Thursday, November 22, 2007
Who else is in danger? Pittsburgh is not a good situation right now, and axes could fall soon if things don't pick up in a hurry. Florida is another organization I wouldn't want to be a part of at the moment.
I'm looking into a potential deal between Edmonton and Buffalo.
Check Hockeyleaks.com and it's forums for all the latest...
Updates should return to daily by next week, sorry for the delays.
Friday, November 09, 2007
Bryan Murray is in Binghamton, home of the Senators farm team, and is said to be packaging up to three prospects, as well as Patrick Eaves and Ray Emery. They would be shipped to LA fo Labarbera, a roster player, and possibly a prospect. The two roster players I'm hearing the most are Frolov and O'Sullivan. To me, O'Sullivan makes a heck of a lot more sense for the Sens, but we will see.
These talks are VERY far along, and this deal could happen this weekend. Yes, there is still time for this to fall apart, but at this point things seem very real.
I'm sorry with the lack of updates this week, i've been crazy busy. Things should be returning to normal now.
I'm still looking for a fantasy writer as well as a power rankings writer. email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if your interested.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Patrick Kane is running away with the rookie scoring league early. He already leads Toews, Cogliano and Gagner by 7 points! Kane has 13 points in 9 games.
Site is updated daily, so make sure to check Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
Hockeyleaks.com was one of a very few amount of sites given this content, so enjoy it.
Note: If you get this blog by email, you will likely have to go to hockey-leaks.blogspot.com to view the content.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Never have I read more of an annoying blog in my life. Yes, I'm a Leaf fan, but I'm also a hockey fan, and I watched the game last night as a hockey fan.
Did White deserve a penalty? Probably, but here is my problem with all the whiners today. Exactly after this White/Stumpel incident happened, Jay Bouwmeester almost ended the goal, but was robbed by a great/lucky save by Vesa Toskala (yes, he did get a piece of the puck, i've watched it over and over to be sure). If Toskala misses that save, the Panthers win. Mr. Spiegal would not have had to write his blog today like he did, in fact it probably would have praised the Panthers for a great victory over the Leafs.
Unfortunatly for Mr. Spiegal and the rest of the Panthers' fanbase, Toskala did get his stick on the puck, the Leafs did carry the puck down the ice, Craig Anderson did give up a huge rebound (for the second time in the game), and Nik Antropov ended the game in Toronto's favour.
To suggest the referees in this game should be suspended is idiotic. Both teams traded chances after this incident, and unfortunatly for the Panthers, Toronto made theirs count. Every game referee's miss calls, they can't get everything. Yes, White dropped his gloves, but he never punched Stumpel or hit him once the gloves were off. They were both chipping at each other on the boards, and you could have called a number of penalties. The refs chose to let the teams play, and so they did. Like I said, Florida had first shot to end this game, and they didn't. After that, it's fair game.
I also like how he chose to complain how the Panthers went from being near the top to the top of the league's most penalized. Don't blame the refs, blame your team. Whether your 25th or 30th in the league in PMs, you have a problem that needs fixed. The difference between 25 and 30 is not important, your team needs to behave better either way.
Every team gets shafted by bad calls. As a Leaf fan, I remember the goal Jason Blake scored against Ottawa that was called back, even though it shouldnt have been. Take that bad call back, and the Leafs are over .500 right now. Ref's make mistakes, but in this case, I think they did alright.
Like I said, Jay Bouwmeester scores that goal, and Panthers fans everywhere are not complaining a bit...
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Looking at the PPFL standings today, I see a lot of people who will be hurt by Souray's injury. Daniel Laframboise's team 1 is currently winning with 62 points, but it's still early! Bob Adamski, the two time PPFL champ, had a strong night last night and he's always one to watch! Both my teams sit 12 points back with 52 points, and to think, I didnt pick a player twice, thats consistant!
The site has been updated, and a reminder that rumours are now updated daily so make sure to check them out. A lot of great games tonight, should be a lot of fun to watch. Make sure to check the betting zone for my best bets. If you were playing $5 a day on daily double, through six days you'd be up $25, as I'm 5-1! Tonight will be tough though, as it's Detroit over San Jose, and I always find it hard to bet against the Sharks, but here it goes, i've done it!
Thats all for now, more later if something breaks, and make sure to check out Hockeyleaks.com and it's forums for all the latest.
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
For all the latest check out Hockeyleaks.com as well as the forums
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Busy busy right now, hoping to get some moer updates done later.
Still looking for a fantasy writer, as well as someone to do our power rankings. If interested please send me an email at email@example.com.
Thanks, enjoy your Tuesday.
Saturday, October 06, 2007
Montreal @ Toronto: Montreal looks to win their second straight, while Toronto looks to capture their first win of the season. It's going to be a great game. Huet vs. Toskala seems likely at this point. Can't wait for this one. 4-2 Toronto takes it.
Buffalo @ NYI: After last night, both these teams must be ready for rematch. Both teams defensively were not good, but their offenses were running on full. Buffalo should re-bound from a shaky start, and take this one 4-1.
NYR @ Ottawa: As far as I'm concerned, two of the three best teams in the East. Both teams have yet to lose, so something has to give. I'm going to take NYR in this one, 3-2.
Anaheim @ Pittsburgh: The Ducks have struggled out of the gate, while Pittsburgh is coming off an opening night loss. I expect Pittsburgh to get in the win column tonight, and Anaheim continue to struggle. 5-2 Pittsburgh takes it.
Vancouver @ Calgary: Can you say goaltending matchup? What a great game this should be. I'm going to go with Vancouver, even though my gut says Calgary. 2-1 Vancouver takes it.
Centre Ice is on free preview on both Bell Expressview and Rogers Digital Cable. Take advantage of it!
Friday, October 05, 2007
Realtime updates, ive had a rough start apparently...
updates have been slow the last few days, ive been battling a nasty throat infection thats keeping me down for the most part. Hopefully I can kick this soon.
Could be a big night for upsets tonight. Carolina leads Pittsburgh 2-0, while Columbus is up on Anaheim 2-0. Federov's got two points already, comeback time?
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
1.5 hours till first puck drop of the night, who's excited?
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Make sure to stop by the forums and play our game predictions game. It's our third year doing it, and it's always fun to see how good you are at picking the winners.
Hockey's back, I can't wait for tonight!!
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Tomorrow the NHL regular season kicks into full gear, with four games. I'd rather more, but I can still deal. Toronto and Ottawa should be a good battle, while I'm looking forward to seeing the new look Avalanche play as well.
Hockey's back ladies and gentleman, and I've never been more excited
Monday, October 01, 2007
full list available here
The site is finally updated after fighting with serious ftp problems.
Last chance to join PPFL, if you want in please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is anyone else anxious for Wednesday? The NHL gave us a taste of great hockey this weekend, and now we're forced to wait two more days to get another glimpse of the greatest league on the planet! Oh well, I can't wait, should be a great season.
Saturday, September 29, 2007
4. NY Rangers
8. Tampa Ba
10. New Jersey
2. San Jose
8. St. Louis
Presidents Trophy: Detroit
Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby
Calder Trophy: Jonathan Toews
Hart Trophy: Joe Sakic
Jack Adams Trophy: Denis Savard
Norris Trophy: Nik Lidstrom
Maurice Richard Trophy: Dany Heatley
Vezina Trophy: Mikka Kiprusoff
There are my predictions, I'd love to debate them on the forums, so go there and read the blog section, then reply.
Hockey's back, I love it!
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Ray Emery will make his pre-season debut. This is good news for Sens fans, as there was some question on whether he would be able to start the season healthy.
Yesterday the Rangers placed Kasparaitis on waivers, it is not likely that any team will claim him.
And speaking of defensemen, Tampa Bay is really working hard to get one.
Corey Locke and Yan Danis both could be lost by Montreal, as both have to clear waivers 0n their way to the minors. Both are young and seem promising, you'd have to think someone would have interest in both players.
