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SteelCityMan786
11-09-2006, 09:52 PM
This is for news in the National Hockey League, figuring it will help keep NHL Topics Together and not have to go searching for news.

How about everyone predict the Stanley Cup Playoffs(Even though we've been almost 3 weeks into the season.

East
1.Penguins(Wins President's Trophy)
2.Buffalo
3.Atlanta
4.Toronto
5.N.Y. Rangers
6.New Jersey
7.Montreal
8.Carolina

West
1.Minnesota
2.Detroit
3.Anaheim
4.Colorado
5.San Jose
6.Vancouver
7.Nashville
8.Colorado

83-Steelers-43
12-12-2006, 11:26 AM
Source: Bruins' Kessel Diagnosed With Cancer

Steve Burton
Reporting

(CBS4) BOSTON CBS4 has learned for the second time in recent months, another young athlete is in a major medical fight. The Boston Bruins' first-round pick Phil Kessel has testicular cancer.

Sources say Kessel is currently at Mass. General Hospital and was due to undergo surgery.

Kessel is said to be in good spirits. He was the Bruins' number one pick and fifth overall in the NHL.

Testicular cancer usually occurs in young men and can be treated and often cured, according to the American Cancer Society.

Each year, about 8,000 men are diagnosed. This is one of the most curable forms of cancer.

A man's risk of getting this cancer in his lifetime is about one in 300, according to specialists.

Another Boston athlete, Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester, was also diagnosed with cancer earlier this year. He is currently in remission from Lymphoma and is expected to be at spring training in February.

cbs4boston.com/local/l...30707.html

SteelCityMan786
12-27-2006, 03:08 PM
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06361/749225-61.stm

NHL roundup: Sabres jolt Capitals with 6-goal 1st period

Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The Associated Press

Chris Drury had two goals and two assists as host Buffalo scored six goals in a span of little more than nine minutes en route to a 6-3 win against the Washington Capitals last night.

The Sabres grabbed a 6-0 lead on their first nine shots. The surge began with Brian Campbell's goal 1;51 into the game and ended with Thomas Vanek's goal at 10:57.

Other highlights

Rod Brind'Amour scored 50 seconds into the third period to spark the host Carolina Hurricanes to their fifth consecutive victory, a 4-2 win against the Florida Panthers. ...Denis Arkhipov and Martin Lapointe each scored a power-play goal to lead the Chicago Blackhawks to a 2-1 victory against the host Dallas Stars. The Blackhawks are 9-3-3 since Denis Savard became the coach Nov. 27.

Notes

Columbus placed goaltender Pascal Leclaire (hamstring) on injured reserve and recalled goaltender Ty Conklin and forward Joakim Lindstrom from its AHL affiliate in Syracuse. The club also said right winger Anson Carter (sprained shoulder) will miss up to two weeks. ... New York Rangers forward Jed Ortmeyer, out all season because of a pulmonary embolism, took another step toward returning to the active roster yesterday when he and defenseman Bryce Lampman were recalled from Hartford of the AHL. Neither player suited up for the road game last night against the New York Islanders.

skidboot
12-27-2006, 06:50 PM
Columbus has really turned it on since Hitch**** took over eh!

SteelCityMan786
12-27-2006, 07:12 PM
I guess Ken wanted out of Philly.

skidboot
12-31-2006, 10:26 AM
lol.

who would of known that Hitch's full last name would be blocked.


lol.

SteelCityMan786
12-31-2006, 11:01 AM
I'm surprised his full last name wasn't filtered not just the ending.

83-Steelers-43
01-20-2007, 10:21 AM
I'm loving these new "Rbk Edge" jersey's. While they will be used for the All-Star game this season, Bettman plans on using them in the 07-08 season. What do you think SCM? Skidboot?

http://images.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/_photos/2007-01-17-uniform.jpg

http://www.usatoday.com/sports/hockey/nhl/2007-01-18-new-uniforms_x.htm

SteelCityMan786
01-20-2007, 10:32 AM
Pretty good man. I can see Crosby knocking out some people in that jersey along with the Eastern Conference pulling a win.

X-Terminator
01-20-2007, 10:45 AM
Don't like them. At all. Sorry, but I'm a traditionalist and the jersey should have been left alone other than maybe changing the material to improve absorbency.

83-Steelers-43
01-20-2007, 10:49 AM
Pretty good man. I can see Crosby knocking out some people in that jersey along with the Eastern Conference pulling a win.

I also heard that a lot of teams plan a logo/jersey redesign for this. I like the sleeve design in particular.

For the record, the jersey is receiving good reviews from fans, players, GMs and media people.

SteelCityMan786
01-20-2007, 10:57 AM
Good to hear that otherwise they have to go back to the drawing table like 3 or 4 days before the all star game.

X-Terminator
01-20-2007, 11:01 AM
From what I've read, they've been designing this jersey for 3 years now and they actually wanted to debut it this season, but the previous designs were not well-received by the players in particular. Man, I just think the thing looks gay, and when guys fight, what are they going to grab onto? Shoulderpads? It may end up growing on me, but right now I say :thmbdown:

83-Steelers-43
01-20-2007, 11:08 AM
Good to hear that otherwise they have to go back to the drawing table like 3 or 4 days before the all star game.

Amen to that.

Some people dislike them but the majority of articles/threads I've read they are going over pretty well. Kind of like when the Penguins changed to the Vegas gold, I'm sure they will grow on many much like the Vegas gold. I don't hear nearly as many people upset over that "issue" as I did when they first brought them out. Personally, I welcome the change. As long as we keep our "new" colors and logo I'll be content. From a business stand point, jersey sales should take a nice bump.

BOXCAR JOEY
01-23-2007, 07:42 PM
hey don't forget to watch the nhl youngstars game and skills competition on VERSUS channel.

83-Steelers-43
01-23-2007, 09:34 PM
Whitney and Staal having a nice night. Malkin cherry picking with no results.

For the most part, watching that juniors game is like watching a retirement home bingo competition.

83-Steelers-43
01-24-2007, 04:38 PM
Rangers place veteran D Kasparaitis on waivers: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2741397

SteelCityMan786
01-24-2007, 05:55 PM
Maybe a future Penguins Pick Up?

83-Steelers-43
01-24-2007, 07:25 PM
Maybe a future Penguins Pick Up?

I sure hope not. First off, he's 34 years old.

Second, while I loved the guy's intensity and hard hitting style, I've seen him take himself out of position to make the big hit and also take many stupid penalties.

I want nothing to do with Kaspar.

BOXCAR JOEY
01-24-2007, 08:09 PM
Tonight is the NHL all star game and brodeur and rafalski are gunna tear it up. GO EAST!!!!!!!

83-Steelers-43
01-28-2007, 06:39 PM
"My face is my mask." - "Gump" Worsley

RIP Lorne John Worsley (1929-2007): http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_490674.html

83-Steelers-43
02-06-2007, 05:21 PM
Samsonov placed on waivers: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2756268

Minus 2000-2001 and 2001-2002, talk about a guy who underachieved for the majority of his career. I remember the talk when he was drafted. You would have thought this guy would be breaking every record in the books. 1 goal in his last 22 games and 7 goals in 52 games total. I'm sure we will have some Penguin fans screaming for Shero to sign him.

BOXCAR JOEY
02-07-2007, 12:22 AM
GOOO DEVILS!!!!!!!!!


http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c393/trappedinemerica/devilspooonrangers.jpg

X-Terminator
02-12-2007, 02:12 AM
Here is a great, funny and sad video dedicated to our favorite "Assh*le," Gary Bettman (Butt-Head), and everything he's done over the past 15 years to drive the NHL straight into the toilet. Pens fans - pay particular attention to what happened to the Quebec Nordiques - history is in danger of repeating itself. :shake01: Enjoy nonetheless! :smile:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfqqFStZO4o

83-Steelers-43
02-14-2007, 04:17 PM
So much for the Shane Doan rumors....oh well.

Report: Coyotes agree with RW Doan on five-year deal: http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=Aom1erAl0TYwt9MX6uRvbBpivLYF?slug=coyote sdoan&prov=st&type=lgns

BOXCAR JOEY
02-14-2007, 07:06 PM
Here is a great, funny and sad video dedicated to our favorite "Assh*le," Gary Bettman (Butt-Head), and everything he's done over the past 15 years to drive the NHL straight into the toilet. Pens fans - pay particular attention to what happened to the Quebec Nordiques - history is in danger of repeating itself. :shake01: Enjoy nonetheless! :smile:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfqqFStZO4o


yea but when the nordiques moved to colorado they won back to back stanley cups.
i dunno maybe the move will be good for the pens. i've been to a lot of the games over the years and there isnt many people that attend games. Its like here in NJ. at least the devils are getting a new arena with better access to drive up the attendance numbers. Time will tell with what happens to the pens though.

X-Terminator
02-14-2007, 07:39 PM
yea but when the nordiques moved to colorado they won back to back stanley cups.
i dunno maybe the move will be good for the pens. i've been to a lot of the games over the years and there isnt many people that attend games. Its like here in NJ. at least the devils are getting a new arena with better access to drive up the attendance numbers. Time will tell with what happens to the pens though.

Are you kidding? Pittsburgh has been consistently rated among the top markets in the league for years. Their local broadcast ratings have been in the top 5 or 10 consistently for as many years as I can remember. In the 90s, it was very difficult to get a ticket to a game, to the point where they actually had to add seating to Mellon Arena to meet the demand. Sure, there have been a couple of seasons where attendance suffered, but that's to be expected when the team isn't performing well and you have a GM who was giving our talent away for nothing. But ever since Sidney Crosby was drafted, ticket sales have been brisk. They have already sold out 18 games this season and already have 2 future games sold out. They are filling the building to 95% capacity, which is among the highest in the league (top 3, I believe). Even last season, when the team finished with the second-worst record in the league, they still managed to sell out 12 games and led the league in increased attendance. I'm a season ticket holder and have been since 1999, so I know for a fact that they aren't just "driving up the numbers." The fans are showing up to the games. The interest is there. People in Pittsburgh care about hockey - that is not in dispute, and is the major reason why the league does NOT want to lose this market. It's a huge money maker for them.

