Tuesday, December 30, 2008

BIG things happening in Leaf Land

After taking a week to relax, do some boxing day shopping, and enjoy some great world junior games, I am back to normal and so is hockeyleaks. What better way to come back then with some huge leaf rumours, right?

Curtis Joseph will start Tuesday and Thursday for Toronto. This leads to speculation that Toskala could be dealt soon, and that is for good reason.

Late last week I was told from a good source that the Leafs and Blue Jackets were working on a deal that would send Pascal Leclaire to Toronto. These talks are still ongoing, and Brian Burke sees Leclaire as Toronto's possible goalie of the future. With the way Steve Mason has been playing, Leclaire is available.

As for Toskala, three teams are very interested in the goalie. Washington, Colorado and LA. Washington insists that any trade they make involves Theodore going the other way, but that would also mean the Leafs would get more value for Toskala, possibly a first round pick or a very good prospect. Colorado needs goaltending more than ever, while the Kings are currently up in the air with the debut of Jon Quick (the NHLs third star of last week).

Burke has always said he builds teams from the net out, so it makes much sense that his first move as General Manager would be to bring in a new backstop. While no deal is complete, I can say that he is actively discussing several possible deals involving goaltenders and will continue to do so.

Ron Wilson said this morning that he is giving Joseph two games to see if he can find his groove...I smell bullshit.

In other NHL news...

Mats Sundin has arrived in Vancouver. No word yet on when he will make his Canucks debut.

The Senators continue to shop for some help. The Jason Spezza rumours will not go away, while Jay Bowmeister to Ottawa rumours continue to fly.

The Wild continue to slip in the Western standings. The more desperate the Wild become, the cheaper Gaborik will be. Ignore the Gaborik to the Islanders rumours, it's not going to happen (see Eklund). Currently the team closest to landing the off-injured winger?: Pittsburgh.

The Flyers are trying to move Randy Jones.

The Montreal Canadians apparently have interest in Chicago's Martin Havlat, who is the healthiest he's been in a long time. Don't expect Chicago to make a deal until after their amazing win streak is over.

Check Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

All I Want For Christmas Is...

I've heard so many christmas lists done by journalists over the last week, from TSN to Sportsnets, from AM 640 XM Home Ice, everyone is doing it. I decided hey, why don't I try my own list, so here it goes. Here is what I think each team needs for Christmas.

Anaheim: Cap Space. Anaheim is likely more up-against the cap than any other NHL team. Yes, the Ducks would love to make a trade to bolster their team, but considering most of their salary goes to young players the Ducks don't want to move, the cap situation isn't likely to get any better.

Atlanta: Someone for Kovalchuk to play with. This guy is one of the best pure goal scorers in the league, but he's also Atlanta's only top player. Remember when Atlanta made the playoffs? It's not going to happen again until Atlanta brings in a guy who can compliment Ilya.

Boston: Patrice Bergeron. This guy has been great when in the lineup for Boston, but he looks to be out long-term once again due to a concussion. Get this guy a better helmet.

Buffalo: Daniel Briere, Chris Drury, Brian Campbell. Boy does Buffalo miss these three.

Calgary: A more consistant Kiprusoff. Ya, he leads the league in wins, but his numbers are awful.

Carolina: More team doctors. This team has dealt with injury after injury this season. Justin williams is back, and should help them get back into a playoff spot.

Chicago: Someone to take one of their goalies. Huet and Khabibulin are both playing great, but one has to be moved. The Hawks have talked about bringing in a top centre, like Spezza or Nylander, but can't do a thing until they can move one of their two over-priced goalies.

Colorado: No, I'm not going to be the millionth person to make a Joe Sakic, snowblower joke. Instead, I'm going to say this team needs Patrick Roy, because he's the only goalie that can save this team's season at this point.

Columbus: Steel Shoulder Pads. Brassard and Torres are both toast because of shoulder injuries. Better luck next year Columbus.

Dallas: Sean Avery. Just kidding...

Detroit: The cap to go up next year. No team, except maybe Montreal, will have a tougher off-season next year.

Edmonton: One goalie to step up. We've seen goalie after goalie get hot in Edmonton, only for them to burn up and die games later.

Florida: Roberto Luongo. Worst...Trade...Ever.

LA: Roberto Luongo. or any real goalie for that matter.

Minnesota: Gaborik. Ya, they have him, but he's played what, three games?

Montreal: See Detroit.

Nashville: To Move To Hamilton.

NJ: Martin Brodeur. Ya, "the replacements" have been good, but it's only a matter of time before things get rough in New Jersey.

NYI: Someone to take Rick Diepetro. 15 years? What were they thinking.

NYR: Mats Sundin. Missed him by that much....

Ottawa: A bomb. They need to blow things up and start all over.

Philly: To take more penalties. I'm serious. Carter, Richards and Gagne each have four short-handed goals.

Phoenix: Some defense. They really miss Ballard.

Pittsburgh: Ryan Whitney, who they get back tonight.

San Jose: Nothing. I honestly believe this team has everything they need.

St. Louis: To trade with Toronto more. Steen and Colaiacovo have been two of their best players since the trade. Also, less golf-cart accidents would be helpful.

Tampa Bay: Who knows, that organization is a mess. So I guess, new owners?

Toronto: To go back in time. Kaberle for Carter and a 1st? You force that to happen, any way possible. Same goes for Sundin to Montreal for Higgins, Grabovski and a 1st.

Vancouver: Mats Sundin. Ya, I know they got him, but did they get mid-season form Sundin, or the Sundin who didn't score in the Leafs final 18 games a few seasons ago?

Washington: Goaltending...aka someone to take Theodore off their hands.

Check Hockeyleaks.com and the Rumour Mill for all the latest. Happy Holidays everyone.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Saturday, Feb. 21

That is the day Mats Sundin returns to Toronto. What a night that should be...if you can get tickets for this game, go...it will be a night to remember.

A lot of speculation floating around right now. One rumour says Mats was a Ranger until about two hours ago, when a trade they were working on with a Western team (I've heard Dallas and Columbus) fell through. They notified Mats that they would not be able to move the salary required until after the trade-freeze, and Mats told them thanks, but I'll go to Vancouver.

Vancouver now has something they've really been lacking...a leader. I'm already hearing that Luongo may give Mats the C, as it's better represented on Sundin than on Luongo, who just don't have enough push on the ice as the goaltender.

All along I've felt Vancouver was the best fit for Mats. They lack #1 centre, but have a great support staff, a solid defense, and the best goalie in the league (if healthy). Mats makes the Canucks a complete team.

In New York, Mats simply would have been one of the guys, with big names like Gomez and Drury already leading the way. In Vancouver, Mats is the guy, just like he's used to being.

A lot of pressure, but I'm one hockey journalist who believes Mats will live up to every second of it. Good luck in Vancouver Mats...even as a Leaf fan that feels betrayed by your lack of waiving-of-trade-clauses, I'm still rooting for you

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Gaborik, and two annoying Swedes...

Mr. Gaborik will be back in game action tomorrow night for the Minnesota Wild. That makes this website owner (who picked him with his second round pick in a keeper pool) very happy. Let the Gaborik trade rumours begin.

Sundin is looking more and more like a New York Ranger by Friday. Sundin apparently is very close to making his decision, and when looking at Vancouver's travel schedule compared to New York's, it just makes sense for Mats to go to the Big Apple. It's going to be interesting to see how NYR fits Mats under the cap...

and finally, Forsberg once again is planning a trade-deadline return to the Colorado Avalanche. He wants to participate in the 2009 Playoffs, and with Colorado...Colorado will only get there if Raycroft and Budaj are no-longer their top goalies...

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Rumours, Rumours, Rumours

Hockeyleaks has been always best known for their rumours. Over the last six months, we've kind of gone away from that, focussing on opinion and news. Well my friends, I am happy to say that the rumours return starting today. My life has been very busy and I haven't had the time to research the latest rumours. I could have made ones up, or given out half-assed rumours (see Eklund), but that's just not who I am. I only post rumours that I am confident in, and while 99% of discussed deals do not go down, I can guarentee you that at least 80% of the rumours you read here have been discussed by NHL personel. The other 20% is the hearsay that is thrown around to throw us all off, and nobody can avoid that.

So check the rumour mill today, tomorrow, and every day after that, because the rumours are back!

The big rumour of the day? Sundin to NYR, Gomez to the Canucks. Check the rumour mill for exact details.

AND PLEASE, reply to each days rumours with your thoughts and comments. When I post rumours and nobody responds, it's discouraging! So let's step up and take back our place in the rumour world!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

McGratton Enters Substance Abuse Program

Former sen and current Coyote Brian McGratton has entered the NHL/NHLPA's substance abuse program. He will recieve full salary and benefits while he cooperates with the program.

Speaking of McGratton, his wild buddy Ray Emery is the leading vote-getter for the KHL All Star game, leading the league with a 1.96 GAA.

No Leaf game tonight, tonight is Saturday, right?

The Flyers destroyed the Pens 6-3 in afternoon action today. LA has a 1-0 lead over the Wild after 2 periods.

We're expecting to know whats up with Sundin on Tuesday or Wednesday. While Vancouver is the heavy favourite, the Rangers, Blackhawks and Habs are still in it. Sources also tell Hockeyleaks.com that Calgary is making a late stab at the Swedish centre.

Did anyone else wonder if Bill Watters stole the Blake for Avery story off of our forums? To see what else is going on at our forums, simply log on and join in the discussion.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sundin To Canucks (E5)

Ok I lied, he's not confirmed to be going anywhere, but today I am strongly hearing the Canucks are the current leaders. The Rangers would love to add this guy, and Sundin does like New York, but at this point it will be difficult for the Rangers to shed the cap space they need to bring him in. The Flyers, Sens and Habs remain in this, but are a reasonable distance back at this point.

Waddell has come out and said he won't be dealing Kovalchuk this season. While I actually believe he doesn't intend to, I am hearing a western conference team is preparing to make a big offer for him. That team? It could be Phoenix.

Sakic is out for three months, and the Avs are where they have been for the past few seasons: The Playoff Bubble. The Avs need to replace Joe, and need to solidify their goaltendingm, but here is the problem: They are low on assets. To get anything significant, a player like Wolski or Svatos will have to be moved, and that may be more dangerous than leaving the roster as-is.