Glen Metropolit is all but assured a spot on the Bruins.
More Later, the season is just around the corner...
Monday, September 17, 2007
Lets get to the latest news:
Mike Fisher will be a Senator for the next five years, but at what cost? Well, it's 4.2 a season, which I think is a little much. The Senators will have a hard time finding money to re-sign both Redden and Heatley for next season. Should be interesting.
The Sharks first made headlines by bringing in Roenick, and now they're at it again. Sandis Ozolinsh will be attending the Sharks training camp, and I'm hoping he makes it. I hope he can re-find his career, and put his off and on ice problems behind him.
On the injury front, Schneider will delay his ducks debut by a month, thanks to a broken bone in his ankle. I can hear the sighs of the relief by all Red Wings Fans...
If Vancouvers offense wasnt hurting enough, Sami Salo is now out indefinitely with a wrist injury that will keep him out at least a month. Vancouver could be in for a long summer if they can't find a way to score goals, which I predict will be a serious problem for them.
The Senators are talking to Jeff O'Neill, and I'm actully surprised he hasnt found a home. For all the talk on him, he's put up a fair amountof goals over his past two seasons as a leaf.
Adam Forsyths season preview will hit hockeyleaks.com tomorrow, so make sure to check that out. Adam has been out best writer since his arrival, and is always a pleasure to read.
We're at 20 teams for the PPFL, make sure to send in your team. Hockeyleaks.com/fantasy.html for details.
Leaf fans tune into the Leafs forum tomorrow night at nine for Leafs chat: game edition. I'll be around talking during the game, hope you can be there.
Sunday, September 16, 2007
The Ducks are already missing Scotty, as Schneider is already out of the lineup with an ankle injury. I talked to many Red Wings fans who were happy to see him go, and you have to wonder if Burke may have slipped up by picking up the aging defenseman.
One training camp invite that has been missed by most is David Tanabe in St. Louis. Tanabe reminds me of Jeff Jillson. A couple good seasons, and now you never hear about him.
Finally, for those who missed it, the Ducks beat the Kings last night 3-2.
Expect a season preview from me in the next week / week and a half. Hockeyleaks.com is also looking to add writers to our staff. We're looking for someone to write power rankings and someone to write a weekly fantasy report. We're also looking to re-tool our columnist section, so if your interested email me at email@example.com.
Also, don't forget that your running out of time to join the PPFL. Check Hockeyleaks.com's fantasy section for all details.
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Speaking of Toronto, Leafs TV will be televising the jersey unvailing today at 3 pm. At the press conference they will also talk about how Leafs TV is now available to everyone who subscribes to the VIP package (which I'm happy about, saves me $3 a month!). Thats good news for Leafs fan.
I get a lot of emails asking where Alyn McCauley is going. Well, he had knee surgery and will miss some time, up to six months. He's hoping to sign a new contract once he's fully recovered.
Ecshe is still hoping someone might have interest in him. He's currently working out with the Penguins, but don't expect them to sign him.
Check Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest, and keep sending in your PPFL teams. Only 8 more days to get your free bonus team. check out Hockeyleaks.com/fantasy.html for details.
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Training camps across the league continue to kick off throughout the week, and as they kick off, we finally get to see the remaining jerseys that had yet to be revealed. Toronto's comes out tomorrow, I know a lot of fans are excited for that.
Updates will be very regular now that we finally have some things to talk about.
Please sign up for the PPFL, we already have almost 20 teams registered. Check out the Fantasy section of Hockeyleaks.com for the details.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Montreal has new jerseys, check the forums for the link to view them. They are pretty much the same, very slight changes.
Don't forget to check Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest, and make sure to re-join the forums if you haven't. Finally, check the fantasy section and make sure you sign up for the Power Play Fantasy League ASAP.
Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
This is a trend your going to see a lot of: players being invited to training camp. Anson Carter, Curtis Joseph, Jason Allison, Eric Lindros, and many other available players could be invited to training camp next month to see just what they're capable of.
As for Danny Markov, all signs point to him signing within the next week.
Stay Tuned, and don't forget to sign up for the Power Play Fantasy League. Details can be found on the fantasy page at Hockeyleaks.com
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
The layout took awhile but its finally back to looking like it was. Now we just need the posts and members to return, so get on it!
Don't forget to sign up for the PPFL. If you missed details, go to Hockeyleaks.com/fantasy.html for all info.
This will be the third season of our PPFL. Bob Adamski has won the first two pools, and will be going for the three-peat this year. Do you have what it takes to take the title from him?
Rules: You will pick six forwards and four defenseman. You get one injury replacement during the season.
Cost: $5 per team. You may have as many teams as you want.
Promotions: 1) 5 Teams for $20.
2) If Payment is recieved by Sept. 20, you will get one additional team free. So two teams for $5, three teams for $10, 6 teams for $20, etc.
Sending Pick Information: Please email your list of 10 players to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do not email your free team until we have confirmed to have received your payment. We will contact you asking for your free team.
Payment Info: Paypal: Send paypal payment to email@example.com. If using paypal, please add an additional .50 to cost.
Cheque / Money Order: This year to make things less confusing we got a postal box at a local college. Please send cheque / money order to:
203 Humber College Blvd
Please include your email address with your cheque / money order so we can email you and collect your free team.
Prizing: Winner of the pool will receive total money collected, minus the cost of Office Pools, which will keep track of all points and give up the minute standings.
Site updates and forum updates are being done as I type this, so please get to posting on the forum, and keep checking Hockeyleaks.com for updates!
Sunday, August 19, 2007
- More Q&A's. We've already aquired a few Q&A interviews, and once the site "re-launches" within the next week or so, we will begin posting them once a week or so. The first one will be with Logan Couture, San Jose's first round pick this season.
- A New Betting Section. It will a new section where you will get recommends on who to pick for that nights games. Three sections: A for sure win, your best chance to double your money, and my pick of the night. A lot of people always ask me for my advice when betting on hockey, so I decided to try this as a regular section. This will debut at the start of the season.
- Mail bag section: I will be getting you guys to write in with your thoughts on the league and hockey in general. I will also publically write responses on the website. This section will be updated once a week
- More Columnists, and more columns written on a regular basis. We are going to be re-doing our entire writing staff, bringing some back and adding some new names. This is one of our main focus'.
- Weekly Power Rankings
and of coarse you will get the same rumour and trade coverage you've been getting from us over the past two years.
what do you guys want? and what do you think of the new additions that are coming? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, August 17, 2007
Peca is still very close to signing with the Rangers, though apparently the Islanders have made a late push. Toronto still has some interest, but no trades that they are working on seem imminent. Peca to Rangers is most likely at this point, I'm surprised it's not done. Don't expect anything on this now until Monday or Tuesday.
Forsberg to Vancouver does have some potential, though I'm not sure how much. If Forsberg could return to form, he'd answer a lot of Vancouver's problems.
This site was passed on to me through a friend, and i'm going to pass it on to you : http://www.geocities.com/capn89/
It's a list and pictures of all the revealed new NHL jerseys for next year. Some have had quite drastic changes, while the Flames one interests me the most. Tampa and San Jose both have modernized their logos, while many jerseys have yet to be revealed. I'm still excited to see the Leafs jersey, the rumours have been that their logo will be modernized, but we'll have to wait and see
Thats all for now, keep crossing your fingers, and the site will be back before we know it!
I want to make a comment about all the Mark Bell talk this week. Every media person I've read this week has had nothing nice to say about the troubled winger, and even less to say about John Ferguson Jr. We all know I'm a leaf fan, so I may have bias towards them, but in no way do I agree with any of what is being said about Bell. The Toronto Sun's Steve Simmons wrote a nasty article today about him, while Hockeybuzz writers Berger and Tencer have both taken shots at him in the last 48 hours.
