Thursday, December 28, 2006

Let The Rumours Begin...

A lot of rumours coming in today. The Rangers are very active, looking at players such as Datsyuk, Nagy and Doan.

The Leafs are in the market for a #2 centre, with names such as Allison, Comrie and Conroy coming up.

For more rumours check's rumour mill each day for all the rumours from around the league.

Also, check out Marc Valeri's latest article, where he tells you not to vote for Rory! with all your questions, comments, etc.

Monday, December 25, 2006

Happy Holidays Everyone

Here at i just want to wish you all a very safe and happy holidays. I am now away until Wednesday, which is good because thats when the NHL roster freeze ends. Have a great few days, enjoy the turkey!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Penguins, Brian Leetch, and 10 million Hits

First off, I want to say thank you to all of you who visit this site on a regular basis. Today we hit our 10 millionth hit for the year, which is amazing! We will continue to grow, and remember to email me at with any suggestions on how we can make this site better. We're always looking for people to help with the site, as well as to write for us, etc. so check let us know. had a full update today, with most pages getting new information, so check it out.

Now, on to the hockey. Today the Penguins announced that the likelyhood of the Pens staying in Pittsburgh is not very likely, and that the team is exploring relocation. At this point, it seems very unlikely that the Pens will remain in Pittsburgh. Kansas City seems the most likely to land the team, while Portland and Vegas are in this as well. I don't understand why the NHL will not let the team move to a Canadian city, as this would be best for the franchise. This team has exciting young players, move them to somewhere that wants them, somewhere where the team could sell out every night. Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Winnepeg or QC, pick one, and move the Pens there. It's the best move the NHL has, and they are refusing to make it.

Leetch continues to skate and is looking to return to the NHL somewhere around the all-star break. Atlanta had interest at some point, however, it is unknown if they still do. Boston is rumoured to be shopping Brad Stuart (LA really wants him), and if that would happen, Leetch could return to Boston. Don't count out the Rangers and Sens yet either on Leetch, both could use any help they can find.

Stay tuned to for all the latest, the Pens situation will continue to develop over the next week or so.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Federov To Montreal?

Thats the big rumour of the day, as I can confirm the two clubs have held discussions involving the former Detroit Red Wings star. I would speculate that Montreal is offering a package of one of their goalies and a young forward. Montreal really wants a centre, and has quite a lot of young talent they could offer, not to mention two #1 goalies.

Another rumour? Oilers willing to offer Torres and a 1st round pick to Toronto for Darcy Tucker. For more rumours check out's rumour mill.

If anyone is still interested in writing for us, let me know at Expect some new columnists and articles to be up this week. Have a good one, check for the latest

Friday, December 15, 2006

Penguins Sale Falls Apart

Jim Balsillie has pulled his bid to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins. Apparently, at the last minute the NHL gave him a few extra terms to the deal, including a clause that would make him keep the Pens in Pittsburgh, no matter what. Also, there was a part of the deal that would give the NHL control of the team if things did not work out. Balsillie and the NHL are no longer speaking, and things don't look good for the sale of the Penguins. More if and when it breaks

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Leclair a UFA, Power Rankings Return!

The Penguins have released forward John Leclair. He is now an unrestricted free agent, and is free to sign with any team he likes. Expect him to sign for 450,000 somewhere, maybe Philly. Vancouver may have some interest as well, maybe Toronto? He's cheap and has something to prove. I'd take the gamble if my team lacked offense and leadership.

The power rankings for this week are up, check out for them, as well as all the latest news and updates!

It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's The Penguins?

Don't look now, but the Pittsburgh Penguins are on a roll, and looking quite dangerous. Crosby had a six point night, while Gonchar broke out notching five points, as the Penguins doubled up the Flyers 8-4. If there was one positive for the Flyers, it's that Kyle Calder finally scored his first goal of the season. Rumour has the Blackhawks interested in bringing him back, but the Flyers are really hoping the kid finds his groove and can produce for them.

As you will notice on the main page, Crosby now takes over the league lead in points with 47, three ahead of second place Jagr. Staal also pulled into first place on the shorthanded goals list with four. The one surprise of the night? Pittsburgh scores eight goals, and Malkin doesn't get a point. Things are starting to click for the Penguins, they're an exciting team to watch.

I'd like to welcome our newest writer, Marc Valeri, to the team. He has a great article that I just posted on in the articles section on the main page, looking at who he calls: the reddest of the wings. Want to know who that is? Check it out, it's a great read.

Also, I'd like to announce that we now have an OHL specialist writing for Hockeyleaks. TJ Hurst will debut soon here, and you can expect articles quite often from him, involving the OHL.

We'd love to add to our writing roster, so email me at if your interested.

Other things to look forward to on in the coming week or so is a brand new Q & A session with someone well known in the online hockey rumour world, as well as the return of the power rankings (expect those tomorrow night!). Check for all the latest information, as it will be updated much more often than the blog, usually two or three times daily, as things happen.

A rumour before I pack it in for the night: Philly is in heavy talks with Boston, with the Flyers very interested in one of Boston's defenseman. I'll keep you posted if I learn more. Also heard one about the Canucks looking to dump some salary, before the pull off a bigger move. Stay Tuned

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Kessel Undergoes Cancer Surgery


"Bruins rookie centre Phil Kessel underwent cancer surgery and is ''on the road to recovery,'' his agent said Tuesday."

No timeline was given for Kessel's return.

Everyone at wishes Phil a quick and healthy recovery.

Monday, December 11, 2006

Mike Kitchen Fired, Andy Murray Replaces Him

Breaking news. the St. Louis Blues have fired head coach Mike Kitchen and replaced him with Andy Murray. I am hearing it's a longer term deal, three years?

Not bad, we bring our old site back, stick with updates often, and we've already beat TSN and Sportsnet to a major story! Tell your friends, Hockeyleaks is back.

Waiver Action

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed forward Jaroslav Balastik on waivers. The Philadelphia Flyers also placed centre Petr Nedved on waivers. Team have until noon EST on December 12th to claim them.

Balastik is very young with a lot of promise, I'd be surprised if someone didn't pick him up. As for Nedved, the Flyers can try this all they want, I don't see it happening. That being said, maybe they got a tip off that someone would claim him this time around, which is why they've put him back on waivers.

If you haven't already, check out for all the latest, especially the rumour mill which is updated daily, if not more!

Hockeyleaks Version 3.0?

Well it's actually the same as the original, well not quite....because the original hockeyleaks was just a blog, the we had a site, then we added Tradeleaks and The Rumour Mill...then we added injuries and chat...then we re-did Tradeleaks...

After all of that hard work, and amazing hit counts from our readers, we decided it was time to move on to a new layout, one that looked better. Unfortunatly, the content suffered from our new look, and things havent been as good for us or our readers since. For this reason, we have gone back to our roots, with the design that made us what we are today. It wasn't easy re-doing the site and putting it back to the way it was, but we've done it and couldn't be happier. So check out the site, and enjoy! Power Rankings will be up by the end of this week, I promise! We are also looking for a fantasy writer, as well as columnists, so let me know if your interested!! is where you can reach me :)

Sunday, December 10, 2006

Bondra a Blackhawk

I heard this was getting close last night, and now it's done. If the Hawks can stay healthy, they still have a chance. Rumours now say the Islanders and Bruins are after Allison.

Atlanta is really hard after Conroy, while Calgary is in this as well.

Ladislav Nagy is very much available and sources say Toronto has inquired about the scoring winger. One rumour says Kubina may be available in such a deal.

New site featuring old design should come in the next few days, once it's up Hockeyleaks will be a much better place, with a lot more rumours, news and features!

If you are in the powerplay fantasy league please email me at so I can send you payment information

Friday, December 08, 2006

Leetch, Bondra and Site Update

Brian Leetch is still a UFA, and now it's being rumoured that he will return after the all-star break. The Bruins were said to be interested, but they're defense is playing great, and Leetch doesn't really fit in with what Boston has going. The Rangers are very interested still, and Toronto is another team who may look into bringing Leetch back, whenever that may be. I'd say Rangers are most likely, while I still wouldn't count Ottawa out of it yet either.

Rumour tonight has Bondra talking to the Canucks. While I cannot confirm these talks, I've heard this from two sources, plus a hockeyleaks reader. I'll keep my ears and eyes open.

Finally, I am strongly considering moving the site back to the old design for the time being. I just feel that I'll be able to update it more often and provide better information, more often. Right now I only use the blog to update you with rumours, simply because the other site is a pain in the behind to update, and things are hard to locate. Expect to see changes within the next week.

If you signed up for the powerplay fantasy league, please email me at and I will send payment information. The person in charge of the league sent it out once, and it didn't work. Since then he's been lazy and hasnt done it know what they say, if you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. Also email me at that address if your interested in helping with the new website will be in basic HTML. Enjoy your Friday night everyone.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Nieuwendyk Retires

Due to back problems, the veteran player has retired as a member of the Florida Panthers. It's really too bad that injuries have slowed him down, as he still had some game left in him I believe.

Talk has the Coyotes open to trading Jovo, and talk has the Rangers and Bruins being interested.

And Darcy Tucker had a bad temper today during Leafs' practice. While I heard a rumour about him getting traded, there is not a percent of truth to that. Expect Carlo Colaiacovo to return by Saturday, he'll make Kubina play much better

Friday, December 01, 2006

5 More Things Adam Has Noticed

First off I want to apologize to Adam. I've been very busy these past two weeks and missed putting his article up the first time. Here it is, check it out, it's a great read


Five Things That I've Noticed...

