Penguins signed Kunitz to a new 3 year deal.
Dan Bylsma named coach of the US hockey team for the Olympics. A month ago I would have said he was the obvious choice and anyone else would be stupid. Not so sure now...
Blackhawks go 41-5, everyone else stops bothering to show up halfway through the season.
What has Bylsma ever done that would even distinguish him as a good coach? He fell ass backwards into a team of superstars and cruised to a stanley cup and hasnt done squat since
.655 points percentage(Sharks coach and his .657 is only one higher) over 4 years despite missing the best player in the world for about half of it and almost never having his top two players together for any extended stretch. And he's American, which probably went a long way. If they wanted an American coach the other options are like, Torts or Laviolette.
Is it true Letang turned down 8 years and $56 million? Shero will move him if that is the case.
THIS WILL BE THE LIGHTNING'S YEAR!
lololol. As a vancouver fan, I only have to ask myself wtf.
At this point it was probably their only option. Nobody was going to take Luongo's contract, and the buyout was far too expensive. They had to deal Schneider. I'm certain they could have gotten more for him, but the player they ended up taking at #9 will likely turn out to be a very good center.
The scary part is that apparently neither of the goalies had any idea that this was going to happen, so I suspect Luongo isn't very pleased. Gillis said he'd talk to him later today after he had a chance to cool off; always a sign of good things to come.
Lightning is gonna be scary good with drouin and stamkos the next 10 years :\ All they need is a goalie...
Blackhawks traded Dave Bolland to Toronto for 3 draft picks
He was 10th in the league for points per game, Subban was next highest D-man at 39th. Basically they weren't gonna get someone ready to step in to the system like him, and they're kind of locked in to WIN NOW mode. If not for that Shero would have probably dealt him for a bunch of prospects and picks, which would be better in the long run.
Frolik gone from Chicago too. Fair weather fans going to realize how cut throat the NHL is now.
Sadly, I think the Nucks handled this the best. They picked up two qualities prospects and dumped a good amount of much needed cap space. It will be interesting to see how Schneider develops.
In other news: the Sharks waste their first pound pick on a defensive defenseman...neat.
Yeah I think it boils down more to him fitting in to and knowing the system than his pure value. They're built to win right now, losing your best D-man when he's still that young and has already played with the core of the team for 6 seasons is short-term counterproductive. With the deals they're making they are clearly going all in to win it over the next few years.
Ten years from now if they keep choking it will look stupid and they could be in serious trouble. They do have a deep farm system and great front office and all, but it's still a risk.
Vinny to the Flyers for 5 years at $4.5 per. I can't figure out all their little cap issues offhand, but looks pretty tight and with only 1 goalie signed (and it's Steve Mason at that). Caps should immediately offer Neuvirth and some sweeteners for Coutourier.
or maybe he sees a team with a lot of young talent that could use an experienced leader?
As a Lightning fan since their creation.... ugh, why a team from Philadelphia? Would have really rather seen him go to Montreal or a team in the west. He'll probably play a few years and retire back down to Tampa anyway.
Some similar experiences as you. I grew up in CA when Gretzky was there so of course I had Kings fever just like everyone else. But I remember watching Teemu as a rookie (a rookie who lead the league in goals nonetheless). I fell away from hockey after my older brother moved away (who was the big hockey fan in the house) up until moving up here to Mpls a few years ago. It's amazing to me that there is anyone still playing from my youth.
Similar to that, it's totally fucked to see Jagr playing for the Bruins and beating the Penguins this year. The fact that he played for 5 teams in between the old Mario/Jagr Pens days and today is an era of hockey thats pretty non existent in my head. Just kind of funny.
One thing I will say is it's super impressive to me to see these guys from that era of hockey adjust to just how physical the game is now. I know with Jagr and Teemu are bigger dudes and I recognize that for every handful of players that make it that long, there are 10x as many that wash out earlier. Also, that body type is obviously what the game has changed to.
He was 22/23 when he set that record (Bossy was 20), keep in mind, and had been playing in what was then probably the third best league in the world for 3 years prior. That was also the very tail end of the highest scoring era of the NHL. I'm not trying to take anything away from Selanne, he's one of the best of the past 20+ years without a doubt. But there's some context to how he destroyed the rookie scoring record.Originally Posted by Slaythe
As if more evidence of how clueless and incompetent the Professional Hockey Writers Association members are is needed: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=426858
So basically, Taylor Hall got completely fucked. Much like Yakupov got completely fucked in not winning the Calder or being named to the All-Rookie team despite leading rookies in goals and points (I'm fine with not winning the Calder, but not making the All-Rookie team? How the FUCK does Brendan Gallagher beat him out?). This shit needs to be changed, because having the PHWA vote for awards is a sad fucking joke with some of the oversights and fuckups over the years. 3/4 of them are asleep before most games in the West are played.
