Monday, September 15, 2008

back from hiatus

With the NHL teams reporting for camp this week, I thought it would be a good time to revive things around here.

Over the next couple of weeks, here's what I plan to have on the blog:

- season preview: looking at what changes each team has made in the off-season.
- 2009 free agents: a return of the popular free agent post, updated throughout the year. Already have an early copy of the free agent list, so it should be completed fairly quickly.
- junior hockey: season has already started in the QMJHL, with the OHL and WHL seasons getting started over the next week.
- Mats Sundin: actually, scrap that. Don't really care about the Sundin saga.

Those are some of the main things I hope to hit on very soon. And we'll see what other tidbits pop up over the coming days.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

headed for arbitration

The following 15 players have filed for salary arbitration:

Boston – Dennis Wideman
Carolina – Chad LaRose
Colorado – Marek Svatos
Detroit – Valtteri Filppula
Florida – Jay Bouwmeester
Minnesota – Pierre-Marc Bouchard, Stephane Veilleux
Nashville – Ville Koistinen
NY Islanders – Sean Bergenheim
NY Rangers – Dan Fritsche
Ottawa – Antoine Vermette
St. Louis – Jay McClement
San Jose – Marcel Goc
Washington – Brooks Laich, Shaone Morrison

Some teams can elect to bring certain players to arbitration. This includes Pascal Leclaire, Kari Lehtonen, R.J. Umberger and Matt Stajan to list a few.

Daniel Tolensky goes in depth on arbitration, looking at how it fits into the CBA.

Friday, July 4, 2008

the wrong way to celebrate being drafted

Boston Bruins prospect Jamie Arniel has been charged with impaired driving in Kingston, Ont.

Police allege Arniel, taken 97th overall in this year's junior draft by the Bruins, was behind the wheel of a Toyota that zig-zagged across lawns and hit parked cars, utility poles and a stop sign in the west-end neighbourhood where he lives.

Arniel, arrested in the early morning hours of June 22, submitted a breath sample that showed he had a blood-alcohol level 2½ times over the legal limit, police said.


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2008 nhl free agents

here's a list of players who will become unrestricted or restricted free agents on july 1, 2008. i'll keep this updated throughout the year.

anaheim
ufa: Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Darryl Bootland, Joe Callahan, Gerald Coleman, Joe DiPenta, Mike Hoffman, Shane Hynes, Jay Leach, Tony Martensson, Mark Mowers, Geoff Peters, Teemu Selanne, Bruno St. Jacques

rfa: Stephen Dixon, Jason King, Drew Miller, Geoff Platt

atlanta
ufa: Milan Bartovic, Eric Boulton, Guillaume Desbiens, Kevin Doell, Darren Haydar, Jason Krog, Joel Kwiatkowski, Steve McCarthy, Karel Pilar, Mark Popovic, Mark Recchi, Steve Rucchin

rfa: Joey Crabb, Kari Lehtonen, Nathan Oystrick, Brett Sterling

boston
ufa: Bobby Allen, Mike Brown, Stanislav Chistov, Chris Collins, Sean Curry, Jeff Hoggan, Zdenek Kutlak, Jordan Sigalet, Nathan Saunders, T.J. Trevelyan, Alexei Zhamnov, Sergei Zinovjev

rfa: Johnny Boychuk, Pascal Pelletier, Nate Thompson

buffalo
ufa: Teppo Numminen, Nolan Pratt, Michael Ryan, Jocelyn Thibault

rfa: Clarke MacArthur, Mark Mancari, Daniel Paille

calgary
ufa: Derek Couture, Ryan Donally, Brent Krahn, Owen Nolan, Mark Smith, Grant Stevenson, Stephane Yelle

rfa: Cam Cunning, Tomi Maki, Adam Pardy

carolina
ufa: Keith Aucoin, John Grahame, Bret Hedican, Joey Mormina, Kevin Nastiuk, Trevor Letowski, Glen Wesley

rfa: Patrick Dwyer, Mark Flood, Joe Jensen, Chad Larose, Brandon Nolan, Dennis Seidenberg

chicago
ufa: Kevyn Adams, Mike Brodeur, Jim Fahey, Wade Flaherty, Steve Marr, Yanic Perreault, Prestin Ryan, Jason Williams, Andrei Zyuzin