John Ferguson Jr. took Bell because it was the only way he could get Toskala. This was a good move by JFJ, as Toskala is a direct improvement in goal, and was the best goalie for the best price available. Bell is a risk, but this whole situation has been blown out of proportion.
a) Bell will not miss any games because of this. His jail sentence will be in the offseason, he is likely to spend less than 6 months, all of which will likely occur beyond the leafs 07-08 season.
b) If Bell either struggles or does miss time because of this, he can be sent to the minors, and won't count against the cap. He's young, the Leafs can do that. He's not a cap risk.
c) Bell has something to prove, he has a fresh start, and he's not being asked of much. The pressure was on him a lot when he went from Chicago to San Jose. His 20 goal seasons were expected to increase, a lot of pressure for the kid to deal with.
If Bell turns out to be a bust, then there is nothing lost. He can be sent down, no cap issues to deal with. The Leafs didn't pay to get Bell, they paid to get Toskala. In fact, taking Bell lowered the price of Toskala.
If Bell turns out to be good, the Leafs got a freebie. If Bell puts up 20 goals, the Leafs got a steal.
As far as Bell is concerned, there is little risk and a lot of reward. Bell's future looked bright when he was in Chicago, there is no reason to believe he can't re-find his game and move forward with his life.
Please email me your comments to email@example.com. I answer all my emails, and love hearing from you guys. Hockeyleaks.com should be back up and running soon.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
I also want to let people know that I have a full base-set of Upper Deck 2007 Hockeycards for sale. This is 350 cards. The price is $40 and that includes shipping to Ontario or Quebec. If you live elsewhere let me know and we'll see what pricing would be.
Sit tight, things should be normal again soon...
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Thursday, July 26, 2007
The Oilers have signed Dustin Penner to a five year / 21.5 million dollar offer sheet. Thats 4.3 a season, and as good as Penner is, the Ducks have to walk away. They can't afford that salary, and if they do it will be devistating to their cap situation. Even if Teemu or Niedermayer want to come back, they won't be able to fit in under the cap. Kevin Lowe is not making a lot of friends this off-season. Parise and Cammalleri remain the big RFA's still available.
Gelinas has signed with Nashville. One year, still checking on the money amount. This surprises me, as Gelinas is getting older and obviously wants to win, Nashville just doesn't seem to be the best bet in their current state. Maybe he knows something we don't?
Sunday, July 15, 2007
I've also heard Anson Carter could sign with Vancouver this week.
Check the rumour mill at Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
The blog began getting hits from all around the globe, and the forums took off instantly. In October 2005, we launched a hockeyleaks.com website, which not only had daily news updates, but standings, rumours, stats, and interviews.
Two full years later, Hockeyleaks.com is one of the top rumour websites on the internet. We've expanded to offer our readers so much more than we could have ever dreamed of. Our blog is currently at 1.95 million hits, while our website has had hundreds of thousands of unique visitor, and over 20 million hits over the past two years. I never expected all of this, and I want to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to provide you with my information. This site is a passion of mine, just like hockey has always been. You have no idea how much I enjoy running this site, and being able to speak to you all on a daily basis.
So we come to the site news. As I said, we've grown a lot since we started. When we were looking to get free webspace to start the Hockeyleaks.com website in September of 2005, we were contacted by a Hockeyleaks.com reader, Roddie from Dallas. He had a server and because we were not that big of a ite, he offered us his server and webspace. We have been very pleased with what roddie has given us, and without him, Hockeyleaks.com probably would not exist.
Unfortunatly, we have grown much bigger than any of us could have expected. Roddie's server can no longer handle us, which leaves us without a server and without web space. That leaves myself with the task of finding a new home for Hockeyleaks.com. As I'm sure many of you are aware, Hockeyleaks.com is owned and operated by just myself. We have had many people help out over the years (and I want to thank Cory (cdog77) for all his help over the years, he helped us from dying a few times with all of his site updating), but as far as the bills go, I have paid for all the costs this site has had over the years. We had a few small ad deals that paid for a chat room here, or a domain name there, but as far as profit goes, Hockeyleaks.com has not made any.
So what does this mean? It means that in 2-3 weeks we will no longer be on the server we are on. I'm in the process of looking for a new server, but it will all depend on the costs and what we can afford. If I am moving forward with Hockeyleaks.com, I refuse to take a server that is less than the one we're on. If Hockeyleaks.com is to exist, it will continue to move forward, there will be no steps back.
I have my fingers crossed that we will be able to save this site, as I think it would be a tragedy if Hockeyleaks.com closed down. I know a lot of people visit this site many times during the day, and we have a few people who I honestly believe never leave our forums. I will do my best to keep this site operating, and lets hope we can move forward and live to see our third, fourth, and so on anniversary.
If your interested in helping us out, any ideas to raise money can be emailed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also click the link below to donate money to our paypal account. I can promise you any and all money donated will go towards us putting a new server. I'm pretty sure if a dollar is donated, just that would force me to put the money out necessary to keep Hockeyleaks.com around. Even if you can spare a dollar, it would help. I've always been against putting large google ads, poker ads, etc on Hockeyleaks.com, as that slows down load time, and takes away from the website and what we're trying to do.
Hockeyleaks will continue to operate as usual until further notice. I'm not sure an exact date that we have to be off the server, i believe it will be mid-july.
Once again, thank you for getting hockeyleaks.com this far, it's been an amazing experience thus far, and I hope it can continue and this will all work out.
Hockeyleaks.com has been updated with today's rumours, check the forums and UFA 07 section for all the breaking signings....like Brad Isbister was just signed to Vancouver...
Monday, July 02, 2007
I also mentioned earlier that Nagy to LA was very possible, and now it's done. Waiting for details on both, but they are both 100% done
Teams that had it rough yesterday are:
Buffalo - They lost their two biggest players, and Zubrus (it looks like he's gone), and haven't replaced them at all. I think we may see the Sabres make a trade, and make one or two tier 2 signings.
NYI - Blake, Smyth, Poti, Yashin, Zednik - Five big guys that got you to the playoffs last year...they have a lot to do to repair this team.
San Jose - They free'd up money to land a big name, and instead they didn't, PLUS they lost Scott Hannan.
Montreal - They needed a centre and a big d-man and got neither. I look forward to seeing how this team reacts.
New Jersey - Without Gomez and Rafalski, this team isn't a playoff team. They need to find replacements.
Nashville - Vokoun, Kariya, Hartnell, Timmonen. Thats a lot to replace.
LA - Went after all the big names, and struck out.
Edmonton - See LA
Phoenix - See LA
These teams all need to make deals, and make them soon before the market dries up. It will be interesting to see what these teams do in reaction. Some will make smart moves, others will make moves that hurt them for years.
Then you look to to the Leafs and Rangers. Both teams are close to the cap, and have too many roster players. Both admit they are still working the phones, and rumours are flying around about both. By the end of the week, you will see big moves / signings by both teams, both are not done yet.
Thanks for coming to Hockeyleaks, we had a great day yesterday. I have some news regarding the future of hockeyleaks.com, but I will save that for a day less busy. Thanks again for all you've given me. While Hockeyleaks doesn't make a sense, to see we had almost 500 000 hits yesterday makes me feel like I do all of this for a reason.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Latest has briere going to Montreal, though Philly, LA and Buffalo are still in this.
Bertuzzi to Detroit, Toronto or Montreal.
I am also excited to see what teams shock and awe us. We've been hearing Philly, Toronto, LA, San Jose, Buffalo, Montreal, etc as the big players. It wouldn't shock me at all if Columbus, Minnesota, Phoenix, or another low key team came out of nowhere and shocked us all by grabbing a Gomez or Drury. Gomez still likely to NYR, though Edmonton will offer him the largest deal. Drury out west....Colorado, San Jose, LA...though you can never count Buffalo out.
