It seems as though the Detroit Red Wings will have some tough decisions to make come July 1st. First of all, Christian Ehrhoff's rights were traded from the Vancouver Canucks to the New York Islanders for a 4th round draft pick next season. Ehrhoff has been rumoured to be heavily coveted by the Detroit organization and the Isles have thrown a kink into the plan.
When it comes down to money, Ehrhoff will likely use defenceman like the newly signed Joni Pitkanen as a comparable and command around 4 million dollars a year. Seeing that an aging Brian Rafalski was worth 6 million, I think ...
According to a source at the NHL Draft this past week, there has been a drastic idea to change the divisions for the 2012-13 season.
An NHL executive that was quoted annonymously said that Gary bettman has proposed a system where there are still the Eastern and Western Conferences, but each conference will have only two divisions.
The West would have the Pacific and Midwest, and the East would have the East and the South.
In this scenario it was said that both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Detroit Red Wings would move to the Eastern Conference, which makes you wonder what the divisions would look like next year. Obviously with an odd number of teams, a division in each c...
After the Islanders selected Ryan Strome with the fifth overall pick at this year's draft, the media was treated to a little catch-up session with a handful of Islander fan-favorites including John Tavares, Matt Moulson, Michael Grabner, Trevor Gillies, Kevin Poulin, Micheal Haley, Matt Martin and Travis Hamonic. They all had plenty to say about the newest addition to the Islanders prospect pool as well as how their off-season has been going thus far.
Matt Moulson had ties to John Tavares when he was picked by the Islanders since they grew up together back home in Canada. But Strome is another prospect that Moulson previously knew before their...
Scottsdale native Zac Larraza was selected by the team he idolized this weekend, in the 7th round, 196th overall. Photo: phoenixcoyotes.com
Six forwards and two defensemen were added to the pack on draft weekend, beginning with blueliner Connor Murphy, picked 20th overall. The 6 foot 3 native of Dublin, Ohio will play for Miami University in fall 2011 after having played only 14 games this year for the American Under-18 team due to injury, recording six points. Previous to that, he went 7-11-18 when he laced up for 35 games with the Columbus Jr. Blue Jackets. His father Gord is an assistant coach with the Florida Panthers, having played for the Philadelphia Flyers, Boston...
There is a change in the way NHL contracts will be approached with the increase of the NHL salary cap. Contracts that were once deemed untradeable now have a strong bargaining value. With teams like the Edmonton Oilers, New York Islanders, Florida Panthers, and even the Nashville Predators riding very close to the salary cap floor; teams such as the Blackhawks, Rangers, and even Canadiens can trade underachieving players with monster contracts for little in return. While multiple teams have made trades that were deemed salary dumping, the new rise in the cap floor is going to allow more teams to make such moves because more teams are in need of clearing the ...
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Winnipeg Has The Man Who Was There All Along
Once again the National Hockey League has poached the American Hockey League and brought in another coach. On Friday, Claude Noel will be named as the new head coach of the new Winnipeg NHL franchise.
Noel was one of the four interviewed coaches by new general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff. Noel is well known in the city as he was coach of the Manitoba Moose in their last year, which was last season, and played in the same MTS Centre which will be used by the new NHL team. Previously he was interim head coach for 24 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets in the 2009-10 season after taking over for a fired Ken Hitchcock.
He becomes the thi...
In this brief section, I have listed my winners of the major trophies this season. I had completely forgot the awards were tonight and need to apologize for not having the controversial conversation starter up earlier this week.
Selke- The traditional Datsyukian treasure will no longer be a part of the great Russians trophy case as this seasons award will be given to, Johnathan Toews. This kid is one of the premier players in this league and is constantly underrated. After a fantastic season last year which he was arguably the best forward in the Olympics and a Stanley Cup, Toews came out this season and played his game to perfection. He will never win the Art Ross, but he is one of the...
The NHL 2011 Entry Draft is almost here! Since our blogger mock draft fell through, I'm doing my own. After researching every team's needs, I came up with a pretty decent draft board. Only time will tell how many picks I get right, if any!
Top Prospect's Section from hockeysfuture.com
1. ADAM LARSSON - Defence, Skelleftea AIK
Last Year's First Round Picks: Taylor Hall (1)
Top Prospects: Martin Marincin (D), Jeff Petry (D), Tyler Pitlick (C)
Edmonton has so many young players up front that they can use this number one pick on Larsson. I have heard that if the Oilers do want him, they can trade down, but Larsson is also worth the number one pick. Let him develop in Sweden before...
Winnipeg True North - Keep It Flashy Winnipeg
As the euphoria of the new-old Winnipeg franchise continues into the draft and free agency periods some tough decisions have to be made. The first was not to give Rick Dudley a first class plane ticket from Atlanta to Winnipeg. Actually, he wasn’t given any ticket as True North decided not to keep him as general manager. Kevin Cheveldayoff was plucked from the Chicago Blackhawks organization to start off a fresh new era of hockey in Winnipeg.
Cheveldayoff was given all about two hours to settle in when questions about who would be the coach of the Winnipeg franchise flooded the airwaves and newsprint. Unlike the quick dismissal of Dud...