I would pick gallagher before yakupov anyday this season. He was the heart of his team all year.
haha yeah, you have a point! I'm sorry!
The McSorley stick measurement in the finals is definitely one of my first real solid memories of early age jimmy rustling so there's that.
Bruins trading Seguin (and Peverly and a prospect) to Dallas for Loui Eriksson and 3 prospects.
Wow to Seguin being traded. Boston is losing so much depth with all these departures, especially if Horton takes off for CBJ. I feel bad for Seguin, having to play for such a shitty team, and with such a shitty market. Lot of unexpected moves from players that can command a lot more money, and more ideal locations. Maybe the cap changes will truly force more parity into the league.
Horton already took off. I'm glad to see Seguin gone.
Boy, on TSN's story on the Seguin trade it sure sounds like they traded him because of off-ice shit. Chiarelli went out of his way to say that Seguin wasn't trade because of "extracurricular" stuff or because he "liked to have fun with the adults". Which pretty much says the opposite, you would think.
Horcoff traded to Dallas, not sure who is coming back. Glad he's gone, didn't much like him as a person (he was a cunt in interviews I found) and he was way overpaid. He and Ethan Moreau presided over a huge deterioration in the culture and performance of the franchise, other than a brief blip with Pronger driving the bus. Although it leaves a big hole at centre, as we only have two small guys (Gagner and Nugent-Hopkins) on the top two lines, and no one else with Belanger about to be bought out.
I also really enjoyed Grabovski calling Carlisle a "fucking idiot" today. Yeah bud, that kind of attitude is really going to ensure you get a good contract in free agency. Everyone loves overpaying for a fucking cancer in the dressing room.
Will be interesting to see what the Leafs do tomorrow with all that cap space.
Briere 2 years with montreal... just what we needed, another midget at the end of his career... I'm gonna keep my fingers crossed that he is gonna be a playoff stud like he's been known to be.
NHL GM's throwing around the crazy money today. You'd never know they bitched for a lockout or that the cap was going down this year with some of the money some of these guys are getting thrown at them. Borderline 3rd/4th line player? You can get close to $2 million and term. Borderline 2nd/3rd line player? Even more and term. One deal I did like is the Wings getting Weiss for term and under $5m per year. Wish we could have replaced Ribeiro with him at those terms. Not as good offensively but still no slouch and better defensively and younger.
Alfredsson going to the Wings was a surprise for me, I thought the only options he was considering was playing another year with the Sens or retiring. Are the Wings/Sens going to be in the same division this year? Should be interesting if so. I think the Sens got a good deal with getting Bobby Ryan from the Ducks though.
Nothing else really stands out to me so far. I guess the Leafs have done alright, but fuck all has happened out west yet. Gillis has some work to do if he wants to keep his job.
I like what Columbus has done so far.
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Matt Cooke to the Wild for 3 years after dumping Seto (on a shorter contract) for nothing. WHAT THE FUCK!
Edit: A second rounder isn't nothing but still sort of puzzled about this whole thing.
Last edited by Slaythe; 07-06-2013 at 06:36 AM.
Most NHL GMs are very old school, and you simply do not trash the organization, coach, or teammates when you part ways. You say "thanks for the wonderful time", cash your million dollar checks, and shut the fuck up. If you don't, GMs make note of it.
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Looking like Marchand and Chris Kelly might be on the trading block.
That's just laughable in how petty and spiteful it comes across as. Like they're just going to forget the guy who wore the C for 14 years and holds the franchise records for points and games played.
Never would have been allowed to happen in Boston. Can't think of a less deserving Canadian to touch The Cup.
How bout Seguin's first words at his welcoming interview in Dallas: "Well this should be fun there's a lot of single guys on this team. I was the only single guy in Boston when I was there." -- Wonder if that was a dig at us or just continuing to show his mindset.
Apparently he is a pretty good hockey player. I remember reading about him being offered a contract for some minor league.
Biebs is old news. He not worth the attention anymore.
Also Caps re-sign Karl Alzner to a 4 year, $2.8 million per year deal. I'm amazed it wasn't in the $3-3.5m a year range...and this goes into what would be 2 years of UFA money. He's never going to have the O numbers to really get paid, but he's your perfect 2D stay at home guy on our top pairing. Love it.
I thought the new CBA was supposed to end long ass contracts like that. Granted, it's not ~12 years..but 8 still seems unrealistic. Maybe they're ok if it's not blatantly front loaded like in previous years?