The Leafs are said to be ready to make a few giant splashes tomorrow. They're plan is to grab two wingers tomorrow, we'll see what happens. Expect toskala's extention to be announced tomorrow as well.
Get some sleep, tomorrow will be fun
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Emery is likely heading to a new team. Even if a team doesn't steal him as a RFA, arbitration likely would mean the end for Ray in Ottawa. Fernandez may be the one to come in as a replacement.
More To Come, things are getting busy
The Leafs, Sens, Canucks, Wings and Habs are all working the phones hard today, trying to free up some cap room for tomorrow.
The Leafs are looking to move Kubina, Raycroft and Kilger to give them some more room to persue big guys. Stajan maybe too, if they can get good return. I'm hearing they would love to add not one, but two wingers tomorrow. Bertuzzi is one of them it appears.
The Sens would love to move Gerber, Shaeffer and/or Corvo. They really want some extra cash to make a serious attempt at Gomez, who they feel would strongly consider calling Ottawa home.
Vancouver wants Kariya I've been told, and are still looking to move Morrison to free up the extra cash. Washington still seems the most likely, though they may wait to see if they can grab Nylander on the market tomorrow.
The Wings are letting go Robert Lang, which frees up a little room, but not enough. They want to bring Schneider back, if they can afford him. Bertuzzi is looking less likely to return, but they would love to add Ryan Smyth. Finding 7 million to offer him, however, is a problem for them.
Montreal was upset the cap didnt go to 52 mil like some expected it to. They now only have about 7 million to offer briere, which will not be enough it seems. They are working the phones, trying to get a few more million free'd up.
I cannot wait for tomorrow. I'll be in the forums starting just before 12, and I'll be in there as long as I possibly can. Come by and chat with me, as we break all the signings and trades (if there are any). Make Hockeyleaks.com your home for UFA Day 2007. It will be a busy Sunday tomorrow, no doubts about. For more rumours, check Hockeyleaks.com.
More if something breaks today..
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Leafs working on deals with Washington and Nashville. Kubina is involved. Eklund confirms this.
Rangers, Sharks, Flyers seem to be final three for Drury. From what I have heard he has told the Sabres that he wont be back. Colorado is in this as well, however.
Vancouver is looking to free up Cap Space. Morrison has been offered to Washington.
Montreal continues to look for a centre. Marleau and Briere are the two they want, but are committed to getting at least one top centre before July is done.
I have set up a rumour Q & A forum in the Hockey Rumours Discussion forum. Feel free to drop by and ask me a question about a player, team or rumour. I will do my best to answer all questions.
The Leafs have Jason Blake, Ryan Smyth and Paul Kariya on their radar. Talk has them interested in lower-end UFA's as well, such as Todd White and Kyle Calder. While his name has not come up at all, I expect the Leafs to make a significant push for Nagy as well as the bigger name players. Landing a Nagy and a Kariya isnt out of the question.
Dallas Drake has cleared waivers and will be bought out by St. Louis.
Phoenix is making a push for Manny Fernandez as Boston is having trouble meeing Minnesota's asking price.
Chicago continues to be in the market for a center, and will offer Briere, Drury and Gomez large contracts. With that said, it is doubtful any of them will become Blackhawks.
Regehr could be finished in Calgary. With the aquiring of Aucoin, some believe Regehr will be on the move. Watch New Jersey on this one.
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Friday, June 22, 2007
- CHI - RW Patrick Kane
- PHI - LW James Van Riemsdyk
- PHX - C Kyle Turris
- LAK - D Thomas Hickey
- WSH - D Karl Alzner
- EDM - C Sam Gagner
- CBJ - RW Jakub Voracek
- BOS - C Zack Hamill
- SJS (from STL) - C Logan Couture
- FLA - D Keaton Ellerby
- CAR - C Brandon Sutter
- MON - D Ryan McDonagh
- STL (from SJS/TOR) - C Lars Eller
- COL - D Kevin Shattenkirk
- EDM (from NYI) - D Alex Plante
- MIN (from ANA/TBL) - C Colton Gillies
- NYR - RW Alexei Cherepanov
- STL (from CAL) - D Ian Cole
- ANA (from MIN) - C Logan MacMillan
- PIT - C Angelo Esposito
- EDM (from PHX/DAL) - C Riley Nash
- MON (from SJS) - LW Max Pacioretty
- NAS - D Jonathan Blum
- CAL (from STL/ATL) - C Mikael Backlund
- VAN - C Patrick White
- STL (from SJS/NJD) - RW David Perron
- DET - D Brendan Smith
- SJS (from WAS/BUF) - D Nick Petrecki
- OTT - C Jim O'Brien
- PHX (from EDM/ANA) - D Nick Ross
1. SJS gets 1st round pick (conditional), 2nd round pick in 2008, 4th round pick in 2009
TOR gets G Vesa Toskala and LW Mark Bell
2. FLA gets G Tomas Vokoun
NAS gets 1st round pick in 2008, 2nd round pick in 2007, 2nd round pick (conditional)
3. SJS gets 1st round pick in 2007
STL gets 1st round pick in 2007 (from TOR), 2nd round pick in 2007, 2nd round pick in 2008
4. ANA gets 1st round pick in 2007, 2nd round pick in 2007
MIN gets 1st round pick in 2007
5. CAL gets 1st round pick in 2007 (from ATL), 3rd round pick in 2007
STL gets 1st round pick in 2007
6. EDM gets 1st round pick in 2007 (from DAL)
PHX gets 1st round pick in 2007 (from ANA), 2nd round pick in 2007
7. SJS gets 1st round pick in 2007 (from BUF)
WSH gets 2nd round pick in 2007, 2nd round pick in 2008
Two trades have already taken place today: Vesa Toskala and Mark Bell going to Toronto in exchange for a conditional 1st-round pick, a 2nd-round pick next year, and a fourth round pick in 2009. Tomas Vokoun was also traded to Florida in exchange for a first round pick next year, a second round pick this year, and a second round pick either this year or next year.
Stick around, draft coverage begins in half an hour.
Dave Tallen says he will keep his first pick, but Tampa Bay is still trying to get it off of him.
Buffalo is trying hard to deal for Philly's second round pick. This is something to keep an eye on.
Some confusion, as many are emailing me saying "toskala is an RFA? Is that why the Leafs are working on an extention with him?"...nope, Toskala will be a 1.375 cap hit for this season. The Leafs will look to extend him for another 2-3 years. Like I've said in our forums (which will be draft central tonight, unfortunatly I will not be around until after 11), this is a great deal for Toronto, they are a much better team right now.
Raycroft is being quietly shopped right now, and the Leafs would still love to move a defenseman. I don't think Ferguson is done yet.
It's going to be an exciting day. For more rumours, check the Rumour Mill at Hockeyleaks.com, it was updated today and has some of the latest rumours I am hearing. Enjoy the draft and all the action that is about to happen.
Expect a blog in 25 mins or so with thoughts, and rumours
Thursday, June 21, 2007
JS Giguere is the first of the big-names to re-sign with his club. 6 a year, four year deal. For those who can't do the math...four years, 24 million total.
The Leafs have re-signed Carlo Colaiacovo to a new three year deal worth just under 1.3 million per season. I am hearing Kubina or McCabe are dealt this weekend or prior to July 1st. Stajan is also being dangled this weekend, while Dallas is pressing hard to get Steen from Toronto. The Leafs continue to look for another goalie.
Four teams have inquired about Wade Redden, Edmonton and Detroit are two of them. The Sens will only deal Redden if they can't get him signed long-term.
The Phoenix Coyotes are trying to get Fernandez out of Minnesota, and have offered Nick Boynton. Toronto, Tampa Bay and Boston are in these talks as well. Boston is also talking to San Jose about Toskala, and is offering a package that includes one of their two current goalies, likely Hannu.