rfa: Corey Crawford, Colin Fraser, Danny Richmond, Martin St. Piere

colorado
ufa: Dan DaSilva, Peter Forsberg, Riku Hahl, Eric Healey, Jaroslav Hlinka, Jeff Jillson, Vitaliy Kolesnik, Sanny Lindstrom, Mitch Love, Dale Purinton, Joe Sakic, Wyatt Smith, Tyler Weiman

rfa: Jason Bacashihua, Cody McCormick, Cody McLeod, Marek Svatos, Michael Wall

columbus
ufa: Nate DiCasmirro, Zenon Konopka, Derek MacKenzie, Mikko Maenpaa, Andrej Nedorost, Martin Paroulek, Michael Peca, Tomas Popperle, Mark Rycroft, Dan Smith, Dick Tarnstrom, David Vyborny

rfa: Dan Fritsche, Pascal Leclaire, Joakim Lindstrom, Marc Methot, Alexandre Picard, Aaron Rome, R.J. Umberger, Clay Wilson

dallas
ufa: Stu Barnes, Nolan Baumgartner, Trevor Byrne, Johan Holmqvist, Marius Holtet, Bryce Lampman, Antti Miettinen, Mattias Norstrom, Jussi Timonen, Janos Vas, Brad Winchester

rfa: Brandon Crombeen, Vojtech Polak, Konstantin Pushkarev, Francis Wathier

detroit
ufa: Adam Berkhoel, Chris Chelios, Carl Corazzini, Mark Cullen, Aaron Downey, Dallas Drake, Brad Ference, Igor Grigorenko, Mark Hartigan, Dominik Hasek, Logan Koopmans, Francis Lemieux, Stefan Liv, Darren McCarty, Garrett Stafford

rfa: Jonathan Ericsson, Valtteri Filppula, Jimmy Howard, Ryan Oulahen, Kyle Quincey

edmonton
ufa: Jonas Almtorp, Kristian Antila, Troy Bodie, Glenn Fisher, Fredrik Johansson, T.J. Kemp, Marty Reasoner, Allan Rourke, Geoff Sanderson

rfa: Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, Jean-Francois Jacques, Marc-Antoine Pouliot, Zach Stortini

florida
ufa: jassen cullimore, rob globke, magnus johansson, branislav mezei, steve montador

rfa: Jay Bouwmeester, Drew Larman, Martin Lojek, Stefan Meyer, Anthony Stewart

los angeles
ufa: brendan buckley, kevin dallman, jeff giuliano, jon klemm, ladislav nagy, richard petiot, scott thornton, brian willsie

rfa: erik ersberg, gabe gauthier, peter harrold, petr kanko, matt moulson, patrick o'sullivan, joe piskula, dany roussin, jarrett stoll

minnesota
ufa: keith carney, pavol demitra, sean hill, steve kelly, andre lakos, petteri nummelin, serge payer, branko radivojevic, chris simon, wes walz, joel ward

rfa: shawn belle, pierre-marc bouchard, matt foy, danny irmen, miroslav kopriva, peter olvecky, john scott, clayton stoner, stephane veilleux

montreal
ufa: andrew archer, mathieu biron, patrice brisebois, jean-philippe cote, yann danis, brett engelhardt, jonathan ferland, duncan milroy, bryan smolinski

rfa: jimmy bonneau, marvin degon, josh gorges, mikhail grabovski, jaroslav halak, andrei kastsitsyn, janne lahti, corey locke, ryan o'byrne, cory urquhart

nashville
ufa: dan ellis, martin gelinas, jan hlavac, josh langfeld, shane willis, nolan yonkman

rfa: brandon bochenski, matt ellison, triston grant, dov grumet-morris, kevin klein, ville koistinen, rich peverley, oliver setzinger, john vigilante

new jersey
ufa: arron asham, noah clarke, frank doyle, jean-luc grand-pierre, grant marshall, richard matvichuk, ian moran, karel rachunek, erik rasmussen, jason ryznar, jari viuhkola

rfa: ivan khomutov, olli malmivaara, jordan parise, rodney pelley, petr vrana

ny islanders
ufa: bryan berard, kip brennan, rob davison, wade dubielewicz, michael morrison, josef vasicek