The first thing that I've noticed, is the emergence of Rod Brind'Amour not only as a scoring threat, but as both the on-ice and off-ice leader of the defending Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. Rod has always been a solid leader, and has been one of the veterans that the team depended on for several years now. However, his play of late, has taken quite a load off of young star Eric Staal, who is playing well, but not exactly at the incredible pace that he was a short year ago.
Brind'Amour started the season slowly, but has lit it up of late, all the way into 3rd place among the NHL leaders in points. His 10 goal, 23 assist performance a quarter of the way into the '06 - '07 season is just off Jaromir Jagr (37) and Marian Hossa’s (35) point total and he has been scoring points in bunches. The 36 year old hasn't had this kind of jump since his days with the Flyers, and I must say that it is really nice to see. Brind'Amour has contributed so much in his time in Carolina, playing whatever role he was asked of, and working hard to allow the coaching staff to expect more of a scoring presence from him. It's good to see that the hard work that he continues to exibit off of the ice allows him to excel and may lead the 'Canes back to the promise land.

Another thing that I've noticed, is the fact that I don't think there anyone in the NHL that has been ignored as far as being honoured with "Superstar Status" more than Marian Hossa? I know that he is well respected, and people know of him; however, does he really get the recognition that his skills deserve? The 27 year old Slovak native is currently creeping up on the top two scorers, sitting in 2nd overall in points with 35 total (17 G, 18A). Hossa has been one of the most consistent scorers since joining the league full-time with the Senators 1998, to the point that you can almost pencil him in for 30+ goals, and 80+ points. However; with him flying high out of the gate, combined with the play of his linemates, Hossa could crack the 50 goal, 100 point marks for the first time in his career. With his previous career high, a 45 goal performance in 2002, Marcel's older, wiser, and more productive brother will look to add to his 92 point campaign of a year ago, which happened to be his first in a Thrasher uniform. Playoff performance has somewhat hindered him in the past...but then again; name an Ottawa Senator that hasn't had their playoff performances plague their career! (speak now or forever hold your peace Mr. Yashin, Alfredsson and Chara) Anyhow, I'd love to hear some more conversation about Hossa's skills, and I think that this year may be the one that we will be hearing more about the high scoring Thrasher.

What in the world has happened to Robert Esche? Esche has been struggling so much this year that he may be playing himself out of the NHL. In what has already been an intense rollercoaster ride of a career, his ballooning statistics are becoming so unbearable, they are hard to be believable. Currently, the Flyers former number 1 has a 5.64 GAA, and less than acceptable .820 SV% and has appeared to have lost his confidence and ability be a dependable 'tender. Perhaps a re-hab stint, or a trade out of the "City of Brotherly Love" will be completed to shake him up and get him out of this funk.

Next thing, is a question of whether or not the next chapter for the Columbus Blue Jackets will be a positive. With a qualified coach stepping in (as Philadelphia Scapegoat Ken Hitchcock has signed a 3-year deal to be at the helm) Columbus has the opporunity to right the path that they have so strongly veered off of in the first quarter of the season. They are a team that was thought to have enough talent to make some noise, perhaps even fight it's way into the playoff picture, and yet has fallen flat on its' face again. Jumping out of the gate garnering 5 out of a possible 6 points in their first 3 games, the Jackets have had an extremely difficult time putting the puck in the net by not scoring more than 3 goals for the next month, on their way to lighting the lamp only 50 times in their first 23 games. This issue has lead to their dreadful 6-15-2 record, placing them not only last in their division (which just so happens to be by far, the most lacklustre in the NHL), but also last overall.
How does this happen? I'll tell you. David Vyborny is their leading point getter with 18 points, while Rick Nash leads the team in the goals with seven. Neither stat being earth shattering. The scary thing is, they are two of the only five on the team to break into double digits in points! (Modin, Zherdev and Fedorov all locked with 12 being the other three) This has happened after most of the talk prior to the season expressed concern over their lack of an experienced goaltender. Fortunately, with the bulk of action placed squarely on the shoulders of 24 year old Pascal Leclaire, (with a few spot starts for 32 year old "rookie" Fredrik Norrenna) the Jackets have been getting decent goaltending and have even at times kept them in some of the closer contests that they have been involved in. Another major problem has been the fact that their off season acquisition of Fredrik Modin and the signing Anson Carter have been (to put it gently) a big bust thus far. The duo has chipped in with a combined 9 goals and have yet to provide the impact that they were so desperately brought in for. With the fact that the Jackets have yet to challenge, or even be in the mix of a playoff hunt in their brief 6 year existence, after setting a franchise high of 74 points last year, this is definitely not where they were hoping to be early in '06 - '07. Will Hitch be able to put it all together, and make this franchise a successful, competitive one? Only time will tell on that, but my bet is that it won't be this year, and unless they buy into the system that Hitchcock puts in place, they may be able to for a couple more seasons either.

Finally, the last thing that I've noticed, is that recently Georges Laraque was quoted as saying that he fears the "common enforcer" will no longer be a part of the NHL in as close as 2 seasons. It's a fact that the everyday thug that plays four minutes a game, but somehow accumulates an incredible 300 penalty minutes over the course of a season, is basically just eating up a roster spot. In today's game, with the speed and skill being showcased, it's apparent that Laraque has a point. I read somewhere that currently 12 teams have yet to suit up an enforcer for even one game, while there are seven teams that float one in and out of playing and being a healthy scratch, which leaves 11 teams that nightly dress what you would call a typical enforcer. In many ways, I am actually for this. Now don't get me wrong, I always have and always will enjoy a good tussle, and alike most NHL fans fall into a complete frenzy when two heavyweights go toe-to-toe.
Regardless, back in the '60's and '70's a majority of the players could defend themselves and for the most part, could score 20 goals if they had to. Of course they had role players, but it wasn't until the mid-'70's where the true enforcer was born. The names roll off like a fond memory, Dave "Tiger" Williams, Dave "The Hammer" Schultz are the originals of the position, followed by Laraque himself, Bob Probert, Tie Domi, Donald Brashear, and have been added to by newbies Brian McGrattan, and Derek Boogard. I'd like to think that the next generation "enforcer" will be a gritty hard-nosed player that can put the puck in the net, all the while being able to defend himself in a tilt against another tough as nails type. Players like Sean Avery, Chris Neil among a few others seem to have the idea down. They are players that may have broken in as a defender to the star player, but have displayed the ability to contribute in more ways, and can skate, pass and actually play the game with purpose unlike yesteryears punch'em up champs. Maybe this means that the classic Probert vs. Domi (all three rounds) type match-up will never occur again. What it does mean though, is that each roster will have a nice mix of superstars, skilled players and youngsters trying to earn their keep. And, as a fan of the new NHL, that's something that I look forward to.

One way or the other, right or wrong, those are just some of the things that I've noticed.

Adam Forsyth

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Flyers Have Interest In Leclair

Would provide good leadership and a little pinch of offense to a team who is really looking to improve in all areas. Leclairs stats obviously are misleading as he's been given next-to-no ice-time in Pittsburgh. Several teams will consider Leclair, and his stay in Pittsburgh should end in the next 72 hours...

Pavel Kubina has struggled since his return from injury, and thats probably because he has been paired with Wade Belak. Carlo Colaiacovo is ready to go after concussion/finger problems, and could join the Leafs as early as next week. He will likely suit up for the Marlies in the meantime. Also to note, Bryan McCabe will play tonight despite an ankle injury suffered on Tuesday.

Rumour has it that Tellqvist may get the start in Phoenix tonight, but that is not confirmed. As the kings struggle, a game against the kings may be a perfect start for Tellqvist.

Finally, rumour this morning was that the Blue Jackets were quietly looking around the league, seeing what they could get from Gilbert Brule. The team has been unhappy with his play so far this season, though I believe Hitchcock is the right guy to get this kid going.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Nash Traded To Toronto!

Ok, so it's not Rick Nash, but it is a nash. The Leafs have traded goaltender Tellqvist to Phoenix in exchange for Tyson Nash and a 4th round draft pick. Rumours are circulating that a minor league player may be going to Phoenix as well, but that is not confirmed. That minor league player could be one of two players I'm hearing: Suglobov or Harrison. Harrison cleared waivers yesterday, and is currently in the AHL. Suglobov comes to mind as he is the likely odd man out with Nash coming in. Nash will add some more toughness to Toronto, while Tellqvist will hope to get another chance to prove his game in Phoenix.

The Blackhawks have had discussions with Tampa Bay about brining in Prospal. Tampa, however, doesn't seem eager to move him.

More later, when firm details on the Toronto/Phoenix trade become available

Thursday, November 23, 2006

New Article!

Here is a great new article by Rahul Deol. It's a great read


Bad luck…

It is something that the Edmonton Oilers have faced year in and year out since the
new millennium. It’s also something the Toronto based media seems to be important
enough to air after the latest Mats Sundin update. Here is a list of unfortunate
events that have occured over the past few years:


Edmonton Oilers are forced to trade Bill Guerin from the Edmonton Oilers to the
Boston Bruins due to salary issues


After serving 3 years as the Edmonton Oilers captain, as well as leading scorer
over the 4 years prior, Doug Weight is traded to the St. Louis Blues…for Jan
Hornacek, Jochen Hecht, and current Oiler Marty Reasoner. Fair deal? Only deal.


After winning the “most-popular Oiler” award in the 2001-2002 season, local hero
Mike Comrie holds out the following season, forcing GM Kevin Lowe to move him to the
Philadelphia Flyers.
And leaving the Oilers without a number one center once again. Heart and soul winger
Ryan Smyth fractures his left ankle in a game against Chicago and is out 3 months.
Winger Todd Marchant, with one year left on his contract, has a career year (60
points) and signs with Columbus in the off season


Despite being the second best defensive team in the NHL, the Oilers miss the playoff
by 2 points for the second time in 5 years….but it gets worse. Calgary comes one
game away from winning the Stanley Cup…(shutter)


No comment


The Oilers acquire All-Star defenseman Chris Pronger and defensive specialist
Michael Peca, but start the year 3-7. In the latter parts of the season, as usual,
the Oilers fight for the 8th and final playoff spot. On April 6th, Michael Peca
appears to score the go ahead goal again the Minnesota Wild, only not to be counted
and the Oil go on to lose in Overtime. Not to be outdone, a few night later in
Illinois winger Fernando Pisani scores the supposed game winner on Nik Khabibulin of
the Blackhawks, but after review, is disallowed…could things get any worse. Yes.

