Archive for September, 2010

Devils Might Find Cap Relief Through Injury…Again

Adrian Dater is reporting the Devils might have found a way out of their cap troubles via yesterday’s Bryce Salvador injury. Dater says Salvador off of the Devils cap on the long-term injury might take some of the trade pressure off of the Devils, although even with Salvador off the books, they would still need […]

Requiem for Wade Redden in Five Parts

Just to be crystal clear, the Rangers made the right choice waiving defenseman Wade Redden this weekend. It should have happened months, if not years, ago. Having said that, I do feel a little bad for the insanely expensive blueliner who seemed completely unable to perform at even just an average level during his two […]

Avs Ready to Start Craig Anderson Until He Drops

Despite the fact the Stanley Cup finals were played by two teams basically working the whole goalie-by-committee angle, I think there’s still something to a good, old-fashioned number one goalie. The Avalanche have one in Craig Anderson, the first time since Patrick Roy left that the position doesn’t seem to be a day-to-day audition. Anderson […]

Rangers Officially Give Up on Brandon Dubinsky

New York Rangers coach John Tortorella has all but declared Brandon Dubinsky a wing instead of a center, his natural position. Dubinsky has played more and more wing, mostly due to his inability to create much offense, either for himself or his line mates, from the middle. But given the Rangers’ lack of strength down […]

Sheldon Souray Not a Bad Fit for the Rangers

Larry Brooks’ story of the Marc Staal re-signing briefly mentions the Rangers might be looking into obtaining defenseman Sheldon Souray from Edmonton. Back when Souray was a free agent in the summer of 2007, it always seemed liked he was waiting for an offer from the Rangers. The offer never came so Souray signed with […]

The Cost for Ilya Kovalchuk Increases Daily

Just how much is Ilya Kovalchuk costing the Devils? Obviously, there’s his 15-year/$100 million contract, which is pretty steep, just by itself. But there have been other costs. Like the fines and draft picks the NHL penalized the Devils for their first Kovalchuk contract, which was $102 million over 17 years and which the NHL […]

Stars Go Young and Marc Crawford Will Probably Go Home

I’m curious to watch the Stars next season. Historically, they’ve been a team of names. Mike Modano. Marty Turco. Sergei Zubov. Brett Hull, back in the day. The recent history of the Stars has always been big NHL players. Now, this season, they’re going in a different direction, choosing youth and potential over names and […]

For Emergency Use Only: The NHL Embraces Insurance Players

A year really does make a huge difference in the NHL. A year ago, I would have read something like Tim Panaccio’s report on Philadelphia’s goalie glut and I would have thought: ‘That’s crazy! The Flyers need to dump some goalies at some point.’ But after last years playoffs, and even after the end of […]

Rangers Need More Experience and Less Salary On Their Blue Line

Rangers fans love to talk about the Wade Redden contract because it’s such an insanely messed up situation. If they didn’t talk about it, an ulcer might eat through their very souls. I just read the Flames are over the cap and rumors are starting to bubble up about Robin Regehr maybe being on the […]

The Three Types of Older Free Agents

It’s tough being an older guy in the NHL. Or not in the NHL. Owen Nolan, 38, is still waiting for a team to make him an offer. Bill Guerin, almost 40, is skating with the Flyers, although the Flyers aren’t interested in him. Jonathan Cheechoo, only 30, will report to Stars’ training camp on […]