Expect the next few days to be crazy. The Oilers are really pressing to make a deal, as they have three first rounders. A lot of action is expected tomorrow and Saturday. I unfortunatly have to work tomorrow night during the draft, but I am hopeful someone will be here covering the draft.
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Mats Sundin has signed a one year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, it is worth 5.5 million. The caption of the team wants to go on one-year deals from now on, so that if he is forced to retire, his team is not on the hook. 5.5 million is alslo 800,000 less than his cap hit would have been this year if he had had his option picked up. Great move by the team and Sundin, lets just hope JFJ finds Sundin some offense to work with.
Pierre Turgeon has apparently called it a career. While nothing is official yet, we should here something official by the end of the day.
Finally, the draft is just over a week away, but I will be unable to cover it. I will be at work, and cannot get the day off. Fear not though, this problem will be fixed, and someone will be here covering the draft and all it's happenings. If only they had stuck with the Saturday/Sunday schedule...Friday Night Draft? We'll see what thats like.
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Monday, June 11, 2007
The Leafs would love to move one of their two high-priced defenseman. Freeing up the 5+ million that both Kubina and McCabe make would allow them to not only bring in one big name UFA, but maybe two. McCabe would likely only go to the Islanders, as he has a no movement restriction in his contract. Don't think for a second that the Islanders wouldn't want him, they do. The Leafs would want good return for him, maybe a first round draft pick plus a prospect. As for Kubina, he does not have a NTC, meaning he could be dealt anywhere. St. Louis tried hard to sign him last summer before he signed with Toronto, while a new rumour suggests the Leafs and Blue Jackets had talked about a trade involving Kubina and Zherdev. Toronto's blue line should be watched very closely, because they have a lot of guys signed to one way deals back there. Last count: 9 if you count Colaiacovo, who is just days away from being re-upped.
What about Ottawa? The Sens wont have that much wiggle room left once July 1st rolls around, and they would love to do some shopping this summer. While dealing Gerber would be optimal, it will also be tough. Wade Redden to Edmonton rumours are going crazy, Cogliano would be part of any deal. Watch this one.
Montreal could deal Saku Koivu as well, don't count this out.
Finally, keep an eye on the Lightning. They would really like to grab Giguere, but have no cap room to even sign a cheaper goalie such as Hasek or Belfour. One of the big three is on the move from what I hear. Vinny is the only one without a NTC, but how do you trade one of the league's top scorers, and the best of your big three? Martin St. Louis to Chicago for Khabibulin is in the whispers again, while Brad Richards to Montreal for Huet is also being swirled around.
The next 20 days could have a few interesting stories to unfold. When July 1st rolls around, there will be a few teams with a little more cap room to spend thanks to a pre-july trade.
Speaking of the cap, I'm hearing it will be between 50.4 and 52.8 million. We will find this out soon.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
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Enjoy whats left of your weekend
Saturday, June 09, 2007
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Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Yashin was bought out today, which leaves the Islanders with quite the cap hit. 2.2 million will be held against the cap for the next eight seasons! Thats a long time...For some reason I see Yashin going west, Colorado or Detroit...
The Leafs have re-signed Antropov to a 2 year deal worth around 4 million dollars. 2 million a year is too much, but the Leafs should be alright as the latest rumours have the cap going as high as 52 million next season. Big things will happen in Leaf land, we could see it prior to July 1st through trades, Draft day will be very exciting (Oilers are expected to make a few big draft day trades)...
Watch the game tonight, it will be a great one.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Paul Kariya – Ever since joining the Nashville Predators, Paul Kariya has once again become one of the elite in the NHL. That being said, Kariya is getting older and the cup is on his mind. A return to Nashville is doubtful, as the lack of playoff success as well as the team’s lack of local attention are not things Kariya is happy with. A return to Anaheim seems most likely, while Vancouver would love to bring the skilled winger home.
J.S. Giguere – While he may be a playoff MVP, the Ducks may take a pass on the all-world goalie. With big contracts to their big defenseman already signed, it looks like Giguere may be a cap casualty for the Ducks. Detroit would love to have bring him in, and seem to be the early front-runner. The Kings are a long shot to bring in Giguere, while Tampa Bay could only dream about finding cap space to afford him.
Chris Drury – Drury has been one of the best players in the league for awhile now, and this season he once again took his game to another level. The Sabres will try hard to bring him back, but they will have steep competition. Philadelphia would love to bring him in to help re-build a contender, while Colorado would love to bring Drury back into their fold.
Peter Forsberg – From what I’ve heard, there are two options here: Philadelphia and Colorado. Sweden isn’t as likely as many of you have heard, at this point I am feeling Philly lands him.
Daniel Briere – Some feel he’s the best UFA on the market, but I believe it’s too close to call. Either way, Briere will attract a lot of attention from a lot of teams. As with Drury, the Sabres would love to hold on to him, but it will be tough. Once again, the Flyers are very interested in bringing in Danny, and are the early favorites to land him. Montreal also has a lot of interest, while Detroit and Toronto could get involved in this as well. Let the bidding begin.
Ladislav Nagy - Nagy started off slow in Dallas but eventually found form, is it enough for Dallas to hang on to him? The Stars will make an offer, but can they compete with eastern teams such as Toronto, Montreal and Pittsburgh? All three of these teams went hard after Nagy prior to the deadline, so it’s expected they’ll be back in the race for the winger. Colorado, Detroit and Chicago are teams in the west expected to make solid pitches.
Ryan Smyth – While Edmonton was thought to be out of the race, they are said to be back in it. Calgary and Vancouver are also very much in this, Toronto and Buffalo as well.
Sheldon Souray – The LA Kings have been the rumoured team for the past year, and nothing has changed. Anaheim would love to have him, but they may find better ways to spend their money. Don’t count out the Sharks either. As for Montreal, I don’t see them finding a way to fit him in.
Bill Guerin – Back to St. Louis for Bill it seems…
Jason Blake – Toronto and Anaheim are the early favourites in this race, while it is very unlikely Blake returns to the Island. Nashville and New Jersey are two other teams I would watch in this one, and Pittsburgh I’m hearing is starting to ask questions about what it would take to bring him in.
Scott Gomez – At this point, New Jersey appears to be a long-shot. Gomez may be the most under-rated UFA out there. His name has been kept quiet, and where he ends up is anyone’s guess. You can expect it’s with a team who is close to winning, as Gomez has been a winner his entire career. Early whispers have been Ottawa and Detroit.
Brendan Shanahan – I’d expect the Rangers to do what it takes to bring him back, but if not I believe he’ll enter the North-East division.
Teemu Selanne – If he didn’t stay in Anaheim, I’d be shocked.
Curtis Joseph – He’s publicly stated he’ll play for two teams: Toronto and Phoenix. Both teams have interest in the goalie, but will also see what else is available.
Dominik Hasek – While many feel Tampa and Detroit are big Dom’s only two options, I’ve heard otherwise. Phoenix has some interest, while Toronto has also been in Dom’s rumour world over the past few weeks. Tampa is my guess at this point.
Brad Stuart – Calgary may have a hard time keeping the defenseman. San Jose would love to get this guy back, while the Kings have heavy interest in him as well.
Eric Lindros – A return in Dallas is likely, though Calgary is another team said to be ready to make an offer to the large centre.
Todd Bertuzzi – The Wings are interested in keeping him, but with Bertuzzi, price is key. Big Bert publicly said last season that he’d love to play in Toronto, and that is very possible. Montreal, NYR and Boston are all rumoured at this point as well.
Gary Roberts – Toronto, Ottawa, Pittsburgh. These are the only teams you should expect to see in the Roberts hunt.
Tom Priessing – Ottawa will do what it takes to bring him back as he’s quickly become a large part of this team. Should July 1st come and Priessing still be a free agent, there will be countless teams in the bidding for the power-play quarterback.
Thursday, May 31, 2007
Second, as one of the few that picked the Ducks to take this series, I am looking quite good right now.