Some may say the Carolina Hurricanes won the cup, however, most would say the
Edmonton Oilers lost it.

O ya Chris Pronger and Michael Peca leave because its to cold….


Referee Mick McGough blatantly blows the play dead on the what was supposed to be
the game tying goal against the Dallas Stars in early November on a phantom “glove
pass”. There was no punishment issued from the NHL after the game, except to Oilers
coach Craig MacTavish for his comments.
NHL’s second leading goal scorer, however early in the season, Ryan Smyth is kneed
by Colorado Avalanche defenseman John-Liles late in the third period of an Oiler
win. Liles was not suspended, however a week later is fined by abysmal $2,500 for
his actions.

Injuries and hardships occur across the league all the time, it just seems to be
swept under an NHL welcome mat. If the NHL lacks fans, their not helping the cause
by…excuse my language…bush league calls and decisions us fans have been seeing the
past little while. NHL and surrounding media give your head a shake.

- Rahul Deol

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Hitchcock Signs With Blue Jackets...

Three year deal for Hitch, who should do wonders for this young Blue Jacket team. I think Hitchcock could really get Federov going. Ken should make his debut this friday, in Philly. How crazy is that going to be? Blue Jackets destroy Flyers in Hitchcock's debut...I can see the headlines now...

JFJ has been given another year with the Leafs. His handling of the Tucker and Sundin contracts should determine how much longer after that he gets.

While Gerber is a tough sell, don't think for a second Phoenix wouldn't have interest. Gerber for Joseph, straight up? That could be an interesting deal, with Joseph obviously becoming Emery's back up.

Forsberg to Colorado is still being talked about, despite denials from all sides

Petr Prucha is on the market, and the Rangers are dangling him around the league, hoping to get a defenseman in return. While Seabrook has been the defenseman coming up in most rumours, such a trade is unlikely. Calgary has inquired about Prucha, as have Toronto, Boston, Colorado and St. Louis.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Hitchcock Feeling Blue

With Gary Agnew being named the "interm" head coach of the Blue Jackets, speculation is flying that Ken Hitchcock could be the next full time head coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Hitch has a great relationship with Adam Foote, and many inside the Columbus Blue Jacket's organization feel that Hitchcock would be able to get the most out of Columbus' young talent. While I can confirm that the Blue Jackets have not asked for permission from the Flyers to speak with Hitch, that request is likely only days away.

The Sens lost another one last night, and currently sit in a tie for 24th in the entire NHL with just 13 points. I'll quickly point out the Leafs currently fifth in the league with 25 points...but enough of that. A shakeup is needed in Ottawa, but the question is, what? Their goaltending troubles are un-fixable at this time as Gerber is untradeable. Redden is hurt and the entire team is underachieving. The Sens cannot afford to bring in any player to fix this team unless one of their top players are dealt. Is it time for Alfredsson to be traded? A lot of questions in Ottawa right now, not so many answers.

Colorado, another underachieving team, is working hard to make something happen. While one source has them looking at Forsberg, I've also heard they've had serious talks with Tampa Bay involving one of their top three forwards. Watch Colorado, they're really looking to make a deal

Monday, November 13, 2006

Back At It!

Back to work today, and there are several stories to talk about.

The Bruins have aquired Chistov from the Ducks in exchange for a third round draft pick. I think this will give Chistov a new start, and I think he will play well for the Bruins. That being said, the Bruins need a lot more help if they want to even think about turning things around. The starts with a goaltender, and talks between Boston and San Jose are really heating up. Nabokov is the most likely San Jose goalie to go the other way, while Glen Murray and Hannu Toivonen are what I'm hearing could go the other way.

Mark Messier has his own award now, and it will be given out monthly as well as at the end of the year. It will go to a player who shows leadership both on and off the ice. When is #99 going to get his own award?

The Flyers and Avalanche are apparently talking big deal, and there has been speculation over the last few hours that the Avs have inquired about getting Forsberg back. This is a situation I will monitor very closely.

Dan Boyle has been one of Tampa Bay's best defenders over the past few years, but Tampa may be looking to deal him to get some more cap room. Edmonton is one team said to be plenty interested.

Finally I've been told by several that payment information for the PPFL has not been recieved. I will get our fantasy department to send it out again tonight. If you HAVE received the information, please email me at so I know that at least some people recieved it. Have a good day everyone

Friday, November 10, 2006

New Article! + Rumours At The End

Thanks to our regular writer Adam Forsyth for his latest article. He will be a regular blogger when the new site finally launches. Thanks to everyone for the get well emails, im doing a lot better, though still have a ways to go. This not being able to eat as often as I'd like part is the worst!


Five Things That I've Noticed...

To start this rendition of "5 Things", I'd like to take a moment out to honour
this years crop of rookies. 2005-06 was a special year, in which we were
introduced to so many great first year players. With the lock-out of the
previous season, the NHL welcomed two full years of potential freshman stars.
The likes of Crosby, Ovechkin, Phaneuf, Lundqvist, Boyes and Svatos (among
others) jumped onto the NHL scene with the flair and pizzazz from a rookie
harvest that the league hasn't experienced since the early 80's.

This leads me to the first thing that I've noticed...Prior to the start of the
season, we knew that this years crop of Calder Trophy contenders was going to be
quite solid in it's own right. We knew about Malkin, and Wolski as being solid
players that would surely contribute in their first year. However, I'd like to
shine the spotlight on another Colorado Calder hopeful, in hopes of providing a
bit more exposure to what looks like a huge talent. His name, Paul Stastny.
Originally overlooked in his draft year, the Avs 2nd round pick in 2005 (44th
overall) is playing extremely well and has helped rejuvenate Milan Hejduk. His
smooth skating and slick playmaking skills has potted the rookie stud 13 points
in 15 games, placing him 3rd overall in the rookie race. From first view, it appears that the apple didn't fall too far from the tree, as the kid has displayed finess and creativity similar to that of his father Peter, and must have been included in the bloodlines. Stastny has bolted up the list of the NHL's top rookies for this year, and if the chemistry between his linemates continues, than he could lead the charge all the way to the Calder Trophy.

The second thing that I've noticed, is that a "Mighty" team has taken the power
of a strong Western Conference. While the Anaheim Ducks have indeed lost their
Mighty moniker, they haven't lost the fact that they are a powerhouse team.
Shooting their way up to the top of many critics charts and power rankings, as
they are arguably the best in the West. The Ducks seem to be doing everything
right, all the while limiting the wrong and continue to play a solid two-way
game. Still without a regulation loss, (sitting 11-0-4) the Ducks appear to be
the real deal. How are they doing it? Well, they are currently the 4th highest
scoring team, and don't have a player in the top 40 of the NHL for points. How
so? Well, it comes down to balance, and a total team effort with everyone chipping
in. Their prowess relates to how they keep the puck out of their net as well
though, as the "Quack Pack" are currently tied for 4th in least goals allowed. I
suppose that having one of their rosters two Norris Trophy worthy and past winning
defensemen on the ice at one point over the course of an entire 60 minute game has
to help in so many ways! (as both Niedermayer and Pronger are averaging close to 30
minutes of ice time each night) Furthermore, the steady goalkeeping that Anaheim
has been given thus far from Bryzgalov and Giguere has been nothing short of crucial
to their torrent start. While Giguere is getting the bulk of the starts in
Duckville, when Bryzgalov has been getting his spot starts, he has put up some incredible numbers. Statistics that should make everyone in sunny California look forward to another extended run in the playoffs. Perhaps even deeper than last years Western Conference Final run.

Quickly, it's really nice to see a rebirth in Alexei Yashin. After signing that
first Islanders long-term fiasco of a contract (10 year/$100 million deal) their
captain finally seems to be giving back something on Long Island. Peaking at 44
goals and 94 points in 1998-99, Yashin hasn't come close to anything in that
range since being set for life. However this year under the tutelage of Ted
Nolan, Alexei appears to be on his way to averaging a point a game for the first
time since his first year in the Big Apple. Unfortunately, this rebirth will
not dictate a playoff spot for the Islanders, as they are still one of the teams
on the fringe, and will probably remain there for Garth Snow's term as their
"deer in headlights" General Manager.

Something that I've noticed off the ice, and somewhat aside from the usual
hockey tidbits, is the news of the recent sale and misfortune of Darren
McCarty's personal belongings. As it's been reported in various news
publications, McCarty's possessions have been the subject of a public auction,
as the banks have seized his goods, which may have included his 3 Stanley Cup
rings and mini trophies. The list of goods up for auction weren't wholly
detailed, but were rumoured to include such personal memorabilia, as well as
cars, motorcycles and high grade televisions. After the gritty Calgary Flame
claimed bankruptcy earlier this year, it was reported that he had debts totaling
approximately $6.2 million while listing assets at $1.9 million, it was reported that he lost all control of what he could do, the banks stepped in and pretty much took whatever had a value. McCarty had no choice, or say as to what was his or what was to be placed up to the public. It was unfortunate to read this about someone who less than 10 years ago in 1997 was riding a career high, celebrating a Stanley Cup victory after tallying the Cup clinching goal for a Red Wings franchise (that hadn't won a title since 1954) had hit such a financial rock bottom. Considering the fact that he as a player has been battling demons his entire career, with reported substance abuse problems, alcoholism, tie in with an unfortunate divorce and his tough time in dealing with the loss of his father to Cancer, it's sure to say that McCarty has already had his turn with hard luck. Hopefully, we'll see the fan favourite turn things around and realize that there is so much more to live life for than a substance, or a possession. Perhaps there are even some good people out there, who decided to purchase such personal items in hopes of returning them to the rugged forward one day, instead of keeping them for their own enjoyment. D-Mac has such a likable personality, and brings so much energy to the rink on a nightly basis, that I'm sure that he will be able to recover. Best of luck with him on the next chapter of his career, and furthermore, in his life.