Jon Sim is on waivers, nobody here expects anyone to claim him.

The Leafs apparently do have interest in Calgary's Cammalleri, a player who they tried to aquire last season when he was with the Kings. Obviously with Brian Burke's trade freeze, talks are on-going but nothing will happen until after Christmas.

Scremp is being showcased by the Oilers, they want to move this kid.

Huet's strong play is tempting the Hawks to move Khabibulin. Ottawa, Colorado and LA are the main players, but don;t count out Carolina, who has made contact with Chicago about the russian net-minder in the last week.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Sabres For Sale?

Rumours this morning have the Buffalo Sabres for sale. Anyone else see our buddy Jim buying this team and moving them a few towns over to Hamilton?

How about those Chicago Blackhawks? Currently sixth in the west, just two points behind fourth, with three games in hand on Vancouver and Anaheim. Home-ice advantage in the first round is realistic for this young team.

Speaking of homeice advantage, Calgary is in position to have it this year. Two reasons: Iginla and the rebounding Kirprusoff.

Sundin is expected to make a decision any day now (yes, we've all heard that before). Today's latest: Vancouver and Ottawa are the two front-runners, while the suddently struggling Rangers are also VERY in this.

Check Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest.

Monday, December 01, 2008

The Most Disturbing Blog Ever


Who is letting this go on? "Danton's Corner"? Are you kidding me? Two of the biggest criminals in NHL history are now working together on a blog that I cannot help but read. What's next, a book? Actually, yes, they are both working on their seperate books...is anyone else excited to read about the "real" story of David Frost and the way he took advantage of young hockey players? Does Frost not remember that Danton is in jail because he hired someone to kill Frost?

I want to hear your thoughts on this blog, so please reply to this in the forums and let me know. Make sure you read Frost's attack on Toronto reporters, and how obnoxious this guy really is. Honestly, the fact that this blog is being read and is getting press is just wrong. The guy was wrongly aquitted, and now a week later he's milking it. He is planning on setting up a pay-to-view section of his blog...

Eklund, is that you?

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Cap Crunchers

Rumours are hitting me this morning that a few of the NHLs top teams are looking to make trades, despite their success.

Montreal and Detroit are both in the top half of their respective conferences, but both are also looking ahead to next season. Both Montreal and Detroit are up against the cap, with key UFAs this summer. Both teams understand that they will not be able to keep all their current players beyond next season, and would like to fix this problem before it becomes a real problem.

In Detroit, they are currently as close to the cap as you can possibly be. This summer, Zetterberg, Hossa, Samuellson, Franzen and Conklin all become free agents.

Jimmy Howard will likely take over for Conklin at the same salary, so that will even out. Zetterberg will likely get a similar contract to Hossa's, so that evens out. However, Samuellson will be looking for a raise, as he only makes 1.2 million a season, as will franzen, who will expect a large raise above his current 1.15 million dollars.

Rumours this afternoon suggest the Wings may be shopping Cleary, Draper and Holmstrom. Cleary is struggling, only registering 7 points with a -2 in 15 games with the Wings this year. Holmstrom could also be doing better, with 13 points in 17games, though his plus 8 and his presence in front of the net would be something a lot of teams would be interested in. As for Kris Draper, he is having the worst season of his career, with just 2 points in 23 games, while posting a horrible -8.

The Wings would love to get Ville Leino into the lineup, and this seems to be the path to do it. They feel Leino would be more productivce than any of the three players I mentioned, which is why they can afford to take back stricky picks and prospects for the above players. Darren Helm has been back and forth between Grand Rapids and Detroit as well, and they'd like to have room to keep him up for good.

In Montreal, they face a similar problem. With just two million to spare right now, and apparent interest in Mats Sundin (which will be addressed in the next paragraph), the Habs are heading into Cap Hell for next season. Tanguay, Koivu, Kovalev, Lang, Begin, Kostopolous, Bouillion, Komisarek, Brisebois and Dandenault are all unrestricted free agents come July 1st.

Forget Brisebois, Begin, Kostopolous and Dandenault because they can either be re-signed or replaced for the same amount they are costing the Habs now.

Alex Tanguay has been explosive for the Habs this year, big credit to him for their success this season. He currently makes 5.35 million, he's worth more. Look for him to get at least $7 million somewhere.

Saku Koivu is someone I'm not 100% concerned with. He's their captain, he loves Montreal, and he's currently making just under $5 million. I don't see him demanding much of a raise, and I don't see him in a rush to leave. With that said, some are saying he is interested in playing with his brother, who will be looking for a new teammate with the expected departure of Gaborik. Koivu is having a breakout offensive year with the club, leading all Habs with 19 points.

Robert Lang, who many expected to not do a thing for the Habs, quietly has been a great player for them. With that said, he's still not worth four million dollars, and will likely be replaced.

Alex Kovalev has 16 points in 23 games, and has been a key component to the Habs success over the last 3 seasons. At 4.5 million, I think Kovalev will be looking for somewhere around 6 million. While it's only 1.5 million, it's also that same amount that the Habs don't have to spend.

Then there is Mike Komisarek. They've lost a big defenseman every July for the past two years, and they don't want to make this a three-peat. Komisarek has a cap hit of 1.7 this season, and will be offered more than 4 million by rival teams. This kid is one of the top defensive defensemen in the game, and easily Montreal's #2 defenseman.

To make matters worse, Montreal has two of their best young players as RFAs. Plekanek and Higgins, their 6th and 7th top scorers, are both in for big raises. At just under two million dollars per year each, both can expect to be making at least double that when the 09-10 season opens.

So what does Montreal do? Whispers have them shopping Lang, Kovalev, and Higgins. Lang is unlikely going anywhere, as his four million is too much for rival clubs to pick up. Kovalev has been such a key for Montreal, but with Tanguay and Koivu's amazing play, Kovalev is suddenly available. Look for a Minnesota or a Vancouver to make a play for him between now and the deadline. Finally, Higgins has been shopped by Montreal for a year now. He was offered in a package to Atlanta for Hossa, he was offered in a package to Toronto for Sundin, he was offered in a package recently to Minnesota for Gaborik (before he got hurt). For whatever reason, Montreal has fallen out of love with Higgins, and I've been told that Higgins will be gone from Montreal 100% by the trade deadline.

Detroit and Montreal, two teams that would love to have Mats Sundin, are not alone. Chicago GM Dale Tallonmet with Sundin a few days ago, and are considered serious players in this game. The Calgary Flames, for reasons I will discuss in a second, are also serious players in this Sundin game. Vancouver is back in it, while do not count out Ottawa, who need Sundin more than anyone else.

As for Calgary, they are shopping one of my favourite players, Mike Cammalleri. He'll be a UFA at the end of the season. Calgary was hoping Cammy would play a stronger physical game, but he hasn't and they've had enough of him. Ottawa is big on this guy, as is Washington.

Nylander to Chicago is not dead, but Chicago really needs to find a taker for Khabibulin before this goes anywhere. Nylander is really unhappy in Washington and would gladly waive his NTC.

Finally, with the LA Kings very close to a playoff spot, management is starting to believe that this is the time to make a move. The team is full of young talent, and should only get better from here. I am hearing they have interest in Toronto's Kaberle, Kubina, and Toskala. Burke is on the fence about Toskala, unsure if he's the guy to build his team around. He would also love to move one of his two extremely valuable defenseman. With that said, talks are not ongoing, and are not expected to get aggresive until the new year.

In afternoon action, the Panthers blanked the Rangers (who are falling quite fast...) 4-0. Atlanta currently leads St. Louis 2-1 in the second period. Game of the night tonight? Edmonton and Dallas...why you ask? Nobody in my opinion had a better playoff rivalry in the late 90s than these two teams. Let's see if an old rivalry can spark some good hockey from to struggling teams.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Burke Deal Done, Belak Dealt To Preds

Brian Burke has officially signed a contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Six year deal, around $3 million per season. Burke will be in Toronto on Saturday to
officially announce the deal.

The Preds have traded Nick Tarnasky to the Florida Panthers in exchange for Wade Belak

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Wacky Wednesday

The Brian Burke saga is almost over. Talking to sources yesterday, the Burke deal will be announced on Saturday. Six years, including the balance of this one, and Burke will make about $3 million a season. The deal will be announced in Toronto Saturday afternoon, and will be featured for primetime on Hockey Night in Canada. Many speculated that Burke's first move would be waiving Jason Blake, but a concussion on Blake's end may delay that process.

The Panthers are amping up trade efforts on the Bouwmeister front. Toronto, Ottawa, Chicago, Vancouver and Washington are all teams I've heard that have interest. He will be dealt by the deadline, that is for sure.

As for Kovalchuk, would a Gaborik for Kovalchuk trade really be so wacky? yes, it would, ignore those rumours.

What about Claude Lemieux! I hope he makes it back into the NHL, what a story that would be.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Leafs trade Colaiacovo and Steen To Blues

For Lee Stempniak. More to follow, check Hockeyleaks.com for the latest

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Grey Cup?

Today, the Grey Cup will be played in Canada? Does anyone watch the CFL anymore? Sadly, i'm more interested in the Titans-Jets game today, where my beloved, unbeaten Titans are currently down 10-3 to Brett Favres Jets....

In the hockey world, there is INCREASED speculation that Burke, Nonis and Sundin could all be Leafs this week. I have been told that Nonis comes with Burke right away, no matter where he goes. While originally I was told Burke would be a Leaf by tomorrow, it may be delayed till later in the week. Either way, this will get done.

As for Sundin, he has spent much of the last week talking to other teams. He met with Gainey first, Melnyk next. I am told he has also had several phone conversations with Gillis as well. It looks as though Sundin will play for a Canadien team, but which one? I believe it will be Toronto, but only time will tell. If Burke becomes the GM of the Leafs, I just don't see Sundin going anywhere else. Burke will want to win now, and Sundin is the best player available.

What about Shanahan? The Devils and Flyers are the two teams to watch, however, I've been told a third team has entered the mix. That team you ask? Carolina.

The Bruins now sit a-top the Eastern Conference. How long can they keep this up?

Vancouver could be in a world of trouble if Luongo is out for any length of time. First Brodeur, now Luongo. Nabokov, who is the third best goalie in the NHL, appears to be next.