As for the Nordiques, the similarities to what happened to them and the current situation with the Pens are thus:

- Young, up-and-coming team loaded with world-class talent (same as the Pens)
- Tried negotiating a deal with Quebec City for a new arena (same as the Pens with Pittsburgh)
- Denver emerges as the most likely candidate to land the team if they could not get an arena deal - a city that had already lost an NHL franchise (just like Kansas City)
- Arena talks break down (Quebec City officials broke off talks), and the team was ultimately sold and then moved to Denver (praying that this DOES NOT happen here)

BOXCAR JOEY
02-15-2007, 12:31 AM
i know the pens have been a dominant market even when they had the cup teams with lemeiux. i hopin that they dont leave the burgh. if they left, where would i go for a good game of hockey the night before or after a great steelers game? Plus melon arena is one of the few places you can step foot in wearing a devils jersey and not have to worry about having your butt kicked in cuz people dont respect a team. Plus i dont think movin to Kansas City would be a fiscally responsible market to move into. Their isnt much of a fan base to support hockey. Thats why teams down south do not make much revenue due to sales. (exceptions being carolina, dallas, tampa bay, atlanta. They have the fan base that supports ticket revenue to keep the teams in business)

83-Steelers-43
02-15-2007, 10:33 AM
http://espn-ak.starwave.com/photo/2007/0213/nhl_u_flyersfan_412.jpg

:toofunny: :chicken:

83-Steelers-43
02-16-2007, 09:12 AM
NHL Roundup: Predators swing deal for hobbled Forsberg
Friday, February 16, 2007

From wire dispatches


The Philadelphia Flyers finally traded Peter Forsberg, sending the star center to the Central Division-leading Nashville Predators last night for forward Scottie Upshall, defenseman Ryan Parent and two draft picks.

The Flyers then lost to the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2, at home later.

Forsberg, slowed this season by chronic right foot problems, can become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and the Flyers decided to get some value for the former NHL MVP rather than risk losing him for nothing.

"We went around and around with Peter for a fair amount of time about making a commitment to us for future years and it appears that he could not and would not do that going forward," Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren said.

Forsberg, 33, from Sweden, is in the final months of a two-year, $11.5 million contract. He had 11 goals and 29 assists in 40 games for the Flyers this season, his second with Philadelphia after 10 years with Quebec and Colorado.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07047/762650-61.stm

BOXCAR JOEY
02-16-2007, 02:44 PM
http://espn-ak.starwave.com/photo/2007/0213/nhl_u_flyersfan_412.jpg

:toofunny: :chicken:

Hahaha I think I know him. It resembles my supervisor hahahah!

SteelCityMan786
02-16-2007, 05:29 PM
http://espn-ak.starwave.com/photo/2007/0213/nhl_u_flyersfan_412.jpg

:toofunny: :chicken:

This resembles how Philly is about their sports teams.

83-Steelers-43
02-16-2007, 05:33 PM
This resembles how Philly is about their sports teams.

Yeah really. People tend to jump on Pittsburgh fans, they should try attending Flyer or Eagle games when things are looking bad.

83-Steelers-43
02-22-2007, 07:37 AM
While you hate to see injuries, this one might help the Penguins out...

Cole up to four weeks: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197072&hubname=nhl

SteelCityMan786
02-22-2007, 05:39 PM
Yeah really. People tend to jump on Pittsburgh fans, they should try attending Flyer or Eagle games when things are looking bad.

Amen brother. We still fill the majority if not the entire Arena for Penguins games and fill up the Entire stadium for Steelers Games. Maybe Philly could learn from us.

X-Terminator
02-23-2007, 02:34 AM
...

X-Terminator
02-23-2007, 03:53 AM
Here's the link to the Senators vs. Sabres brawl from last night featuring Sens goalie Ray Emery fighting not once, but twice! For some reason, it won't let me embed the video in my post - I keep seeing a blank space. Oh well, it warmed my heart seeing some old time hockey! :thumbsup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49sqgSv5SE0

EDIT: I know why it won't let me embed the video - my spyware program, Spy Sweeper, is blocking it, and I can't change the settings. SteelersFever - can you help a brotha out?

83-Steelers-43
02-24-2007, 11:58 AM
Former Penguin news.....

Ducks trade Shane Endicott to Stars: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197338&hubname=nhl

Traded him for future considerations.

83-Steelers-43
02-25-2007, 11:47 AM
Tkachuk to the Thrashers: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197640&hubname=nhl

Zhitnik to the Thrashers: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197567&hubname=nhl

SteelCityMan786
02-25-2007, 12:06 PM
Those moves should make the Atlanta game that much more interesting.

83-Steelers-43
02-26-2007, 05:07 PM
Islanders acquire Zednik from Capitals: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/trade_deadline/news_story/?ID=197782&hubname=nhl-trade_deadline

Canadiens trade Rivet to Sharks: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197701&hubname=nhl

83-Steelers-43
02-27-2007, 10:34 AM
Canucks add Sopel and Smolinski: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197807&hubname=nhl

83-Steelers-43
02-27-2007, 12:58 PM
Sharks acquire Guerin from Blues: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197889&hubname=

83-Steelers-43
02-27-2007, 01:08 PM
Sabres deal Biron to Philly, get Conklin: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/trade_deadline/news_story/?ID=197883&hubname=nhl-trade_deadline

Rangers ship defenceman Ward to Boston: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197898&hubname=

Bertuzzi to the Redwings (Pending conference call with league): http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=197906&hubname=

Dainius Zubrus to Buffalo: TSN.ca

Perrault to Toronto: TSN.ca

Ryan Smith to NYI: TSN.ca

Brad Boyes to STL: TSN.ca

83-Steelers-43
03-09-2007, 07:42 AM
Typical Chris Simon hockey. Should be suspended for at least the rest of the season.....

GOON: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RLmon0XoH3I

Absolutey no room for that in this league. McSorely swung a stick to the head of Brashear and was booted from the league. Both McSorely and Simon have had past suspension problems. I don't see the difference between the two.

SteelCityMan786
03-09-2007, 11:10 AM
What else is new. I saw the hit on Sportscenter. That guy is an IDIOT

SteelCityMan786
03-09-2007, 11:58 PM
Melrose is on your page 83. He was saying he should at least get 40 games(season). The 15 Regular Season games left, plus the playoffs. If they play 25 games in the playoffs fine. If they don't, continue it into next season.

83-Steelers-43
03-10-2007, 07:07 AM
The more and more I keep seeing the video the more I feel Simon should be booted from the league. That display has nothing to do with "old school hockey". He could have easily killed the guy. Fortunately for both players, that stick hit his chin and not his throat.

83-Steelers-43
03-10-2007, 07:23 AM
NHL Roundup: Simon suspended indefinitely
Saturday, March 10, 2007

The Associated Press

Chris Simon stepped onto the ice at Nassau Coliseum, dressed in his New York Islanders jersey for perhaps the final time this season. The occasion was team picture day, but the rugged forward barely mustered a smile.

Simon was suspended indefinitely yesterday by the NHL, one day after his vicious two-handed stick swing to the face of New York Rangers forward Ryan Hollweg. Simon, who was given a match penalty Thursday night for deliberate attempt to injure, was summoned to a league hearing set for today.

Hollweg took a few stitches in the chin, but was not seriously hurt. Simon likely will be feeling the sting of his actions for quite some time.

The suspension could be as long as those given to Todd Bertuzzi and Marty McSorley after their violent infractions that also gave a black eye to hockey.

"It hurts, no question," forward Mike Sillinger said. "His presence on the ice, his toughness in the locker room. Obviously there is nothing we can do about that. What's done is done and we move forward."

Simon also might face legal troubles in New York.

This marked the sixth suspension Simon has been given by the league, which could work against him when the punishment is meted out.

Simon didn't practice with the team after the photo. He and Islanders general manager Garth Snow declined to comment until after the hearing.

The Islanders are in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, just three points ahead of the Rangers. An already bitter rivalry just got a lot more heated.

"It's always like that against the Rangers," said Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt, Simon's roommate for six years when they played for the Washington Capitals.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07069/768478-61.stm

SteelCityMan786
03-10-2007, 10:41 AM
No charges have been filed against as far as I'm aware.

83-Steelers-43
03-10-2007, 10:47 AM
Same here. It's amazing how quick they pressed charges against McSorely though. Very strange.

I'm amazed there are not more media heads calling for Simon's head. I've heard the rest of the season. I've heard the rest of the season +15-20 games next year. For a league trying to clean up it's act (all-out brawl a few weeks ago, Bertuzzi incident, etc), I would be quick to make an example out of Simon and kick him out of the league. Once again, it's not as if this goon doesn't have a history of suspenions. This is not his first incident.

Some people are trying to pass this off as "old-school" hockey. I'm guessing they make that statement in order to let people know they have watched hockey for a long period of time? For ego purposes? That's great, here's a cookie. When somebody drops dead on the ice or can't feel his body from the neck down will those same morons be screaming "It's old school hockey!!!"?. I don't think so.

As I've stated before. I like a good fight and I love a great bone-jarring check even more. But I do not feel there is a place in the game for out of control brawls and baseball swings across the head. If some people want to see that, try the WWE.

Jeremy
03-10-2007, 11:03 AM
The sad truth is that the media isn't paying much attention to the NHL period. ESPN controls the flow of sports news in this country and if they don't have anything to do with you, you're SOL. Ask college conferences like the SEC and pro leagues like the NHL about that. Hell, ESPN made extreme sports mainstream almost all by themselves.

83-Steelers-43
03-10-2007, 11:13 AM
The sad truth is that the media isn't paying much attention to the NHL period. ESPN controls the flow of sports news in this country and if they don't have anything to do with you, you're SOL. Ask college conferences like the SEC and pro leagues like the NHL about that. Hell, ESPN made extreme sports mainstream almost all by themselves.

True to a degree. ESPN does focus on hockey, but only when these types of incidents occur which leads me to another reason why I see a major problem with all-out brawls and the Simon incident. Sid could score a goal while standing on his head and the idiots at ESPN would put sole focus on the all-out brawl or Simon smacking the guy over the head with a hockey stick.

Then they show about 3 minutes of hockey highlights and go straight to how Kobe Bryant is throwing elbows, NCAA basketball and that joke of a league we call our national past time. NICE.

Jeremy
03-10-2007, 11:32 AM
ESPN doesn't does us any favors with Barry Melrose doing their hockey analysis. Those old school Canadians still think there should be teams in Winnipeg and Quebec. They hate most things American and aren't shy about letting us know it. Then again Versus isn't any better. The NHL needs someone like CBS to step up and show people how you cover sports the right way.

83-Steelers-43
03-11-2007, 12:45 PM
Unbelievable......

Simon suspended minimum of 25 games: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2794638

Jeremy
03-11-2007, 12:50 PM
He's probably going to catch an assault case on top of the suspension.

X-Terminator
03-11-2007, 03:32 PM
It's funny...so many people bash the NBA, myself included, but at least their commissioner had the balls to come down hard on one of their star athletes (Ron Artest's 72-game suspension). Now don't anyone take this the wrong way, but I'd like to know how a fight with a fan warrants a harsher suspension than bludgeoning someone with a hockey stick, which if it had hit just a inch lower could have crushed the guy's windpipe - at best.

SteelCityMan786
03-11-2007, 05:26 PM
It's funny...so many people bash the NBA, myself included, but at least their commissioner had the balls to come down hard on one of their star athletes (Ron Artest's 72-game suspension). Now don't anyone take this the wrong way, but I'd like to know how a fight with a fan warrants a harsher suspension than bludgeoning someone with a hockey stick, which if it had hit just a inch lower could have crushed the guy's windpipe - at best.

