NHL Rumor Mill

 

League sources told The Toronto Sun that the Oilers and Flyers have made calls to Devils GM Lou Lamoriello about acquiring the negotiating rights to center Scott Gomez. The New York Rangers might also be coming into play for Gomez, who has reportedly been skating with Brendan Shanahan, who has made it known to Blueshirts management he wants to return to the Big Apple. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Edmonton was trying to acquire the negotiating rights to Gomez before the market opens in the hope that the Oilers could then trade those rights to Philly for defenseman Joni Pitkanen. One dark horse could be the Hurricans making a run at GomezPotential Suitors: Flyers, Rangers, LA , EDM, CAR? Chris Drury is good as gone in Buffalo. Drury is expected to land a 6 year 42 million deal when he enters free agency on July 1st. The San Jose SharksRead More »

Penguins Select Angelo Esposito

 

Great selection by the Penguins. I could not believe Esposito fell all the way to #20. Once his name wasn’t called at 17, i had a feeling he was going to fall into the Pens lap. The word around Penguins camp right now is he is a year away but who knows thats what they said about Staal. The Penguins scouting department had him rated #7 on their list What a day it really was for the Pens. First the signings of Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi and then trading Chris Thorburn to Atlanta for a 3rd round pick. I was in shock when i received word of that. What was Atlanta thinking. Expect the wheel and dealing to be at a frenzy tommorow. Penguins are looking at all of their options right now and the 3rd round pick they received for Thorburn gave them more assets to address theirRead More »

Latest Penguin Buzz: Updated 8:23 P.M.

 

Gary Roberts and Mark Recchi have been set a deadline that If talks do not progress by tomorrow afternoon or the impression is Roberts and Recchi will enter free agency the Penguins are expected to move on and pursue other avenues via trades. The impression i get from Ray Shero’s quotes in the papers is that he seems more intent in upgrading the defense corps then finding a sniper to play alongside Sidney Crosby. I think he’s just waiting for the right deal to materialize but if that’s the truth he’s making the same mistake the Steelers are with Ben Roethlisberger. Surround your star player with Paul Kariya and Tory Holt not Ryan Malone and Cedric Wilson. The LA Kings and St. Louis Blues have serious interest in Colby Armstrong. There are suitors out there for Armstrong but it’s hard to get a read on whether the Penguins are activelyRead More »

Latest Penguin Buzz

 

Expect the Penguins to make a splash this weekend at the draft via trade. Latest rumors The LA Kings and St.Louis Blues have serious interest in Colby Armstrong. The Edmonton Oilers have interest in Sergei Gonchar but he is not at the top of their list. The right deal would have to be on the table as it is believed the Penguins are not looking to move Gonchar. The Oilers are shopping Rafi Torres, Jason Smith and Joffrey Lupul. Ryan Malone to Montreal has gained some steam in the past two days. Kovalev could be their target but i am not that certain. The Habs are dangling their 1st round/ Kovy to get rid of his salary so they can make a run at Daniel Briere. The Penguins have no interest in trading Georges Laraque Eric Christensen rumors just wont go away. I’ve heard Edmonton, Columbus, and Chicago as potentialRead More »

Steelers Vets believe Faneca should get paid

 

Mike Tomlin is laying down the law in Steeler country and there are indications that he is in the process of winning over the team he inherited from Bill Cowher earlier this year, but Pro footballtalk is reporting Tomlin still has a long way to go before he’s viewed as being firmly in control. ProfootballTalk.com is reporting that most if not all of the Steelers veteran players believe that Pro Bowl guard Alan Faneca is getting a raw deal in the pay department from the team. My take: This should not come to any ones surprise that vets such as Hines Ward are coming to the defense of Alan Faneca. What did these guys expect, the Steelers to break the bank for a aging offensive guard who showed signs of slowing down last season. The front office has bigger issues than Faneca, such as signing Troy Polamalu to a longRead More »

Flyers make Big Splash

 

According to TSN.ca, the Nashville Predators and Philadelphia Flyers have agreed to a sign and trade deal where Nashville will send forward Scott Hartnell and defenseman Kimmo Timonen to Philadelphia and has signed both to long-term deals. Hartnell has signed a $25.2M deal for six years and Timonen $37.8M for six years. In return, the Predators regain the 1st round draft pick previously traded to the Flyers as part of the deal involving Peter Forsberg. Scott Hartnell was on many Penguin fans wishlists but i for one am happy he is now off the free agent list. Hartnell is a quality forward but to pay him 25 million over 6 years is absurd. The reality is Ray Shero would not have offered over 3 million per year. Let’s just be happy the Flyers overspent on Hartnell and not us. As for Timonen, he is a very good defenseman but aRead More »

Roberts waiting for offer from Ottawa?

 

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 »

Crosby wins Hart Trophy

 

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 »

Crosby the favorite to win the Hart Trophy

 

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 »

Bigger nets becoming a reality

 

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 »