Khabibulin is doing anything but hurt his value. It's only a matter of time before someone wakes up and realises this guy could be their missing piece. My vote goes to Ottawa, but I'm hearing Khabibulin won't be moved until Sundin signs somewhere. Three teams interested in Sundin, like Khabibulin: Ottawa, Tampa Bay, and Philly.

What's up with Gaborik? He may be one of the best wingers in the game, yet we're not hearing anything on his injury status...He's killing me in my hockey pool.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Burke Watch

While the original thought was that Burke would take his time signing with Toronto, I am hearing more and more that he will be the Leafs GM by the end of next week.

Already there are a ton of rumours about what Burke would do, and according to sources, he'd do plenty. Bringing in an enforecer, getting rid of a couple of smaller-sized players like Steen, Blake and Tlusty, and securing a few more draft picks are apparently things Burke has his eye on in Toronto. Is there a chance Burke won't end up in Toronto? Yes, but at this point it's small.

The Blackhawks and Caps are talking about a deal that would send Barker to the Caps in exchange for Nylander. There is more than those two players involved. Nylander is apparently not pleased with his current role on the Caps. On a related note, is there a better player in the league right now than Semin?

Ottawa is looking for some blueline help, and they are really trying to pry Ohlund out of Vancouver. The Canucks are still hopeful they can get him resigned, but if they finally give up, the Sens will be first in line. The Canucks and Sens have been trying to make a deal with each other since last deadline.

On the Sundin watch, I've been told Toronto and Vancouver are the two teams to watch. Sundin has been surprised by both teams play thus far, and feels he could help both teams easily make the playoffs.

The first team to trade for a goalie may be Dallas. They'd really like someone to put the pressure on Turco, who has been awful thus far.

A coaching change isn't all the change that will happen in Tampa. I've been told to watch for another big hammer to drop if things don't improve in a hurry. That hammer could be St. Louis.

Tonight is a great night for sports, I suggest sitting in front of a tv all night! I myself am off to Boston Pizza to catch the leafs game, followed by a great UFC card.

Stay tuned to Hockeyleaks.com for the latest, including some great content from Versus next week. If all goes to plan, I will be speaking with former 22nd overall draft pick, and current Versus broadcaster, Brian Engblom next Thursday. They've also given us a great interview with Jonathan Toews that I will post on this site in the next few days.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Brian Burke Out As Anaheim GM

Just got word that Brian Burke is no longer the GM of the Anaheim Ducks. Bob Murray will be taking over. No word on if Burke was fired or has stepped down. Stay tuned to Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Sick Of Sundin

Before I go on, I want you to know that Sundin likely will sign with one of the teams I am about to mention. How, or why, I don't know, but there is a lot of sillyness going on when it comes to Sundin right now.

First, lets get things straight. He's going to sign for at least $7 million within the next month.

The Ducks are at the cap, so how are they expected to add seven million dollars? Several reporters will tell you they will make a trade to pave the way for Sundin, but who?

Niedermayer and Pronger are making just under seven million, but I don't expect either to be dealt. Todd Marchant is a likely trade piece, but his 2.5 million salary wont even get half the job done. Sure, you could add Getzlaf, Perry or Kunitz to the deal to clear the seven million, but why would you trade a player that will be good on your team for five more seasons to add a guy who will play half of this season, and maybe next...it won't happen, the Ducks are not getting Sundin.

The Rangers are another team who apparently will make room for Sundin should he want to come. The Rangers have just under 2 million in cap space, so their challenge is a little easier. They are not trading Gomez or Drury, so scratch that idea. Naslund, Redden and Rozsival are also not being dealt, so there goes that as well. After them, nobody is making over 2.1 million, meaning Sundin to Broadway just isnt possible.

Then there are the Sens. First, Sundin would never play for the Leafs arch rival, it just wouldn't be right. The sens have four million in cap space, so they could clear an extra three if they had to. Chris Neil and Vermette would have to go, but they could go anyways and the team wouldnt really miss them. Statistically Sundin could go to Ottawa, but I'd bet against it.

Montreal is no longer interested, and the Leafs like they're chemistry where it is. If I had to take a guess, I'd say he goes to Vancouver. They have the cap, he cna be the richest NHLer on the Ice, and with Luongo in net, he'd have a chance to win everynight.

Teams like Anaheim, Ottawa and NYR can dream big, but in the end they just don;t have the ability to bring the big Swede in.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Shakeups Coming

As we hit the 1/8th point of the season, there are a handfull of teams already looking to shake things up.

One is Columbus, who had huge expectations coming off of a busy offseason. This team is in their eigth season, with no playoff berths to show for it. Some are wondering how long this franchise can continue to operate without the success that is necessary.

From what I am hearing, the Blue Jackets would love to add a #1 centre, and some goaltending insurance. Mike Comrie is a player the Jackets do have interest in, while Peter Prucha's name has come up a lot. While niether of these players are #1's, they are a start. Look for the Blue Jackets to pull the trigger within two weeks if their record does not improve.

The Stars are another team looking to make a move. They'd like to add some more scoring up front, and are apparently willing to move some defense to get a deal done. I have heard rumours of a Trevor Daley for Vermette deal with Ottawa, while Matt Niskanen is another player teams woud love to get their hands on.

Early season surprises that I am excited to watch over the next month, to see if they can keep it up:

Minnesota (3rd in the West)
Nashville (5th in the West)
Buffalo (4th in the East)
Toronto (8th in the East)

All four of these teams are having monster starts as far as I'm concerned.

One game is underway right now. Hemsky's first goal of the season has the Oilers up 2-1 over the Flyers.

Game of the night:


both these teams are red hot after getting off to slow starts.

Leafs @ Hurricanes should be good too, both these teams are playing great hockey right now. They both played last night, it will be interesting to see how they react to a 5 pm game time.

For all the latest check out Hockeyleaks.com

Monday, October 27, 2008

The Latest From Around The NHL

First of all, sorry for the lack of updates over the last 5 days. I had some serious laptop problems, and thus didnt have the proper files to update the site. Everything is back to normal now, so expect daily updates as usual.

Luke Schenn will stay with the Leafs past this week the team announced today. This will burn a year off of his contract, but will not burn a year of UFA status until he has played over 40 games.

For those of you who have Ovechkin playing this week in your pool, you may want to bench him. AO has gone home to be with his ailing grandfather and will not play tomorrow night. Hockeyleaks.com wishes AO and his family the very best.

Jerome Iginla's seven point week has earned him the NHL's first star of the week. Peter Budaj gets the second star, while Detroit's Hossa gets the third.

Almost 10 games into the season, Kris Versteeg is leading the Calder race...

We have posted the Weight/Sutter hit in our videos forum, make sure to check that out and comment on it with your thoughts...dirty, not dirty?

Game of the night tonight:

Ottawa @ Buffalo...The Sens look to get back on track, while the Sabres look to keep the good times rolling...

Hockeyleaks.com would love to add a few new columnists, a fantasy writer and a power rankings writer. If any of these positions interest you, please email me at cjohnson202@hockeyleaks.com.

Monday, October 20, 2008

Slow Starts

Pre-season predictions are always risky. No matter what a team looks like on paper, you can never know how those players will gel. For some teams, they adapt over time and right the ship, while others never find their way and have a season they would like to forget.

Three of the best teams in last years Western Conference find themselves as the worst three teams in the West. Dallas, Calgary and Anaheim all are off to terrible starts. Calgary's goaltending has been their weakest point, as well as Iginla's slow start. For the other two teams, there have been very few bright spots.

On the top half, Vancouver is slowing down after a hot start. St. Louis, a team many had as the worst team in the league before the season began, currently sits atop their division with a 4-1 record. I expect them to fall back to earth.

The team to watch in the West is the Oilers. Some, like Hockeyleaks, had them as a playoff team, while others had them on the outside looking in. After a 4-0 start, this team has looked good. It will be interesting to see where they sit at the 20 game mark, when you have a good representation of where a team will finish.

As far as the Eastern conference goes, it's pretty much like a lot of us predictied. The Leafs, Islanders, Panthers and Thrashers are all near the bottom, while the Habs, Rangers and Capitals are tearing it up. The Flyers are the biggest
surprise, as they are the only winless team in the NHL.

So as teams continue to struggle, it will be interesting to see what types of moves are made. If the Flyers can't right the ship, Holmgren will be the first to make a move. Look for a player like Lupul to be dealt soon.

In Anaheim, the team is right up against the cap. They have great defensive depth they could move for some help up front, while I'm hearing a player like Kunitz could also be traded if things do not improve.

In Calgary, they need a centre. Langkow is not the answer, while Keenan has yet to give Cammy a chance to prove he can play up the middle. The Flames will move a defensman for some offensive help, and I'm hearing the Flames may add another goalie to put the pressure on Kipper should he continue to struggle.

As far as Dallas, I'm hearing they will be patient. They like the team they have, and feel it will simply take time for their team to gel. If anything, look for them to add a depth player.

Other rumours:

Watch Phoenix, they have noticed their defensive problems and have had many discussions this week about bringing in a top 3 defenseman.

The Penguins like their team, but would also love to add a defenseman, or maybe even two. They are not looking for a top 2 defenseman, more of a 3-4.

Two great games I'm excited for tonight (no offense to FLA/MTL or COL/LA):

Pittsburgh @ Boston

- both teams are off to a great start, look for another big night by Marc Savard, though I think Crosby is in for a repeat of his great game against Toronto on Saturday

Dallas @ NYR

- Sean Avery returns back to NYR, cannot wait to see the reaction of the Ranger faithfull. Can Brunnstrom keep it going, and can Dallas snap out of their funk? This one is going to be great to watch.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Cherepanov Dies During Game

According to TSN.ca, Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov has passed away after his heart stopped beating during a game today. Our deepest sympathies go to his family, Omsk, and the New York Rangers

Fantasy Player Updates

If you have Ryan Hollweg or Jack Johnson in your yahoo pool, you may want to make some changes.

Jack Johnson will miss 10-12 weeks with an arm injury suffered last night against San Jose.

Ryan Hollweg took a boarding penalty in today's game against the Blues, and will be suspended for the Leaf's next three games. I can't see Toronto putting up with his antics too much longer.