8 is about in line with the other sports longest contracts. Problem was all the ridiculous prorating shit going on with contracts that were never intended to be fully lived up to I think. "Oh yeah, this 15 million bonus we're giving you today will just be stretched out over the next decade and a half officially"
Could be, and likely am, completely wrong here.
Contracts for players already with the team are capped at 8 years, 7 years for players being signed by a new team. There's also a cap on variation between any two years, I don't recall exactly what it was. 25% maybe?
Probably found that retiring is a good loophole in the CBA to go play in KHL.
Yeah, because if there was one thing Kovalchuk was known for in his career, it was putting the team before himself...Originally Posted by Lodi
Apparently the money he gets is severely diminished now, though. I think he gets something like 300k every year for 12 years. I imagine the Devils will use this space for a lot of depth pick-up's.
Last edited by Lodi; 07-11-2013 at 11:11 PM.
err, not owned by a friend, the friend is head of marketing or some shit: http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/nhl-pu...210237775.html
Ilya Kovalchuk left $77 million on the table with the New Jersey Devils when he retired from the NHL on Thursday to return to Russia.
According to Pavel Lysenkov of SovSport, Kovalchuk will be making that money up as the premiere star of the KHL – and in short order.
Lysenkov reports that Kovalchuk will be joining SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL, the team for which he played during the NHL lockout. There’s where he will “become the most-paid player in the world,” according to SovSport.
How much? He speculates that if it was “a $15-20 million per year (at the taxation in 13%)” it would not be a surprise. (No word if that's on the KHL cap or some of it off the books.)
On top of that, Puck Daddy’s Dmitry Chesnokov believes SKA could front-load the contract and pay Kovalchuk an enormous sum of money up front.
Keep in mind Alex Radulov – hardly the superstar Kovalchuk is – was making over $9 million per season with CSKA in the KHL.
Know this about Kovalchuk: His close friend is Roman Rotenberg, vice president of marketing at SKA St. Petersburg and the son of Boris Rotenberg, a friend of Vladamir Putin and a billionaire. The Rotenberg family recently bought Jokerit and Hartwall Arena in Finland.
So yeah, Kovy's getting paid.
Lysenkov writes that SKA wanted to announce the deal on Thursday, but the wheels didn't turn fast enough in the NHL for that to happen. SovSport was told back in January that SKA would do anything to bring Kovalchuk back to the KHL. There was even speculation that some Russian oligarchs were talking about buying a share in the Devils just to get Kovalchuk out of his deal and back in Russia.
Devils President Lou Lamoriello stressed that this was “not a decision” made by the Devils, but rather by the player.
The first time Kovalchuk presented the idea to the team was after the lockout ended – a lockout that saw Kovalchuk remain in Russia to play in the KHL All-Star Game. He hadn’t mentioned it again until recently, and then the retirement announcement happened on Thursday.
There were strong rumors that he intended to remain in Russia after the lockout ended.
Last edited by Eomer; 07-11-2013 at 11:16 PM.
Wow, 15-20 million. Oh, and up-front cash. Crazy.
Anyone have an idea when the new season dates will be released? I'm hoping to catch at least one Ducks game while I'm in anaheim but can't recall if the season will be going in oct/nov or not.
Cant blame kovalchuk really...7 million versus 20 million per year, unless his wife is from new jersey and he's in love with the city, it's an easy decision to go back to his homeland..
Sucks for the NHL, but the owners reducing the salary caps will have that effect and it will only get worse as KHL becomes bigger and attracts better player.
Bruins extend Bergeron for 8 years, at $6.5 per. Only way that ever is a bad deal is if his health doesn't hold up (which is a concern). But from pure dollars for what he brings, it's an awesome deal.
This coming season will be the new divisions right? Or is that 2014-2015?
Penner to the the Ducks. One year, two million.
Division names are in...
Eastern Conference: Metropolitan and Atlantic
Western Conference: Pacific and Central
Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn - In his house at R'lyeh dead Cthulhu waits dreaming
"That is not dead which can Eternal lie, and with strange Eons even death may die" - H. P. Lovecraft
Metropolitan.......what the fuck.
Anyways, NHL players given the go ahead to play in '14 Olympics.
6 outdoor games, one at Dodgers Stadium (lol ok), and another at BC place (lol ok). I am sure they are just going to love trying to skate in slush
Fuck...the Caps are in the Metropolitan. Couldn't they just bring back the Norris division and the other old names? They were totally unique to Hockey...none of the other leagues in North America had anything like it. This shit is getting pretty stupid...although not as bad as Leaders and Legends in the big ten.
Canada's orientation camp roster for Sotchi:
Anyone else feel they could invite whoever from that list and it'd make an allstar team anyway? Scary how many good players there are! Just for defenseman, it'd be hard to pick a top 6 in that list.
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