That surprises me to. Why not the full season and playoffs. If I'm commissioner that crime AT LEAST is anywhere from 100 games to a permanent ban from the league.

83-Steelers-43
03-11-2007, 05:42 PM
That surprises me to. Why not the full season and playoffs. If I'm commissioner that crime AT LEAST is anywhere from 100 games to a permanent ban from the league.

I guess in order to get a stiff sentence you have to smack Donald Brashear over the head.

BOXCAR JOEY
03-12-2007, 09:13 AM
LETS GO DEVILS! Hey number 2 in the east and about to take over buffalo for #1 baby!

83-Steelers-43
03-14-2007, 11:14 AM
Rating NHL moves: Past, present and future
By Scott Burnside
ESPN.com
Archive

Editor's note: The following is a Scott Burnside column that previously ran on Dec. 20, 2006. Reflecting on Tuesday's news out of Pittsburgh, we revisit Burnside's take of the NHL's relocation landscape.

The NHL has had its share of relocations over the years, some successful, others less so. Here's a look at some of those moves.

Movin' on up

? The Atlanta Flames became the Calgary Flames after the 1979-80 season, and for the past quarter of a century, the Flames have been part of the fabric of the Western Canadian community. Even when economics threatened the team's existence before the lockout, Flames fans showed impressive loyalty. It's hard to imagine the NHL without the inhabitants of the Red Mile.

? Hartford Whalers fans will never forgive owner Peter Karmanos for uprooting the team and moving it to Carolina after the 1996-97 season. Yet, after less than a decade in the land of tobacco and race cars, the Hurricanes are the defending Stanley Cup champions and have carved out a significant niche in the community. Of course, winning a Stanley Cup, something the Whalers never approached in their 18 seasons in Connecticut, will buy you a lot of loyalty.

? Did anyone in Quebec even flinch when the Nordiques closed up shop after the 1994-95 season and headed to Denver where they became the Colorado Avalanche? Uh, no. Two Stanley Cups later, the Avalanche have become one of the NHL's great success stories. Even with attendance drooping slightly with the rebuilding of the team post lockout, the franchise has never looked back.

? Fans in Minnesota certainly took note when the home-state North Stars fled to Dallas after the 1992-93 season. In Dallas, the Stars were a bit of a curiosity at first. But thanks to strong leadership from coach Ken Hitch**** and star power supplied by captain Mike Modano, Brett Hull and Ed Belfour, the Stars won a Cup in 1999 and helped write a success story in a nontraditional market. The grassroots hockey system in Dallas is the envy of many franchises, including some in more traditional hockey markets.

Movin' on ? just not necessarily up

? First, they were the Kansas City Scouts, and that didn't turn out too well. Neither did their stint as the Colorado Rockies. When the New Jersey Devils hit the ice in 1982, they looked more like a barnstorming unit than a pro hockey team. By any on-ice measure, the Devils are a model franchise with three Cup wins between 1995 and 2003. Off the ice, they remain a mystery, drawing flies even in the face of perpetual success. We know they're scheduled to move into a new building in Newark next fall, but it's Newark. Enough said.

? The Phoenix Coyotes have honored the tradition established by the Winnipeg Jets in that they never venture too far into the playoffs. The Jets never managed to qualify for a conference championship from the time they entered the league in the fall of 1979 until they departed for Phoenix after the 1995-96 season. The Coyotes have followed that trend and will miss the playoffs for a fourth straight season and for the fifth time in the past six. They have yet to win a playoff round in the desert. Still, they have a nice new rink, and the development springing up around them bodes well for the future. Now, if they could only get the team to cooperate.

Moves we'd make

No one asked us, but if we were going to move an NHL team, there are a few we'd pick to relocate.

? Washington Capitals: Let's review. Fans in the nation's capital wouldn't come out when the Capitals boasted Jaromir Jagr, the game's most exciting player. Now, they won't come out when the Caps boast one of the hardest-working teams in the NHL and one of the game's most exciting figures in Alexander Ovechkin. Maybe that's a sign. We're just guessing, but we bet fans in Houston or Kansas City, or even Waterloo, Ontario, would appreciate Glen Hanlon's squad a whole lot more.


? Florida Panthers: The Florida Panthers have accomplished almost the impossible by alienating the few fans they've had by trying to gouge them on parking fees and trading away the team's most popular player in Roberto Luongo. Now, the perpetually underachieving/rebuilding team could miss the playoffs for the eighth time in the past nine playoff years. The question is, will anyone notice? No. But they'd sure notice just about anywhere else you'd want to stick this team.


? Nashville Predators: Let's preface this by saying we love the Nashville Predators. We love how they're put together, how they're coached and how they play. But this is a team that seems destined to be in a perpetual struggle to make its way in the community. Sporting one of the best teams in the Western Conference for the second straight season, the Preds have managed to sell out the smallish Gaylord Entertainment Center eight times this season and reported crowds of less than 15,000 on 15 occasions. What's more worrisome is if the Preds reach the Cup finals, will the team have to threaten to black out its home playoff games to ensure sellout crowds as it did during the first round of the playoffs last spring? Yikes.

Scott Burnside is the NHL writer for ESPN.com.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/columns/story?columnist=burnside_scott&id=2796883

83-Steelers-43
03-19-2007, 08:54 AM
Canadiens forward Kovalev suffering from vertigo
ESPN.com news services

Montreal Canadiens forward Alexei Kovalev said vertigo could threaten his career, according to The Sports Network of Canada.

Kovalev denies that his vertigo, which sidelined him for Tuesday's game against the Islanders, is flu-related.

Kovalev took part in an optional skate on Wednesday and did not rule out playing over the weekend. He told TSN he was feeling better but continues to feel "woozy" if he turns his head quickly.

Kovalev has recorded 14 goals and 28 assists in 63 games with the Canadiens this season.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2798816

Jeremy
03-19-2007, 01:52 PM
The Stars keep whining.

Texas sized whiners (http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2804125)

I wish Modano and the Stars would just go away. I'm so sick and tired of hearing them whine all the time.

X-Terminator
03-20-2007, 04:33 AM
The Stars keep whining.

Texas sized whiners (http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2804125)

I wish Modano and the Stars would just go away. I'm so sick and tired of hearing them whine all the time.

It was funny reading the comments on the story. You have unapologetic Preds fans, unapologetic Preds fans who can't understand why everyone hates them, apologetic Preds fans who can't understand why everyone hates them and bash everyone who does, pissed off Stars fans, Red Wings fans who used this as an excuse to bash Preds fans, northern hockey fans who hate the Preds because they're in the deep South, and Canadian fans who hate American fans and blame us for all of the NHL's problems even though without us, nobody would know what the hell a hockey stick was.

Great recipe for high comedy! :thumbsup: :sofunny:

83-Steelers-43
03-20-2007, 11:01 AM
Back to cheap shots. What's the difference between this........

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yMgmSQbC0Y

and this.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lh_WQ8Wn5Ag

Answer: Nothing at all in my opinion. Unless you take into account that Tootoo received five games and Brashear walked away clean. That makes sense. Good job NHL.

While I'm not condoning Tootoo's actions, at least he had somebody coming at him after he checked Modano. Tootoo knew he was in trouble after he hit one of the best players on that Stars roster. What is Brashear's excuse? "He said something to me."?

83-Steelers-43
03-22-2007, 12:50 AM
Good night Todd Fedoruk courtesy of Colton Orr.....WOW.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkGeBqWWXQQ

Now that's a clean fight. Not a chicken *bleep* cheap shot.

HometownGal
03-22-2007, 08:12 AM
Wow - Orr knocked him senseless with that right fist! Smizik was talking about that fight last night on KDKA and said Fedoruk was "knocked out and convulsing" on the ice. He went on to say that fighting and goonery should be outlawed in the NHL with more emphasis on skill. Obviously, ol' Bob hasn't been watching too many NHL games lately. :dang:

Pretty amusing that Orr is the same guy whose clock Laraque cleaned a few weeks ago - LOL! :toofunny:

BOXCAR JOEY
03-22-2007, 12:29 PM
Hey did anyone watch saturday nights devils leafs game. What a load of thick brown substance that jay pandolfo didnt get a penalty shot when he was trip on a breakaway. The refs need to get some better glasses i think.

83-Steelers-43
03-22-2007, 12:44 PM
''Todd is doing fine,'' Rangers neurologist Claude Macaluso said in a statement. ''He is awake. He is having some problems with short-term memory, but other than that he is great. There are no neurological problems at all.

''We scanned him basically from the top of his head right down to the bottom of his neck. There are no fractures, (his) brain looks fine. He is going to be fine.''

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=201049&hubname=nhl

Good to hear. I wish him the best. If I were him I would stay away from the heavyweights for the time being.

steelerbackr4life
03-22-2007, 12:54 PM
Its ashame when the only guy willing to go toe to toe already has a plastic cheeck bone. As bad as their record is you think they would have called up some young enforcer with something to prove rather then let that responsibility fall to a vet who has a history of injury in the finer points of the game.

83-Steelers-43
03-22-2007, 01:05 PM
First this........http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_onKGmpcwOE

and then the Colton Orr fight.

Fedoruk may want to start watching out for himself. That's pretty hard to do when your main skill in hockey is dropping the gloves. It's not as if this guy is getting paid for his scoring touch. This last fight with Orr could possibly put his career in jeopardy.

83-Steelers-43
03-22-2007, 01:29 PM
Hey did anyone watch saturday nights devils leafs game. What a load of thick brown substance that jay pandolfo didnt get a penalty shot when he was trip on a breakaway. The refs need to get some better glasses i think.

While I did not see the game I know what your saying brother. In the beginning of the season the officials were calling everything and it was great to see. You hooked a guy and you got a penalty. You tripped a guy and it was a penalty. No if's, and's or but's. You see a penalty and you call it. It did not matter whether it was the first period or the third period with two minutes remaining in a 2-2 hockey game.

But now your slowly starting to see officials put the whistle away with five minutes remaining in regulation. I prefer the way it was in the beginning of the season. You know, when they were calling the game through three full periods and guys were getting 2 minutes for ummm......penalties. What's going on right now only cheapens the sport in my opinion. Much like the cheap shots and full-blown brawls which have occured this season.

HometownGal
03-22-2007, 02:37 PM
''Todd is doing fine,'' Rangers neurologist Claude Macaluso said in a statement. ''He is awake. He is having some problems with short-term memory, but other than that he is great. There are no neurological problems at all.

''We scanned him basically from the top of his head right down to the bottom of his neck. There are no fractures, (his) brain looks fine. He is going to be fine.''

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=201049&hubname=nhl

Good to hear. I wish him the best. If I were him I would stay away from the heavyweights for the time being.

Thanks for the info, 83. I'm relieved that Fedoruk is going to be OK.

FeaR #83
03-22-2007, 03:58 PM
lots of fights in the NHL of late!

