Inside Report The Detroit Red Wings are clearly the class of the Central Division. Times won‚Äôt be as easy for the Wings as the Chicago Blackhawks are on the rise and the Nashville Predators are always a tough out for the Wings but they will run away with the division by at least 15 points 1. Detroit Red Wings (54-21-7) 2007-2008 Stanley Cup Champions In the salary cap era it is difficult for a Stanley Cup winner to field the same team the following season. The Detroit Red Wings have not only found a way to bring everyone back but they have a found a way to get even better with the addition of prize acquisition Marian Hossa. Hossa who spurned offers from the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers had his sights set on Detroit from the beginning of free agency. Hossa joins a team that ranked first in theRead More »
Inside Report While every team in this division took a step backward, the Oilers got much better. 1. Edmonton Oilers (41-35-6) The Oilers head into the 08-09 campaign with a better squad than they had in 2005-2006 when they made the Stanley Cup finals. Kevin Lowe stayed away from RFA sheets this summer and focused on the trade market. Lowe first brought in winger Erik Cole from the Carolina Hurricanes. Cole a potential 30-35 goal scorer will play on a line with Shawn Horcoff and Ales Hemsky. Lowe also bolstered his blue line trading for Kings defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky and added depth with the addition of Gilbert Brule. Visnovsky will team with D Sheldon Souray who missed the majority of last season with a shoulder injury. A healthy Souray with the addition of Cole gives the Oilers the potential to boast one of the league‚Äôs top power play units. TheRead More »
Pacific Division Inside Report: The Pacific division fields three Stanley cup contenders in the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks, and San Jose Sharks. The Stars are the most complete team, while the Sharks are the most talented team and the Ducks have the Stanley Cup experience. The Coyotes are going to be better and will push for a playoff spot while the Kings are going to be playing for a top 4 pick 1. Dallas Stars (45-30-7) The Stars are a team that doesn‚Äôt have many weaknesses. They are strong down the middle, strong on the blue line and strong between the pipes. They have the perfect makeup to knock off the Detroit Red Wings. The Stars made a key addition during the off-season signing forward Sean Avery. Avery gives them a nasty edge and will play well with forward Steve Ott who is one of the league‚Äôs most underrated agitators.Read More »
Forward Janne Pesonen has been assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League (AHL). The 24-man roster includes 14 forwards, seven defensemen and three goaltenders. The roster includes forwards, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, Petr Sykora, Miroslav Satan, Ruslan Fedotekno, Matt Cooke, Max Talbot, Tyler Kennedy, Pascal Dupuis, Eric Godard, Jeff Taffe, Bill Thomas and Paul Bissonnette; defensemen Brooks Orpik, Rob Scuderi, Hal Gill, Mark Eaton, Darryl Sydor, Kris Letang and Alex Goligoski; and goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury, Dany Sabourin and John Curry.
Cal U vs. Washington & Jefferson College Friday, October 3rd at 9:00 pm BladeRunners Ice Complex‚ÄîBethel Park, PA Mario Lemieux Foundation has donated autographed memorabilia to be sold at the game. The Cal U Men‚Äôs Ice Hockey-Cal I Team will be donating 50% of their admissions proceeds on Friday, October 3 to the Mario Lemieux Foundation in the memory of former University of Pittsburgh Hockey staff member Lauren Ruud who lost her battle with lymphoma.
Team‚Äôs looking to unload defenseman have placed calls to the Penguins to gauge trade interest. The Penguins have their eye on one particular player. Who could that be? Plus three teams have shown “mild” interest in Ryan Stone. Could a minor trade be in the works? Read more for the latest Updated: 11:25 a.m.
The Penguins had their final preseason game today in Finland. Sidney Crosby led the way with 3 assists. Crosby set up first period goals by Evgeni Malkin and Ruslan Fedotenko. Tyler Kennedy scored the Penguins third goal to put the Penguins up 3-1. Crosby assisted on Pascal Dupuis first goal of the preseason that put the Penguins up 4-1. Max Talbot, Paul Bissonnette, Bill Thomas, and Petr Sykora did not dress. Sykora and Talbot have minor injuries. Is Janne Pesonen finding his comfort zone? Also which defenseman sits this weekend and which teams looking to unload defensemen have called the Penguins? Read more for the inside scoop
Sources indicate the Washington Capitals have inquired about forward Brendan Shanahan. The man behind the Capitals interest can be accredited to Shanahan‚Äôs old teammate Sergei Fedorov. Fedorov is believed to be trying to lure Shanahan to the nation‚Äôs capital. Shanahan who currently waits for the Rangers to make up their mind will begin listening to offers from other teams within the next couple weeks, if the Rangers don’t make an official offer. The issue for the Capitals is they would have to move some salary to sign Shanahan.