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Colby Armstrong Headed To Toronto Maple Leafs

July 1st, 2010 No Comments

The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed highly-coveted free agent forward Colby Armstrong to a three-year $9 million contract. Armstrong, who stands 6’2 and weighs in at 195 pounds, was a former first round draft choice of the Pittsburgh Penguins (21st overall, 2001 NHL Entry Draft). He scored 15 goals and added 14 assists for a total of 29 points in 79 games with the Thrashers in 2009-10. Clearly, with last nights addition of Kris Versteeg and now Armstrong, Leafs general manager Brian Burke has added another tough player who will compete for top six minutes in Toronto. At $3 million per season, Burke has brought in a player that is both affordable and will fill the role of agitator and perhaps even get some time on the penalty kill—an area the Leafs need lot’s of help. It’s another step in

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Steve Yzerman Named Lightning GM: Was It A Good Move???

May 26th, 2010 No Comments

Numerous media outlets are reporting that Steve Yzerman will be announced as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s General Manager at a 3:00 p.m. news conference this afternoon. Yzerman had been working with the Detroit Red Wings as an executive. Most recently, he served as Team Canada’s general manager at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. He will leave Detroit for what can only be described as a great situation in Tampa. The Tampa situation does not come without it’s challenges but, given his resume and accomplishments, Yzerman’s should be able to solve them. In Jeff Vinik, the Tampa Bay Lightning finally boast an owner who is both stable and has deep pockets. Vinik, who bought the Lightning on March 3, 2010, has stated on many occasions that he is committed to recapturing the winning ways of the Lightning and to make the

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Monday Morning Musings With Me ‘The Big E’: Habs at It Again? and More…

May 3rd, 2010 No Comments

 Written By Guest Writer: Eric Warren Right now, Habs fans everywhere are drooling. Those fans who slept last night didn’t sleep well, and fans of the Pittsburgh Penguins slept even less. All in all it was a pretty good weekend of playoff hockey. Although it’s no surprise to me, the Sharks take a 2-0 series lead into Detroit tomorrow night where the “just not quite close enough” Red Wings will try to keep them from taking a stronger hold on a series that had most people picking the Wings in five!  So much for the experts .  The Montreal Canadiens are the Cinderella story of these 2010 Playoffs so far, having already taken the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Washington Capitals to seven games and defeating them. Mike Cammalleri has been an absolute killer for the Habs. Third in these playoffs with 13

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Is The Price Right? Carey Price To Start Game Four

April 21st, 2010 No Comments

Heading into the Playoffs the Montreal Canadiens seemed to have their goaltending all but figured out, Jaroslav Halak was their man. Now, on the heals of two sub-par games and subsequent losses, Halak will be replaced between the pipes with Carey Price. Yes, Jaroslav Halak has given up eight goals on the last 30 shots he has faced, but Halak is not entirely what ails the Canadiens, there is plenty of blame to go around. The Habs defense has been horrific with the likes of Marc-Andre Bergeron (-5) and Roman Hamrlik (-3), leading the way in defensive futility. Add that to an offensive core that has had trouble handling the Capitals larger forwards and you have a recipe for disaster. The fact is, the Candiens have been outclassed, outskated, outworked and just plain look out of gas against the high

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Crosby’s Equipment Found: Almost Made It’s Way To Russia

March 10th, 2010 No Comments

Reports have surfaced stating that the stick and glove that went missing soon after Sidney Crosby scored the winning goal in the Gold Medal game against the United States has been found. Hockey Canada released a statement saying Crosby’s equipment was, in fact, misplaced and not stolen as originally suspected. As it turns out the stick was found in a shipment that was reportedly headed to the IIHF Hall of Fame in St. Petersburg, Russia and that the glove was found in the possession of teammate Patrice Bergeron’s equipment bag. Reebok had just last week put up a $10,000 reward for the return of the “priceless” items, no word on whether or not Bergeron will collect on the reward (of course I am joking). The stick and gloves are now expected to be given back to Crosby who in all likelihood will

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Reflecting On Canada’s Gold Medal Win: What Now?

March 2nd, 2010 3 Comments

Heading into the 2010 Olympic tournament Canada’s hockey team was the prohibitive favorite to win the gold medal. As fate would have it, Canada fulfilled the “experts” predictions, capturing the gold medal Sunday afternoon at the expense of the surprisingly strong American team. It’s easy to say, “Canada won because they were expected to win,” but given their trials and tribulations throughout the Olympics, Canada earned the gold and were full value for their 3-2 win over Team USA. At the other end, the American squad looked every bit as good as Canada for most of the game and, in some people’s eyes—namely USA head coach Ron Wilson’s—USA Hockey deserved a better result. So, how is it a team/nation that was not supposed to even compete for a medal was playing Canada for gold on Sunday afternoon? Just how did

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