And finally, the last thing that I have noticed is that the Boston Bruins are
really a team in disarray. With the off-season head office restructuring, along
with the stellar free agent signings of Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard, things were
really looking up. Tie that in with the exciting break-out seasons from
Bergeron and Boyes, add to that the fact that they potentially have a pair of
first year aces, in Phil Kessel and Yan Stastny, this team at least seemed to be
headed in a positive direction. What may have been forgotten in Beantown, is
their current goaltending situation. This situation just got a bit more sticky
with the team recently sending Hannu Toivonen to the minors, and has been
consistently sending chills up the spines of frustrated Bruins faithful. Unfortunately, it appears that dishing Andrew Raycroft after a horrendous sophomore jinx season to Toronto has proved to be costly to the present, as neither Tim Thomas, or Toivonen stepped up and played as if they deserve to remain on an NHL roster. So, the B's sent down Toivonen and called up Brian Finley from the farm, in hopes of what I believe is to complete a trade in the near future to bring in some help and allow their loyal fans to relieve the head and heartaches that the "Killer T's" have provided thus far. With the possibility of Tuuka Rask (the 'tender they received back from Toronto in the Raycroft deal) being their number one still a few years away, the Bruins need to make a deal to help the now. Fortunately there are several quality 'keepers on the block, I'm sure that they will be able to upgrade with several attractive players to deal. Will it be Glen Murray, who since the B's dealt Thornton has been "the next one to go"? Are they interested in dealing any of the components that they feel provide them with some hope for the future? One way or the other, the Bruins need to regain some hope, in knowing that they have a chance in an extremely tough Northeast Division. If not, there will be several more long seasons to go through for fans of the formerly consistent franchise, who has long forgotten about the glory years.

So, we'll see. Maybe I'm crazy, maybe I'm wrong, but those are just some of the
things that I've noticed.

Adam Forsyth


Some rumours for you. Edmonton and LA are talking trade involving one of LA's blueliners. I'm hearing it could be Visnovsky, and what an upgrade he would be LA. LA is really trying to pry Shremp out of Edmonton, hoping to make this deal a big one. Eric Brewer is another name who has been linked to Edmonton, while I am unsure of what St. Louis would be asking for in return.

Boston is looking for goaltending help. Nabokov is the name popping up the most, while Toskala could be a possibility as well. The Sharks may be interested in Glen Murray, but rumours say Brad Boyes may be a more likely name to head to San Jose. I also have heard a Murray/Toivonen package was also a possibility.

The Flyers and Sharks are also talking deal, with Toskala the main piece to that puzzle. The Sharks really want one of Carter or Richards in this deal, and the Flyers are not budging. I don't see this happening unless more players can be added into the deal. At this point, the Flyers have very little value to offer anyone...

Finally several sites last night reported that Tampa Bay and a Western Canadian Hockey Team were working on a deal. I looked into it, and got a few different replies. One source told me they heard Calgary inquired about Vinny's availability, and the Bolts told him he wasn't available, end of talks. That being said, another source said that it's the Canucks talking to the Lightning, but didn't have any information on possible names involved. I'll keep my eyes and ears open

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


I must first say sorry for the lack of updates over the last few days, I've been in hospital and seeing doctors like crazy after I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes late Monday night. Most people get the disease when they're younger, but this just proves anything can happen I guess. Lets catch up a bit on the NHL, and feel free to send me sympathy gifts ;)

Sundin is out 3-4 weeks. The Leafs have depth and should be fine without him. Playing over .500 until he's back is not out of the question. Steen and Stajan must step up.

Sami Kapanen is likely on his way out of Philly. Toronto is one team said to be very interested as they continue to look for a scoring winger. Sami only makes 1.5 million dollars. One of toronto's young defenseman, either White or Bell, could be part of a package.

Morrison to Vancouver can still get done, despite what some are saying. The Canucks are looking for more offensive help, however, before they swing this deal with Ottawa.

Martin Biron could be on his way to Phoenix, but I don't have any players going the other way right now. This is one rumour to really keep an eye on.

Expect much fuller update tomorrow, have a good night

Monday, November 06, 2006

GM Meetings Could Spark Deals

The GMs are meeting in Toronto this week, and there are a lot of trades to get done. If any of them happen, thats another story, but there are a lot of deals currently being discussed.

Forsberg is on the block, don't believe that he is not. While it would take a lot to get him, for the right package he's available. The Flyers and Bruins would both love to add goaltenders, but the price for goalies is very high right now.

Craig Conroy's name has come up a lot over the past week, with Calgary a very likely destination. Atlanta is in this one as well.

Phiadelphia is currently the league's worst team with seven points, I expect them to play hard tonight against the Leafs, who have been very strong as of late.

The game of the night tonight, as far as I'm concerned, is Pittsburgh at Anaheim. Two teams full of young talent, should be a great game to watch.

Martin St.Louis has been playing very good, and his trade value is going back up. If Tampa can deal him, they will, as they really are looking to free up some cap space.

Will Ottawa deal Alfredsson? At this point it seems that the Sens are looking to add a centre for him to play with, but trading the talented winger is not out of the question. Calgary is one team that has come up, while LA and Colorado are two others I've heard.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Eklund Drops Big Rumour

According to Eklund at, the following rumour is floating around involving Calgary and Philly.

"Gagne, Umberger and Claude Giroux for Iginla, Tim Ramholt and Dustin Boyd"

Obviously I don't see that happeneing but it's worth checking out.

As far as I know payment information was sent out for the PPFL, make sure to pay for your teams ASAP, or else you will be taken out of the league. You have a few weeks, i'll announce a date soon.

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Five Things Adam's Noticed

Here is a great new article by our very own Adam Forsyth, plus a few rumours from me at the end


Five Things That I've Noticed...

The first thing that I've noticed, is that the slow starts by teams like the
Ottawa Senators, and the Nashville Predators really tend to sway the pre-season
mentality that they may be two of the top teams to beat. Unlike the
Philadelphia Flyers, who may have reached their peak over the last 5-7 years,
these two teams are built for the now. They are well balanced squads that will
turn around their season and begin to play a simple and sound game, and make
their way up the standings. As a matter of fact, we've already seen the Preds
float on up to the top of a pretty weak Central division and the Sens are
starting to put the puck away while straight lining it to the top of the Eastern
Conference...Oh wait, that spot is reserved for the Buffalo Sabres, which leads
me to item number 2.

The second thing that I've noticed, is that these Buffalo Sabres are for real!
In tying the record with wins to open up a regular season ('93-'94 Leafs with
10) could this team go 82-0 and become the first professional team since the
1972 Dolphins whistled through the NFL season? Alright, let's not get ahead of
ourselves. The Sabres are a very well rounded team, with 3 deep scoring lines
and a stellar offensive attack lead by Drury, Briere and Afinogenov, youngsters
like Vanek & Roy chipping in also helps out quite a bit. The Sabres are
also blessed with a very solid defence corps, and an excellent goaltending
tandem with Ryan Miller & Martin Biron solidifying the confidence of a free
wheeling team built for the new speed of the NHL. With a tough week in
mid-November where they face Carolina, Ottawa twice and an up and coming Pittsburgh
Penguins attack, the surging Sabres could indeed become 16-0. A tough test as a
great another surprising early season performer comes to town to test Buffalo in
what could be there record breaking game. If only they could get rid of those
horrendous rags that they call jerseys! Man, those are horrible!

Speaking of horrible...The next thing that I've noticed, is that the trouble
that has finally reached the boiling point in Philadelphia has been bubbling up
and near explosions have been at it for several years. With the Flyers having
enough of the Hitchcock experience, letting go the coach that they so calmly
extended a contract with earlier in the year, and the significance of Bobby
Clarke stepping down, the team may now be headed for quite an overhaul.
Additionally, the significance of placing three players who were supposed to be
marginal players in at least keeping things status quo in Philly on waivers
(Baumgartner, Nedved & Dimitrakos) it appears that enough is enough, and
even Bobby Clarke himself realizes that the mess that he has made, may not be
able to piece itself
together with him at the helm. While it is no doubt in my mind that Clarke is a
very dedicated, passionate and very loyal executive, the fact of the matter is, that
Clarke may not know how to build a team for the new NHL. It was apparent after
picking up players like Hatcher and Rathje, that he may have missed the memo about
the importance of mobility and agility. Not saying that those players aren't
quality, but they have to be situational players, not guys that you build around.
Also remember the revolving crease factor, that the team had no stability in between
the pipes going into the playoffs the last (what seems like) decade or so. It is a
rarity in today's day and age to go year to year without a man that they can trust
(minus injuries) as a number one goalie. For the most part, goaltending
is a building block to franchise stability. The Flyers however, have taken a
revolving door approach and have come up snake eyes in doing so. Perhaps youngsters
like Gagne, Carter and Richards will be able to lead the new look Flyers to

A quick one...Is Joe Thornton EVER going to score again?

And finally, the fifth thing that I've noticed...The Pittsburgh Penguins are an
exciting team to watch. Just the other night, I realized that the raw energy
that youngsters like Crosby, Malkin, Staal and Fleury bring to this team, makes
this team one to watch for years to come. I don't believe that I am going to
confuse them with say that '81 Oilers or anything like that, with peach fuzz
faced players like Gretzky, Messier, Coffey and Fuhr breaking through a new
generation of the "coolest" game on earth. The Pens are however going to cause
some noise on their way up to the top of the standings. They will have to do it
in baby steps though, as last year was a rough go. This year, may be the first
of many steps towards a Stanley Cup championship though. Making the playoffs
isn't out of reach,
and it wouldn't be a stretch to consider a first round upset. Alright, alright, I
know that they've only played 8 games, and sit in the 7th spot in the Eastern
Conference, it's just that the potential of young players like that is not always
predictable. Malkin and Sid the Kid look so comfortable together, and Staal is
playing with the confidence of a 10 year veteran. I would be confident in saying
that this team is being built for a nice stretch of success and the Pens have done
it the right way. Through strong drafting, and touching up here and there in trades
and signings. It's too bad that Super Mario's health couldn't have stuck it out for
another year or two...

