, 2010 No Comments

Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has had a busy summer acquiring numerous players via free agency and trading for some much needed depth. This summer Burke has acquired rugged forwards Colby Armstrong and Mike Brown via free agency while also adding speedy Stanley Cup winner Kris Versteeg to the fold via a trade with the Chicago Blackhawks. On defense Burke picked up veteran defenseman Brett Lebda, giving him even more depth on defense, which, in turn, may allow him to trade his ace in the hole, defenseman Tomas Kaberle. The acquisitions of Armstrong, Versteeg, Brown and Lebda should help transform the Leafs from perennial bottom feeders to playoff contenders. Burke’s earlier acquisitions include defensemen Mike Komisarek, Dion Phaneuf (who was awarded the captaincy over the summer) and Francois Beauchemin, all of whom should play a huge role in

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Max Talbot Calls Alex Ovechkin A “Douche”

July 28th, 2010 1 Comment

With the ensuing Winter Classic between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals gobbling up headlines, the plot got a little thicker yesterday when Penguins forward Max Talbot called Alex Ovechkin a “douche”. Talbot, who was being interviewed on a local Pittsburgh radio station, was referring to an incident when he was introduced to Ovechkin by teammate Evgeni Malkin. While Talbot did not give a specific reason or detail the incident he did say, “I hate the guy”. Talbot went on to say that “”I was actually at the NHL Awards last summer with (Evgeni) Malkin, and we brought the Stanley Cup over there after the season,” Talbot told The X. “Malkin knew Ovechkin, and introduced me to him, and the first impression wasn’t great. I’m not really gonna say what happened, but I’m like, ‘Okay, this guy is a

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Alex Ponikarovsky Signs With Los Angeles Kings

July 27th, 2010 No Comments

The Los Angeles Kings have announced that long-time Toronto Maple Leaf turned Pittsburgh Penguins rental player at last years trade deadline, Alex Ponikarovsky, has signed a one-year contract worth a reported $3 million. Ponikarovsky, who was originally drafted in the fourth round (87th overall) in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, stands 6’4” and weighs in at 220 pounds. Through parts of eight seasons with the Leafs and 16 games with the Pittsburgh Penguins at the tail end of the 2009-10 season, Ponikarovsky amassed a total of 116 goals and 266 points in 493 career NHL games. Last season Ponikarovsky scored a total of 21 goals and registered 50 points through 77 games split with the Leafs and Penguins. Ponikarovsky has been a consistent 20 goal player for five seasons now, scoring 21 in 2005-06, 21 in 2006-07, 18 in 2007-08,

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Vancouver Canucks sign RFA Mason Raymond

July 26th, 2010 No Comments

  It was announced today that the Canucks have re-signed forward Mason Raymond to a two-year deal. In keeping with club policy, terms were not disclosed.

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