rfa: luciano aquino, sean bergenheim, jeremy colliton, drew fata, bruno gervais, aaron johnson, matt keith, masi marjamaki, michael mole, frans nielsen, steve regier, matthew spiller, jeff tambellini, ben walter

ny rangers
ufa: mitchell fritz, andrew hutchinson, darius kasparaitis, marek malik, paul mara, brendan shanahan, martin straka, jason strudwick

rfa: ivan baranka, nigel dawes, bruce graham, josh gratton, chris holt, hugh jessiman, rick kozak, david liffiton, david leneveu, greg moore, fredrik sjostrom, matt zaba

ottawa
ufa: niko dimitrakos, matt kinch, martin lapointe, justin mapletoft, luke richardson, randy robitaille

rfa: jeff glass, josh hennessy, arttu luttinen, andrej meszaros, antoine vermette, jesse winchester

philadelphia
ufa: jesse boulerice, jim dowd, dennis gauthier, martin grenier, jaroslv modry, vaclav prospal, darren reid, jason smith

rfa: rejean beauchemin, nathan guenin, martin houle, lars jonsson, scott munroe, janne niskala, ryan potulny, stefan ruzicka, patrick thoresen

phoenix
ufa: david aebischer, ryan caldwell, jon disalvatore, bryan helmer, niko kapanen, matt murley, travis roche, joey tenute, mathias tjarnqvist, pete vandermeer, michael york

rfa: brendan bell, daniel carcillo, marcel hossa, alexei kaigorodov, al montoya, joel perrault, tyler redenbach, bill thomes

pittsburgh
ufa: kris beech, david gove, connor james, ryan lannon, alain nasreddine, nathan smith, jeff taffe

rfa: mark ardelan, paul bissonnette, tim brent, patrick ehelechner, daniel fernholm, jonathan filewich, marc-andre fleury, ryan stone

san jose
ufa: curtis brown, tom cavanagh, brennan evans, j.d. forrest, graham mink, brad norton, sandis ozolinsh, dmitri patzold, tomas plihal, alexei semenov, craig valette

rfa: riley armstrong, ryane clowe, christian ehrhoff, marcel goc, lukas kaspar, mike morris, dan spang, brad staubitz, jonathan tremblay

st. louis
ufa: alex brooks, petr cajanek, micki dupont, mike glumac, mike johnson, juuso riksman, martin rucinsky, jean-guy trudel, matt walker

rfa: francois-pierre guenette, martin kariya, jay mcclement, hannu toivonen, jeff woywitka

tampa bay
ufa: Jonathan Boutin, Mathieu Darche, Mike Egener, Chris Gratton, Zbynek Hrdel, Doug Janik, Andreas Karlsson, Marek Kvapil, Junior Lessard, Craig MacDonald, Norm Milley, Ryan Munce, Jimmie Olvestad, Andre Roy, Mario Scalzo Jr., David Schneider, Karl Stewart, Tim Taylor, Kyle Wanvig

rfa: Justin Fletcher, Jay Rosehill

toronto
ufa: Reid Cashman, Scott Clemmensen, Jay Harrison, Roman Kukumberg, David Ling, Dominic Moore, Ben Ondrus, John Pohl, Mats Sundin, Andy Wozniewski

rfa: Alex Foster, Chris Harrington, John Mitchell, Jaime Sifers, Matt Stajan

vancouver
ufa: Jozef Balej, Marc-Andre Bernier, Artem Chubarov, Greg Classen, Brad Isbister, Mikko Jokela, Trevor Linden, Drew MacIntyre, Aaron Miller, Brad Moran, Brendan Morrison, Byron Ritchie, Mike Weaver

rfa: Steve Bernier, Mike Brown, Zach Fitzgerald, Colby Genoway, Nathan McIver, Rick Rypien, Ryan Shannon, Jimmy Sharrow

washington
ufa: Dean Arsene, Josef Boumedienne, Frederic Cassivi, Sergei Fedorov, Jameson Hunt, Jason Morgan, Alexander Riazantsev, Rastislav Stana, Stephen Warner

rfa: Eric Fehr, Boyd Gordon, Brooks Laich, Shaone Morrison

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

bye bye emery

The Ottawa Senators have officially put an end on the Ray Emery chapter in their team history, after buying out the remaining two years of the goaltender's contract on Monday.

