Archive for July, 2010

NHL Free Agency: Carolina Hurricanes Team Report (July 16 Edition)

July 16th, 2010 No Comments

Despite a period of silence surrounding the Carolina Hurricanes over the past week since they signed Joe Corvo, several minor signings have began to fill out the depth chart for the ‘Canes new minor league affiliate, the Charlotte Checkers. Carolina’s official website, as well as plenty of other sources, report that 26-year-old defenseman Bryan Rodney, 24-year-old goaltender Justin Pogge, and 24-year-old center Nick Dodge have all been signed to new contracts by the Hurricanes. All three had become restricted free agents on July 1st. Bryan Rodney, the only of the three to make an NHL appearance for Carolina last season, was inked to a one year deal that will pay him $525,000 at the NHL level in the upcoming year. Rodney was a significant part of the Albany River Rats’ defense last season in both the regular season and playoffs, as well

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2010-11 NHL Season: 12 Developing Players To Watch

July 15th, 2010 1 Comment

Every year NHL fans wait with great anticipation to watch the newest crop of NHL rookies arrive on the scene. Last season we saw several rookies post impressive seasons, including Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene Buffalo Sabres defenseman Tyler Myers and Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask. With their rookie seasons behind them, the 2009-10 rookie crop will now be counted on to exceed their totals as sophomores, something many struggle with. Let’s take a look at the 12 sophomores you should be looking out for during the 2010-11 season. Tuukka Rask: Boston Bruins, Goaltender Tuukka Rask put up some of the most impressive numbers for a rookie goaltender in recent memory. Rask ranked first overall in Save percentage (.931) and goals against average (1.97), while his five shut outs ranked Rask seventh overall. Rask played 45 games last season, posting

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Chris Conner and Brett Sterling: Good Things Come in Small Packages for Penguins

July 15th, 2010 No Comments

On Monday, Pittsburgh Penguins restricted free agent Chris Conner agreed to terms with the team by signing his qualifying offer for a one year deal. Prior to that, the Penguins signed free agent winger Brett Sterling, who had been in the Atlanta Thrashers organization since coming out of college in 2006. What do Brett Sterling and Chris Conner have in common, aside from the fact that they are both scoring wingers? They are both under six feet tall, and despite their smaller frames, they have had relatively successful professional hockey careers. Let’s take a look at Conner. Conner comes in at 5’8” and 175 pounds. Before coming to the Penguins in 2009, he played in the Dallas Stars organization. He played parts of three seasons with the team from 2006-2009, scoring 24 points in 71 games. In a tough year

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NHL Trade Rumors: Six Teams Interested in Trading for Tim Thomas

July 14th, 2010 No Comments

You don’t have to be from Boston to know who Tim Thomas is. After finishing the 2008-2009 regular season with an impressive 36-11-7 record, .933 save percentage, and a 2.10 goals-against average (GAA), Thomas led the top-seeded Bruins into the playoffs with confidence. Although Boston was surprisingly knocked out of the postseason by Carolina in the conference semifinals, Thomas’ efforts were still enough to earn him the Vezina trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender. But this past season, the 36-year-old Thomas took a plunge for the ages. Despite a still-decent .915 save percentage, Thomas was just 17-18-8 with 104 total goals allowed by midseason, just 10 fewer than he gave up in all of the previous year. By then, Thomas was seeing fewer and fewer starts, and by spring, the veteran was using up $5 million in cap space on

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Simon Gagne moving to the Los Angeles Kings?

July 14th, 2010 12 Comments

Just a quick update here, with the Kings now appearing to be falling out of the Kovalchuk sweepstakes it appears they are now making a play for the Flyers Simon Gagne. Gagne’s agent has reported to ESPN that he has been given permission to talk trade regarding his client with the Kings. His $5.25 million cap hit would most definitely be more friendly to the Kings future cap situation with players like Drew Doughty coming up for contract negotiations in the next couple years. Also the Kings would be acquring a proven playoff performer with an Olympic gold medal to his name. Gagne is a solid 30 goal, 60 point player in the NHL, and while he is not as flashy as Kovalchuk he could be more valuable to the Kings playoff performance next season. Please comment below with your

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Kevin Bieksa of the Vancouver Canucks—on the Trading Block?

July 13th, 2010 No Comments

  The rumor mill is just a spinning these days with what seems to be the inevitable – that Kevin Bieksa will be traded. There have been a number of teams mentioned with the first one being Columbus Blue Jackets and now San Jose Sharks. I can’t see why the Canucks would want to trade a gritty type D-man in Bieksa to a team that they have had trouble beating over the last three seasons (2W). Both have a number of players that would help the Canucks third line and reduce the Bieksa – $3.75 million cap hit. So with that in mind I took a look at who might be trade material if the other teams were willing to make the deal. First off three players from the San Jose system and then two from Columbus. Brandon Mashinter Left

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