83-Steelers-43
03-22-2007, 04:07 PM
I'm not sure if they are more common than they normally are around this time of year. Teams fighting for playoff spots tend to heat up the tension between teams. Also keep in mind that both Philadelphia (Fedoruk's team) and the New York Rangers (Orr's team) are in the same division. They see each very often. Heated rivalries form.

If anything, I believe fights have gone down over the last two years in the NHL.

The reasons these current fights are gaining attention: A) Cheap shots (see Bum Brashear) or B) They are K.O.'s (see Petrovicky, Orr, Boogaard).

83-Steelers-43
03-24-2007, 08:03 AM
Season may be over for Flyers' Fedoruk: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=201143&hubname=nhl

SteelCityMan786
03-24-2007, 09:35 AM
That just stinks for him. Hopefully he recovers and can come back next year.

83-Steelers-43
04-02-2007, 01:33 PM
Devils Fire Julien: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2822234

83-Steelers-43
04-02-2007, 03:43 PM
Well, Lou has done the same in the past and grabbed a cup. Would I have done it? No. Then again I don't own a hockey franchise and have three Stanley Cup championships under my belt.

As a Penguin fan, hopefully this move backfires.

BOXCAR JOEY
04-03-2007, 10:23 PM
tonight i seen probably the best shoot out from new jersey ever. dare I say it now? 2007 stanley cup champions NEW JERSEY DEVILS!!!!!!

83-Steelers-43
04-04-2007, 10:47 AM
dare I say it now? 2007 stanley cup champions NEW JERSEY DEVILS!!!!!!

I would say it's a little premature, but it's your choice...:smile:

Congratulations to Marty Brodeur.

BOXCAR JOEY
04-07-2007, 08:50 PM
yea marty got his 47 wins.

i think the devils an the pens are gunna meet in the playoffs

Fire Haley
04-08-2007, 09:07 PM
Islanders busted Toronto's balls...after looking like complete lazy-ass
pus-bags by blowing a 2-1 lead with 5 secs left ....they win in the shootout to knock out the Leafs....with Marty sitting on the bench all game for the Debs...

My, oh my, will Don Cherry be blowing his top over that move....you watch...

83-Steelers-43
04-08-2007, 11:14 PM
Thank you Lou Lamoriello for sitting Brodeur tonight and thank you to the Islanders for taking advantage of the rare opportunity.

Take care Toronto. :countdown

BOXCAR JOEY
04-09-2007, 09:35 AM
Let Us Pray



May the Good Lord keep the goalie busy!
While I take the puck down the ice.
May I score well with the help of my team,
Every shot to the cage be precise!



or you may prefer





Let us pray.

In the name of the Gionta, the Janssen, the Gomez & Parise



Our Devils, Who art in Trenton,

Hallowed be thy Team,

Thy Bolts they come,

Thy deed be done,

In Orlando as twas in New York.

Give us this win,

Shutout by Marty,

And forgive us our neutral ice turnovers, as we punish those who

turnover against us, And lead us not unto the links, As we've lead those

who played before us.


Danyeko (Amen)

In the name of the Gionta, the Janssen, the Gomez & Parise

83-Steelers-43
04-09-2007, 12:02 PM
2007 EASTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

Series A - #1 Buffalo vs. #8 NY Islanders
Date Time (ET) Location Network
Thu., April 12 8:00 p.m. at Buffalo TSN
Sat., April 14 7:30 p.m. at Buffalo VERSUS, TSN
Mon., April 16 7:30 p.m. at NY Islanders VERSUS, TSN
Wed., April 18 7:30 p.m. at NY Islanders VERSUS, TSN
*Fri., April 20 7:00 p.m. at Buffalo VERSUS, TSN
*Sun., April 22 7:00 p.m. at NY Islanders VERSUS, TSN
*Tue., April 24 TBD at Buffalo TSN

Series B - #2 New Jersey vs. #7 Tampa Bay
Date Time (ET) Location Network
Thu., April 12 7:30 p.m. at New Jersey RDS
Sat., April 14 7:00 p.m. at New Jersey CBC, RDS
Mon., April 16 7:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay CBC, RDS
Wed., April 18 7:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay CBC, RDS
*Fri., April 20 7:00 p.m. at New Jersey CBC, RDS
*Sun., April 22 TBD at Tampa Bay CBC, RDS
*Tue., April 24 TBD at New Jersey CBC, RDS

Series C - #3 Atlanta vs. #6 NY Rangers
Date Time (ET) Location Network
Thu., April 12 7:00 p.m. at Atlanta TSN
Sat., April 14 3:00 p.m. at Atlanta NBC, TSN
Tue., April 17 7:00 p.m. at NY Rangers TSN
Wed., April 18 7:00 p.m. at NY Rangers TSN
*Fri., April 20 TBD at Atlanta TSN
*Sun., April 22 1:00 p.m. at NY Rangers NBC, TSN
*Mon., April 23 7:00 p.m. at Atlanta VERSUS, TSN

Series D - #4 Ottawa vs. #5 Pittsburgh
Date Time (ET) Location Network
Wed., April 11 7:00 p.m. at Ottawa CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Sat., April 14 3:00 p.m. at Ottawa CBC, RDS, NBC
Sun., April 15 6:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Tue., April 17 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Thu., April 19 7:00 p.m. at Ottawa CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Sun., April 22 1:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh NBC, CBC, RDS
*Tue., April 24 7:00 p.m. at Ottawa VERSUS, CBC, RDS

*if necessary

2007 WESTERN CONFERENCE QUARTERFINALS

Series E - #1 Detroit vs. #8 Calgary
Date Time (ET) Location Network
Thu., April 12 7:00 p.m. at Detroit VERSUS, CBC
Sun., April 15 1:00 p.m. at Detroit NBC, CBC
Tue., April 17 10:00 p.m. at Calgary CBC, VERSUS
Thu., April 19 TBD at Calgary CBC, VERSUS
*Sat., April 21 3:00 p.m. at Detroit NBC, CBC
*Sun., April 22 TBD at Calgary CBC, VERSUS
*Tue., April 24 TBD at Detroit CBC, VERSUS

Series F - #2 Anaheim vs. #7 Minnesota
Date Time (ET) Location Network
Wed., April 11 10:30 p.m. at Anaheim TSN
Fri., April 13 10:30 p.m. at Anaheim TSN
Sun., April 15 8:00 p.m. at Minnesota TSN
Tue., April 17 9:00 p.m. at Minnesota TSN
*Thu., April 19 10:30 p.m. at Anaheim TSN
*Sat., April 21 TBD at Minnesota TSN
*Mon., April 23 10:00 p.m. at Anaheim TSN

Series G - #3 Vancouver vs. #6 Dallas
Date Time (ET) Location Network
Wed., April 11 10:00 p.m. at Vancouver CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Fri., April 13 9:00 p.m. at Vancouver CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Sun., April 15 9:30 p.m. at Dallas VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Tue., April 17 8:00 p.m. at Dallas CBC, RDS (JIP)
*Thu., April 19 TBD at Vancouver CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Sat., April 21 8:00 p.m. at Dallas VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Mon., April 23 TBD at Vancouver CBC, RDS, VERSUS

Series H - #4 Nashville vs. #5 San Jose
Date Time (ET) Location Network
Wed., April 11 8:00 p.m. at Nashville TSN
Fri., April 13 8:00 p.m. at Nashville TSN
Mon., April 16 10:00 p.m. at San Jose VERSUS, TSN
Wed., April 18 10:00 p.m. at San Jose VERSUS, TSN
*Fri., April 20 9:00 p.m. at Nashville VERSUS (JIP), TSN
*Sun., April 22 10:00 p.m. at San Jose VERSUS (JIP), TSN
*Tue., April 24 TBD at Nashville VERSUS, TSN

JIP - joined in progress
*if necessary

83-Steelers-43
04-09-2007, 02:05 PM
Here's something you don't hear about everyday when dealing with hockey players....

Eddie "The Eagle" Belfour arrested at a bar: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/H/HKN_PANTHERS_ARRESTS?SITE=PAGRE&SECTION=HOCKEY&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

BOXCAR JOEY
04-10-2007, 12:26 PM
i know this isnt belfours first infraction with the law, but its common in the world of hockey if you ask me. at least hockey players arent role models hehehehe

83-Steelers-43
04-10-2007, 12:41 PM
but its common in the world of hockey if you ask me. at least hockey players arent role models hehehehe

It's common? Compared to the NBA, NFL and MLB? Even when not comparing I rarely hear about hockey players getting arrested. Minus Belfour, I can't name one other NHL hockey player arrested this year. Hell, I'd definately be willing to bet more players were arrested on the Bengal roster this past season alone than in the NHL over the last two years.

Also, I find it hard to believe that hockey players are not role models after seeing little kids sporting Lemieux, Staal, Armstrong, Fleury, Malkin and Crosby jerseys inside Mellon Arena. Thankfully those little kids chose those players and not David Artest, Bill Romanowski, Chris Henry or Pacman Jones as role models.

83-Steelers-43
04-10-2007, 03:40 PM
Blackhawks win draft lottery, will pick first: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2832267

2007 NHL draft order

1. Chicago
2. Philadelphia
3. Phoenix
4. Los Angeles
5. Washington
6. Edmonton
7. Columbus
8. Boston
9. St. Louis
10. Florida
11. Carolina
12. Montreal
13. Toronto
14. Colorado
15-30 To be determined at playoffs' conclusion

polamalufan43
04-10-2007, 04:56 PM
Well, I'll just take this time to say good luck to the Pens in the playoffs and all the teams. You guys earned it.

As for the Blackhawks winning draft lottery, I would maybe pick them 2nd to pick, but that's just me and my view of them.

~Polamalufan43:tt02:

83-Steelers-43
04-11-2007, 08:42 AM
As long as Philly didn't win the lottery I'm happy.

BOXCAR JOEY
04-11-2007, 11:25 PM
sorry pittsburgh, but what one hell of a game you guys played

83-Steelers-43
04-18-2007, 04:58 PM
Duchesne collapses, dies at 44 http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2839598

This is a shame. Only 44 years old. I remember watching him play in our first cup final series. The guy grew out a pretty nice playoff beard...lol.

RIP

83-Steelers-43
04-21-2007, 07:51 AM
Something else you don't see everday in the NHL.....

Islanders' Hill suspended 20 games for violating the league's performance-enhancing substances program: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=204971&hubname=nhl

SteelCityMan786
04-21-2007, 08:35 AM
I just saw that in my local newspaper this morning. Kind of surprising.

83-Steelers-43
05-07-2007, 05:32 AM
Patrick on list for Coyotes GM
Monday, May 07, 2007

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former Penguins general manager Craig Patrick is among nine people on the Coyotes' list for a new GM and is expected to interview in Phoenix, according to newspaper reports.

Patrick, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was with the Penguins from 1989 until he was fired after the 2005-06 season. His run included the team's two Stanley Cup championships.