So, we'll see. Maybe I'm crazy, maybe I'm wrong, but those are just some of the
things that I've noticed.

Adam Forsyth


With things quickly falling apart in Philly, there is a lot of trade talk. One rumour I heard this morning was the Flyers packaging Gagne and Esche together in hopes to bring in some defensive help. Do not believe Gagne is untradeable, as just about everyone on this team is.

Calgary's need for a center continues to increase, and Craig Conroy is a name that is coming up a lot. Conroy was the Flames main center a few years ago and he really helped Iggy's game. A Tanguay - Conroy - Iginla line would be dangerous if the Flames can swing this deal.

Jason Allison is still out there, and I am hearing it's down to the Hawks and the Kings. Guess we can't count Calgary out of this one either.

Phoenix is still looking for a goalie. A report this morning said Nabokov was close to becoming a Coyote, I am hearing this is not accurate. The Coyotes are still looking, but are really interested in Biron and seem to be waiting for the Sabres to struggle a bit before making a serious offer. Biron will be a UFA on July 1st

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Clarke, Hitchcock Now Unemployed

The Bobby Clarke era in Philly is over, as Clarke resigned today, while Hitchcock was fired. Nobody should be surprised, as the Flyers are a team that is expected to win, and when you currently sit last place in the entire NHL after eight games, something has to change. John Stevens has been promoted to head coach, while Paul Holmgren will become the team's new General Manager. I wish them both luck, it's going to be a long season in Philly.

The Leafs have been rumoured to be after another defenseman, but I don't see that happening. Bell and White both played very strong games last night and should be the teams new 3/4 pairing, which would leave Gill and Belak at 5/6. That being said, Kubina is back in about a month which would give the Leafs six very strong defenders. Don't expect Belak to be in the lineup for this entire week, as Colaiacovo is looking at a Tuesday or Thursday return. I expect him to challenge Bell and White for a bigger role.

The Blackhawks have lost Havlat for up to three weeks, which could hurt them. The blew a lead against St. Louis last night, which is not something they can continue to do if they want to continue to be a serious playoff contender.

Pittsburgh continues to look good, as the kids are really producing. Jordan Staal scored his 2nd and 3rd goals of the season last night. All three of his NHL goals have come shorthanded. I can't see how Pittsburgh can send him back to junior, and would be surprised if they did. Ryan Malone broke his arm last night and will miss -6 weeks, which should help Staal's case. Malkin also picked up his third goal in his third nhl game. Pittsburgh is 4-3 at this point, and with Philly, NYI and NYR struggling, they may have a chance to do some damage this year. Pittsburgh will be fun to watch.

Buffalo continues to roll, improving to 8-0 on the season. The Northeast will be one very good battle this season, as Montreal, Toronto and Ottawa cannot yet be counted out. Boston, however, continues to face injuries, goaltending problems, and just problems of all kinds. Here's hoping Chara can re-find his game and carry the Bruins up the standings...I'm not holding my breath.

Ottawa returned in a big way, beating New Jersey 8-1. The fact that Emery was in net makes things interesting, as he's been by far the better goalie in Ottawa thus far. A big home and home with Toronto this week will be fun to watch. Their season series is currently tied 1-1, with Toronto outscoring Ottawa 7-4 overall.

Thats all for now, have a great Sunday

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Nightmare In Philadelphia

Some predicted to the Flyers to miss the playoffs, but i don't think anyone thought they could be this bad. After 8 games the Flyers find themselves in dead last in the entire NHL, putting together a record of 1-6-1. Three of their starting players have already been placed on waivers, two of which were sent down the AHL. I'm hearing Hitchcock will be very lucky to make it through the Weekend, while Clarke could be on his way out soon as well. If Hitchcock does indeed get fired, who replaces him? Wouldn't it be funny watching a Pat Quinn coached Flyer team? We all know how close Clarke and Quinn are...The Flyers now don't play again until Thursday. We'll see how many changes take place over the next five days.

On the other end, how about those Sabres? They go into Boston tonight looking for their 8th straight win. This season already has a lot of stories, both good and bad. Great starts for teams like Anaheim and Buffalo were expected, but to have teams like Toronto, Chicago and Minnesota playing so well and proving doubters wrong, this is fun. Also, Ottawa currently sits 14th in the East and tied for 29th in the NHL. You have to wonder what is going on in Ottawa, and how they will turn this around. It could be another rough night for Ottawa tonight as they face New Jersey, who has been stellar early on this season.

I got a lot of emails this morning in response to Eklund's "Glen Murray for Nabokov" rumour, and I will say that this has been floating around for several days now. At this point I'd say it's speculation, and with Nabokov playing so well right now, I'd be surprised if San Jose would move him this early. Like I said a few days ago, as soon as one starting NHL goalie goes down with injury, the price of Nabokov, Giguere and Biron sky rockets. I think all three of these teams will wait until they can really cash in

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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Flyers Waive Three...

What do you do after a 9-1 loss to Buffalo? You place three players on waivers.
The Flyers have waived Nolan Buamgartner, Niko Dmitrakos, and Petr Nedved.

Buamgartner and Dmitrakos were Clarke's too star aquisitions over the summer. Now they're available to everyone. As for Nedved, I'm surprised Clarke would waive him, but they have. Ricci is very close to returning, and should play tomorrow.

Could these waiver moves be a way to free up some cap room, to maybe bring in a goalie? hmm? Things are starting to get interesting in Philly

The Domino Effect

More than any other sports league, the NHL loves having a domino effect scenario. Usually it involves defenseman. I remember just prior to the lockout, once Gonchar was dealt, the other defenseman followed. This offseason we saw Redden and Lidstrom go, then the others followed. We're at that point again right now, except this time we're not talking defenseman. We're only two weeks into the season, but we're on the verge of seeing a domino effect happen. Goaltending is a very important thing in the NHL, and if you don't have it, your not going to succeed. Thankfully at this point, if you need goaltending, you have a lot of options.

The price for goaltending at this point is higher than you might think, simply because the teams with extra goalies are all strong and well-rounded. They don't have to deal one of their goalies, but will if the price is right. There are a few goalies on the market right now that are very good #1 goalies that could turn a struggling team around, and though your not hearing a lot about it, there are several teams already thinking about making an offer for one of them, if they haven't already.

We'll start with Philly, who got shelled for 9 goals against tonight. Their two goalies have allowed 26 goals in 6 games. They're record is 1-4-1, nowhere near where it should be. The Flyers need a goalie, its that simple. Richards, Umberger or Carter is likely what it will cost them, but it's worth if they can land a goalie from San Jose, Anaheim of Buffalo.

Taking a step back for a second, I believe Giguere will stay with Anaheim. His game seems better than ever right now, and his salary isn't that easy to move. At this point it's hard to say who San Jose will part with, if either of their goalies. Toskala has played very well this season, but he makes less money than Nabokov which makes him more attractive.

So Philly is the first team in need of a goalie, and they are my guess for the first to go out and get one. Just like that, one goalie is off the market. That leaves two goalies (assuming San Jose decides to move one) on the market. Phoenix looks like they could use a goalie after allowing 25 goals in their first six games. Curtis Joseph is getting older, and it may be time to bring in someone to split some time with him. If I'm Phoenix, I bring in Martin Biron (because I don't see Anaheim or San Jose dealing a goalie of quality to a division rival). Biron could split time with Joseph this season, and then sign long term after the season (both Joseph and Biron will be UFA's after this season).

So two goalies gone, and now there is only one very good goalie left on the market. Boston has two goalies, and neither one is working out for them. They may be in the market to bring in a better goalie. The Rangers have allowed 25 goals in just six games, showing they may need some help between the pipes as well.

Then we get into injuries. Several NHL teams are currently relying heavily on their starting goaltender. Many of today's top NHL teams are a goaltender injury away from disaster. In Vancouver, New Jersey, Atlanta, Carolina, Florida (If Auld goes down, your stuck with Belfour, who has been awful), Minnesota, Calgary, and Dallas, you don't have a backup that can perform at a top level. Sabourin can't handle any more than a game a month at this point, Clemmenson has been sharp at times but in no way could be strong for any amount of time, Hedberg and Grahame are very streaky, Belfour has already shown how dangerous he is to his own team, Backstrom and Smith have no NHL experience and McLennan has never been a #1 NHL goalie and will never be one.

At this point it may look like there are a lot of goalies available, but the reality is, there isn't. Sure, there are a lot of quality backups available such as Tellqvist, Aubin, Bacashihua, Labarbera and Garon, but they won't help a team in need. The truth is, there are three big goalies available, and once one goes, the pressure is on.

Now with all that being said, a few more "bigger" name goalies may be added to that list. Montreal has two fairly good goalies, but niether one has been consistant enough to be named the true number one. The same thing goes in Ottawa, though Emery appears to be miles ahead of Gerber.

Bobby Clarke's team is currently in 30th place in the NHL, and he's not a man who usually sits back and waits for change. Clarke will shake things up at some point, and though his defense needs some work, I think everyone knows the real problem in Philly is the goaltending. Once one domino falls, the goalie race will begin.

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Nashville Tries Again

Nashville once again will look for their first win tonight when they play host to the Phoenix Coyotes. It will be interesting to see who gets the start in goal for the preds tonight, as Vokoun has struggled, and Mason looked very good in his last start despite the loss to Chicago. Phoenix is another team who are having goaltending issues, though rumours continue to fly that Phoenix may address this problem if it continues. Nashville can't fix their goaltending, because no matter how Vokoun plays, his contract means he's Nashvilles goalie for awhile.

Ottawa is another team currently in a goaltending slump, with Gerber struggling. Emery will get the start in goal against Ottawa tonight, while Huet will get the start for Montreal.