Emery, who was the Senators starting goalie during their run to the Stanley Cup just over a year ago, had signed a three-year, $9.5 million contract in July 2007. How did he reward his team that gave him the contract? By being late for practice, fighting with a teammate during practice and getting himself in the news in other unflattering ways.

I thought early on in his Senators career, Emery was getting a bad rap from some awful reporting in the city. The local newspapers loved making a big deal about him dying his hair, driving fancy cars or dressing in clothes that made him stick out. Had his play been a little better last season, it might be easier to stick up for him. But with lackluster play and all the off-the-ice issues, it was clear his days were numbered in Ottawa.

I still think Emery can be a good goaltender in the NHL. Hopefully wherever he goes, the white Hummer stays behind.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

draft weekend update

The words of the weekend: defencemen and trade.

With the completion of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft comes the end of a very busy couple of days of wheelin' and dealin' by the leagues 30 general managers.

The first round of the draft on Friday night was filled with deals - 13 in all. The Calgary Flames were busy, sending Alex Tanguay to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for a first round draft pick. The Flames picked up Mike Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings in a seperate deal.

Another big trade saw the Florida Panthers send disgruntled captain Olli Jokinen to the Phoenix Coyotes. Going to the Panthers are a pair of defencemen - Nick Boynton and Keith Ballard.

The draft itself was the draft of the defence. A total of 12 d-men were taken in the first round, including four straight from the second to fifth picks. The first overall pick was the worst kept secret in the world, with Steven Stamkos going to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Will Lightning fans see Stamkos next season? A lot of people seem to think so.



Draft weekend is just the start of the player movement. The free agency period begins in just over one week.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

2008 hockey hall of fame inductees

On Tuesday afternoon, the Hockey Hall of Fame announce the class of 2008. A smaller than usual collection that includes two players, one referee and one builder.

Glenn Anderson
Anderson played over 1,100 NHL games, mostly with the Edmonton Oilers. He also spent time with the Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues and New York Rangers. Anderson had some very impressive stats in his career - 498 goals, 1,099 points, three 100+ point seasons, two 50+ goal seasons. He won six Stanley Cups, five with the 1980 powerhouse Edmonton Oilers.




Igor Larionov
Larionov's NHL career didn't begin until he was 29 years of age. His 920 game NHL career included stints with the Vancouver Canucks, San Jose Sharks, Florida Panthers and New Jersey Devils. He won three Stanley Cups, all with the Detroit Red Wings, the last coming when he was 41 years old. Larionov had a storied International career for the Soviet Union. He was a member of two Olympic gold medal winning teams, and four World Championship teams.



Ed Chynoweth
Being inducted into the builder's category. Chynoweth helped form the partnership of the WHL, OHL and QMJHL into the Canadian Hockey League in the early 1970's. He was the president of the WHL from 1972 until 1996, and was the first president of the CHL from 1975 until 1995. Chynoweth passed away on April 22, 2008.





Ray Scapinello
Being inducted in the referee/linesmen category. Scacpinello, or "Scampy" as he was known, was an NHL linesman for more than 30 seasons. His career spanned more than 2,500 games, 20 Stanley Cup finals and the 1998 Winter Olympics.

The 2008 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place on November 10, 2008 in Toronto.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

back at it

Well, it's been well over a month since I've updated the blog, but I hope to be back at it on a regular basis once again. The free agent list should be up to date as we get closer to the start of the free agency period. The NHL Entry Draft goes next weekend in Ottawa, and I hope to be there for some live reports. There has been lots of change already in the NHL early in this summer, so I'll be looking at some of that within the next couple days as well.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

world hockey championships on to next phase

The 16 countries competing in the 2008 IIHF World Championships have now been put into two groups. 12 nations going towards the medals, and four going towards relegation.

The tournament started with four groups each made up of four teams. After the quick round robin, the top three teams in each group advance to the qualifying round, while the bottom team from each group moves to the relegation round.