Phoenix fired GM Mike Barnett -- the former agent of Coyotes coach and owner Wayne Gretzky -- after the team missed the playoffs for the fourth season in a row. Interviews are expected to begin today.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07127/783995-61.stm

SteelCityMan786
05-07-2007, 05:59 PM
Patrick on list for Coyotes GM
Monday, May 07, 2007

By Shelly Anderson, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Former Penguins general manager Craig Patrick is among nine people on the Coyotes' list for a new GM and is expected to interview in Phoenix, according to newspaper reports.

Patrick, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, was with the Penguins from 1989 until he was fired after the 2005-06 season. His run included the team's two Stanley Cup championships.

Phoenix fired GM Mike Barnett -- the former agent of Coyotes coach and owner Wayne Gretzky -- after the team missed the playoffs for the fourth season in a row. Interviews are expected to begin today.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07127/783995-61.stm

Good Luck to him if he gets it. He has a mess to sort out.

Jeremy
05-08-2007, 09:16 AM
Phoenix is Pittsburgh West.

83-Steelers-43
05-08-2007, 10:54 AM
Good Luck to him if he gets it. He has a mess to sort out.

Yeah, he's going to have his hands full if he get's the job. They fired Barnett, Fletcher and Gilman but I feel Gretzky is the real problem in that organization. I loved him as a player and as a person, but as a coach/managing partner I do not feel he's the right guy for the job.

Unlike the Penguins, it's not as if that team is getting any better. They ended the season with a 31-46-5 record (worst record since relocation). The season before that they ended up in last place in the Pacific Division. The season before that I believe they were dead last with a 22-36-18-6 record. They don't have the potent young talent that we are currently molding while also making the playoffs. They also had the 24th worst attendance record in the NHL this past season.

When it comes to trading/drafting, they are dismal. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe they have traded two of their first round picks since relocation. This is also an organization who traded Daniel Briere for Chris Gratton. Let me repeat that, they traded Daniel Briere (24th overall) for Chris freakin' Gratton. Granted, Gratton was drafted 3rd overall but the guy has jumped from team to team and is considered a complete bust for the most part.

If CP goes there I wish him the best. He brought this city two cups but I felt the game passed him by in his later years. I'm just glad we have Shero. :smile:

Jeremy
05-10-2007, 01:53 PM
Ok.....we got Detroit versus Anaheim and Buffalo versus Ottowa.

What are your picks?

Since Barry Melrose likes the Ducks and they're the favorite team of Dr. Perry Cox from Scrubs, I'll take the Red Wings.

Just because I have a lot pf pity for people from Buffalo, I'll take the Sabres.

83-Steelers-43
05-10-2007, 02:03 PM
Ottawa vs Buffalo: Buffalo.

Anaheim vs Detroit: Anaheim.

Jeremy
05-10-2007, 02:31 PM
Buffalo I understand. I'm curious as to why you're taking Anaheim.

83-Steelers-43
05-10-2007, 02:58 PM
I'm curious as to why you're taking Anaheim.

I just feel the Ducks are the better team. More importantly is the fact that Detroit is injury ridden. Losing Schneider (#2 blueliner) for the remainder of the playoffs is a huge blow. Also, the Ducks have played two fewer games than Detroit has up to this point. The Ducks are fresh. Unlike the Sharks, the Ducks will find ways to score on the PP. Hasek will be tested unlike in the past series.

If the Ducks stay out of the box (even though they have the best PK in the PO's which is another huge plus) and play Detroit physical along with the help of a goaltender (Giguere) who is back to his old self and Selanne who started coming on strong in the last round I see no reason why the Ducks can't take them in six. Nevermind having Pahlsson, Moen, Niedermayer and Pronger.

pittsburghp8baller
05-10-2007, 03:10 PM
i think Detroit will beat Anaheim but the Senators will beat Buffalo. the Senators are just the hottest team in the playoffs right now. i know one thing its goin to be a great ending to the playoffs

Jeremy
05-10-2007, 04:04 PM
I just feel the Ducks are the better team. More importantly is the fact that Detroit is injury ridden. Losing Schneider (#2 blueliner) for the remainder of the playoffs is a huge blow. Also, the Ducks have played two fewer games than Detroit has up to this point. The Ducks are fresh. Unlike the Sharks, the Ducks will find ways to score on the PP. Hasek will be tested unlike in the past series.

If the Ducks stay out of the box (even though they have the best PK in the PO's which is another huge plus) and play Detroit physical along with the help of a goaltender (Giguere) who is back to his old self and Selanne who started coming on strong in the last round I see no reason why the Ducks can't take them in six. Nevermind having Pahlsson, Moen, Niedermayer and Pronger.

That's reasonable.

83-Steelers-43
05-22-2007, 11:45 PM
And to the surprise of a good number of hockey fans, the Senators easily put down the Sabres in 5. Also, the Ducks put down the Redwings in 6.

X-Terminator
05-24-2007, 01:13 AM
Well, well, well...lookie who's back in the news?

Balsillie attempting to buy Predators

Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie

5/23/2007 11:55:57 PM

Jim Balsillie is at it again.

After a failed bid to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins, sources tell TSN the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Research In Motion has an agreement in place to purchase the Nashville Predators.

The transaction is subject to league approval and that may take some time – sources suggest weeks as opposed to days – and it remains to be seen whether that approval will be granted.

Balsillie's proposed deal to purchase the Penguins fell apart in large part because of conditions set by the NHL. That was because the NHL believed strongly in Pittsburgh as an NHL market and did not want Balsillie buying and moving the team. It's no secret Balsillie would like to put a second NHL franchise in southern Ontario, either in Hamilton or the Kitchener-Waterloo region. Whether the league would look more favorably on a relocating of the Predators remains to be seen, but serious questions about the long-term viability of the Nashville market have been raised this season.

Current Predators owner Craig Leipold met with the NHL's executive committee on Wednesday to advise them of the agreement to sell the team to Balsillie. He then informed Predators employees of the pending sale. Leipold is expected to address the media Thursday afternoon in Nashville.

For the moment, neither Balsillie nor the Nashville Predators are prepared to comment. Nashville media outlets are reporting a news conference is scheduled for Thursday.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=208661&hubname=



If this deal goes through, say hello to the Kansas City or Hamilton Predators. IMO, the league would allow this move to take place, unlike the Penguins, for this reason alone:

Whether the league would look more favorably on a relocating of the Predators remains to be seen, but serious questions about the long-term viability of the Nashville market have been raised this season.

The "long-term viability" they are talking about is the fact that several major corporate sponsors, including Gaylord Entertainment Co., who once held the naming rights to the Nashville Arena, have pulled their support from the team, and there aren't any lining up to take their spots. They also aren't selling their luxury suites at the arena, which of course is a major source of revenue for the team - the building itself is only 8 years old. Not to mention the fact that there really isn't a whole lot of fan interest in the city, which should surprise no one. Therefore, they are losing money hand over fist and probably will in the forseeable future. It's just as well, because how the league EVER thought hockey would be viable in a city like Nashville is beyond me. But that's Gary Butt-Head for you.

X-Terminator
05-24-2007, 01:40 AM
Here's the exact lease agreement the Predators have with the city/arena, and the reasons why the team likely will be moved (for reference, Nashville Arena, or Sommet Center as it is now called, seats 17,113 for hockey):

Details on Predators lease agreement

The Hockey News

5/23/2007 11:55:32 PM

According to the Predators lease agreement with the Sommet Center in Nashville, the team has until the middle of this June to exercise a clause in the agreement that would allow the owner to move the team if the Predators don't average at least 14,000 in paid attendance next season.

The Predators were 25th in the NHL with an average attendance of 14,428, but that was total attendance including all free tickets. Their paid attendance was somewhere closer to 12,000 and the team has had a terrible time getting the Nashville corporate community to support the team.

There are several caveats to the deal, however. First, even if the Predators average fewer than 14,000 paid – which would also seriously cut into their take in revenue sharing – whoever owns the team would have to pay the city $18 million to move the team. The city also has an option in the deal to make up any shortfall in revenues that would result in fewer than 14,000 paid and if it did that, it would force the Predators to stay in Nashville.

No matter what the lease agreement is, the Predators have long been seen as a vulnerable franchise, one that is a prime candidate to be moved. Despite that, and yearly losses for the team, owner Craig Leipold is expected to recoup all his losses by selling the team.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=208704&hubname=

83-Steelers-43
05-24-2007, 07:48 PM
Enjoy your retirement Brian Leetch. It was a joy watching you play for the last 18 seasons. A consummate pro on and off the ice to say the least.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2881266

Petesburgh66
05-29-2007, 12:04 AM
I was shocked that Leetch didn't play this past season. I still though he had a few years left him.

83-Steelers-43
05-29-2007, 07:12 AM
Bettman says Predators 'not going anywhere'

By The Associated Press
Tuesday, May 29, 2007

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Monday that even if the sale of the Nashville Predators goes through, the franchise "is not going anywhere." Craig Leipold has signed a letter of intent to sell the Predators to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie for $220 million after losing $70 million in 10 years of ownership. The terms of the sale, which must be approved by three-fourths of the NHL's board of governors, call for the deal to be completed by June 30.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_509898.html

83-Steelers-43
05-30-2007, 10:55 PM
While by no means is the series over, Anaheim just went up two games to none on Ottawa.

Normally I'm the type of guy that enjoys to see the team who beat us win the championship whether it be in the NFL, MLB (pffhh) or NHL. But I'd love nothing more than to see Bryan Murray bomb out in the finals.

Plus I would also like to see Teemu Selanne win a cup.

fansince'76
06-03-2007, 07:31 PM
Not much of a hockey fan personally, but this story caught my eye and I thought it was a cool read - this guy is definitely a diehard fan:

http://us.i1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/sp/tools/med/2007/06/ipt/1180825375.jpg

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/news;_ylt=AkQpmvIFH5tVlpifaGl9AR57vLYF?slug=cp-nhl_cup_returns&prov=cp&type=lgns

99-year-old fan recalls last Cup game in Ottawa as Stanley returns to capital
BRUCE CHEADLE
June 3, 2007

OTTAWA (CP) - Russell Williams achieved an amazing hockey trifecta Saturday night.

Williams, a spritely, laughing 99-year-old who was born in 1908, was in the old Ottawa Auditorium arena the night the Ottawa Senators won their last Stanley Cup on April 13, 1927.

The former truck driver, roads inspector, tire jockey and warehouse worker also attended the first game of the expansion Senators at the Civic Centre in October 1992 when NHL hockey returned to Ottawa after a 58-year hiatus.

And on Saturday night, Williams was the guest of Senators owner Eugene Melnyk at Scotiabank Place watching the Senators play the Anaheim Ducks in the first Stanley Cup game in the capital in 80 years.

He received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd when he was introduced halfway through the second period. Williams stood and doffed his Senators cap to the crowd.

"I can name you all the players but one on that (1927) Stanley Cup team," Williams said Saturday morning at his home in west-end Ottawa, where he lives with his son and grandson, both also named Russell.