If you have Tkachuk available in your pool, like his is in one of mine, you may want to pick him up. Four goals already for the veteran who many considered washed up. Andy Mcdonald is looking like a key pickup as well.

Keep an eye on Marek Malik, rumours have him signing with the Lightning this week.

Leafs and Blues are tied 3-3 halfway through the second. Buffalo and NYI are scoreless 3 minutes into the game

Make sure to check Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest on news, rumours, fantasy updates and more!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

How Things Change

Is anyone surprised to see Dany Heatley leading the goals? Roberto Luongo leading the league in shutouts? What about Henrik Lundqvist leading the league in wins? Surely you didn't see Sean Avery leading the league in penalty minutes.

Yes, the season is very young, but already familar faces are once again at the top of the charts. With that said, already a few surprises.

Let's start with Daniel Sedin, who currently leads the league with five points in just two games. The Canucks are off to a 2-0 start, which is good for a team everyone counted out before the puck dropped.

Atlanta, who many predicted to be the worst team in hockey, has three of a possible four points.

What about the rookie race. Stamkos isn't leading it, nor is anyone from Phoenix.

Stats mean nothing at this point, as we are just a handfull of games into the season, but it is interesting to see how things are already starting to unfold. Teams like St. Louis, Atlanta, Carolina and Minnesota are showing life, something many did not think they had. On the other side, teams like Calgary, Tampa, Philly and Chicago are showing they were not quite ready to start the season.

I love the NHL, and I love how every night there are exciting matchups tonight.

The Oilers kick their season off tonight against Colorado, which should be a great divisional matchup. With that said, the game of the night goes to Phoenix at Anaheim. Both these teams are going to be contenders this season, and it will be a great test for the young Coyotes.

The other game on the sched tonight is San Jose at LA, otherwise known as Rob Blake's return to LA. The Sharks look to go 3-0 on the season. San Jose beat LA 3-1 last night, with San Jose outshooting them 41-13.

Cheechoo is going to have a comeback year, you heard it here first.

Make sure to check the forums out and enter your game predictions. It's a lot of fun, and gives you a chance to compete against others. Make sure to check it out

Friday, October 10, 2008

Night Of Upsets + PPFL Information

What a night of hockey we had last night!

I knew the Sharks and Bruins would win, but how about those Leafs and Canucks!? Could they be the two sleeper teams to watch this year. Both team outworked teams that were more skilled then them. With that said, big tests await both teams this weekend.

The Leafs hold their home opener tomorrow night against Montreal (I will be in attendance!)

The Canucks go on the road to take on the Flames. I'm sure the Flames will be looking for revenege.

For those Habs fans, they open their season tonight against Buffalo. Hopefully the Sabres tire them out, and my Leafs can make it 2-0 tomorrow night! I love hockey.

Game of the night? Let's go with Chicago @ NYR. The Blackhawks have so much to prove, and I love this young team. The Rangers are already 2-0, and will look to make it 3-0 at their home opener! 7 PM game time.


For those in the PPFL, standings can be found at


Pool Login : 84712
Pool Password : crosby

BlueLeafs currently has the early lead, but I'm only three back!


Make sure to check Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest news and rumours. Also, now that the season's back, we are your one stop for all standings and stats, and of coarse our famous rookie race stats column! 5 Way tie for first, this calder race is going to be one for the ages...I'm calling it now.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Drop The Puck!

So I know the NHL season already started last weekend, but as far as I'm concerned, the NHL season starts tonight. The puck will finally drop in North America, and I can't say I've ever been this excited for a NHL season.

Never before have there been so many good teams. In the west, Detroit looks to defend, and are even better than last year. With that said, they are not the only team that is better.

San Jose is their biggest competition, bolstering their blueline with the additions of Boyle and Blake.

Calgary is better, with Cammy and Bertuzzi solid additions. Phaneuf seems to be getting better every season.

How about Dallas, who is tougher with Sean Avery, and the kids that impressed us so much last year are another year older.

Edmonton may be the most improved team in the league. Visnovsky and a full season of a healthy Souray will make this blueline dangerous. Up front, the addition of Eric Cole cannot be downplayed.

Chicago is another team that is sure to threaten. The additions of Campbell and Huet are huge for this club, while a full season out of Toews will be huge. The kids keep getting better, and that should translate into a playoff berth.

How about Anaheim? Full seasons from Niedermayer and Selanne cannot be overlooked, while guys like Perry, Kunitz and Getzlaf continue to mature over time. You just know Bobby Ryan is itching at his chance to prove himself.

Finally, I look to Phoenix. They have one of the most underrated goalies in the NHL, while the addition of Jokinen will turn out to be huge. The defense is questionable, but this team should still be very competitive.

How about the Eastern Conference. The Penguins were crowned champs of the East last year, but key losses on defense should bring them down a notch.

The 100th year of the Canadien is sure to be an interesting one, and adding Tanguay makes this a better team. Price is another year older, which means he should be better.

So what if the Rangers lost Jagr, they are still one of the best teams in the league. Lundqvist is a top five goalie, while the addition of Wade Redden should be key. Look for Gomez to have a huge year.

The Sens still believe they are the best team in the East, but they will have to prove that on the ice. They still have the best line in hockey, if some depth players can step up, and Gerber can be the goalie we all know he can be, the Sens could surprise.

How about those Flyers? Any team with Briere, Gagne, Carter, and Richards cannot be overlooked. This team will challenge for their division. I'm predicting a monster year from both Jeff Carter and Martin Biron.

Alexander Ovechkin continues to up his game, and there is no reason to doubt the Caps making the playoffs this year. Federov, Nylander, and Backstrom give the Caps a very deep centre position. And hey, lets not forget about Mike Green, this guy is going to open a lot of eyes this season.

The Bruins could be right there, with a healthy Bergeron ready to go. Marc Savard is one of the best play-makers in the game, while the pair of Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez has the possibility to be great. Wideman and Chara give the Bruins a great start to a defense that needs some work.

Finally, how about the Tampa Bay Lightning. They have the talent up front, but goaltending and defense is still a question. I think they return to the playoffs this year, and once there, who knows what will happen.

Four games tonight, all should be great

Toronto @ Detroit - Detroit should win this hands down, but a few Leafs have something to prove. Detroit wins, but Toronto keeps it close.

Boston @ Colorado - Colorado is too suspect in net, while the Bruins will show the world they are ready to compete in the East. Bruins win this one, by a couple.

Calgary @ Vancouver - The Canucks surprised all of us in the pre-season, but tonight they are brought back to earth. The Flames win, but it's a close one...2-1, maybe 3-1.

Anaheim @ San Jose - This is probably the game of the night. These two will battle for their division all season long, but San Jose will be at home, and Blake and Boyle will be primed to show off what they can do. San Jose takes this one, lets predict 4-2.

Gotta love Hockey!!!

Versus Has the Leafs and Wings game starting at 6:30, while they will go to the Bruins and Avs game at 10!

For our Canadian fans, CBC will habe the Leafs and Wings at 7, while they will have the Flames @ Canucks at 10:30

Lets Drop the Puck!!!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

A Message From Our Good Friends At Versus

Versus is always one network I really have no problem promoting. I think Hockey's popularity in the states is very important, so anytime I have the opportunity to help this network out, I do. Here is a press release they have asked me to spread.



Puck tracking? That should be interesting, we all know how Fox's puck tracking turned out, here's hoping our friends at versus do a little bit better of a job.

For our US friends, make sure to tune into Versus on Thursday for a great double header. The Leafs vs. the Red Wings begins at 6:30 on Versus, while the Bruins visit the Avs at 10.

How happy are you that the puck is about to drop in North America!

The Latest

Mark Bell has cleared waivers, and will likely be sent to the Marlies

The Leafs have placed Boyd Devereaux and Steffan Kronwall on waivers, both will likely clear and be sent to the minors.

Khabibulin saga is close to being over. According to reports, his agent has until tomorrow to find him a home in Russia, or else he will be sent to the AHL.

Peter Shaeffer has been placed on waivers by the Bruins. He's making 2.1 million for another 2 years.

Look for LA to make a move or two in the nex few days. They are still well under the salary cap.

We are just two days away from more NHL regular season action! Expect more waiver news as the day goes on, I can't wait for the puck to drop in North America!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

PPFL Promotion! + Rumours

One last chance to get all your stragglers to join the PPFL. Ten Players (six forwards, four defenseman), winner take all (minus the second prize place of coarse!).

Today and tomorrow only! $10 gets you four teams. Paypal to cjohnson202@hotmail.com.

If you already have teams, you can still buy more, four teams for $10, two days only. Please email me your teams at cjohnson202@hockeyleaks.com. If you do not have paypal, email me and I will send you where to send cheque/cash/money order. As long as you email me saying you will be sending payment, you will qualify for the four team promotion.


As far as rumours go:

I have learned it was Ian White and Robbie Earl that the Leafs offered to Anaheim along with a draft pick for Schneider and Ryan.

Also, the Bruins would love to trade Savard for a top line defenseman. Savard has a NTC, and I don't see this working out. For more on both these, check Hockeyleaks.com and it's rumour mill.


Also, still accepting link exchange requests. If you have a hockey site / blog that you want advertised on Hockeyleaks.com, please email me at cjohnson202@hockeyleaks.com.

Enjoy your wednesday

Monday, September 29, 2008

Gonchar Out; Bolts Make Roster Moves

Gonchar will require shoulder surgery and will miss 4-6 months. With their top two defenseman out until 2009, I fully expect the Penguins to hit the market looking for a top-2 level defenseman. The Kaberle to Pittsburgh rumour should be starting any time now...

The Bolts have cleared some cap, leading to speculation that they have interest in Khabibulin. They have traded Nick Tarnesky to Nashville for a 5th or 6th round pick (conditional on how many GPs Tarnesky gets this season. The Bolts also have placed Michel Ouellet on waivers. If nobody claims him, it appears he will be sent to the minors. These moves will clear about 2 million off the Bolts' cap figure, leaving them at about 52-53 million. For those wonder, I do not believe the Bolts will bring Khabibulin back, I'm just telling you what others have been saying.