Carolina visits Pittsburgh tonight in what should be a very exciting game. Pittsburgh has played very good hockey so far this season, while Carolina has struggled. If it wasn't for Ray Whitney's last second goal last night, Carolina may still be winless. Staal and Letang are making strong cases to stick around, despite the very strong rumours they will be sent back to junior. I bet the Pens are happy they didn't deal Fleury prior to the season...

Another great game tonight will be Calgary at Toronto. The Leafs are 2-1-2 and will look to rebound from a very ugly game against New Jersey which saw them blow a three goal third period lead, and lose in a shootout. Raycroft will be back in net tonight, in which should be a goaltenders match up. The Leafs were able to tally six goals on Brodeur, but Kipper, at least in my opinion, is the best goalie in the world. That being said, if Calgary (2-2) wants to win, they will have to find their offense. Iginla, their leading points scorer, has three. Wellwood leads the Leafs with seven points.

Keep sending in your predictions, and I will post as many as I can on the blog. Here is the latest from Andy Tahltan.


1) Buffalo
2) NY Rangers
3) Atlanta
4) Ottawa
5) Montreal
6) New Jersey
7) Pittsburgh
8) Toronto
9) Philadelphia
10) Carolina
11) Florida
12) Tampa Bay
13) Boston
14) Washington
15) NY Islanders

1) San Jose
2) Nashville
3) Edmonton
4) Anaheim
5) Calgray
6) Minnesota
7) Vancouver
8) Chicago
9) Dallas
10) Detroit
11) Los Angeles
12) Columbus
13) Phoenix
14) Colorado
15) St. Louis

Stanley Cup Final:
Edmonton Vs Atlanta
Edmonton in 7 games
Con Symth: Peter Sykora

President's Trophy: San Jose Sharks
Art Ross: Martin Havlat
Hart: Roberto Luongo
Roberto will lead the canucks back into playoffs again.
Vezina: Roberto Luongo
"Rocket" Richard: Martian Havlat
Norris: Chris Pronger
Calder: Anze Kopitar
Jack Adams: Ron Wilson

First Coach Fired: Jim Playfair why can not find away to get Ignla and Tagnuary
playing and Darryl Sutter will be back!
First GM Fired: Jim Rutherford because he can not turn things around in Carolina!
Break Out Player: Michal Handzus because he is Martian Havlat center nuff said!

Friday, October 13, 2006

Adam Forsyth's Predictions

Here are Adam's predictions of what will go down this season. The new is on it's way, and hopefully with this site, you will get to hear a lot more from our writers, with each getting his/her own blog. If you want to be a part of, feel free to email me at We're always looking for more people to write for us. Anyways, here are Adam's Predictions, feel free to email me with your own, and make sure to email Adam with some feedback.



Philadelphia Flyers Ottawa Senators Carolina Hurricanes
New Jersey Devils Buffalo Sabres Atlanta Thrashers
New York Rangers Montreal Canadiens Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins Toronto Maple Leafs Florida Panthers
New York Islanders Boston Bruins Washington Capitals

*1) Ottawa Senators
*2) Philadelphia Flyers
*3) Carolina Hurricanes
4) Buffalo Sabres
5) New Jersey Devils
6) Atlanta Thrashers
7) Montreal Canadiens
8) Tampa Bay Lightning
9) New York Rangers
10) Toronto Maple Leafs
11) Florida Panthers
12) Pittsburgh Penguins
13) New York Islanders
14) Washington Capitals
15) Boston Bruins


Nashville Predators Calgary Flames Anaheim Ducks
Detroit Red Wings Edmonton Oilers San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues Minnesota Wild Dallas Stars
Columbus Blue Jackets Vancouver Canucks Phoenix Coyotes
Chicago Blackhawks Colorado Avalanche Los Angeles Kings

*1) Calgary Flames
*2) Nashville Predators
*3) Anaheim Ducks
4) San Jose Sharks
5) Detroit Red Wings
6) Edmonton Oilers
7) Dallas Stars
8) Minnesota Wild
9) Vancouver Canucks
10) Colorado Avalanche
11) Phoenix Coyotes
12) St. Louis Blues
13) Los Angeles Kings
14) Columbus Blue Jackets
15) Chicago Blackhawks


President's Trophy - Ottawa Senators
With all the right pieces to the puzzle in place, this team could match the Wings output of last year, and actually turn it into a decent, if not stunning playoff run. Other teams to watch, Buffalo Sabres and the Nashville Predators. Yes, I did indeed say the Nashville Predators
Art Ross - Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
With a greater support cast surrounding him, I feel that this year is going to be a year that Sid the Kid breaks out and has his first 50 goal season, and takes the scoring title on the last weekend of action, slightly beating out a close 2nd and 3rd of Joe Thornton and Alexander Ovechkin.
Hart - Mikka Kiprusoff, Calgary
In leading the scoring deprived Flames to their first place finish among Western competition, Kiprusoff will tear away the competition during the 2nd half of the season where he will no doubt display his worth to the surging Calgary Flames. A near second and third place finish will be Crosby and Ovechkin respectively.
"Rocket" Richard - Alexander Ovechkin, Washington
Call me crazy, call me a follower, but who else is going to score goals on the Caps? I mean, the guy is going to continue to account for 50% + of the Washington offence, until a proper support group is put in place. Until then, the kid is going to go nuts, and only the sky is the limit on his full out potential. Red light regulars, Ilya Kovalchuk and Jarome Iginla will trail Ovechkin and his 60+ goal season for runners-up.
Norris - Chris Pronger, Anaheim
A change of scenery, and large group of hecklers from Edmonton, will indeed encourage a swift and magical season for Pronger and the Ducks as a whole. Feeding off of the energy, and chemistry of co-Canadian Olympic teammate Scott Niedermayer, Pronger will play strong defence, and put up the type of offensive numbers that will challenge the league leaders among rearguards. This year may mark a rarity in having teammates being nominated for the same trophy as the aforementioned Niedermayer and the Red Wings' Norris regular Nicklas Lidstrom will also be in the running.
Vezina - Mikka Kiprusoff, Calgary
See above for clarity, as Kipper will have a 40+ win, 9-12 shutout 'tender this year. Tomas Vokoun and Martin Gerber will also be in the running, but the Flames backstop should win this award in a romp.
Calder - Wojtek Wolski, Colorado
Alright, alright. Malkin is going to be incredible, and he will more than likely win. However, I'm going to go out on a limb and realize that this is indeed a re-build type season for the Avs, and Wolski is going to get every opportunity to play important minutes, and play with Sakic. Wolski has the talent and ability to put up some great rookie numbers. Should be a great race. Evgeni Malkin and Gilbert Brule will come up just short in the Calder rankings, but will be another great year for first year stars.
Jack Adams - Barry Trotz, Nashville
Trotz will finally get some respect for leading a very solid Nashville Predators team to their first divisional title, overtaking the annual powerhouse Red Wings. With great goaltending, steady offense, and a great corps of defence, the Preds are going to surprise many and officially join the NHL's regular season "Penthouse" teams. Two other top competitors for the honour will be Jim Playfair from Calgary and Lindy Ruff of Buffalo.
Stanley Cup Match-Up - EAST Buffalo Sabres vs. WEST Calgary Flames
This will be the year that the Stanley Cup finally, FINALLY makes its way back across to Canada! A new age "Sea of Red" will flow over the Province of Alberta, as the team has all the pieces to make a long run. Rookie coach Jim Playfair will be directing a re-vamped offence, a strong defensive unit, and will rely heavily on the stellar play of the Kipper in net, which in my eyes is a recipe that will certainly soothe the pain from their loss in the Cup finals two short seasons ago. The Sabres will come close, losing in 6 games, but the better team will win in this case.

Agree? Disagree? Only time will tell…

Adam Forsyth

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

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Monday, October 09, 2006

Leetch, Allison Close To Finding Homes

Brian Leetch has been talking to the Flyers over the last week and many believe this deal could be done in the next 48 hours. Another team who has shown some interest this past week is Carolina, but the Flyers seem like they will take the cake on this one.

Jason Allison is also talking to several teams, with Calgary still out in front. Washington is another team, while Carolina and LA are also showing moderate interest. I expect both players to be signed within the week.

How upsetting is it that Ed Belfour will not be starting in goal tonight when Florida visits Toronto? Speaking of the Leafs, one more injury and Tellqvist will hit waivers. The Leafs have not found a team willing to take Tellqvist for just a draftpick, and are getting very thin on defense with injuries to a lot of their young kids. Jay Harrison will make his season debut tonight.

I'm off for another Thanksgiving dinner, what a busy weekend it has been! Power Play Fantasy League standings will be posted in the blog tomorrrow. For those who are in the league, payment information will be sent out as soon as we can confirm our postal address. That should hopefully be done this week. Hope everyone enjoys their turkey!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Game Predictions Returns!

One of our most fun features at is our Game Predictions forum. This is where you can predict who will win each night. Last season it was a lot of fun, and this season will be even better. The game also has a new format. Three points will be awarded if the team you pick wins in regulation. Two points will be awarded if your team wins in Overtime or a shootout, and one point will be awarded if your team looses in overtime or a shootout. The person with the most points at season's end will win! This game is free, and I may be inclined to give the winner at the end of the season a prize, we'll just have to wait and see!!

Tomorrow wake up with a smile on your face, because the NHL is back baby!

Gionta Signs Three Year Deal

Well he only signed for three years, and he did take a discount. Three years worth 4 million per season. Next up...Paul Martin

One More Sleep...

I feel like I'm five again, just excited to go to sleep because I know when I wake up, the start of the NHL season will be upon us! I know I have my tickets for the Leafs' home opener tomorrow, and I hope some of you out there get a chance to catch a home opener as well, it's going to be a blast.

The Devils seem to be pretty much home free with Mogilny's contract not counting against the cap, however, I still see them moving a defenseman (either Martin or Rafalski) because things are still tight, and unless Gionta takes a huge discount price (I'm hearing whatevr deal he signs will be a long one, six years) the Devils will be so close to the cap it will be dangerous.