Williams was resting after his daily walk, and it troubled him that he couldn't recall who paired on defence with George (Buck) Boucher.

The Senators - a fearsome group that included future Hall-of-Famers Boucher, Jack Adams, King Clancy, Cy Denneny and Frank Nighbor - defeated a Boston Bruins club that night coached by Art Ross.

It was the first year the Cup was an exclusively NHL challenge - and Clancy, Adams and Ross all went on to have individual NHL player trophies named after them.

How's that for a slice of hockey history?

"As far as I'm concerned, a lot of people (say) 'Oh the hockey was better years ago.' I don't go for it at all," Williams said. "I think the hockey years ago was terrible.

"They played more of a defensive style of hockey and today it's wider open. That's the kind of hockey I like - wide open hockey."

He recalls the 1927 game as one of dump with no chase.

"At that time I wouldn't call it a fast game," he said. "The puck would go to the other end and very seldom would they go after it. They'd skate back and wait for the other team."

The Senators, Williams added, "had a good defensive man in Frank Nighbor, the poke-check man. Very few got past him."

Not just the NHL, but the country was in its infancy.

That year, the United States opened formal diplomatic relations with Canada as a fully sovereign entity separate from British Commonwealth. The boundary between the dominion and Newfoundland was formally clarified, as were the English words to O Canada. The carillon in the Peace Tower in Ottawa was inaugurated.

Williams walked several kilometres from his home to the western end of the streetcar line that fine April evening to catch the train into Ottawa.

"Of course, nobody around here had a car at that time that I can remember," he said.

Denneny scored the winner in a 3-1 Ottawa victory for the Cup, Williams recalled.

"It was very noisy, very noisy," he said. "After the game everybody poured out onto the street and nobody seemed to want to go home."

The NHL left Ottawa in 1934 and didn't return for 58 years. Williams, whose hockey passions had transferred to the Montreal Canadiens in the Senators' absence, was there to see the expansion team defeat the Habs 5-3 in their home opener. It was one of just 10 Ottawa victories that 1992-93 season, while Montreal went on to win the Stanley Cup, the last by a Canadian team.

"I never thought they'd be back, and I never could figure out why," Williams said of the 58-year NHL break. "Ottawa supported the team pretty well."

Williams represents just the deepest layer in an archeological dig of hockey history that is this year's Stanley Cup final.

Saturday's game marks the first time a game in the NHL final has been played on Ontario ice since the Maple Leafs won it all in 1967 - 40 years and one month ago to the day.

A guy named Pierre Trudeau was Canada's justice minister that year, the country was celebrating its centennial and the NHL had just six teams.

Anaheim, incidentally, has a chance to become the first West Coast team to claim the Stanley Cup since the Victoria Cougars turned the trick in 1925.

Williams doesn't recall that series, but he has a vague recollection of Ottawa's 1923 Stanley Cup win. He's seen an awful lot of history - and changes - in the NHL as Stanley finally returns to Ottawa.

He remembers buying standing room tickets in "the rush end" at the old Aud for 25 cents, while seats cost a little over a buck, rising to about $10 for playoff games.

And today?

"The prices! A hundred and seventy five dollars a seat to see a hockey game?" said Williams. "That's what my neighbour told me he paid - $175!"

On Saturday night, he was the guest of the team owner.

Is it Williams' last chance to see the Senators win another Stanley Cup?

"I get lots of exercise and I feel good. I figure I'm due for a few more years, anyway," said Williams with yet another chuckle. "I'd like to make the hundred, anyway."

SteelCityMan786
06-04-2007, 09:53 PM
http://www.fan590.com/mediaplayer/audioplayer.jsp?mediaFile=http://qml.quiettouch.com/files/audio/podcasts/fan590/pts/pts_2007-06-01.mp3

According to the fan 590. The NHL is looking to expand. The Leading candidates are Kansas City and Las Vegas. Kansas City I could say might work out. Las Vegas is a big up in the air.

83-Steelers-43
06-06-2007, 10:26 PM
Congratulations to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks on winning the Stanley Cup.

Screw Ottawa. :sofunny::wave:

HometownGal
06-07-2007, 08:08 AM
I'm happy for the Ducks. It was great seeing Scott Niedermayer getting the Conn Smythe. :thumbsup:

SteelCityMan786
06-07-2007, 12:49 PM
That's for sure. Congrats Ducks.

pittsburghp8baller
06-07-2007, 04:00 PM
Congrats to the Ducks.
I think JS Giguere should of won con symthe. but nonetheless niedermeyer is another worty winner and i dont mean to take anything away from him.

83-Steelers-43
06-07-2007, 04:25 PM
Congrats to the Ducks.
I think JS Giguere should of won con symthe. but nonetheless niedermeyer is another worty winner and i dont mean to take anything away from him.

I agree. There were times in the Detroit series in particular where Giguere was the only reason why they were able to pull out win(s). I'd have to believe Niedermayer being a veteran captain on a somewhat young Anaheim team helped his cause with winning the Conn Smythe.

Edman
06-07-2007, 04:37 PM
Props go to the Mighty Ducks for stomping the Sens in 5.

The Ottawa Senators fail once again. How many years in a row has it been now?

I take great joy in this for obvious reasons.

83-Steelers-43
06-07-2007, 04:43 PM
How many years in a row has it been now?

Ten years in a row.

X-Terminator
06-18-2007, 02:49 PM
Well, scratch Scott Hartnell off the list of possible Penguin FA signees - he, along with defenseman and captain Kimmo Timonen have been acquired by the Flyers:

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=211182&hubname=

Elvis
06-19-2007, 09:55 PM
:yawn:

83-Steelers-43
06-19-2007, 10:33 PM
:yawn:

:huh:

SteelCityMan786
06-19-2007, 10:47 PM
:huh:

:offtopic:

83-Steelers-43
06-20-2007, 08:18 AM
Just trying to figure out what the yawn was all about.

83-Steelers-43
06-20-2007, 08:31 AM
Anyways.....

Found this story pretty entertaining......

NHL Draft: Rangers' fan worth taking a flyer on
Wednesday, June 20, 2007

By Dave Molinari, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Being a New York Rangers fan is not necessarily in James vanRiemsdyk's blood.

But it's at least encoded in his DNA.

And that could add a layer of intrigue to the first round of the NHL draft in Columbus, Ohio, Friday night.

For vanRiemsdyk, a power forward and second-generation Rangers partisan, is universally regarded as one of the top prospects available, and Philadelphia, perhaps the Rangers' most fierce rival, has the No. 2 choice.

Which means there is a very real possibility that vanRiemsdyk will end up on the depth chart of a team he likely has despised for most of his 18 years. And that he might be in the market for a new family if Philadelphia claims him.

"[My father] has told me that," vanRiemsdyk said, smiling. "But I'm sure he'll come around and I'm sure he'll be one of those guys wearing a Flyers jersey at the game."

Well, that might be pushing it a bit, but Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren did point out to vanRiemsdyk a few weeks ago that going to Philadelphia would sever any emotional ties he has to the Rangers.

"I said, 'If the Flyers draft you, you'll have to change that,' " Holmgren said. " 'And it will take you one game as a Flyer going into New York to recognize that you hate the Rangers, just like everybody else involved with the Flyers.' "

If vanRiemsdyk develops the way many scouts believe he will, fans of 28 other clubs won't care for him much, either, because he could become the kind of guy who does terrible things to their team of choice.

The consensus is that vanRiemsdyk is several years from competing for a job in the NHL, but people who evaluate talent for a living are confident he'll mature into a true impact player.

"It probably will take him a little bit of time to develop, because of his size [6 foot 3, 200 pounds]," said Chicago general manager Dale Tallon, whose team owns the No. 1 choice. "[Highly regarded prospects Kyle Turris and Patrick Kane] are smaller, and the coordination is there at a younger age.

"They're probably more coordinated, and a little more ready [for the NHL] that way. But the bigger kids take a little longer."

To his credit, vanRiemsdyk recognizes that he is not ready to contend for a job in the pros right away, and intends to honor a commitment to attend the University of New Hampshire, regardless of what transpires at Nationwide Arena Friday.

"I think I'm going to head for college, at least for a year or so to keep developing my game, to keep getting better and stronger and going from there," he said.

E.J. McGuire, head of NHL Central Scouting, heartily endorsed that approach, stressing that vanRiemsdyk and the team that gets his rights must resist the temptation to have him turn pro before he is ready.

"The NCAA will do him well," McGuire said. "Development-wise, he's going to be a power forward, but right now, he's a skinny, great-framed kid. He'll be a power forward in the NHL. Just not next year."

Of course, it's possible that none of the premier prospects in the Class of 2007 will be able to play in the NHL this winter, which is understandable when you're dealing with 18-year-olds.

"We've all got to be patient," St. Louis president John Davidson said.

"How many [Jordan] Staals are there, where he stepped right in?"

Although vanRiemsdyk is not the favorite to be claimed by the Blackhawks with the top choice in the draft, he gets favorable reviews from Tallon, particularly for his work at this spring's under-18 world championships.

"His game got better, and he improved with each game over there," Tallon said. "He's improved with each tournament. He's big, a pro-type player. He's got good skills, good speed and he seemed to play well when the game was on the line."

Should the Blackhawks decide to invest the No. 1 choice in Kane or Turris, vanRiemsdyk will be on the board when it's Philadelphia's turn to select. And if the Flyers decide he's their man, vanRiemsdyk insists that shifting loyalties won't be difficult.

"When I get drafted, I don't really care who it is," he said. "I know it's just going to be an exciting thing to get drafted."

NOTES -- The Penguins signed winger Connor James, who had 12 goals and 20 assists in 70 games with their farm team in Wilkes-Barre last season, to a one-year contract. ... The Penguins hope to learn by July 1 whether defensive prospect Alex Goligoski will turn pro or return to the University of Minnesota for his junior season. ... The Penguins promoted pro scout Dan McKinnon to director of pro scouting and re-signed pro scout Kevin Stevens, amateur scouts Brian Fitzgerald, Chuck Grillo, Jim Madigan, Wayne Meier, Darryl Plandowski and Matt Recchi and European scouts Patrik Allvin and Robert Neuhauser. Pro scout Bill O'Flaherty, who spent one season with the Penguins, has joined Florida as its director of pro scouting.

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07171/795546-61.stm

SteelCityMan786
06-20-2007, 11:28 AM
Just trying to figure out what the yawn was all about.

that confused me as well. I figure I'd just add my 2 cents with the off topic.

83-Steelers-43
06-22-2007, 07:34 PM
HAHAHA!!

Balsillie out as prospective owner
Jim Balsillie

Bob McKenzie

6/22/2007 7:07:55 PM

Nashville owner Craig Leipold has advised the NHL to no longer consider Jim Balsillie as a prospective owner of the team.

Sources say Leipold told the league the absence of a finalized sale agreement and Balsillie desire to move the franchise to Hamilton are the reasons for his decision.