In the qualifying round, the 12 teams remaining make up two groups of six. Games against opponents from the preliminary round that are in the same group for the qualifying round already count, so each team in this round have three more games to go.

Switzerland is a bit of a surprise leader in one of the groups. They've already beaten Belarus and Sweden in regulation to lead their group. Russia is one point behind, with one regulation win and another in overtime. Czech Republic are a further point behind and Sweden another point behind the Czech's. Belarus and Denmark round out the group, both with zero points, but safe in the knowledge that they will stay in the top division in next year's championships.

The other group is lead by Canada, who's wins over Latvia and the United States are brought forward for this round. Finland follow, with a regulation win and an overtime win. Norway are a point behind Finland, and the USA is in fourth place in the qualifying group, a further point behind. Germany and Latvia round out the second group.

Action in the qualifying round kicks off today with four games. Leaders in both groups play, with Canada facing Norway and Switzerland in tough against the Czech Republic. Qualifying round play ends on Monday.

As for the relegation round, France, Slovenia, Italy and the surprising(in a not so good way) Slovakia will battle it out to stay in the top division at the championships for next year. France will play Italy and Slovenia will play Slovakia, each in best of three matchups. The losing country in each match is relegated to Division I, being replaced by Hungary and Austria next year.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

conference finals picks

After a great first round of picks, I fell off a bit in round two. The only winner I got was Dallas over San Jose.

Anyways, on to the conference finals.

Eastern Conference Final
2. Pittsburgh Penguins vs. 6. Philadelphia Flyers

A great rivalry match up in the east. I think the Flyers have the edge. They got past the red hot Washington Capitals, though it took seven games. They beat the top seed in the east, the Montreal Canadiens in an "easy" five games. They are getting contributions from some surprising sources - mainly R.J. Umberger. The Penguins have had a fairly easy go of it so far, with only one loss through the first two rounds of the playoffs, with a sweep of Ottawa in the first, and a five game win over the Rangers just completed. Sidney Crosby still doesn't look 100% out there. He'll be hounded all series long by Mike Richards. The two have already had some epic battles in regular season games. Evgeni Malkin and Marian Hossa might have to pick up even more slack if Crosby still doesn't seem like he's playing to his best. Taking the Flyers in 6 games.

Western Conference Final
1. Detroit Red Wings vs. 5. Dallas Stars

All Detroit, all the time. Dallas has had a pretty good run so far, but I think it ends here. Detroit is the highest scoring team at close to 4 goals per game, while Dallas isn't even hitting 3 per game. Dallas' best chance is to make it a series of special teams. They are humming right along at 25% on the powerplay. Johan Franzen will get lots of focus from the Stars, but Zetterberg and Datsyuk can both contribute nicely, while Dallas seems to only getting goals from one player. I like Detroit in five games.

Whatever the outcomes, the quality of play should take another step up from the previous round. Western final starts Thursday in Detroit, while the Battle of Pennsylvania kicks off on Friday in Pittsburgh.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

canada hosts the world

Starting this coming Friday, the IIHF World Hockey Championships will be held in Canada for the very first time. The tournament is being co-hosted by Halifax and Quebec City.

Championship Groups

Group A: Belarus, France, Sweden, Switzerland
Group B: Canada, Latvia, Slovenia, United States
Group C: Finland, Germany, Norway, Slovakia
Group D: Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Russia

The group stage goes from May 2 to May 7. The tournament ends with a gold medal game on Sunday, May 18 in Quebec. Canada opens the tournament on Friday afternoon against Slovenia in Halifax.

Team Canada
Goal: Pascal Leclaire, Mathieu Garon, Cam Ward

Defence: Jay Bouwmeester, Brent Burns, Dan Hamhuis, Mark Giordano, Duncan Keith, Steve Staios, Mike Green, Ed Jovanovski

Forward: Derek Roy, Patrick Sharp, Eric Staal, Ray Whitney, Chris Kunitz, Dany Heatley, Jonathan Toews, Shane Doan, Jamal Mayers, Jason Chimera, Martin St. Louis, Ryan Getzlaf, Rick Nash, Sam Gagner, Jason Spezza

Ken Hitchcock is the coach of the team, with Craig McTavish, Mike Johnston and Pat Burns working as associate coaches.
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