Rumours are flying that Marc Andre Fleury could be dealt to Pittsburgh for Jack Johnson and either Labarbera or Garon. At this point, Thibault has looked much better than Fleury, and the Pens are starting to get frustrated.

For you Leaf fans, they will submit their final roster at 3 pm today. Suglobov will make the team, and Battaglia and Harrison are both likely to stick around, at least until Kubina is un-suspended and Antropov is back from injury. They will also keep all three goalies up, with hopes of trading one in the next two weeks. I've heard Vancouver offered Cooke for Tellqvist and a pick, but the Leafs just don't have the cap room.

Thanks to all who have entered the power play fantasy league, if you still want in, I have extended the deadline until 12 am tonight, just incase a few of you forgot yesterday!!

Also thanks for all the offers of web help! I have talked to several of you, and I am hopeful we can have a new website up very soon! Hockey's back, and I can't wait!

Monday, October 02, 2006

Waiver Madness

As teams get down to their final rosters, many players find themselves on waivers

Brad brown, Jason Labarbera, Sean Burke, Tyson Nash, Grant Marshall, Brad Ference are among some of the bigger names on waivers. Leafs will also spend today trying to deal either Aubin and Tellqvist, though teams are trying to deal back some contract to the Leafs, which they just can't afford to take.

Richard Park has signed a two year deal worth $500,000 per with the Islanders

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And yes, the group of anti-Ted Saskin NHLPA members are filing a lawsuit, but I cover rumours and news, not this pollitical stuff. I don't understand why this is still an issue.

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Sunday, October 01, 2006

Devils Deal Malahkov To Sharks

With conditional first round pick for Korlyuk and Fahey. That should help their cap situation....

Thursday, September 28, 2006

I Sure Called That One...

Zherdev signs a three year deal worth 7 million dollars.

Leafs are talking to Dallas involving Tellqvist. 4th round pick could go to the other way.

Devils should get their cap news today or tomorrow, and then they'll have only a few days to get under the cap. Could be a busy weekend in New Jersey.

Flyers pushing hard for Toskala, I'd be surprised if this didn't get done, but it will cost the Flyers. A big deal could go down, maybe to bring a defenseman to Philly in the deal as well.

Zherdev Closing In On Deal

According to a very good source, the blue jackets and Zherdev are closing in on a three year deal. That being said, even if the deal is reached this weekened, Zherdev may not make it back for Columbus' season opener as there are rumours circulating that he has an expired visa that needs renewed.

The Devils should be getting news about Mogilny and Malahkov's cap situations in the next 48 hours. The Devils will then only have a few days to finalize their roster and get under the cap. This is shaping up to be what could be a busy weekend.

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Saturday, September 23, 2006


I have been the only insider talking about it, and I have been talking about it for the last month! The Sens and Brian Leetch have had many discussions, and along with the Rangers have been one of the two teams showing serious interest in the veteran blueliner. The Rangers right now have offered Leetch a deal, but he may only fit in as their 7th defenseman. Ottawa is on the verge of offering Leetch a deal, and with Corvo's injury (fractured foot, will miss two months), Wade Redden needs someone to play with. Why not Brian Leetch? Keep an eye on this one, this may cause the Rangers to up their offer if they really want him.

Friday, September 22, 2006

My 2006/2007 Predictions

Here they are, my 2006/2007 predictions. Please stop by the forums and reply with your thoughts, as well as your own predictions


1. NY Rangers
2. Carolina
3. Buffalo
4. Ottawa
5. Philadelphia
6. Toronto
7. Montreal
8. Atlanta
9. New Jersey
10. Tampa Bay
11. NY Islanders
12. Boston
13. Pittsburgh
14. Washington
15. Florida


1. Calgary
2. San Jose
3. Nashville
4. Anaheim
5. Dallas
6. Detroit
7. Minnesota
8. Colorado
9. Phoenix
10. Vancouver
11. Edmonton
12. LA
13. Chicago
14. St. Louis
15. Columbus

Art Ross - Alex Tanguay
Calder - Gilbert Brule
Hart - Henrik Lundqvist
Jack Adams - Paul Maurice
Norris - Scott Niedermayer
Maurice Richard - Alexander Ovechkin
Vezina - Henrik Lundqvist

I'm going to pick Calgary for the cup this year, especially if they can find that center. I don't think anyone right now really realizes what Tanguay is going to bring to this team

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Morrow Inks Six Year Extension In Dallas

Morning Everyone

Malkin seperated his shoulder, but it was popped back in. He should be back for the start of the season, if not before, and worse case he may miss like a week or two of the season, but thats doubtful.

Recchi fractured a bone in his face (Ouch!) and is doubtful to return in time for the start of the season, thats what I'm hearing right now anyway.

Brenden Morrow re-signed in Dallas, a very nice SIX year extension worth 4.1 million per season. He was said to be after $5 mil a season if he were to become a UFA, but the Stars have prevented his UFA status for 7 years, and are very happy about it.

Though Maclean is saying he will not trade Zherdev, it's not out of the question. I know of at least six teams that have called about the Russian forward, Rangers and Sharks are two of them.

Dallas may be looking to deal Niinimaa, no word of if there will be any takers.

Doesn't look like Leetch will land in NYR, as I said yesterday, but it's still not 100% out of the question. One rumour I did hear was that the Devils could deal Paul Martin (possibly to Edmonton), and then sign Brian Leetch to replace him.

I'm hearing Bondra wants to play for the Leafs but they are not that interested. The Wings right now I believe are the front-runners to land him.

Atlanta, Washington and Calgary are all looking for Centres. The two biggest rumoured names out there are Gomez and Allison. As you may have heard, Code believes Marleau is on the trading block and could be headed to Edmonton but I have no information regarding such thing.

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Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Domi To Retire

The former Maple Leafs enforcer has decided to retire. The official announcement will come later today...

It's been a very slow week for rumours and news, not much going on right now. Newsday picked up my Zherdev for Montoya rumour, but thats old news if your a Hockeyleaks' reader.

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Jack Johnson

One of the best prospects in the NHL could be on the move. The hot rumour going around right now is that the Hurricanes are unhappy with Johnson's decision to stay in college for another year. If the right deal can be put together, sources are saying the Hurricanes would be more than happy to deal Johnson away. So far I've heard three rumours :

#1 - Johnson to Pittsburgh in exchange for Jordan Staal

#2 - Johnson to NYR for Marc Staal

#3 - Johnson to Columbus for Zherdev plus...

The GMs are all meeting today, and who knows what could happen. Stay tuned to this blog as well as for the latest

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Carter Fools Us All

Philly, Toronto, Vancouver, LA, Detroit...these were the teams that Carter was suppose to be signing with. In the end, Columbus got him for $2.5 million. In the end it seems that money was what Carter wanted, and in the end it's what he got.

The Flyers are looking for a center at this point, and may try and prevent Calgary from getting Allison. Clarke's already pissed the league off this much, why stop now? If I'm Clarke, I use Primeau's money and offer Gionta or Martin a deal. That would make things really interesting...

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Quick Update!

Reminder that Hockeyleaks' Second Yahoo League's draft goes at 6:15 EST today (I think, make sure to double check that).

Rangers are talking to the Blue Jackets about Zherdev. Columbus wants either a very high end defensive prospect or Montoya, plus a draft pick...I don't see this one getting done.

Flyers are now the front-runners to land Anson Carter. Canucks may look at dealing Cooke to free up some more cap room, but with Kesler's 1.9 million dollar deal, it looks as though Carter is going elsewhere. Toronto, St. Louis and Detroit are all in this as well.

Look for Dunham to win the back-up duties in the NYI's training camp.

Dvorak is in St.Louis for a physical today, could sign as early as tonight.

Ruutu is talking to Chicago about a one year and a two year deal. They hope to get a deal worked out ASAP.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Blog #3 Today...

Sorry for so many updates, things just keep on happening and I want to keep you all updated.

St. Louis is close to signing Dvorak, that should be announced by Wednesday. They are also talking to Anson Carter...

The Edmonton Oilers have signed restricted free agent forward Joffrey Lupul to a three-year deal worth $6.935 million. Smart move to get this RFA off the market before Philly offers him an offer sheet...just kidding, but like I said, the offer sheets may start coming in, Clarke has pulled a no-no in the GM world, and other GM's will now be very tempted to do the same...

The Offer Sheet Situation

First, DiPietro signs that massive deal, and now this has happened. The Flyers have done something nobody has done in a long time, and thats attempt an offer sheet. The Flyers have signed restricted free agent Ryan Kesler (Vancouver property) to an offer sheet. A lot of confusion as to what this means, so let me clear this up :

The deal is worth 1.9 million dollars for one year. Vancouver now has seven days to decide whether they will match this offer or not. If Vancouver walks away from Kesler, the Flyers will owe Vancouver a 2nd round draft pick. At this point I have every belief that Kesler will remain in Vancouver.

This is the first offer sheet I believe since Carolina attempted to steal Federov several years ago. Now that one GM has made this move, a few others may be tempted to look around at the other RFA's available. Some that come to mind : Zherdev, Martin, Gionta and Stajan. This is something to watch, as all the insiders I talked to early this summer felt that if one offer sheet was made, more would soon follow. Obviously it's a little different now as there are only a handful of RFA's left, but guys like Gionta, Zherdev and Martin are all top notch guys that could be stolen, especially in New Jersey's case, because they have to stay within cap regulations (10% over the cap), and if an offer is too high, New Jersey would have no choice but to let the player go.


15-year, $67.5 million contract. Garth Snow's first big move as a GM is the longest deal in NHL history? DiPietro hasn't done anything amazing since coming to the NHL, and doesn't deserve a 15 year deal. In the salary cap world, you dont know what will happen. Say in ten years the cap drops significantly, the Isles are screwed because Dipietro still has five more years left!! I don't even know what Wang was thinking with allowing this one, but if I am Neil Smith, I'm happy I'm no longer around. The Isles also signed free agent center Viktor Kozlov today to a one year deal.