Details to follow.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=211577&hubname=nhl

SteelCityMan786
06-22-2007, 08:02 PM
HAHAHA!!

Balsillie out as prospective owner
Jim Balsillie

Bob McKenzie

6/22/2007 7:07:55 PM

Nashville owner Craig Leipold has advised the NHL to no longer consider Jim Balsillie as a prospective owner of the team.

Sources say Leipold told the league the absence of a finalized sale agreement and Balsillie desire to move the franchise to Hamilton are the reasons for his decision.

Details to follow.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=211577&hubname=nhl

lol!!!! Good Work Craig.

83-Steelers-43
06-22-2007, 08:37 PM
Guy is a such weasel. He should stick to his Blackberry's.

SteelCityMan786
06-22-2007, 08:50 PM
yep that is for sure. Heck, maybe he can move this rumored KC Expansion franchise.

83-Steelers-43
06-24-2007, 10:21 AM
Hull leaves NBC: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/hockey/stars/stories/062007dnspostars.3811ff0.html

Personally, I wasn't a fan of either of the ex-players that NBC chose, him or Ray Ferraro. I didn't like how...well, let's just say "not calm"...they were. Ferraro's been doing this way too long to still be as shaky in his delivery as he is.

Hull just seemed to be trying to make himself part of the story, and while that might boost ratings, it isn't what I want out of my viewing experience. Overall, I found Hull to be very obnoxious and big headed. People like to hate on Melrose, but he is still one of the best US-based ones that I've seen. I enjoy Keith Jones as well.

SteelCityMan786
06-24-2007, 10:34 AM
Hull leaves NBC: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/hockey/stars/stories/062007dnspostars.3811ff0.html

Personally, I wasn't a fan of either of the ex-players that NBC chose, him or Ray Ferraro. I didn't like how...well, let's just say "not calm"...they were. Ferraro's been doing this way too long to still be as shaky in his delivery as he is.

Hull just seemed to be trying to make himself part of the story, and while that might boost ratings, it isn't what I want out of my viewing experience. Overall, I found Hull to be very obnoxious and big headed. People like to hate on Melrose, but he is still one of the best US-based ones that I've seen. I enjoy Keith Jones as well.

The big thing with Hull for me that I liked is he at least sounded like he knew the game and wasn't sounding like he was doing that for just plain out money.

83-Steelers-43
06-24-2007, 10:56 AM
The big thing with Hull for me that I liked is he at least sounded like he knew the game and wasn't sounding like he was doing that for just plain out money.

That's the problem with most of these ex-players turned announcers. They know the game, that's not the problem. It's being able to put the whole package together and not get carried away with your "shtick". IMO, that was Hull's problem.

SteelCityMan786
06-24-2007, 10:58 AM
That's the problem with most of these ex-players turned announcers. They know the game, that's not the problem. It's being able to put the whole package together and not get carried away with your "shtick". IMO, that was Hull's problem.

That was probably his only true problem.

83-Steelers-43
06-28-2007, 04:06 PM
Congratulations to all the players, Ron Francis in particular.

Messier, Francis, MacInnis, Stevens make 2007 class
ESPN.com news services

Updated: June 28, 2007, 3:48 PM ET

Mark Messier can now add Hall of Famer to his list of credentials.

The six-time Stanley Cup winner and the NHL's second all-time leading scorer was one of four players named to the 2007 class of the Hockey Hall of Fame on Thursday. Joining Messier will be Ron Francis, Al MacInnis and Scott Stevens. NHL executive Jim Gregory was voted into the builder category.

All four players were on the ballot for the first time. Other eligible players who didn't make it in included Adam Oates, Igor Larionov and Claude Lemieux.

The induction ceremony for the Hall, which allows a maximum of four players in each year, will be held Nov. 12.

Messier teamed with Wayne Gretzky to win four championships in Edmonton during the 1980s and then won another in 1990 after Gretzky was traded to Los Angeles. He then became a headliner on Broadway in the '90s, captaining the New York Rangers to the 1994 championship that ended the team's 54-year Stanley Cup drought.

He trails only Gretzky in playoff goals and assists and posted 1,887 NHL regular-season points over a 25-year career -- 970 fewer than all-time leader Gretzky and 37 more than Gordie Howe, who sits in third place.

Stevens is a big reason the Devils became a contender when he arrived in New Jersey in 1991. During his 13 seasons in New Jersey, Stevens won three Stanley Cups (1995, 2000, 2003), the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP (2000) and only missed the postseason once (1995-96). While most consider him a great defensive defenseman first, he could also provide offense. He had 908 career points, 10th all time among blueliners.

MacInnis ranks third all time among defensemen in points (1,274) and assists (934) and won the Cup and Conn Smythe Trophy with the Flames in 1989.

Francis, 42, played for Hartford, Pittsburgh, Carolina and Toronto over 23 seasons, and leaves the game with a resume few can rival. He is second to Wayne Gretzky with 1,249 assists, and ranks among the league's all-time leaders with 1,731 games (third), 549 goals (19th) and 1,798 points (fourth).

He won a pair of Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh in 1991 and 1992, and helped the Hurricanes make a surprise run to the Cup finals in 2002.

In addition, Francis was a three-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy, awarded to the player exhibiting sportsmanship and gentlemanly play combined with playing ability.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2919800

SteelCityMan786
06-28-2007, 04:20 PM
Congrats Ron.

83-Steelers-43
06-29-2007, 03:29 PM
NHL salary cap rises to $50.3 million for next season
By The Associated Press
Friday, June 29, 2007

NEW YORK (AP) -- The NHL salary cap will rise to $50.3 million per team next season, an increase of $6.3 million from last season, the league and players' union announced today.

It's the second increase under the collective bargaining agreement that ended the yearlong lockout in 2005.

The key issue in the lockout that forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season was the owners' insistence to include a salary cap and the players' association's unwillingness to accept it. The union finally gave in, and has had a financial windfall.

Teams don't have to spend up to the ceiling, but each club's payroll must be at least $34.3 million. The range from top to bottom is always $16 million

The first season following the lost year featured a cap of $39 million, and that figure rose to $44 million for the 2005-06 season.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_515116.html

83-Steelers-43
06-30-2007, 12:17 AM
Interesting.......the first season post-lockout cap was $39 million, now the floor is a mere $4.7 million away from that.

Was it expected to grow this much, so fast?

SteelCityMan786
06-30-2007, 11:18 AM
Interesting.......the first season post-lockout cap was $39 million, now the floor is a mere $4.7 million away from that.

Was it expected to grow this much, so fast?

I certainly didn't expect it.

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 03:50 PM
Wow, Flyers just signed Briere. 8 years $52 million.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212425&hubname=nhl

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 04:00 PM
So much for Sarich coming here.

Calgary signs defenceman Cory Sarich to a five year, $18 million deal worth an average of $3.6 million per year.

TSN.com

SteelCityMan786
07-01-2007, 04:18 PM
Wow, Flyers just signed Briere. 8 years $52 million.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212425&hubname=nhl

He's over rated, and over paid.

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 04:22 PM
While I feel the Flyers overpayed for him, I would be more than happy to have the 29 year old's 32 goals 63 assists 95 total points and 17 +/- rating. I will dread having to see this guy 64 times over the next 8 years.

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 04:42 PM
Up to this point.....

July 1

6:34pm et
The Atlanta Thrashers have signed forward Eric Perrin to a two year deal worth $1.5 million.

6:03pm et
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed unrestricted free agent right winger Michel Ouellet to a two-year deal.

5:59pm et
The Carolina Hurricanes agree to a two-year contract worth $800,000 per year with forward Jeff Hamilton.

5:41pm et
Florida Panthers have signed forward Radek Dvorak to a two-year contract.

5:14pm et
The Boston Bruins have signed free-agent right winger Shawn Thornton to a multi-year contract.

4:41pm et
Yanic Perreault agrees to terms with the Chicago Blackhawks on a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

4:01pm et
Defenceman Brian Rafalski agrees to a five year, $30 million contract with the Detroit Red Wings.

3:57pm et
Calgary signs defenceman Cory Sarich to a five year, $18 million deal worth an average of $3.6 million per year.

3:48pm et
Daniel Briere signs with the Philadelphia Flyers for eight years and $52 million. The deal includes a no movement clause.

3:38pm et
The Edmonton Oilers have signed free agent defencemen Dick Tarnstrom and Denis Grebeshkov to one-year contracts.

2:49pm et
Anaheim signs defenceman Mathieu Schneider to a two-year deal paying him $5.5 million and $5.75 million.

2:24pm et
Florida Panthers sign forward Richard Zednik to two-year deal, $3.25 million contract and forward Brett McLean to three-year, $5.1 million contract.

2:17pm et
Washington Capitals sign D Tom Poti to four-year, $14 million contract.

1:47pm et
Atlanta Thrashers sign C Todd White to four-year, $9.5 million contract.

SteelCityMan786
07-01-2007, 05:16 PM
It's shocking the Pens haven't signed anyone.

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 05:17 PM
Well the good news........Kariya and Hannan are still on the market.

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 05:19 PM
I wouldn't be surprised to see Danny Sabourin back in a Pens uniform before all is said and done...

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 06:48 PM
http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212468&hubname=

TO FLYERS:

Jason Smith
Joffrey Lupul

TO OILERS:

Joni Pitkanen
Geoff Sanderson

That is a KILLER deal for Philly.

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 07:06 PM
Gomez is a Ranger: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2922738

The New York Rangers have signed forward Scott Gomez to a seven-year deal worth $51.5 million.

That's $7.36/season. INSANE!

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 07:39 PM
The Toronto Maple Leafs have signed winger Jason Blake to a four-year deal worth $20 million.

TSN.com

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 07:52 PM
The New York Rangers have signed forward Chris Drury. TSN.com

The Rangers just got better. Jagr and Drury........wow.

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 08:03 PM
Also, The Washington Capitals have signed forward Viktor Kozlov to a two-year deal worth $5 million. TSN.

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 08:28 PM
Ugh, so much for Hannon....

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/feature/?fid=4965

F-ing Avs. 18 million for 4 years. Then again, who's to say Hannon wanted to come here?

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 08:30 PM
I wouldn't be surprised to see Danny Sabourin back in a Pens uniform before all is said and done...

And there we go....

The Pittsburgh Penguins have signed G Dany Sabourin to a two-year deal worth $1.025 million.

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 08:44 PM
Well, it looks like the Rangers are back to their old ways. Stock up on high priced talent and then blow it. The Flyers seem to be doing the same. While the Flyers have improved, I'm not ready to crown them.

SteelCityMan786
07-01-2007, 09:00 PM
Well, it looks like the Rangers are back to their old ways. Stock up on high priced talent and then blow it. The Flyers seem to be doing the same. While the Flyers have improved, I'm not ready to crown them.

We'll still sweep the series from the Flyers next year.

83-Steelers-43
07-01-2007, 09:08 PM
We'll still sweep the series from the Flyers next year.