And finally, as it's almost 3 am here in Toronto, I wanted to point you all in this direction:
we thought we'd see the Waterloo Preds, or maybe the Winnepeg Preds, but the Hamilton Predators seem to be in our future...
Monday, May 28, 2007
So I head into the finals with a 12-2 record, which is the best I've ever done in the post-season. A lot of people I talk to believe Ottawa is the team to beat, but I really like Anaheim in this series. Anaheim in my opinion has a better defense and goaltending, while Ottawa has the better offense.
It was a year ago that Chris Pronger led a mediocre Edmonton team to the final, and that team was one win away from winning it all. This years Anaheim team is far superior that last year's Edmonton team, in all aspects. That being said, Ottawa is also far better than last years Carolina team, which makes me optimistic that we will see one hell of a series over the next two weeks.
In the end, I am picking Anaheim to win in seven games. J.S. Giguere will likely be the Conn Smythe winner, though a strong series by Pronger could give it to him as well.
In other news, the Habs have signed Markov to a four year deal. The numbers are not known yet, but the talk the other day was $5 mil per year. The agent denied that, and I thought that was a little much, so we'll wait until we get a number.
Enjoy your Monday, it's a nice one out there!
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
How they match-up
Goaltending - J.S. Giguere has the experience of going to a game 7 final and the understanding of the nerves that will contribute to the performance of such a game, while this is all relatively new for Ray Emery. Giguere has been playing extremely well, and has a Conn Smythe Trophy with his name on it for his performance in a losing effort in the 2003 Stanley Cup Playoffs, in getting the boot by the Scott Stevens & Niedermayer led New Jersey Devils. Ray Emery has the confidence of his teammates and has been a cool and collected performer throughout the season. Even as the Sens struggled out of the gate of the 2006-07 season, flailing away to a sub-par and close to .500 start, it was in no way the fault of Emery. He was one of the lone bright spots, after having big off-season free agent signing Martin Gerber flop. Midway into the season though, something changed, and seemed to simplify the Sens defensive scheme to playing and they were led by the play of their last line of defense. While Emery deserves a great deal of credit, it is usually experience in the playoffs that tends to be the difference.
Advantage: J.S. Giguere, Ducks
Forwards - The Ducks have a plethora of young stars that can put the puck in the net. They tend to play three lines worth of scoring touch, and are nicely complimented with grit and enough mucking to slow down an offensive juggernaut. With Selanne, McDonald, Getzlaf, Penner, and Perry on board, they can definitely put the puck in the net. While it has been a glaring display that as goes Selanne, so do the Ducks, droughts from their big line will be magnified in a series against the all-around Senators. The Perry-Penner-Getzlaf line (affectionately called, the PPG line) proved they can potentially step up in a dire need, by playing huge in the deciding game 6 versus the Red Wings, they will surely need more performances such as that to make this series a winnable one for them. A healthy Todd Marchant will also help in their shut-down approach in containing the big line that the Sens have. Pahlsson will continue to be a thorn in the sides of the top offensive offerings, and back-checking won't be an issue. The Ducks have shown signs of scrambling at times, which will be a no-no against the Ottawa bunch, as they will make you pay. The Sens will continue to roll four lines comfortably, and get excellent contributions from them all. It has been an incredible performance thus far of Heatley, Spezza and Alfredsson, as they have taken charge and decidedly turned their game up a notch (or two) and led this team to the promise land. The trio has been scoring at will regardless of what match-ups opposing coaches throw their way, and will need to continue that way in order to have success in this years final series. The only question that many have, is should they stumble along the way, is there anyone that can step up and take the initiative to score the big goal? They definitely have the firepower down the line, as the addition of Mike Comrie could become huge, as well as dependable net-fillers Fisher, Kelly, Schaefer and Vermette are more than capable in assisting the top line should any issues arise. Truth be told, the Sens will need a more balanced attack in taking on Jiggy and the Ducks. I expect some big goals to be scored by some lesser known heroes and not only by the likes of Alfie, Spez and Heatley.
Advantage: Ottawa Senators
Defense: - Man, what a group of overall defensemen we have here. On one side of the ice, we have what is arguably the best two-man tandem ever to be formed on a team in a long time with Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer leading the Ducks defense corps. On the other side of the ice, we have one what has to be the most talented top 6 defensive line-up in recent memory. With apologies to the rest of the Ducks d-men minus Francois Beauchemin; who has really blossomed into an excellent 3rd option for the Ducks contributing on both sides of the rink, but O'Donnell, Huskins, DiPenta and whomever Randy Carlyle decides to throw out for limited minutes between Ric Jackman and Aaron Rome the Ducks are definitely depending on big minutes and contributions by their big three of the blue line.As for the Sens on their blueline, each of their top 6 defenders contributes in a way that is and has been critical to their success along their journey to the Stanley Cup Final. Wade Redden has been the power play specialist that they expect him to be, moving the puck and allowing the creation of many offensive opportunities. Joe Corvo has been everything that they would have hoped for in acquiring him in the off-season. Tom Pressing has been steady and played in every situation possible, while contributing offensively as well. All the while, the trio of Anton Volchenkov, Chris Phillips and Andrej Meszaros have played over 20 minutes a night, while shutting the door to the offensive superstars they have faced. Throw in the spot duty of the talented Christoph Schubert and the Sens can throw seven extremely capable options the Ducks way. When they are rolling on all cylinders, which they seem to have been doing since the new year started, the Sens are tough to beat.
Advantage: Ottawa Senators
Power Play: This is a classic case between one teams incredible quarterback tandem of Pronger & Niedermayer (along with a strong 3rd option of Beauchemin) and comparing them to the offensively gifted forward trio of Heatley, Spezza and Alfredsson. Ottawa has 14 PPG's heading into the final in 70 chances for a success rate of 20%. While the Ducks have scored 13 PPG's in their 85 opportunities for a success rate of 15.3%. The Sens will definitely continue to get a bunch of opportunities as the Ducks aggressive in your face style of play will surely open up the ice with numerous man advantages, allowing the Sens to potentially change the game with odd man goals. I expect the Sens to continue to get the big goals when they need it, led by their superstars.
Advantage: Ottawa Senators
Penalty Kill: Only due to the fact that the Ducks will be more seasoned in PK situations, along with the fact that they have two great penalty killing forwards in Marchangt and Pahlsson do I feel that this is a definite advantage to them. I understand that the Sens have been firing on all cylinders, and have even gotten stellar backchecking efforts from their stars, but for the most part, they won't see the ice as frequently when down a man. How can you deny a PK with the overpowering D that the Ducks have?
Advantage: Anaheim Ducks
Intangibles: The Ottawa Senators have a lot on their side. They have the momentum of quickly disposing each team thrown their way. They took care of the young upstart Penguins in 5, a tough Devils squad in 5 and then easily handled the regular season champion Sabres in 5 as well. The Sens only had home ice advantage in their opening series, so they have proven that they can win on the road. They played their last game on Saturday (May 19th) and with the opening game to this series taking place on Monday, May 28th, will that week and a half off help, or hinder? Of course their bumps and bruises will heal, but talk to anyone in the know, and that much time off, without a true shoulder rub, hard-hitting affair (which the Ducks will definitely supply) it usually has a negative effect. Depending on what type of series this is, the Sens will play their own brand of hockey and will have the upper hand on the skill level. If grit is necessary, players like Neil, Volchenkov and McCammond's services will continue to be critical.The Ducks will also get a bit of time to heal, with a 5 day break in between games. That should help some of the aches and nagging pains that tend to persist this time of year. Home ice is and always will be huge, especially if the series goes the distance. So, the Ducks get the edge there, for sure. The Ducks ability to muck it up and win ugly can also help them along the way. As stated many of times, the Wings were the better team in the Western Conference final, but the Ducks found a way to win. Sometimes, there isn't an explanation for it, but the final score is ultimately what it is all about. In saying that, the experience factor could be critical should the Sens feel shell-shocked in what is all but one of their players first appearance in a Stanley Cup final (minor role player Oleg Saprykin played with the Flames in the '04 Final vs. Tampa Bay) in comparison to the abundance of not only appearances in the Finals, but leadership in the greatest of shows. Scott Niedermayer has won a trio of cups, while Pronger, Giguere, O'Donnell and the other Niedermayer have at least been there in recent history. So, they know what it is like to be on that grand of a spectacle.
