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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


How Would You Solve Chicago’s Cap Problems If You Were Stan Bowman?

July 13th, 2010 10 Comments

With the Chicago Blackhawks matching the four-year $14 million offer sheet  San Jose made to defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson it has left them with just about $113,410 in cap space.  With this little cap room they still have some restricted free agents and their starting goaltender Antti Niemi to sign. Although there are rumours from various sources out there that if Niemi is requesting too rich a contract for Chicago’s cap situation they will look to deal him and attempt to sign Marty Turco instead. Let’s assume that Chicago buries Cristobal Huet’s ($5,625,000 cap hit)contract in the AHL or overseas and the have Corey Crawford at the NHL level as their back up ($800,000 cap hit).  That would leave them $4,938,410 in cap space to sign the likes of Jack Skille, Bryan Bickell, Jordan Hendry, and Antti Niemi. For arguments sake let’s


The NHL is Waiting on Ilya Kovalchuk to Sign

July 12th, 2010 No Comments

Once again the NHL is waiting on the Kovalchuk saga to end prior to beginning the quest for other talents. Currently it is rumoured that the New Jersey Devils have offered a 17 year contract worth $100 million. While the rumoured deal with the LA Kings would be 15 years worth $100 million. The structure of the Devils contract offer appears to be front loaded money for the first 10 years of the contract and then the remaining seven years drop down to $1 million or $2 million per season. This would keep the deal to approximately a $5.8 million cap hit over the 17 year term. In Toronto, GM Brian Burke seems to have decided to sit on the offers for Tomas Kaberle at this time. Surely once Kovalchuk is signed some of the teams that missed out will


Blackhawks Niklas Hjalmarsson Signed To Offer Sheet By San Jose Sharks

July 9th, 2010 2 Comments

The Blackhawks appear set to lose yet another peice of their Stanley Cup winning roster in top four defenceman Niklas Hjalmarsson. After having already lost Dustin Byfuglien and Kris Versteeg how much more can they lose? As reported by Bob McKenzie of TSN, the offer sheet from San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson is a four year $14 million deal. This would be an average cap hit of $3.5 million according to Chicago general manager Stan Bowman now has seven days to match this offer or receive a first and third round draft pick from the San Jose Sharks as compensation since Hjalmarsson is a restricted free agent. The question is, do the Blackhawks has the cap room necessary to avoid losing Hjalmarsson? Currently the Hawks are sitting with $3,613,410 in cap space for next season and they


Simon Gagne To Be Put On Waivers, Target For The Leafs?

July 9th, 2010 6 Comments

There are rumours around the NHL that the Philadelphia Flyers, with their cap problems, may be forced to place forward Simon Gagne on waivers.  The need arises from the Flyers venture to sign the enigmatic Nikolai Zherdev. It has been rumoured and reported that Gagne has been asked to waive his no trade clause, which he seems unwilling to do. He may possibly waive it for a small number of teams. But the rumours are that the Flyers may just get it over with by waiving him for the rest of the league to claim. Why in the world would the Flyers essentially trade Gagne for Zherdev is beyond me, but I am not the General Manager of the Flyers. In the case of the Flyers waiving Gagne, the teams with the worst records will have priority over the other