The division as a whole will be alot tougher, but we are no cupcakes. We have a few players that know how to play the game....lol. Plus, FA isn't over.

SteelCityMan786
07-01-2007, 09:10 PM
The division as a whole will be alot tougher, but we are no cupcakes. We have a few players that know how to play the game....lol. Plus, FA isn't over.

That's for sure. The Bidding wars for FAs have just begun.

Petesburgh66
07-02-2007, 12:15 AM
Paul Kariya signs with the Blues.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212498&hubname=

Ryan Smyth signs with the Avalanche

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212495&hubname=

83-Steelers-43
07-02-2007, 11:29 AM
July 2

12:36pm et
The Vancouver Canucks have signed Lukas Krajicek to a two-year contract worth $2.2 milion.

11:57am et
Forward Bates Battaglia has signed a two-year deal with Toronto worth $650,000 per season.

11:26am et

The Nashville Predators have signed free-agent forward Jed Ortmeyer to a two-year contract worth $1.5-million.

pittsburghp8baller
07-02-2007, 11:31 AM
division jus got a little better chris druy and someone else big to the rangers and daniel briere to the fylers (their goin to need a lot more than jus briere)

83-Steelers-43
07-03-2007, 09:32 AM
July 2

7:44pm et
The Calgary Flames signed forward Owen Nolan to a one-year deal contract.

7:10pm et
The Anaheim Ducks have signed forward Todd Bertuzzi to a two-year, $8-million contract.

7:04pm et
The Montreal Canadiens have signed forward Bryan Smolinski to a one-year, $2-million contract.

6:36pm et
The Atlanta Thrashers have signed defenceman Ken Klee to a multi-year contract.

6:08pm et
The Nashville Predators have signed forward Radek Bonk and defenceman Greg de Vries to two-year contracts.

5:36pm et
The Chicago Blackhawks signed centre Robert Lang to a two-year contract.

5:13pm et
The Montreal Canadiens signed defenceman Roman Hamrlik to a four-year contract worth $22 million.

4:51pm et
The Washington Capitals signed centre Michael Nylander to a four-year contract worth $19.5 million.

4:00pm et
The Los Angeles Kings signed defenceman Tom Preissing to a a four-year contract worth $11 million, centre Michal Handzus to a four-year, $16-million contract, winger Kyle Calder to a two-year, $5.4-million contract and winger Ladislav Nagy to a one-year deal.

Also, Robert Lang is a Blackhawk.

83-Steelers-43
07-04-2007, 11:24 AM
Brad Stuart along with LaBarbera Sign with Kings: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212663&hubname=nhl / http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212668&hubname=nhl

Devils Sign Rachunek and Zubrus: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212635&hubname=nhl

Canucks Sign Isbister, Ritchie, Schneider: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212631&hubname=nhl

Preds Sign Mason: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212628&hubname=nhl

Wild Sign Belanger: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212647&hubname=nhl

Habs Sign Kostopoulos: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212724&hubname=nhl

Bolts Sign Lukowich: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212661&hubname=nhl

Canucks Sign Sanford: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212657&hubname=nhl

Ducks Sign May: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212646&hubname=nhl

Oilers Sign Garon: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212645&hubname=nhl

83-Steelers-43
07-05-2007, 09:03 AM
Roenick Retires: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212745&hubname=nhl

I've always liked Roenick. A little ****y, but never a cancer, great personality, always joking around and a pretty damn good hockey player. Enjoy retirement!

Isles Sign Fedotenko: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212734&hubname=nhl

Bolts Trade Fritz to NYR for Lampman: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212738&hubname=nhl

83-Steelers-43
07-06-2007, 05:55 AM
Thibault signs with Sabres: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_516007.html

Guerin/Comrie sign with Isles: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_516011.html

Oilers acquire Rourke from Isles: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_516016.html

Preds sign Ellis/Willis: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_516013.html

Ducks sign Hnidy: http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_516015.html

SteelCityMan786
07-06-2007, 08:27 AM
I'm surprised Souray is still on the market.

83-Steelers-43
08-14-2007, 10:17 AM
Ricci retires: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=216113&hubname=nhl

Isles Sign Sutton: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=215900&hubname=nhl

Hawks get Adams; Yotes get Vrbata: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=215946&hubname=nhl

X-Terminator
08-14-2007, 12:51 PM
I'm surprised Souray is still on the market.

He signed with Edmonton.

As for the Isles signing Sutton, I guarantee you that he will cause at least one brawl this season. He's a major cheap shot artist who is known for headhunting. In fact, he was the focal point in the last 2 brawls the Thrashers were involved in - last season vs. the Caps (below) and in 05-06 vs. the Leafs after he laid out Darcy Tucker with an elbow to the head against the glass. That said, I still wouldn't have minded having him and his physical presence on the Pens.

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Preacher
08-17-2007, 02:55 AM
You know...

Sadly, I am SO out of hockey (watching game by game), that I only recognize a few names on that list.

83-Steelers-43
08-17-2007, 08:43 AM
Former NHL star to be sentenced for running sports gambling ring
By The Associated Press
Friday, August 17, 2007

TRENTON, N.J. - Rick Tocchet will likely walk away without jail time when he's sentenced for running an illegal sports gambling ring, despite international headlines linking the case to professional hockey's biggest star.

Tocchet, who was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Mark Recchi in 1992 and helped the Penguins repeat as Stanley Cup champions, could get up to five years in state prison Friday for promoting gambling and conspiracy, charges to which he pleaded guilty in May.

However, there is a presumption against incarceration for first-time offenders who plead guilty to third- or fourth-degree crimes, which means the retired Philadelphia Flyer is unlikely to serve any time for his crimes, said Rachel Goemaat, a spokeswoman for the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, which prosecuted the case.

Under terms of Tocchet's plea deal, the state made no sentencing recommendation, leaving it to the discretion of the court. Tocchet was due to appear at 9 a.m. Friday before Burlington County Superior Court Judge Thomas S. Smith Jr. in Mount Holly.

An assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes under Wayne Gretzky, Tocchet partnered with a New Jersey state trooper and another man in a sports betting venture they ran for five years. He was placed on indefinite leave from his job after he was charged.

James Harney, the trooper who has since been forced to give up his badge, was sentenced earlier this month to five years in prison. The other man, James Ulmer, has not yet been sentenced.

The case became one of the biggest stories in hockey back in February 2006, when the men were charged, because authorities said several of the bettors were people connected to the game. The only name that was ever revealed among them was Janet Jones Gretzky, the wife of legend Wayne Gretzky, and authorities said early on that neither she nor other bettors would be charged.

The case remained international news throughout the 2006 winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, where Gretzky coached team Canada.

In the investigation that followed, authorities and hockey officials have said there's no evidence of betting on hockey.

However, the betting was heavy on other sports. In the 40 days that led up to the charges, the ring handled $1.7 million in bets, including college football bowl games and the Super Bowl.

The business was lucrative for Harney while it lasted. When he was arrested, police took 32 watches and nine televisions from his home, and he forfeited his home, his interest in his wife's home and cash.

Harney met Tocchet in the 1990s, when Tocchet was playing for the Philadelphia Flyers and Harney tended bar at a hotel frequented by athletes. After retiring in 2002, Tocchet became Gretzky's top assistant coach with the Coyotes.

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/pittsburghtrib/sports/s_522695.html

83-Steelers-43
08-17-2007, 08:54 AM
You know...

Sadly, I am SO out of hockey (watching game by game), that I only recognize a few names on that list.

It's understandable Preacher. A good number of people lost interest in hockey when it started resembling MLB. I stuck through it because I love the game, but I can understand why many were turned off by the way the league was managed and the by the players strike.

The problem now for the NHL in the USA......finding a respectable station to put the games on. VERSUS already dropped the ball on a few occasions when it came to coverage and not everybody in the country has VERSUS. That doesn't help.

The sad part IMO, it's a great sport now that there is a cap (thank you Bettman) and a few new rule changes. Also, the ego's, legal problems and all the other B.S. that tend to follow other athletes in other sports doesn't really exist in hockey. It's a refreshing break.

You should try giving it a chance again this season Preacher. If you get VERSUS, we will be on eight times this year. Nice to see the NHL marketing the best player in the world. They are at least getting that part right.

83-Steelers-43
08-18-2007, 01:32 AM
U.S Hall of Fame to induct Vanbiesbrouck, Broten, Carpenter, MacInnes
Associated Press
Updated: August 15, 2007, 4:27 PM ET

DENVER -- NHL standouts Aaron Broten, Bobby Carpenter and John Vanbiesbrouck and former Michigan Tech coach John MacInnes will be inducted into the U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame in October.

USA Hockey announced this year's inductees on Wednesday. The induction ceremony will be Oct. 12 in Grand Forks, N.D.

Broten spent 12 years in the NHL after playing two years at Minnesota, where he still holds the single-season points record (106 in 1980-81). Broten competed at five world championships, two Canada Cups and one world junior championship.

His brother, Neal, is already in the hall.

Carpenter was the first player to jump from high school to the NHL and in 1984-85 became the first American-born NHL player to score 50 goals in a season. He spent 19 seasons in the league.

He played in two Stanley Cup finals and was a member of the New Jersey Devils when they won the Cup in 1995. He was an assistant coach with the Devils when they won the Cup in 2000 and 2003.

Vanbiesbrouck, the all-time winningest American-born goalkeeper, played 20 seasons in the NHL. He is also the longest-tenured American goalie in league history.

He won the Vezina Trophy in 1986 and was runner-up eight years later. He played in three All-Star games and helped lead the Florida Panthers to a Stanley Cup run during the 1995-96 season, the Panthers' third year of existence.

"It's really a humbling time to get something and be acknowledged like this," Vanbiesbrouck said. "I think it's defined by grace, because grace is defined by getting something you don't deserve."

MacInnes, who died in 1983, led the Huskies to three national championships and was twice named NCAA coach of the year.

He played two seasons at Michigan and spent three years in the Detroit Red Wings system in the late 1940s. He directed an amateur hockey league in Ann Arbor, Mich., before coaching at Michigan Tech.

"I had given up that this would ever happen," said his widow, Jerry MacInnes. "Now that it has, my family and I are very pleased that this honor has been given to John."

Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press

http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2976185

83-Steelers-43
09-05-2007, 08:57 AM
Roenick Retires: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=212745&hubname=nhl

I've always liked Roenick. A little ****y, but never a cancer, great personality, always joking around and a pretty damn good hockey player. Enjoy retirement!

Well, scratch that....

Roenick signs with Sharks: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=3004009

BOXCAR JOEY
11-03-2007, 02:02 PM
Devils prudential arena.

As a local devils fan. i was very impressed with " the rock". It stinks that i cant tail gate for a devils game anymore, but drinking a bottle of schnapps on the train ride over to the arena was nice. the seats in the arena were nice and the overall look of the place is amazingly impressive. I recomend that everyone should go there at least once to bask in the glory of a new arena