Advantage: Anaheim Ducks
Overall Advantage: Ottawa Senators will win the Stanley Cup in 6 games, becoming the first Canadian based NHL franchise to win the cup since the 1993 Montreal Canadiens upset the Wayne Gretzky led Los Angeles Kings.
Conn Smythe Trophy Winner: Ottawa Senators Jason Spezza
Monday, May 21, 2007
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Thursday, May 10, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
When this story first broke I was sent two newspaper articles from Sweden, talking about how angry Sundin was with this. The belief around people I talked to is that one side of ownership (Tanenbaum) wanted Ferguson fired along wiht Pat Quinn last year. That never happened, and apparrently Larry still wants Ferguson gone. It is believed that someone on Tanenbaum's side leaked the hip injury information in hopes of embarressing Ferguson, and hoping there would be more of a reason to fire him. It doesn't seem as though this has happened, and all signs point to allowing Ferguson to handle this seasons off-season tasks.
The Leafs have signed defenseman Ian White to a three year deal worth 850k per season. Not a bad deal at all, as White has developped into a very good young defenseman.
Final leaf news of the moment, Toronto will pick 13th in the Entry Draft...if I was them, I would move up a bit and grab 11th ranked Angelo Esposito. Yes, the kid has falled about 10 spots, but I also think he'll have something to prove. Whoever selects him will get a huge steal.
Tuesday, May 08, 2007
(1) Buffalo vs. (4) Ottawa
- The two teams everyone thought would make it to finals have, and what a series this should be. Friends I've talked to all believe it will come down to who is better: Miller or Emery. I, however, feel it will come down to the defense of each team, and I feel Buffalo has the advantage there. Both teams have great offense, and solid young goalies, but Buffalo is a bit stronger and more reliable on their back-end. Sabres in six games. (I want to say seven, but i am jus feeling six).
(1) Detroit vs. (2) Anaheim
- Detroit has home ice which could be HUGE in this series, but Detroit's defense is also pretty banged up. I think Anaheim lacks the offense they may need against Detroit, but with Detroit's hurting defense, I think Anaheim can do this. Ducks in six.
I promised a Sundin story and you will get it, but since it's May 8th, and Sundin is meeting with doctors tomorrow, I'm going to hold off.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Roloson and Fernandez were the first to split, and just a few months ago the Miller/Biron monster was broken apart. This summer, it appears we'll lose a few more, but in these cases, how do you decide which one to keep.
We start in Anaheim, where Giguere is set to become unrestricted at season's end. Giguere has done so much for this franchise over the past five years, in my opinion it would be a no-brainer to bring this guy back, but all talk has Anaheim going with Bryz and letting Giggy walk. Lets compare the two Anaheim goalies playoff stats, shall we
Giggy: 6 games played, 4-1, 1.42 GAA, .950 SV%, 0 SO
Bryz: 5 Games played, 3-1, 2.09 GAA, .929 SV%, 0 SO
Both goalies have amazing numbers, which is why its not fair to keep both of them, but clearly JS Giguere is the better goaltender. Yes, he's making more money, but I think it's worth it.
Next we go to Minnesota, where Backstrom is set to become an unrestricted free agent. Backstrom started all five Minnesota playoff games, which to me is a clear statement that he's their guy. How do you start Fernandez next year after you told him he wasn't good enough to play in last year's playoffs? Backstrom went 1-4 in the playoffs, but his GAA was only 2.22 and his SV% was .924. He's good enough to be a #1 goalie, and if Minnesota lets him walk, I think they've made a big mistake. If they can't trade Manny, then suck it up and keep both goalies. Letting Backstrom leave would be a serious negative for this franchise.
We head to Nashville, where there are some serious questions around what to do with their goaltending. Nashville decided to go with Vokoun in all five of their playoff games, and that didn't turn out well. Vokoun went 1-4 with a 2.96 GAA and a .902 SV%. I am confused as to why this team didn't turn to Chris Mason, who played most of the season in Nashville this season, while putting up amazing numbers. Mason had a better SV% and GAA during the season, and has been the better goalie over the past year. Once again, Money is the issue, with Vokoun making a lot more than Mason. If I'm Nashville, I find a taker for Vokoun, and move forward with Mason. This guy is the real deal.
Finally we head to San Jose, where their two headed monster seems to be working best. Both guys are under contract for next season, so this doesn't have to be resolved, but the rumours still swirl that San Jose would like to get rid of one of these guys. Nabokov has started all eight playoff games for the Sharks, going 6-2 with a 2.01 GAA and .922 SV%. Nabokov has been a great goalie for a long time now, and I think he's a permanent fixture in San Jose. With that said, I feel Toskala should be given a serious chance, and that would have to happen on another team. The 30 year old went 26-10 this season, with a GAA of 2.35 and SV% of .908, numbers which are good enough for a starting goaltender to have. Career, Toskala is 65-28 with a 2.35 GAA and Sv% of .914, very good numbers. Nabokov is the man for San Jose, but if I'm a team needing goaltending, I'm trying to find out how to get Toskala out of San Jose. He's cheap, he's young, and he's one hell of a goaltender.
I'd love to hear what you think on these goaltenders, who would you keep, and who would you let go? Which teams do you think would be interested in picking up one of the extra netminders? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I've been digging for the last 24 hours on the Mats Sundin story, I'll post what I know in a few hours, stay tuned.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
What a game this has been, you have to give the Rangers credit, they are playing great today. Give equal credit to Ryan Miller, he's really kept the Sabres in this. If your not watching this game, switch it on right now. 1-1 in the first overtime. It's broadcast on NBC, which means 99% of you are getting todays game.
A few days ago I talked about deadline deals and how Avery was the best so far. I made a mistake, and usually I am corrected by several emails when I make a mistake, but nobody caught this one. Avery was the 2nd best deadline deal, but the best by far is Buffalo's move to get Zubrus. The Sabres are not as dominant offensively without this guy.
In my hockeypool I have with some friends and co-workers I picked five sabres: Connolly, Briere, Drury, Afiniganov and Vanek. I had Campbell over Connolly but I changed it, and I knew I shouldn't have took Maxim, he's once again vanished come playoff time. That being said, Zubrus would have been a great choice on my part. If Buffalo loses Drury and/or Briere, I suggest they make sure to keep Zubrus, he's playing amazing in Buffalo and is a for-sure keeper.
6 points in 7 games coming into today's came, he's been a great pick-up for Buffalo.
Finally, Scott Gomez leads the playoffs in scoring on a offensively challenged New Jersey Devils team. In my opinion, he's the best UFA available come July 1st.
Enjoy this game, Double Overtime's up next.
Friday, April 27, 2007
I said before I am planning a UFA preview to be released before the playoffs end, here are a few players and where I see them going.
Drury - I've always heard he's #1 on Philly's list, but things may have changed. Drury wants to go West apparently, I know Calgary will make a strong pitch for him. There have also been some rumblings that Colorado may have interest in him, but who knows if Drury would go back to the franchise that drafted him.
Scott Gomez - While New Jersey would love to keep him, but he'd love to go to a more offensive minded team. Latest has the Islanders very interested, especially if they lose Ryan Smyth (I'm hearing Calgary and Vancouver will be fighting over him, Toronto will make a pitch as will the Rangers). I'd expect Gomez to stay in the East.
Ruslan Fedetenko - Red Wings REALLY want this guy, and I dont see him staying in Tampa.