More as it happens, check http://www.Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest

Link Exchanges + Latest Rumours

First, I want to announce that I've put a link section on the main page of Hockeyleaks.com. I get emails all the time asking for me to plug sites, and some of them are top-notch sites, I just had nowhere to put their link. Now on the right side of Hockeyleaks.com there is a place for me to show-off others sites/blogs, so if you want your site on this area, email me at cjohnson202@hockeyleaks.com. All I ask in return is that you put a Hockeyleaks link on your page as well. Fair trade off!


Petr Prucha is being shopped by the Rangers...check the rumour mill at Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest!

Khabibulin On Waivers

The Sens are very interested, as first reported by Hockeyleaks.com yesterday. Their was a deal in the works that would send both Khabibulin and Barker to Ottawa. Those talks broke off early this morning after Chicago asked for Brian Lee. While I believe those talks will resume, this will give the rest of the league 24 hours to gain interest.

Stay tuned for Hockeyleaks.com for the latest

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Fantasy Reminder

First, yahoo league draft is TONIGHT at 9 PM EST. I think there are a few sports left, so please if you want in email me ASAP and I will get you in.

Also, don't forget about the PPFL. This year is our biggest showing yet, so make sure you are not missing out!

Check Hockeyleaks.com for all the latest news and rumours!

oh, and how great is it to watch hockey again? I love it!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

2008-2009 Season Predictions

Here we go, it is time for Hockeyleaks.com's annual predictions for the regular season. While every year there are several teams that surprise us, every year I still take by best guess on how the standings will look come April. So here we go, please go to the forums and comment on my predictions, along with replying with your own!

Eastern Conference.

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

Western Conference

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

So there they are, what do you think?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Quick Note

Here is a note from Cdog77 from our forums:

Hey guys the new season of Game Predictions is just about to start! I have already put up the preseason games up, so go and pick who is going to win. For those who don't know what game predictions is, let me explain:
Allison or me (cdog77) will post the games and all you have to do is pick who is going to win. Allison or me will lock the page right before the game starts. The points work this way, 3 points if the team you pick wins in regular time, 2 points
for an over time win and 1 point if your pick losses in overtime. No points if you lose in regular time.
So come and join us for this fun and free game! Just go to the Game Predictions page and let us know that you want to play. Let the best player win! Good luck!


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Radulov Rumours

Two things are now for certain:

1) Radulov wants to return to the NHL

2) The Preds do not want him back

David Poille has been heavily shopping the young forward since last Thursday, and already there are several teams showing great interest.

The Flyers are the favourites at this point, I've been told. No word on the return, but the Preds are apparently trying to get either vanRiemsdyk or Giroux out of them.

The Penguins are another team very much in this. Jordan Staal is a name that will not go away in regards to Radulov.

Other teams who have moderate interest in Radulov include Ottawa (Vermette and picks has been thrown around), Vancouver and Carolina. This list will continue to grow as more information on Radulov returning to the NHL becomes available.

Still spots left in both the yahoo pool as well as the PPFL, so email me at cjohnson202@hockeyleaks.com if you want in!

Schneider Clears Waivers

Matthieu Schneider has cleared waivers. Speculation is that he will be placed on re-entry waivers. If he is, Atlanta, LA, Ottawa and Phoenix are teams to watch.

Check the rumour mill for the latest rumours, including the latest on Sundin.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Tuesday Deadline...

Today could be a very important day in the world of the NHL. Mats Sundin apparently was given today as a deadline by the New York Rangers. I am also hearing that the NHLPA will confirm the CBA for 09/10 sometime this week. These two things together should mean that player movement should really amp up this week.

There are three major players to watch this week. One is Teemu Selanne, who we've been told will play this season. The Ducks need to a) move somebody or b) wait until the NHLPA approves the CBA for another season, and then move somebody between now and the start of the season. All signs point to Selanne being a Duck sometime this week.

Player #2 is Shanahan, who we are all being told will become a Ranger. If Mats joins the Rangers, this could change (the Devils still really like Shanahan). If Mats decides to join the Rangers, then Gomez is the odd man out. To me, why would they deal one of their top players who is signed long term, and replace him with a one-year guy who is 37 and may not play beyond this year. It makes no sense to me, and thus I do not believe it will happen. I will say this though, the prospects the Rangers could receive for Gomez would guarentee that they are a competitive team for hte next ten years. Vancouver would love a guy like Gomez, but then again, they'd love anyone who can put points on the board at this point.

Player #3 is Schneider, who if you've read the rumour mill was almost an Ottawa Senator last week. The Ducks need to move someone, and he's the easiest to move. The Ducks would also love to move Marchant, and still may before this is all said and done. I'm hearing the Sens are still in the Schneider sweeps, as are LA, Phoenix, New Jersey, and apparently Montreal.

The NHL player market has been on stand-still for the last 3 weeks thanks to the NHLPA holdup and of coarse Mats Sundin. This is the week things should start moving. Do not forget, there are still some good UFA's out there looking for homes...Mark Parrish, Glen Murray, and others are waiting patiently for their chance to sign.

This could be the week...

Monday, September 15, 2008

Help Me, Help You...

Make sure to check out the rumour mill for a few of the latest rumours...more will be added in the next 24 hours...

I was contacted by a poker company about an affiliate deal, and while I am not a fan of most affiliates, I have tested this one out and I like it thus fas. I am asking that you give them a try, it's absolutely free, plus you will get money in return. This site is offering you $150 to play poker with online (obviously you have to play it before you can withdraw it). If you sign up with my link, Hockeyleaks.com will make $10 for every sign up. I want to put this money towards both the hockey pools (yes, I want to add a prize to the FREE yahoo pool, so email me if you want one of the few remaining spots). So please give this link a try, especially if you are in one of the two pools, because this money will go right back to you! The more sign ups, the more places I can pay. This should also be motivation to sign up for the PPFL if you haven't yet already...

This process took me about 3-5 minutes to complete, so it's really fast, and I'm already playing with the free money they've provided...so it really is a win for everyone.


Sunday, September 14, 2008

NHL 09 Anyone? Plus Fantasy Info

Pretty slow weekend in the world of the NHL, hopefully things pick up soon!

Who here has NHL 09 for Xbox 360? I would love to start an online hockeyleaks league, so if you are interested in this, email me at cjohnson202@hockeyleaks.com. Add me on Xbox Live, cjohnson202. Today has been a very "rock band 2" filled day...

Also, still some spots in both our fantasy leagues, so check the previous blog and make sure to get in ASAP. Both leagues are going to be very competitive and a lot of fun this year.

Working on a couple of rumours, plus one trade that almost went down late last week. Look for that in the Rumour Mill tomorrow or Tuesday.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Hockeyleaks PPFL + Yahoo Details

If you like Fantasy Hockey, this is a post you must read.

Here are the Hockeyleaks Power Play Fantasy League 08/09 Details:

Power Play Fantasy League 08 - 09 Details

This will be the fourth season of our PPFL. Bob Adamski won the first two pools, I won last year's pool. Do you have what it takes to take the title?

Rules: You will pick six forwards and four defenseman. You get one injury replacement during the season. Extra replacements will then be $5 per replacement.

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 cjohnson202@hockeyleaks.com. 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 cjohnson202@hotmail.com. If using paypal, please add an additional .50 to cost.

Cheque / Money Order: Please send cheque / money order to:

Corey Johnson
1 Lillian Crescent
Newcastle, Ontario

Address Cheque to Corey Johnson, not Hockeyleaks.com

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. New this year, second place will get all the money collected in extra replacements, to a maximum of 40% of the winning prize. If nobody purchases extra replacements, then second place will recieve $10.


Hockeyleaks.com Yahoo Pool

Same setting as last year, if you are interested in being invited, please email me at cjohnson202@hockeyleaks.com and request that you be invited to the yahoo league

Monday, September 08, 2008

Filatov Free To Play

Hockeyleaks.com has learned that Columbus prospect Nikita Filatov has been given full permission to play in North America this season. He will compete for a spot on the Blue Jackets in training camp. There was some fear that he was still under contract by the KHL, but this has been proven to not be the case.

The Minnesota Wild could be close to signing Martin Gelinas, he would be a cheaper and more experienced replacment for recently bought out Mark Parrish. Speaking of Parrish, I'm hearing he's down to Nashville, Vancouver and NYI.

For all you fantasy junkies out there, stay tuned to Hockeyleaks over the next 24-48 hours. We will be launching our annual yahoo leauge, which is free of charge, as well as our Power Play Fantasy League, which is a pay-to-play league that is entering it's fourth season. Defending champion you ask? That would be me, so make sure to look for details on how you can knock me off the podium.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Waiting On McCabe

Well McCabe was suppose to be traded by 11 am this morning, and it's almost 2. Do not fear, I have been told that the deal is still on and nothing is going to keep it from happening. TSN is reporting it will be Van Ryn to Toronto for McCabe and a 3rd rounder. I am hearing that those details may not be correct, but I cannot speculate on what the deal is. Van Ryn and McCabe seem to be the two definites. We'll know soon.

Sundin returns to Toronto this week, and it seems he will come and go without telling us his intentions on next season. This is going to frustrate teams, and dominos will begin to fall without Sundin.

For the latest rumours, check the Rumour Mill. Today there will be rumours about Schneider and Shanahan going up, both who are being deeply affected by Sundin's refusal to sign and commit.

For all the latest check Hockeyleaks.com, as well as our forums. The McCabe deal will be on the main page of Hockeyleaks.com as soon as it's made official.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Bolts/Sens Make Trade

The Ottawa Senators have traded defenceman Andrej Meszaros to the Tampa Bay Lightning for defencemen Filip Kuba, Alexandre Picard and a first round pick (previously acquired from San Jose).

Expect Meszaros to sign a multi-year deal worth around 5 million dollars per shortly.

Tampa fans may not recognize this team when the puck drops, especially since more heads will fall before the start of the season

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sens Hit With Offer Sheet

Andrej Meszaros has signed an offer sheet. I'm hearing it's a five year, 25 million dollar contract, but that information is fuzzy for the moment. I've been working on teams and at the moment nobody seems to know. Teams I've heard it could be are Phoenix, Atlanta and Montreal, but these are just whispers and I honestly have no clue who it could be. The Senators have made it very clear to others in the league that if they were going to make an offer on Meszaros, they'd rather let him go via trade. Ottawa will not be happy that they are losing him for just draft picks. This leaves an even bigger hole on their blueline, as I doubt very much that they will match this offer sheet.

