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What Are Canada’s Chances At A Stanley Cup This Season?

October 4th, 2011 No Comments

With the pre-season officially in the books, the regular season is just hours away from commencing, giving Canada back it’s favorite drug- Hockey! For some NHL teams the playoffs looks to be all but a sure thing, including the likes of the Detroit Red Wings, Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks and Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference, followed by the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference. For others, a playoff birth will be hard fought, if not impossible, which will likely cause many Canadians to hit the pharmacy or the local liquor store on more than a few occasions! For Canadian hockey fans there is plenty to be excited about. The Winnipeg Jets are officially back, while the Toronto Maple Leafs looked poised to make the jump to the playoffs…or not!

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NHL Trade Rumors: Who Will Replace Tomas Kaberle?

February 13th, 2011 No Comments

The Time for Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke to trade Tomas Kaberle was never better than last summer. Void of his no-trade clause, Kaberle was susceptible  to a move but Burke failed to pull the trigger on a deal, suggesting the returns being offered up by opposing GM’s were underwhelming. Given the lack of interest in Kaberle from NHL circles, Burke happily held onto Kaberle, where he has watched his veteran defenseman have an ordinary season on a team that has once again fallen short of expectations. Even with Kaberle struggling at times this season, in a league with few defenseman that can play upwards of 25 minutes per night, make a terrific outlet pass, run the power play and play with poise, Kaberle is expected to be sought after by several NHL teams. The Boston Bruins, New

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Darryl Sutter Steps Down As Calgary Flames GM—What Now?

December 28th, 2010 No Comments

Numerous media sources are reporting that Calgary Flames general manager Darryl Sutter is stepping down with assistant GM Jay Feaster taking over a team that has failed to produce. Many fans were clamoring to see Sutter fired during the off-season—an off-season that saw Sutter make a number of questionable moves, including the signings of Olli Jokinen and Alex Tanguay to contracts when they had failed to produce in Calgary before. Feaster, who won a Stanley Cup as the Tampa Bay Lightning’s GM, is expected to keep Brent Sutter in the head coaching position, while Duane Sutter’s future as director of player personnel also looks safe, for now. The Flames own a 16-18-3 record, not a disaster, but hardly what many Flames Flames expected from their club. When you look at the overall picture the Flames look to be in trouble,

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NHL Breaking News: Carolina Hurricanes Trade For Ian White, Brett Sutter

November 17th, 2010 No Comments

The Carolina Hurricanes, and General Manager Jim Rutherford, have known that they needed some defensive help. They might just have found it in a very well-advised trade today with the Calgary Flames. Both teams have struggled as of late. The ‘Canes have been outscored by a combined score of 15-3 over their last two games and have given up 60 goals on the year, tied for second-most among all Eastern Conference teams. Meanwhile, Calgary has lost six of their last seven games and have quickly fallen nine points behind Northwest Division-leading Vancouver. However, the trade, in which the Flames send defenseman Ian White and left winger Brett Sutter to Carolina in exchange for defenseman Anton Babchuk and right winger Tom Kostopoulos, might have positive outcomes for both teams. Carolina will get a major defensive boost with 26-year-old Ian White. White had played

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Dion Phaneuf: Does He Deserve The Criticism?

November 9th, 2010 No Comments

When Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke pulled off a seven-player deal that included bringing defenseman Dion Phaneuf over from the Calgary Flames many Leaf fans were thrilled. Blessed with a reputation for big hits, big presence and a big shot, Phaneuf looked to be the answer to the Maple Leafs struggles, even if there were rumors that Phaneuf had “flamed” out in Calgary. Phaneuf’s first steps into the Maple Leafs locker room included a memorable moment in which he headed straight for the stereo, cranked up the tunes and made his presence felt. For many, it marked the turning point in the franchise- this was going to be Dion’s team, come hell or high water. In his first game action with the Maple Leafs Phaneuf played a rugged game that saw the future captain of the Buds register

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Jarome Iginla: Do The Los Angeles Kings Want Him?

November 6th, 2010 7 Comments

Numerous rumors are circulating that it’s just a mater of time before Calgary Flames forward Jarome Iginla is traded. Given Iginla’s sub-par performance last season and subsequent slow start to the 2010-11 season I can understand the Flames wanting to shop Iggy, but with three years left on his contract at a cap hit of $7 million, does any NHL team really want his services? Complicating matters is the fact that Iginla owns a no movement clause. That said, Iginla does not strike me as the kind of player that wants to remain in the fold if he is not wanted, so I do not foresee that NMC being an issue. Elliotte Friedman of CBC Sports wrote earlier in the month that Iginla would agree to a trade, but only if the Flames make it public that any move is

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