JS Giguere - He's leaving the Ducks it appears, unless something changes. Detroit would love to have him if they can find a way to afford him. Babcock will make Holland persue this to the end.
Dom Hasek - Tampa Bay is the latest I'm hearing. He's the best goalie they can get for a half-decent price. If Detroit replaces him, I expect Dom to return to the East.
Niklas Backstrom - Minnesota would love to hang on to this guy, and I expect him to stay and Fernandez to go. If he leaves, Tampa, Florida and Detroit are the three teams to watch.
Curtis Joseph - Would love to return to Toronto. If they don't want him, Phoenix is likely, Edmonton isn't out of the question either.
Sheldon Souray - Likely to leave Montreal. Anaheim, San Jose and LA are the three teams to watch for this one, though sources say Philly may make an offer too good to refuse.
Peter Forsberg - Big question mark here, some rumours say he'll retire from the NHL and play in sweden. Others say he'll play half a year in Sweden and then come back to the NHL in December-January. Three teams to look at : Colorado, Philly, Atlanta. I don't expect Nashville to get him back
Enjoy your weekend, I expect some great hockey games! If you attend any of the playoff games, feel free to email me your story! I will post them on the blog.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
"Hey Corey, nice work predicting the series', it's been clear all along that you know your stuff. Thanks for all your hard work all year wrong, I can't wait until free agency starts, when will we start hearing rumours about who's going where come July 1st? Thanks a lot and keep up the hard work"
- Thanks for the email and the kind words. To answer your question, SOON. I've already started work on a preview that will go up before the 2nd round of the playoffs. Now, to email #2.
"Hey buddy give it up. I know afew people that went 8-0 and 4-4. Your not a hero. So stop giving me these stupid emails, GET A JOB.......and then predict 6-6 on lotto 649 then you can email me after that. Nobody cares on your playoff emails, half your rumors were so off this year, my buddies just said stop emailing them to. So buddy get a life. YOUR NO SUPERSTAR GOOF.. "
- first of all, my blog yesterday was more of a joke, as comparing myself to a monkey would usually be a degrading thing to do. I've never claimed to be a superstar or even to know what i'm talking about. I get rumours from many different sources and I pass them on, thats what I do. If you don't like what I have to say, simply don't read the blog, the website, and definitely don't subscibe to my emails (which this reader does). Also, I cannot remove you from my mailing list, you signed up for it, and it's your job to remove yourself. Google Groups is the place to do that, so feel free to do it. For the record, I have a job, and I have a very busy life. Like I said, if you don't like whats on here, then don't read it, it's not hard...
I love recieving emails from you guys, positive or negative, and for free agency season and beyond into next season I will be making a mailbag section a permanent section of Hockeyleaks.com. Feel free to email me at email@example.com with questions or comments at any time, I respond to all emails.
Round two begins today, should be some great games. Enjoy the games!
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Corey Johnson 8-0
Darren Dregger 8-0
Bob McKenzie 7-1
Jeremy Roenick 6-2
Maggie The Monkey 4-4
So currently I'm tied with Darren Dregger and a perfect 8-0, but I am going to guess Dregger didn't get 4 perfectly right like I did...maybe he got three, but four is just beyond his reach. So it's time to take a look at the second round as I make my push for 12-0.
(1) Buffalo vs. (6) NYR
- This series is going to be great (as they all will be), and its really hard to choose a clear cut winner. Buffalo has been on top of the east all season long, while the Rangers just swept Atlanta and may be playing there best hockey. That being said, Buffalo's offense is too complete to argue with, the Rangers defense scares me. Sabres in 6.
(2) New Jersey vs. (4) Ottawa
- Of all the series, this was the hardest for me to pick a winner. I never like betting against Brodeur because he's such an amazing athlete. New Jersey can slow their game down to a point where their opponents are ready to just give up, but Ottawa has an offense that may be able to break through Jersey's trap. Ottawa in 7, but this one is almost too close to call.
(1) Detroit vs. (5) San Jose
- Hasek's gone so long without a groin injury, is it just a matter of time? Saying Detroit will be Calgary is one thing, but in my opinion San Jose is the team to beat in this playoffs. They are the complete package from goal to offense, and they are, at this point, my pick to win the cup. They'll knock off Detroit in 6 games.
(2) Anaheim vs. (3) Vancouver
- Vancouver has the best goalie in the Playoffs, but Anaheim has two goaltenders that are pretty good themselves. Anaheim has the best defense in the playoffs, so position wise these teams are 1-1...so it comes down to offense...due to the fact that Vancouver has none, I'm taking the Ducks in 5...sorry Nucks fans...
In other news, Scott Mellanby has retired. His last NHL memory will be getting swept by the New York Rangers. I'll always remember Mellanby as a Florida Panther, he should have stayed there...his golf game would be much better. This means Atlanta needs a new captain. I vote Tkachuk...oh wait he's leaving. Waddell's job could be in trouble, I mean when you trade a large chunk of your future for a guy who doesn't prevent you from getting swept in the first round, you don't look so good. I don't like the Coburn for Zhitnik trade either...look how good Coburn is doing on a bad team like Philly? Thats why Holmgren got his extension.
Rental players are amazing arn't they? Atlanta gets Tkachuk...gone in 4. Nashville gets Forsberg...gone in 5. Islanders get Ryan Smyth and Richard Zednik...gone in 5. Pittsburgh gets Roberts...gone in 5. Calgary gets Brad Stuart...gone in 6. The only team who would have done well to get a rental would have been Tampa Bay, wow do they need a goalie...
Some rental players are still in the playoffs. Oleg Saprykin, Bill Guerin, Todd Bertuzzi, Brent Sopel, Sean Avery....the first four players on that lit have a combined 5 points, so they really have done nothing. However, Sean Avery has five points in four games, making him the best rental player at the moment...this is a guy every team should want come July 1st...he's got a big mouth, but he's also got big talent.
Andy has a brand new article at Hockeyleaks.com so check it out. If your looking for somewhere to have your articles put up, Hockeyleaks.com is here for you. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, we're always looking to add to our team. I'd love to find a new webdesigner as well, so if you want to help make Hockeyleaks.com better please email me as well.
Thanks and enjoy this beautiful Tuesday!
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Jamie McLennan has been suspended for his brutal slash against the Detroit Red Wings. McLennan played a total of 18 seconds and I feel five games wasn't enough. Watch the video of him slashing yourself in the hockeyleaks.com videos section. Make sure to reply to it and let me know what you think of it, too harsh? too light?
Lets take a look at how my picks are doing...
Buffalo over the Islanders in 5 - Perfectly correct
New Jersey over the Bolts in 6 - that could happen if New Jersey wins today (NJ leads 3-2)
Rangers over Atlanta in 7 - Rangers won much more quickly than I thought, but I picked the winner
Ottawa over Pittsburgh in 7 - It only took the Sens five games, can we blame crosby's broken foot for that?
Detroit over Calgary in 7 - Detroit currently leads series 3-2
Anaheim over Minnesota in 6 - Anaheim did it in 5
Vancouver over Dallas in 7 - the series has gone to seven, but will Vancouver take it? they're at home so I'll say yes.
San Jose over Nashville in 6 - San Jose did it in 5.
So I'm currently 5-0 with two perfects. I can still go 8-0 with 5 perfects. TSN hired a monkey, so I want to put myself out there. Anyone out there need a playoff expert, i'm available for cheap :).
Come join me in the forums, we always have great discussions going on there. I am also once again looking for someone to help out with web design. Our last designer has disapeared so we're conce again looking for someone to help us improve Hockeyleaks.com. I'm not looking for something amazing, just something thats an improvement over our current design. Also not looking for it to be done quickly, maybe done by mid-June? If your interested please email me at email@example.com. I'd appreciate it, thanks.
Enjoy the hockey today, there are going to be two great games completed by the end of the day.