This could start a lot of things in motion, as Ottawa will now be in a scramble to fill a hole on their blueline. Look for them to get right back in the Matthieu Schnieder sweepstakes...

Make sure to check the Rumour Mill at Hockeyleaks.com for the latest rumours including

- Thrashers/Kings Blockbuster In The Works?
- Antropov to Atlanta?
- What Will The Canucks Do Next?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Latest On McCabe

As Hockeyleaks.com was FIRST to report, Mike Van Ryn is indeed part of the Toronto/Florida trade. Sportsnet has now confirmed this, 18 hours after Hockeyleaks.com reported it.

There is more to this deal than just a McCabe for Van Ryn trade. Names I'm hearing today include Ponikarovsky and Peltonen. Other Bloggers are insisting that Bouwmeester is part of this deal, but I cannot stress enough that this is untrue. Under no circumstances will Bouwmeister be on his way to Toronto as part of this Bryan McCabe deal. The Leafs do have serious interest in Weiss and Horton, but as of this point niether is in the deal worked out by the two sides. The deal will be announced around September 1st, and could still change slightly between now and then. With that said, McCabe and Van Ryn seem to be the two concrete names in this deal.

Make sure to check out the rumour mill for the latest rumours, including: Gionta on his way out of New Jersey? Rangers Shopping Drury? And many more...

Stick to Hockeyleaks.com for the latest, as we are your best source for the latest NHL news and rumours, as we've proven once again.

McCabe Waives For Florida

Props to Sportsnet for confirming this, the Panthers interest has been rumoured all over the internet over the past week. This is what I'm hearing:

McCabe has said he will go to the Florida Panthers, though the Leafs still have to work out a deal with the Panthers. With that said, he has waived his NTM for a total of four teams, and I can confirm the Islanders and Devils are on that list, unsure of the fourth team.

As far as Florida is concerned, the name I am hearing is Mike Van Ryn. He has two years left on his contract, with a cap hit of 2.9 million. I am also hearing that Martin also wants Chad Kinger in the deal, sending him back to the Leafs. Kilger is still on personal leave and is not expected to start the season with the Panthers. The Leafs want Bouwmeister, but at this point Florida's asking price is too high, I doubt that gets done. The Leafs are trying to get David Booth in this deal however, and that could get done. This will not likely be a McCabe for Van Ryn swap, both teams are likely to add other players to this deal, and thats where it could get tricky. Both teams have some cap room to work with, so that shouldn't be an issue, but I am hearing that the Panthers want the Leafs to take Van Ryn in any McCabe deal. With that said, I'm also hearing that Toronto is pushing to get either Bryan Allen or Karlis Skrastins instead of Van Ryn.

It should be an interesting couple of days in Leaf land, and I'm sure we will hear lots of rumours over the next few days, and until this deal gets done.

For All The Latest make sure to check Hockeyleaks.com and join in the great discussions going on in the forums.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Sundin Can't Win...

Today while talking to Hockeyleaks.com team member Yick I started to feel for Mats Sundin. He is a class act guy, who has done nothing but great things for the NHL. He is the reason many young Swedish players have such a passion for the game, and if it wasn't for him, Toronto would have rebelled against their team years ago. Mats has been nothing but great for the NHL, and now he finds himself in a situation in which he cannot win.

If he signs with Vancouver, he's in it for the money.

If he signs with Montreal, he's a traitor

If he signs with Toronto, he has no passion to win the cup.

If he retires, he simply quit too soon.

For me, it's too bad the Detroit Red Wings didn't have interest in this guy. Detroit is in the West, so he wouldn't be called a traitor. Detroit wouldn't pay him more than Lidstrom, so it wouldn't be about the money. Detroit is defending their cup, showing Sundin wants to win. Finally, the team is basically team Sweden, another great reason for Sundin to end up in Hockeytown U.S.A.

For Sundin, I think the only safe bet for him at this point is to return to Toronto, or retire. Returing to Toronto shows loyalty, and yes it would basically stamp his career with no stanley cups, it's better than winning no stanley cups in Vancouver, while selling out for the money, because lets face it, the Canucks are not contenders with or without Sundin, and the only reason to sign there would be for the money.

With that said, I'm hearing the Rangers, Avalanche and Senators are all still hoping to land Sundin, with the Rangers and Avs much more likely than Ottawa. Sundin shouldn't retire, as this is not how his career should end. A return to Toronto is his best option, but Montreal, NYR or Colorado wouldn't be terrible choices.

Make sure to check out the rumour mill section of Hockeyleaks.com for the latest rumours on the Devils, Habs, Oilers, Canucks and of coarse that defenseman on Toronto named McCabe.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

The Rest of the RFAs

Before I talk about the RFAs, I want to remind all of you to check out the new Hockeyleaks.com. The site is much improved, and I am enjoying it a lot. I also ask all of you to join the forums, and join in on the discussions. The new site makes this easier than ever! Our hit counts are up, but most of you are still just reading, and not participating! We need discussion and participation if hockeyleaks.com is to grow, so help us out!


Patrick O'Sullivan - Likely the best RFA available, teams are interested in him. With that said, nobody is making him an offer because LA has the cap room to match whatever you throw at him. O'Sullivan is not eager to sign with LA, and thus each day this drags on, the chances of O'Sullivan being dealt, and I'm hearing it will be to the East, increase.

Jarret Stoll - Stoll was not happy with the trade out of Edmonton, but is expected to eventually sign with the Kings. That said, it won't be a longer deal, likely around two years. I don't expect the Kings to trade this guy, nor do I expect anyone to offer sheet him.

Andrej Meszaros - Arbitration is not far away, but the Sens are hoping to avoid it. The Sens need to lock this guy up, as their defense is way too weak for their liking. With that said, if they can deal him, they may. Meszaron, along with Vermette, have been the subject of trade rumours all summer long, and I expect one of them will be moved by the start of the season. Vermette is signed, making Meszaros the likely one on his way out.

All three of these players are very important to their teams, and if dealt, the return should be comparable.

As for the Leafs naming a permanent GM (as per Eklund), I still don't see it. I've heard nothing of that sorts, and I'd be surprised if such a thing happened.

Devils really going hard for Shanny, who really wants to return to the Rangers, but is stuck in limbo as the Rangers wait for Mats. Is anyone else getting really tired / losing a lot of respect for Mats? This game is getting old.

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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Hockeyleaks.com Is Back!

New site is up, please read the main news headline and leave a comment on what you think. Thanks

- Corey

The Latest

Vermette re-ups in Ottawa, so take his name off the trade rumours...

Big-ups to Andy Strickland, who called Bowman to Chicago months ago. Everyone bashed him, but now Bowman is set to officially join the Hawks as an advisor.

I know this is a hockey site, but how crazy is it that Ken Griffey is coming to Chicago? Nuts...

The new site is still in the works, so keep checking back to see it when it launches! The forums are back up and restored, so make sure to go there and keep the posting up!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

700th Blog Post....

Well this is the 700th blog post made by me, well not really. We were hacked after like 150 blog posts on hockeyleaks.blogspot.com, and now we've had 700 more on hockey-leaks.blogspot.com. Either way, I feel sorry for all of you who have had to read almost 1000 of my blogs...on to the news

Sundin to make decision on August 1st? The news will tell you Vancouver. Eklund is telling you Montreal...so it's only fitting I'll tell you Toronto. I've heard that Sundin will not choose Vancouver because he knows this isnt a playoff team, and to leave the Leafs for a non-playoff team would make him look awful. It's down to the Toronto and Montreal, and in the end I believe he will not have it in his heart to leave the city of Toronto...

You'll hear a lot about Glen Murray going to San Jose, but I'm not sold on it. I think he may end up back in LA. The Kings management are very interested i've been told, as they think he'd be great for the young players.

Kubina's trade window is quickly closing....if McCabe can't be dealt soon, the Leafs will really step up their Kubina shopping...

thats all for now, the new site is probably just days away. The server change will happen before sunday, and once that occurs, thats when the fun arrives!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Site Update

Just giving you guys an update on where we are right now. We had a bit of difficulty moving the server last week. It's hard because I have to transfer it on my side because I own the new server, but I need the guy who owns the old servers help (aka unlocking things on his side). He was hard to reach, and it got difficult, but things are alright now and the server transfer should be complete this week. Once that is done, it shouldn't take long to launch the new site. So if you go to Hockeyleaks.com and things either dont work, or something doesnt look right, just sit tight as this is almost over.

I am so excited for the new site, hopefully it turns out wonderful and Hockeyleaks.com can move forward in a big way.

Corey Johnson

Monday, July 14, 2008

Leafs Aquire Hollweg from Rangers...

uh, why? The Rangers will recieve Pittsburghs fith round choice (acquired for Hal Gill) in return

Ted Nolan Fired...

The Islanders have fired Ted Nolan. Heavy rumours thats Tortorella will replace him...

Also, mixed reports about Jason Williams. While I was assured he had signed with Ottawa, a TV station in London is saying he has signed with Atlanta. I guess we will have to wait for someone to make an official announcement...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Hockeyleaks.com Downtime...

Just letting you all know that Hockeyleaks.com will be down for about a week starting today, as we move to our own server. Thanks for your patience, the blog will continue to be updated...

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Facelift in Ottawa?

Ottawa is an interesting team to watch right now.

Tomorrow they will announce Jason Williams has signed a three year deal worth just under 6 million total.

Vermette wants out, and will get his wish. The Sens are also heavily shopping Chris Neil. Two teams being mentioned are Chicago (Cam Barker or Brent Seabrook), and Florida (Allin or dare I say Bouwmeister? Jacques Martin LOVES Vermette).

Radulov is getting 8 mil a year in russia...I still don't think he'll end up there. I'm hearing two things...a) This is a ploy to get a good deal from Nashville and b) Russia will back off the contract, as it really could start this relationship between Russia and the NHL off on a bad note....

Matthieu Schneider could be on his way to Phoenix I've been told...

Had a good discussion with some people tonight about how overrated Hossa and Campbell are. Is Campbell in the top ten defensemen in the league? Pronger, Chara, Lidstrom, Niedermayer, Gonchar, Kaberle and Phaneuf were all 100% voted better, but I think there could be more. Timmonen, Zubov, Visnovsky, Ohlund, Boyle, Green....I want to hear your thoughts, so reply to the blog on the forums with your feedback on this...(when we launch the new site sometime in the next month, commenting on these will be sooo much easier, I can't wait).

