Ottawa Senators General Manager John Muckler is expected to be fired this afternoon despite his team advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals. Slam Sports in Canada is reporting that sources say a key factor in Muckler’s demise was the inability to get winger Gary Roberts from Florida at the trade deadline in March,defying specific instructions from Melnyk to do so. In the end, the Senators refused to give up the No. 1 pick in what’s considered a “weak” 2007 draft and instead picked up Oleg Saprykin from the Phoenix Coyotes for a second-round pick in 2008. An NHL source said yesterday Melnyk summoned Muckler to a meeting in New York a few days after the trade deadline. Muckler was asked to explain why the club didn’t get Roberts and “was put on notice then.” *courtesy of Slam Canoe Sports* My take: It has become evident that Gary Roberts is waitingRead More »
The NHL awards ceremony turned into the Crosby show Thursday night in Toronto. Crosby at age 19 became the youngest player to be awarded the M.V.P. trophy. Earlier in the evening Crosby won the Lester B. Pearson Award as the most valuable player as voted on by the players association. Crosby was also named a first-team All-Star and before game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals Crosby was awarded the Art Ross trophy as the leagues leading scorer netting 120 pts becoming the youngest player to receive each of these honors. Evgeni Malkin brought home the Calder trophy edging teammate Jordin Staal 3rd in voting and Colorado Avalanche forward Paul Stastny who finished second in voting. Malkin lived up to the hype netting 85 points despite missing most of training and the first four games of the regular season. With a full season under his belt, Malkin will look toRead More »
Breakdown of the Awards; courtesy of the Canadien Press* Hart Trophy The official Hart winner has been determined by secret ballots cast by selected members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. goaltenders Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils and Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks got the most points. CP’s panel deemed Crosby’s scoring title at 19 trumped what anybody else did. It went 7-1 that he’d win the Hart. We’re talking Wayne Gretzky-like impact when we talk Crosby. One predicted Luongo will get the Hart. Who will win: Crosby. Who should win: Crosby. Vezina TrophyLuongo and Brodeur led voting by league GMs for the Vezina Trophy for top goaltender, and the CP panel split 4-4 on who will win it. Brodeur had slightly better stats with a record 48 wins, a .922 save percentage, a 2.18 GAA and a career-high 12 shutouts. Luongo had 47 wins, was fourthRead More »
The National Hockey League is looking into the possibility that if scoring does not rise next season they will make the nets bigger. It has been talked about for the past two seasons and the idea is gaining momentum. Making the goalie equipment has not worked and the only other option is expanding the nets. Heres some quotes from GM’s around the league Jim Rutherford: Carolina Hurricanes “There are more than a handful of guys in favor of continuing to look at this,” Rutherford tells us. “You‚Äôll see in buildings where the home team has the power play and fans are screaming, shoot, shoot. “Well, the reason they don‚Äôt shoot is because there is nothing to shoot at except shin pads. There are no lanes anymore. Then the question is, if there is bigger nets, will they come up with another way to defend? Dave Polie: Nashville Predators “Larger netsRead More »
Rumors have been swirling around since this morning that Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi are going to sign as a combo or not sign at all. Mark Recchi is upset about the Pens low ball offer and who can blame him at all. Recchi is aging at the minute but it’s gotta be tough being told your going to make the same salary as Jarko Ruutu while you finished third on the team in points. 1.3 million is all i would offer Mark Recchi but he’s got a point to being upset. About the rumor that Roberts and Recchi will sign as combo or not is absolutely just a rumor. The reason Roberts hasn’t resigned is he’s waiting to hear about what kind of offer Toronto is going to send his way. He’s not waiting on Mark Recchi. The ending of the Sopranos was fantastic. On the morning radio showsRead More »
Roger Clemens pitched 6 strong innings for the Yankees as the Pirates lost to the New York Yankees 9-3 today at Yankee stadium. Pitcher Paul Maholm (2-9, 5.33 era) was on the mound for the Buccos and was given the loss and lasted only 5 innings. Is it too early for the Pirates to give up on Zach Duke ( 2-6 , 5.75 era) and Maholm? Of course it’s not to early to give up on Duke and Maholm. The Pirates made the mistake of giving up on Oliver Perez last season but he is different than these two. Perez has #1 stuff and just needed a change of scenery and some quality coaching which is what he is getting in New York. Duke and Maholm are pitchers with average stuff. As much as i hate the Pirates right now and think their awful team, if Duke or Maholm actuallyRead More »
It is becoming evident that the Penguins chances of retaining Gary Roberts grow slimmer and slimmer as each day passes. Roberts was on the Fan590 radio show last night and stated he enjoyed his time in Pittsburgh but he is likely to enter free agency before making a decision. Some quick notes from the interview is that he seeking a two year deal and will only listen to offers from Pittsburgh, Toronto and Ottawa. He also said Pittsburgh is not out of the picture and could resign with them before free agency begins. After the season i felt the Penguins had until June 1st to get a deal done with Roberts and now each passing day is not good. I will not rule out Roberts returning but who knows what can of crazy offer a team like Toronto may offer. The Penguins are not expected to increase their offer ofRead More »
Today the Pittsburgh Pirates proved to their fans that they are not serious about winning when they passed on catcher Matt Wieters and selected left-handed pitcher Daniel Moskos from Clemson University. I called this move a week ago but for some reason i had a hunch they were going to shock the world and select the star catcher who is projected to be a 35-40 home run hitter. The main reason the Pirates passed on Wieters is because he will command a 7-9 million signing bonus compared to the 2 million signing bonus Moskos will command. According to MLB.com, Moskos is one of the, if not the top, college reliever in the draft class, helped by the fact he throws from the left side. While some think he can start because of three potential pitches, Moskos is expected to thrown out of the bullpen once he reaches the big leagues.Read More »
CKNW Radio in Vancouver is reporting the Penguins have held talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets regarding talented left winger Nikolai Zherdev. This past February the Penguins made an attempt to acquire Zherdev during the trade deadline but the Jackets wouldn’t back of their stance of a 1st round pick being included into the deal. Likely names such as Ryan Malone and Colby Armstrong will be thrown around but the player that makes sense is Eric Christensen. Rumors floating around are the Jackets and Pens did infact lay the framework for a Christensen – Zherdev trade in late February but nothing materialized beyond preliminary talks. From what i have been able to come up with the Blue Jackets are not asking for a 1st round pick anymore but want a established young player in return. stay tuned….
The glaring question heading into game 4 between the Ducks and Sens is what effect will the suspension of Chris Pronger have on the Ducks? In the Western conference finals Pronger was suspended for game 4 and the Ducks still managed to pull out the win. Hopefully history will be on their side again. Despite a gritty win by the Sens Saturday night, this is still the Ducks series to lose. Chris Pronger’s suspension gives the Senators the edge for tonights game but J.S. Giguere will be the difference maker and the Ducks will head to Anaheim with a commanding 3-1 series lead. Am i only one who thinks Scott Niedermayer is not the same player he use to be.