Carolina may be after a defenseman now, as Kaberle may miss the first six months of the season. I wouldn't at all be surprised to see Brian Leetch's name come up as far as Carolina is concerned.

Detroit is apparently closing in on that scoring winger they've been after. Carter and Zherdev appear to be at the top of their list.

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Monday, September 11, 2006

Gagne Signed

The Flyers have signed forward Simon Gagne to a five year deal worth $5.25 million per season. Do not count out the Flyers still adding one more winger, such as Carter or Daze, but with Gagne getting the big deal, it seems unlikely that the Flyers will have much left to add anything else.

Vancouver may be close to dealing Cooke in hopes of bringing in another top line winger. Stay Tuned...

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Giant Update!!

Talk is that Boston's Zhamnov will retire from the NHL thanks to an ankle injury. I made a few calls and it is clear that Zhamnov's salary will not count against the salary cap. Boston won't really miss him, as he didn't play or do much last season. Savard doesn't have that big of shoes to fill, but do not expect Savard to put up the numbers he did last season, he'll miss Ilya.

Speaking of Ilya, who will center him and Hossa? Jason Allison is still possible, as are Kozlov and Perrault. Gomez should be made available in the next seven days, and look for the Flames to be all over him. If they lose out on Gomez, look for them to quickly grab Allison.

Brian Leetch, it's between Ottawa and the Rangers. I'm going to give the Rangers a slight advantage in this one.

The Flyers are still trying to get Gagne signed, but they are looking at bringing in another winger regardless. Anson Carter is one possibility, while I've heard Eric Daze's name as well...Daze is one name to watch, as he'll come cheap, and could be a huge impact player.

With Ryan Miller signed, Biron is officially available. Don't look for him to go before the pre-season, but the first team to have goaltending troubles, and he's on his way out. Buffalo wants to solve this problem, and wants draft picks in return. Once Biron is gone, Buffalo seems likely to pick up Boucher.

Back to Carter, I'm hearing it's between the Flyers, Canucks, and Detroit. Rumours of LA and Montreal going after Carter are not accurate, while the Leafs at this point cannot afford Anson, even at a reduced price.

Leafs still need to deal a goalie, and that could come during training camp (which starts this week don't forget). When one goalie wins the back-up role, JFJ will talk with the other goalie and discuss options. Those options will be the player either shares time with Pogge in the AHL or is put on the market and is traded when someone calls about them. With this goaltending market, Aubin and Telly would both take some time to move, as neither is that valuable of a commodity.

What about Zherdev? Four teams that I know of have made calls about him, one being Toronto, another being Detroit, and another being Vancouver. I haven't been able to find the fourth team, but I will keep digging. At this point Columbus has no intention of dealing Zherdev, and will just wait it out.

Speaking of waiting it out, the Flyers will not. If they dont get Gagne signed, then they stand to lose him for nothing next summer. They'll deal him to the West in November if something can't be agreed upon.

Get ready to see some training camp invites over the next few days. Scott Young, Viktor Kozlov, Mike Leclerc, Brian Marchment and Jan Hrdina could all be in that boat. Guys like Leetch, Bondra, Carter and Allison will all just wait it out until they sign deals, and won't attend any camp without a deal.

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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Attention Hockey Fans!

Just a quick reminder that our Yahoo Hockeyleaks League #1's draft goes tonight at 10:30 PM EST, so if your signed up for it, be there, it should be a lot of fun. I will be happy to answer any questions any of you have.

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One rumour : Bondra is talking with four teams at this point. Pittsburgh, Washington, Toronto, and Colorado. This number could change, and as far as Pittsburgh and Toronto go, he's a backup should they fail to land Carter. Detroit could enter the Bondra rush for the same reasons.

Will Someone Remind New Jersey Of The Salary Cap?

Word this morning has Jim Down close to a one year deal with the New Jersey. For those who have been sleeping, the Devils are already over the 44 million dollar salary cap, and still have to sign Gionta, Martin and Hale. The Devils have to make a move eventually, whether it's moving Gomez, Gionta, Mogilny, or even Brodeur (couldn't happen, could it?). You have to figure with regular season kicking off in less than a month, this move has to happen sooner rather than later. If I'm a team in the Atlantic Division, I make an offer sheet for Gionta or Martin. I'll tell you this, the Devils would not have an easy time matching it.

Gagne still isn't signed, which could mean bad things for the Flyers. If Forsberg doesn't return to post-surgery form, what offensive talent are the Flyers left with? Primaeu s still a giant question mark, and this team's defense and goaltending is also questionable. If I'm the Flyers, I give Gagne exactly what he wants, simply because if Gagne isn't wearing Flyer orange this season, the Flyers are in a world of trouble.

Finally, why are Carter and Allison still available. They are both at least top six players on 95% of the teams in this league. Allison played at almost a point a game last season, and is a great pick up for any team needing someone to lead their powerplay. As for Carter, did we forget he was once traded for Jagr? Maybe last season wasn't his fluke season, maybe it was the poor season he had before that? Nah, couldn't be....

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Young Stars Ink Contracts

Well it finally happened, Malkin signed a three year deal with the Pens. Malkin and Crosby may just be the best 1,2 center combination in the league, and both are still so young! Scary thoughts when you look into Pittsburgh's future. You have to wonder if Pittsburgh really needs Jordan Staal. The talk is Staal to Carolina for Jack Johnson, and it's a really hot topic right now.

Svatos also signed in Colorado this season, which is great news for the Avs. Svatos is one of the most exciting young players in the league, and will look good along side other young stars such as Wolski and Liles. One year deal for Svatos though, the Avs would have loved to lock him up more long-term.

Jason Allison remains available, and I'm hearing it's down to four teams: Philly, Calgary, Atlanta and Washington.

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Monday, September 04, 2006

Carter, Nashville and Hockey Pools

Anson Carter is heading towards a one year deal, but where still is unknown. Toronto and Detroit are still at the head of the pack, while Pittsburgh and LA are still lurking in the shadows. Carter will be lucky to get $2 million at this point. I would say Detroit has the best shot, with Toronto a little behind them. Toronto still hasn't signed Matt Stajan, and I'm hearing he could be dealt if something is not reached soon.

Toronto apparently has held talks with Nashville about Martin Erat. Stajan would be a piece to go the other way. JFJ understands the need to add another winger, he's just having a lot of trouble finding the money to do so. Also, I talked to a good source yesterday saying that the Leafs have met with Sundin about a contract extension, with both parties understanding that if Sundin is to stay in Toronto, he will have to take a paycut. The Leafs are also waiting until after this season before giving Darcy Tucker a raise. They want to make sure last seasons play wasn't a one-season thing.

Back to Nashville, with the recent addition of Dumont, there is talk they are shopping both Erat and Upshall. They're looking for young talent in return, possibly centers, as that is their weakest area on the depth chart.

Seems like Dvorak to Vancouver rumours were just rumours, but the Dvorak to NYR rumours are really picking up steam. Dvorak would be replacing Rucinsky and Sykora, who both left as UFA's this summer.

Brian Leetch may be the biggest UFA left on the market, and I am still hearing Ottawa is in the lead to land him. The Rangers have dropped back a bit in this one, while I've heard Atlanta, Tampa Bay and Buffalo have all inquired about the veteran defenseman. He should sign somewhere soon.

Anyone still puzzled by New Jersey's lack of moves? Gionto/Gomex/Martin all still have to be dealt with. Calgary is very hot after Gomez, while the Oilers have expressed interest in Martin. I wouldn't want to be New Jersey at this point, they're running out of time.

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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Power Play Fantasy League Details!!!

Here are the details for the Hockeyleaks Powerplay Fantasy League

Players You Must Pick : 6 Forwards 4 Defenseman

Pricing : $5 US, $6 CDN per team.

There is no limit on amount of teams you can have.

Instructions : Please send your player choices to Once we receive your players and enter them into our system, we will send you payment information. You will be able to pay through cheque, money order or paypal. Unfortunately Paypal payments will add an extra .50 cents to your total cost as Paypal charges us fees, and will affect overall prize amount.

Prizing : At this point prizing has not yet been decided upon.

Last year the winner received $20 US, NHL stamps, and three or four autographed nhl cards. The prizes were not as good last year as we had several people not pay, so we were limited to the prizing available. This year we hope to have enough people to have a larger cash prize, as well as being able to put some of the money into an office pools account which would give you full access to stats and standings each and every day. Any questions please contact us at

Thanks for the interest, and here's to a good year!

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Friday, September 01, 2006

Yahoo Fantasy Leagues

Some spots left in league one (draft this wednesday!)

ID : 8889
password : Malkin

all spots left in league two

ID : 27453
password : crosby

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I'm Back!

I am very sorry for my lack of updates this past week, but I am now moved into my new place, and everything SHOULD be back to normal. We are strongly thinking of another site redesign with some new forums, so that is some exciting news. Also, the Power Play Fantasy League will launch very soon, so if you want in please email us at It should be a blast, look for details right here on the blog soon. Now for some rumours...

I am hearing Ryan Miller could sign as early as this weekend. Details are hard to come by, but I am hearing a three or four year deal worth somewhere between four and five million per season. Thats quite a bit for me to believe, as Miller has proven himself in just one season. With no takers for Biron, the Sabres are no longer in as much in a pressure situation to sign Miller. This makes me believe you may see Miller only end up with a three year deal worth three or three and a half per. Time will tell I guess..

Carter's people continue to talk with the Red Wings, and things are progressing. LA, Toronto and Vancouver are all in this too, and cannot be counted out.

Still no deal between the Leafs and Matt Stajan, which has led to a lot of speculation that he will be dealt. There was even a rumour that he would be packaged with picks/prospects to bring in Zherdev, but that was later denied. As far as I've heard the Leafs plan on having him signed ASAP, but if they could get something quality in return, they would move him.

Brian Leetch and Ottawa continue to talk. I am hearing right now Ottawa and the Rangers are the only two teams left in the mix