Archive for September, 2010

NHL Fines Devils: Lou Lamoriello Denies Wrongdoing.

September 13th, 2010 No Comments

In what feels like a never ending saga, the NHL has levied fines against the New Jersey Devils over their attempt to circumvent the collective bargaining agreement with regards to the 17-year, $102 million contract extended to Ilya Kovalchuk in late July. With Kovalchuk now signed to a 15-year, $100 million contract to play in New Jersey, the NHL has elected to go forward with disciplining the Devils for their prior actions, slapping the team with a $3 million fine and a loss of a first round draft choice and a third round draft choice, respectively. The Devils will determine when they will give up the future first round draft pick after the conclusion of the 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014 Stanley Cup Finals has concluded. In a statement released to the press, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello appeared to

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The Vancouver Canucks Young Prospects Go Star-Less Against The Edmonton Oilers

September 13th, 2010 No Comments

I’m not going to get into the Roberto Luongo captaincy topic that has been regurgitated so much it looks like milk curd, because it’s old news by now anyways. What I’d like to do is discuss the Young Stars Tournament game last night between the Edmonton Oilers and Vancouver Canucks prospects.

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Toronto Maple Leafs: The Kids Are Alright!

September 11th, 2010 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs rookie tournament commenced in London, Ontario on Saturday night with the Maple Leafs rookies facing the Chicago Blackhawks rookies. It’s often tough to measure a player’s ability at these tournaments, but given the Leafs strong play for most of the game, it appears as if the Leafs stable of prospects has more than a few gems in the fold. Given all attention he has received over the summer many of the eyes in attendance were on Nazem Kadri, who did not disappoint on the evening, laying out a number of hits and playing a spirited offensive game. Greg McKegg (drafted 62nd overall by the Maple Leafs in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft) had an impressive game scoring once and adding an assist. His offensive flare and creativity was outstanding on Saturday night, with Mckeeg earning first

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Calgary Flames: Cap Concerns Looming Large

September 10th, 2010 No Comments

According to capgeek.com, the Flames currently have a total of $61,749,995 committed to 23 players, which means somebody has to be trimmed from the roster before the start of the 2010-11 NHL season. Defensemen Steve Staios ($2.7 million), Cory Sarich ($3.6 million) and forward Nik Hagman ($3.0 million) look to be the most likely candidates to be shipped out. Complicating matters is the fact that a total of seven forwards, two defensemen and Mikka Kiprusoff (goaltender) have some form of no-movement/modified no-trade or straight out no-trade clauses, which will make it very unlikely that any of them are moved. As big as this season’s issue is, the bigger concern is 2011-12. Calgary has a total of $50,058,333 committed to 14 players in 2011-12, which is an alarming amount of money for so little players. Of those 14 aforementioned players, nine

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Toronto Maple Leafs: Five Questions Facing The Team In 2010-11

September 8th, 2010 No Comments

With training camp just a few weeks away, many NHL teams are already to see some holes in their armor. Salary cap restraints, questionable off-season signings, failure to address off-season needs and high expectations for younger players have many NHL fans wondering what the biggest questions are facing their favorite NHL team. Amongst much change, a face-lift in the attitude department and an offense that has few NHL teams nervous, the The Toronto Maple Leafs are no exception, as they have many burning questions heading into the 2010-11 season. Let’s take a look at some of the Maple Leafs’ biggest question marks heading into the upcoming season. 1. Which Goaltender Will Emerge as the Number One Goalie? If you are a fan of putting a lot of stock in pre-season remarks, Maple Leafs head coach Ron Wilson’s recent comments that

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Is Phil Kessel Ready To Make The Jump To Elite Status?

September 7th, 2010 9 Comments

When it comes to the Toronto Maple Leafs scoring, many believe it begins and ends with Phil Kessel. For the most part the observers are correct—Kessel is the Leafs main goal-scoring threat. That said, given general manager Brian Burke’s recent acquisitions (Kris Versteeg, Colby Armstrong, Clarke MacArthur, Luca Caputi) and with the all but certain addition of talented scorer Nazem Kadri to the mix, the Leafs look to have a much deeper offensive lineup heading into the 2010-11 season. In 2009-10 Kessel accounted for a total of 30 goals and 55 points—good enough to equate to a total of 14.3 percent of Toronto’s goals, which ranked him 13th overall with Steven Stamkos of the Tampa Bay Lightning finishing first with 51 goals or 23.9 percent of Tampa’s goals. Overall, having played a total of just 70 games of the 82-game

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