Next Stop The Eastern Conference?

September 30, 2008

The “Bhulin wall” cleared waivers today and as expected has started rumour frenzy.  Khabibulin is in the final year of a four year $27 million dollar contract and has not done much since his cup win with the Lightning in 2004.

According to sources the 35 year old Russian is being considered by Ottawa, Atlanta, and the Rangers.

Who Me?

September 30, 2008

The Vancouver Canucks named goaltender Roberto Luongo team captain today. According to the NHL rulebook goalies can not wear the “C” on their sweaters but are still able to assume the role on paper.

This reminds me of a joke I made last season to some friends… If Roberto could score some goals now, the Canucks would be set!

Don’t Underestimate The Power of The Dark Side

September 25, 2008

It would appear that Ottawa Senators starting goaltender Martin Gerber has finally decided to do something about his “boring/am I getting traded?”mask.  The Swiss goaltender received the moniker Darth Gerber last year for donning an all black mask much like that of Star Wars super villain, Darth Vader. 

Sidney’s New Friend, SATAN

September 18, 2008

With the loss of Marion Hossa to Detroit, Sidney Crosby has a new linemate in Miroslav Satan.

Stretching out that Offense

September 18, 2008

I was recently playing my copy of NHL 08 on XBOX 360 as I have not updated to 09 yet.  I was editing my Ottawa Senators dynasty roster so that I would have all the current players in the lineup.  Gone were several players from the year before and setting up my lines proved difficult.  

It seemed that I was having the same problem as Ottawa’s new coach Craig Hartsburg.  There is a definite need for the offense to be spread out beyond the first and second lines.  This means the inevitable break up of the infamous “pizza line”.  

Ok so most would say put Alfredsson down on the second line, right?  Easy enough, but the real task is evaluating who is the best candidate to join Heatley and Spezza?

It seems that Hartsburg has a player on his roster that I don’t.  

Jesse Winchester, 24, has only played in one NHL game and is the latest player to audition for the role of Ottawa’s top right winger.

The Senators signed the free agent forward to a one-year contract last March after the Ontario native spent the last four seasons playing for the Colgate University Red Raiders of the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Association. He sports a 6-1, 204-pound frame and has already left a good impression with his teammates and coaching staff with his skating and puck-moving abilities.

Now it is not definite that Winchester will even crack this years roster to begin with, let alone be a starter on the talented first line.  What is clear though is Coach Hartsburg is not afraid to experiment with his crop of new talent coming up through the ranks.

Young players to keep an eye out for this season include:

Zubov, Nikulin, Foligno, Lee, Shannon, Elliot, and Carkner.

As for Alfredsson he has started out training camp on the second line that sees him paired with Chris Kelly and Nick Foligno.  Only time will tell if Ottawa has enough firepower to go the season without acquiring a top six forward.

Habs Film Movie, Fan Scratches Head

September 17, 2008

As a Habs fan, and someone who almost exploded with nationalistic pride watching The Rocket movie, I’m not exactly surprised that my favourite team is producing a feature film to mark its 100th anniversary. With a budget of $6 million, and a talented director like Archambault, things look good on paper, but with a little bit of digging, I realized that we could be heading for a titanic trainwreck.

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Eklund has been hearing things again!

September 17, 2008

According to the ever so popular trade rumour king there may be a deal in the works between the Vancouver Canucks and the New York Rangers.

His source allegedly claims that NYR want Bieksa, Kevin (D) and another player to be named for Gomez, Scott (C)

I imagine this would all depend on whether or not NYR are still in the Sundin, Mats (C) sweepstakes. We can’t forget that Shanahan, Brendan (R) is still to be signed, sealed and delivered.

Eklund goes onto say that he understands Gomez is being considered by three teams that are evaluating whether or not they can fit him under their present cap.  Those teams are the Vancouver Canucks, Edmonton Oilers, and most likely the Minnesota Wild who may or may not be looking to move the perennially injury plagued Gaborik, Marian (R).