Thats all for now, tomorrow could be an interesting day I've been told...

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Canucks Set To Make Announcement?

Ive just been told by a source out west that the Canucks will be announcing a couple of signings later this week.

Sundin has been spotted in Vancouver this week, while Demitra could be the other one...

with that said, it could also just be the re-signing of the Sedin twins...

either way, I'm hearing that the Canucks will announce two signings before this week is over

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Here We Go

Hockeyleaks.com is still using the same layout it did when we first opened three years ago. I changed once, only to come running back to this one. Three years into this site, I think it's time we tried something different.

I have already announced that I have purchased Hockeyleaks.com it's own server (we've been using several other servers free of charge over the last three years). Now I can announce that I am paying someone to re-design the site.

The site will soon be fully-forum based. The site will still feature standings and stats on the main page, but the headlines will all be done through the forums. This will simplify everything for you and me. No longer will you have to scramble around the site for the latest rumours. Instead, all of that information will be there for you to read and comment on, right on the main page. This means the blog may also be changing, so stay tuned. I've spent the last month investigating and research ways to make Hockeyleaks.com a better site, and I think you will all be happy with the changes that are coming.

Another great improvement will be that we will be able to have more staff updating the site. Currently, I am the only one who can edit Hockeyleaks.com. If I am not around, the site doesnt get updated. Thanks to the new design, I will be able to appoint a few others who will be able to post news as soon as it happens. This will be one of the best new things about the new Hockeyleaks.com

Also, the forums will be the same, so none of your accounts should be affected. So if you go to Hockeyleaks.com, and the site is down, this does not mean we are gone, it means we are in the middle of improving greatly. The blog and forums will continue as normal, though the site will see seldom updates until this is complete. This shall be complete within the next 30 days, maybe even sooner.

If you have any feedback on this, please email me or reply to this topic located in the forums. I would love your suggestions and what you would like to see on the next version of Hockeyleaks.com.

Friday, July 04, 2008

Boyle To Sharks

He's waived his NTC to go to San Jose, no work on whats coming back to Tampa....

This is my last post until Tuesday, as im going away for the weekend...its my only time off for the whole summer. Enjoy your weekend everyone, stay tuned to the forums for the latest updates

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Leafs Aquire Grabovski

The Leafs have dealt their 2nd round pick in 2010 and Greg Pateryn (who they picked in the 5th round in 2008) to the Habs for Mikhail Grabovski.

Quote from Fletcher:

""Mikhail had tremendous success at the most recent World Hockey Championships," Maple Leafs general manager Cliff Fletcher said in a statement. "He has great upside and we will look for him to contribute for us right away at the centre position."

More to Come...

Late Night Rumblings...

Dan Boyle is apparently close to being trade. There are three teams I'm hearing right now: Ottawa, LA and Philadelphia. Ottawa is currently the front-runner, offering a package that includes one of Vermette or Meszaros.

Naslund could sign tomorrow I've been told. The Penguins were leading this all day, but now Minnestoa is in front, apparently making him a multi-year deal. The Wild are also interested in Brenden Morrison.

Montreal is looking to turn their attention to Pavol Demitra. I am hearing they have made Selanne a very nice offer as well. Montreal should make at least a signing tomorrow, they've basically decided Sundin isn't coming to Quebec...

As far as Sundin goes, I'm hearing it's Leafs or retire.

Final note of the night, the Oilers have really upped their offer for Jagr. They really wanted Hossa, but they will settle for Jagr. Unfortunatly for the Oilers, Jagr is likely staying in the East. Mario Lemieux himself is in charge of bringing Jagr back, and the Pens are right now considered front-runners. The Rangers are still in this, and will likely make a more substantial offer now that Sundin's decision is delayed...

More to come tomorrow, I have a feeling we'll see a trade or two tomorrow. The teams who missed out on UFAs may turn to RFAs, and that should happen any time now...

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

The Buzz (hehe) on Who's Left - AVERY SIGNED

Sean Avery To Dallas Done deal, ignore what I wrote below about him...

Haha, I'm totally expecting a lawsuit for using the word buzz..


Sundin - Best name still available. I'm hearing there is no way he takes Vancouver's offer. Sundin is a modest guy, and honestly doesn't want the pressure of being the highest paid player in the league. He also doesn't want the pressure of a two year deal. With Detroit out of it, I am hearing it's down to two: Toronto and Montreal. I wouldn't be at all shocked if Sundin returns to Toronto. Final team to watch in Sundin race, SUNDIN. If Sakic decides against a return, Sundin could be on Colorado's radar.

Avery - Dallas leads this one, though Calgary Ive been told is also showing quite a bit of interest. The Rangers could up their offer should they miss out on Sundin and Jagr.

Jagr - With Hossa offically gone, expect the Penguins to really pick up the slack and make Jagr an offer. The Oilers really like Jagr and have made him a fair offer. The Rangers are still the favourite if he decides to stay in North America.

Orpik - I'm hearing Montreal leads this one, but I expect Ottawa to really up their game today. Brian Murray is really frustrated he missed out on a few guys he really wanted yesterday. Orpik could land in Atlanta as well, while the Pens still want him back.

Demitra - Vancouver still wants him, but he hinges on Sundin. If Sundin signs somewhere other than Toronto, I've heard Demitra could go to Toronto on a one-year deal. The Devils really like this guy as well.

Naslund - Back to Vancouver is likely, but he's waiting to see who will be centering him. Colorado is a team that I've heard as well. Either way, expect Naslund to either sign with the Canucks, or a team where he has a legitimate chance at a cup.

Forsberg - Colorado or retire was what we've been hearing all year, but thats not necessarily the case. Teams that miss out on Sundin may have a shot at this guy. So we're talking the Canucks (with Naslund, Ohlund, and the Sedins?...I've even heard the Canucks want Naslund, Sundin AND Forsberg), Rangers, Habs and Leafs.

Hainsey - Very underrated, Atlanta's going to make this kid a serious offer if they can't land someone very soon.


1 Year , 7.4 million

more to come later

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Oilers Aquire Brule

Brule to Oilers for Raffi Torres

and so it begins! Brule needed a new start, while Torres will give Columbus some much needed edge.

Joseph to Leafs, one year, 700,000. Its basically done I've been told.

I'll be in chat in 17 minutes.

UFA Day Chat - 12 PM EST

One hour and five minutes, I will be in the chat for a couple of hours, probably until around 3 pm. I expect more earlier in the day signings this year, unlike last year...so quick rumours for you.

Leafs are front runners for Sean Avery. They've apparently offered him 4 years, 16 million, as have Vancouver and Chicago. The Rangers are still currently offering 4 years, 12 million. Rangers may make one last attempt to keep him, but for now I see him going to Toronto.

Demitra to Vancouver is all but done I've been told, but anything can and will happen after noon est. If he doesn't end up in Vancouver, I've been told Columbus and Chicago are teams to watch. Don't count out Colorado either.

I still believe Brian Campbell will end up in Ottawa. With the losses of Chara and Redden in the last few years, this is Ottawa's big chance to rebound and pick up a quality blueliner.

Speaking of Redden, Florida is where I think he will end up.

Morrison is VERY likely to Columbus I've been told, they may make Naslund an offer as well, though if Naslund is leaving Vancouver I see him going to a for-sure contender. Maybe try out the Eastern Conference...

Speaking of the East, Montreal and Boston are two teams to watch for Hossa. I still think Boston is too good a fit for him to pass up, we'll know by the end of the day.

Expect New Jersey to be aggressive today. Brodeur is getting up there, and the start of last season showed that they did have several weaknesses. I expect them to address a lot of issues this week, by adding offense, defense and some goaltending insurance.

Vrbata to Buffalo is very possible, the Sabres absolutly love this guy...

All rumours and happenings will be posted on the forums, and possibly the blog, as well as the chat, so make sure you are checking all three very often today.

Today is going to be fun, I look forward to chatting with all of you. Hockeyleaks.com/chat.html is where I will be at Noon EST.

My Bold Predictions

The free agent market will open in less than 12 hours. Their are not as many big names this year as in previous years, but still some big names none the less. Its that time of year where I make my predictions and see what I can get right. Predictions are based on a what I've heard, and what I feel...so lets do this

Hossa - Boston is the team to watch here. They have the cap room, and he's close friends with Chara. He played well with Savard, making it a comfortable situation for him. Boston is also headed in the right direction, something that Hossa is also looking for. While Montreal and Ottawa will make pitches, I believe Hossa will indeed become a Bruin.

Sundin - I'm going to go out on a lim, and say Toronto...

Campbell - The best d-man on the market, there are a lot of teams that would love this guy. Buffalo, Montreal and Atlanta will all make modest offers, while Chicago's offer will be the best of them all. In the end, its Ottawa that will bring home Campbell

Vrbata - Phoenix would love to keep this guy, but the top three teams I'm hearing are Toronto, Buffalo and New Jersey. Buffalo is likely to win this race.

Avery - Rangers or Leafs I'm hearing...If the Leafs are willing to take the gamble on his attitude, then I see him in Blue and White.

Mark Streit - Third in defense scoring last season, he's going to be quite the catch for a lucky team. San Jose, Pittsburgh and Washington are teams to watch here. I'm taking a gamble and going for San Jose

Bertuzzi - This is an interesting situation, as it's anyones guess as to who is willing to take a gamble on this guy. Two teams can be counted out: Anaheim and Colorado. Columbus is a team that has lots of money to spend, and a place where Bertuzzi can nicely fly under the radar...

Ryder - Pittsburgh, maybe Toronto.

Marc Denis - Montreal

Naslund - Vancouver

Kolzig - Colorado

Demitra - Vancouver

Curtis Joseph - Toronto

Jose Theodore - Tampa Bay

Morrison - Columbus

Emery - Detroit

Recchi - Atlanta

Auld - Vancouver

Huselius - Columbus

Jason Williams - Vancouver

Rolston - Calgary

Hainsey - Chicago

Hagman - Ottawa

Stuart - Detroit

Stumpel - LA

Brunette - Minnesota

Roszival - Pittsburgh

Stillman - Carolina

Orpik - Montreal

Monday, June 30, 2008

Crazy Sunday

Sunday is usually a slow day. Today has been anything but.

