Archive for August, 2010

Faces of the Franchise: Three Young Carolina Hurricanes To Watch For

August 13th, 2010 No Comments

That team, the Carolina Hurricanes, had begun the year dreadfully, just one season removed from a run to the Eastern Conference Finals. The ‘Canes were currently posting a miserable 10-27-7 record with just two measly wins away from the RBC Center. Further downgrading the outlook was the fact that Carolina had the second oldest average age out of all 30 NHL teams at 29.2. But now well over seven months later, the Carolina Hurricanes are just a shell of their former over-their-prime roster. Today, the new seventh youngest team is preparing for training camp with just 15 players signed to a one-way contract, leaving five spots available for prospects to earn during the preseason. While the ‘Canes still have nearly $12 million in cap space to work with, allowing for plenty of mid-season flexibility, the 2010-2011 Hurricanes have ridded themselves of

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Tomas Kaberle Rumors: Should Burke Be Looking At Prospects/Pick’s?

August 13th, 2010 No Comments

For the past several months we have read a nauseating amount of articles speculating on just what Toronto Maple Leafs general manger Brian Burke would be willing to accept for Tomas Kaberle.  With just over 48 hours to go until Kaberle’s no-trade clause kicks back in, Burke is said to be sifting through as many as ten different offers from around the league.  While very few names have been thrown around, there has been plenty of speculation as to which players have been offered to Burke.  Appearing on the Fan 590 Friday morning, Burke confirmed what it is he is looking for. “We’re looking for a forward with size and scoring ability if possible, and if not, we’ve been offered some what I would call “futures packages”, which include a high draft pick and a quality young player, and we

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Seven Key Players (and Coaches) Dumped After Winning a Stanley Cup

August 12th, 2010 No Comments

  Photo Credit: Paint It Blackhawks Today’s NHL world of salary caps, hidden bonuses, and strict roster regulations make it impossible to not understand why even the best players are often relegated to the free agent market. But when teams dump stars just weeks after they helped the franchise win the NHL’s biggest prize, the Stanley Cup, it’s clear that a loyalty’s broken. However, this has been done by more than a few of just the past 13 Cup Champions (1997-2010), and the most recent titlist, the Chicago Blackhawks, have truly re-opened the wound. Following several major trades with the Atlanta Thrashers and one very notable arbitration hearing, a number of major contributors in the Hawks’ Cup run are now unwelcome in Chicago, whether it was their choice or not. Since 1998, though, five more major players have gone through similar situations as many

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What Is Tomas Kaberle Worth?

August 10th, 2010 1 Comment

With 820 NHL games played, 80 career goals, 402 career assists and a career plus/minus rating of +27, Tomas Kaberle has the stats to back up his title of an elite defenseman. Originally drafted 204th overall in the 1996 NHL Entry Draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kaberle has played his entire career with the Leafs. Along the way Kaberle has played in a total of four All-Star Games (2002, 2007, 2008, 2009) and as a member of the Czech Republic team won Gold at the 2005 World Hockey Championships, Bronze at the 2006 winter Olympics, and Bronze at the 2006 World Championships. Known for his steady play, calm demeanor passing, and the ability to rush the puck, Kaberle is known as a good citizen both on and off the ice who quietly seems to find himself amongst the NHL’s

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Ilya Kovalchuk a Free Agent After NHL Wins Arbitration Hearing

August 9th, 2010 No Comments

Numerous on-line publications are reporting that Independent arbitrator Richard Bloch has ruled on the 17-year, $102 million Ilya Kovalchuk contract and the that NHL has won it’s case. As a result, Kovalchuk’s deal is now null and void and the talented Russian is now a free agent…again! The NHL had challenged the Kovalchuk deal on the pretense that the contract circumvented the NHL’s CBA. While many suspected the NHL would have difficulty proving their case, it appears as if Bloch, like so many other NHL fans, was able to see the Kovalchuk deal for what it was—a joke! Kovalchuk’s 17-year, $102 million deal would have seen the sniper retire at the age of 44. Needless to say, nobody was buying that Kovalchuk would play until he was 44, in fact, given the deal was largely front-loaded, it was thought that

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Ilya Kovalchuk Arbitration Hearing Concludes…And the Winner Is?

August 9th, 2010 No Comments

It appears as if the NHL and NHLPA will finally have an answer as to which side will emerge victorious in the grueling Ilya Kovalchuk saga. Richard Block—who was elected to be the arbitrator in the Kovalchuk hearings—has concluded his two-day hearings and now has until Monday to render a decision. Block has two options. First, he can choose to allow the Kovalchuk contract which would mean the NHL would have to accept the ridiculous 17-year, $102 million deal at face value. The other option would see Block side with the NHL, which would mean the contract would be rejected on the premise that it circumvents the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement. If Block does side with the NHL, the New Jersey Devils (the team that signed Kovalchuk to the deal) would not only potentially lose the services of the talented

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