Tomas Kaberle vs. Luke Schenn: Who Should The Leafs Trade?

July 5th, 2010 44 Comments

For as long as he has been a Toronto Maple Leaf, Tomas Kaberle has heard his name mentioned in just about every trade rumor known to man. That said, this off-season the trade rumors look to have plenty of truth to them with Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke saying he is willing to listen to trade offers on Kaberle- especially in light of Kaberle’s no trade clause being lifted until August 15th, 2010. Kaberle currently has a salary cap hit of $4,250,000 and is set to become a unrestricted free agent after the conclusion of the 2010-11 season. Known as a tremendous puck moving defenseman who skates well and can quarterback your power play, Kaberle’s skill-set and salary are very attractive to his suitors, which are believed to be many. It has been widely speculated that Burke is looking

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Kovalchuk About To Sign Deal With The Devil(s)?

July 5th, 2010 No Comments

According to Mark Everson of the New York Post, the New Jersey Devils appear to be the front runners to sign unrestricted free agent Ilya Kovalchuk. Everson cites a source that suggests the deal will be for $60 million over seven years, which is far less than the New York Islanders rumored deal of $100 million over 10 years. Kovalchuk, who was rumored to be headed to the Los Angeles Kings last Friday, rejected that offer over the weekend, leaving the New York Islanders and Devils as the front runners in the sweepstakes for the NHL’s top free agent. While this deal has yet to be announced by the Devils or Kovalchuk’s agent, it makes sense on the surface, especially if Kovalchuk is longing for a Stanley Cup. Though the Devils were unable to get past the Philadelphia Flyers in

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Edmonton Oilers Sign Alexandre Giroux: Will He Finally Live Up To Potential?

July 5th, 2010 No Comments

The Edmonton Oilers announced Saturday that they have signed perennial AHL star Alexandre Giroux to a one-year contract worth a reported $500,000. Giroux, who stands 6’3” and weighs in at 205 pounds, was originally taken in the seventh round of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft (213th overall). He has spent most of his professional hockey career in the American Hockey League where he has amassed over 300 goals over 636 career AHL games played. Giroux has spent the past three seasons with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, where he has posted back-to-back 50 goal plus seasons, including a career best 60 goal performance in 2008-09. Clearly, Giroux has the talent to play at the AHL level, but he has never been able to transform his AHL skills into the NHL, where he has amassed a paltry four goals, nine

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Ilya Kovalchuk Balks At Joining L.A.; What Now?

July 5th, 2010 No Comments

After tons of speculation suggesting that highly sought after free agent sniper, Ilya Kovalchuk was going to sign with the Los Angeles Kings, the L.A. Times is reporting that they were informed by Kings’ general manager Dean Lombardi that Kovalchuk would not be headed to Tinseltown. “We took our best shot to meet his (Kovalchuk’s) needs and the teams”, Lombardi wrote to the L.A. Times via email. At this point there are still a number of NHL teams still interested in Kovalchuk, including the New Jersey Devils, Colorado Avalanche, and the New York Islanders—who are said to have tendered a ten-year $10 million dollar deal to Kovalchuk, the same amount he turned down from the Atlanta Thrashers organization just a few months ago. While it is unknown as to how much money and what kind of term the Kings were

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NHL Free Agency: Is Calgary Going Down in Flames?

July 2nd, 2010 No Comments

For those of you who grew up in the 80s, you’ll remember the movie Back To The Future. Well, given the Calgary Flames latest free agent signings, that’s exactly what they are doing—going back in hopes of a great future. Flames general manager Darryl Sutter signed both Olli Jokinen (who signed a two-year, $6 million contract) and Alex Tanguay (who signed a one-year, $1.7 million contract), in hopes that both players can somehow find a way where they failed before. Jokinen—who was traded to the New York Rangers by the Flames earlier this year—spent parts of two seasons with the Flames, posting eight goals and seven assists for 15 points in 19 games played with the Flames in 2008-09 and 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points in 56 games played with the Flames in 2009-10. For those that

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NHL Free Agency: Ilya Kovalachuk and Los Angeles Kings Talking?

July 2nd, 2010 No Comments

Several hockey sources (including Helene Elliot of the L.A. Times) are reporting that the Los Angeles Kings and Ilya Kovalchuk are talking deal. The biggest stumbling block is, of course, money, with Kovalchuk believed to be asking for a long term deal in the $10 million per year range. The Kings finished the 2009-10 season with a 46-27-9 record, good enough for sixth overall in the Western Conference. While offense was not an issue for the Kings last season (averaged 2.82 goals per game—eighth best in the NHL), the addition of Kovalchuk (who has the potential to score 50 goals in any given season) would catapult the Kings into an offensive juggernaut, giving their young defense and average goaltending some much needed breathing room. The Kings currently have $44,713,334 committed to 16 players, leaving them with a total of $17,526,666

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