Edmonton sends Stoll and Greene to LA for Visnovsky. LOVE this move for both teams. Visnovsky is going to be replaced by Doughty anyways, while Stoll gives them another great forward. The Oilers get the puck moving defenseman they've been looking for. I'm being told Pitkanen is on his way out, and could even be dealt before July 1st. Montreal and Ottawa have great interest in him.

Tampa signs Malone and Roberts as reported by myself earlier in the day. Now they've aquired the rights to Rolston. It's too soon to tell if he'll sign, but don't count it out. Roberts and Malone are huge pick ups for the Lightning, Rolston would be as well. Tampa is looking around the league for a goaltender, they are not done shopping.

Foote and Liles have re-signed in Colorado, taking two more big name defenseman off the market. I'm starting to wonder if there will be anyone for teams to sign on Tuesday.

I know the big media outlets are saying Sundin's decision is still a ways away, but I think they are just playing it safe. Tomorrow is a very big day for this whole process. If Sundin signs tomorrow with the Habs, the Leafs get something in return. He doesnt want to leave the Leafs with nothing, especially after burning them at the deadline. If Sundin makes it to July 1st, the chances of him staying a Leaf are decent, though still less than 50/50. I think tomorrow he signs, but thats just a hunch.

Tomorrow has potential to be a very large day. A lot of RFAs and UFAs rights are being shopped. A lot of teams had Sunday night deadlines, and teams may get into bidding wars tomorrow. With the rights of Rolston going tonight, I fully expect someone to finally give San Jose what they want for Campbell's rights. Tomorrow should be fun

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Sorry, TB not LA...my bad

Working on an LA thing right now, they're currently on my mind, that'll be tonight's blog....as well as a look at the RFA's...they're connected

Malone, Roberts Sign With Tampa Bay

Malone is really cashing in, long term deal, 6 or 7 years, worth over 30 million. Roberts is going to sign a one year deal worth 2 million.

Hearing Curtis Joseph is set to return to toronto, i'd be shocked if that didnt happen at this point.

Hossa to Boston is very likely I've been told. Chara and Savard are both huge reasons why Hossa is strongly considering the Bruins.

Leafs have significant interest in Jason Williams. Leafs are still talking to the sharks about possibly bringing in Marleau.

The Blackhawks will make Brian Campbell the best offer hes going to recieve, but Ottawa and NYR will be all over this guy as well.

Brenden Morrison is likely headed to Columbus it seems.

I've heard Naslund would really like to play with Bertuzzi, and may both sign with the same team...

More to come later, still waiting for Sundin's answer...

Friday, June 27, 2008

The Year of the Buyout...

Three more buyouts today, in what has been a buyout period that nobody has expected. Biggish name players are being added to what started as a weak free agent pool. This makes for a much more exciting July 1st.

We'll start with Todd Bertuzzi who is on waivers and who could be claimed before tomorrow. If he clears, which is very likely, Bertuzzi will be bought out by the ducks. This will cost the team 1.33 million a season for the next two years. A lot of chatter today about the Canucks thinking about picking big bert back up.

Shawn Bates is going to be bought out as well. The veteran struggled with injuries last season and only played two games. Bates has only played 50 games in the last two years, so it's unlikely anyone will be in a rush to pick this guy up. Bates will cost the team just 400,000 a season over the next two seasons.

Finally, Andrew Raycroft is being bought out by the Leafs. I'm surprised by this, as all indications were that Raycroft would be burried in the Marlies, or placed on re-entry waivers. Apparently Fletcher just wants him gone. Raycroft will cost the team about 750,000 a season for the next two seasons.

Toronto Sun is reporting that Leafs may have interest in Sean Avery. I'd love to see this guy in Toronto, but it'll be interesting to see if the Leafs are interested in bringing his attitude in, especially after dumping players like Tucker.

Brenden Morrison to washington is a really hot rumour right now.

Kristain Huselius will not be back with the Flames it seems. Ottawa, Chicago and Vancouver are early teams I'm hearing.

As this has been the year of the buyout, it could also be the year of the offersheet In the next day or two I will be posting a lift of RFAs, and which ones you can expect to recieve offer sheets, and who may be offering them.

Have a great day, more as it develops

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Niedermayer To Play Next Season

Scott Niedermayer has told Brian Burke that he will play next season for the Ducks. This is good news for a team who missed his presence for much of last season. I am being told Selanne is likely to head to July 1st.

The Mats Sundin saga continues, apparently toronto has given him a Sunday deadline. I continue to hear that Montreal is the favourite, with June 30th as the possible day this gets done. I still think he'll hit the open market July 1st.

Also with the Leafs, reports today suggest that the Leafs have threatened to sit McCabe if he won't accept a trade. ATL, NYR and NYI are the teams very interested in him.

For more rumours, check the rumour mill at Hockeyleaks.com

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Hockeyleaks.com News! Chat Tonight!

We have finally purchased our own server, which should mean better things for Hockeyleaks.com. We will not be moving right away, as changing servers will result in about 5-7 days downtime, and obviously I'm not shutting things down before or around July 1st. Expect the move to take place in late July, early August...

The chat is also back just in time for July 1st. I'm going to be in Chat tonight from 10-11 PM EST tonight to discuss whatever rumours and news you would like to discuss! Chats will be more common leading up to the Free Agent season. It will also be the place to be on July 1st when free agent season kicks off.

Thanks for all your support over the years, lets make year #4 our best yet!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Clarifying The Leafs' Moves

Im getting A LOT of emails regarding the moves the Leafs have done today. A lot of you are unsure exactly what has happened, so here is exactly what has gone down.

Darcy Tucker is being bought out. I spoke to a source who confirmed that Tucker has a NMC and thus was given the decision if he would like to be placed on waivers. Tucker rejected that, and will immediatly be bought out. Tucker does not have to be placed or clear waivers, and thus will do niether.

Raycroft has been placed on waivers, but will not be bought out I have been told. The team will likely wait until Fall, and place Raycroft on re-entry waivers. If he clears, they may just keep him in the minors for the season. Buying Raycroft out makes very little sense for the Leafs at this point, though I guess with Toronto, anything could happen.

Wellwood has also been placed on waivers. If he clears, the Leafs will have to decide whether or not to qualify him. His rights could still be traded between now and july 1st as well. Vancouver, Minnesota and Phoenix are teams I have heard may be willing to take a chance on Wellwood, who I believe still has a lot of game left in him.

Aside from Raycroft, I am not a fan of the moves Cliff Fletcher has made today. I think Tucker should have been kept for one more season, while Wellwood is still young and deserves another chance. The Leafs are re-building, they can afford to take chances on a couple of question mark players. I expect Tucker to sign somewhere in the Northeast, so he can show the Leafs exactly what they bought out.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sunday Morning Rumours!

A lot of big rumours coming out this morning, you can tell free agent season is almost here.

First, while it has been speculated that the Leafs will receive picks and/or prospects from Montreal should they sign Sundin, I have been told that may not be the case. The Habs need cap room, and Chris Higgins could be on his way to Toronto. Higgins has a cap hit of just 1.7, but its a start for the Habs. Several other teams, Detroit and Colorado for sure, made offers to have Sundins rights, but Montreal obviously had the best offer, and if it is indeed Chris Higgins, Leaf fans should be hoping Mats signs with Montreal and fast...Gainey will be in Sweden this week to get something done.

Brian Campbell to Ottawa? It's a very hot rumour right now. Ottawa has seen it's blueline take a thrashing the last few years, and they are going to find a way to fit this guy into their cap. Brian Campbell is likely to sign in the East, with NYR, Buffalo and Chicago the rumoured cities.

Look for the Phoenix Coyotes to make a deal for some defense. Pavel Kubina could be headed down south, while they are also going to make a pitch for Wade Redden. Phoenix is looking to make a serious run...next year. They have the offense and goaltending now, but their defense is still among the weakest in the league, especially after this past weekend.

The Islanders are another team desperatly seeking some blueline help. Ted Nolan apparently will speak to Bryan McCabe sometime soon in hopes of convincing him to waive his NMC. The Islanders want this guy back bad.

Ray Emery will sign somewhere, the biggest question is where. LA is an obvious destination, though I'm hearing he's likely to stay in the East. Washington and Montreal are very possible I've been told, while San Jose and Detroit are apparently kicking tires at the situation.

Carolina is still working hard to get some defensive help, and all signs point to them dealing with Vancouver for Bieksa. They spent the weekend laying the groundwork for such a deal, but I promise you this, Vancouver will be a much different team by the start of the season. Gillis is planning to really shake things up.

The Panthers are quietly shopping Jay Bouwmeister. Apparently the two sides are having a tough time working out a deal. Martin may just wait for someone to sign him to an offer sheet, as the compensation picks are probably more than he'd get for him in a trade. Phoenix and Carolina are the two obvious teams to watch here.

The longer this Jeff Carter deal takes, the more dangerous it is for the Flyers. If Jeff Carter is an RFA by July 1st, the chances of him coming back to the Flyers are very thin. They can't afford to lose Jeff after dealing RJ Umberger for the 19th overall pick in this weekends draft ( Luca Sbisa). I can't believe RJ came so cheap...and don't even get me started on the Olli Jokinen deal...are you telling me that not one other team in the NHL could top that trade? If your the Leafs, you have to think your 2nd round pick, Strahlman and Kubina get that deal done...The Panthers should have gotten a 1st, a 2nd and a top prospect for Jokinen, instead they got a 2nd, a good defenseman and a past-his-prime defenseman.

I'm off to the Queens Plate in Toronto for my horse racing fix, enjoy your Sunday, it's going to be a crazy next 10-15 days :)

Friday, June 20, 2008

Emery On Waivers

Just heard from a good source that the Sens have placed Emery on waivers. If he clears, he will be bought out.

For those who are just waking up, Chris Mason was traded to St. Louis for NYR's 4th round pick. The Blues have no plans on moving Legace.

St. Louis may not be done, I'm hearing they could possibly move that 4th overall pick.

Check the Trade Deadline Chat thread in the forums for all the latest rumours