Every time I see the jersey on the left I laugh. “Losers since 1967″. Its not a funny laugh. Its not a “laugh with you” laugh. Its a pathetic, internal, sad laugh at the state of a once proud franchise. The Toronto Maple Leafs are arguably the biggest, most valuable franchise in the NHL. They have the most rabid, loyal fanbase and media in all of hockey. Maybe that is why the Leafs haven’t been to the post season since before the lockout. Maybe the salary cap has destroyed the Leaf’s GM’s chances of BUYING their way into the playoffs. Winning teams aren’t shaped with buying power anymore. Its all about drafting, internal development, and shrewd trades by smart general managers. Maybe thats what the Leafs are missing. Read more
EA Sports, EB Games, and Sony Playstation all collaborated to continue the massive launch of EA Sports’ NHL 11. Vancouver’s EB Games had the Canucks’ own superstars, the Sedin twins signing autographs, while Toronto’s EB games had Leafs rugged defenseman Mike Komisarek. Read more
Today was the media only launch of EA Sports’ NHL 11. The launch featured a “Rookie Challenge”. NHL rookies Taylor Hall, Nazem Kadri, Tyler Seguin and more squared off in a massive tournament to demonstrate that they are just as skilled at video game hockey as they are on the ice. NHL 11 is the highly anticipated 2010 – 2011 edition of EA Sport’s popular NHL franchise. NHL has always provided top of the line graphics, simulation style game play, incredible controls, and the best overall hockey video game experience. Read more
This past Saturday August 28th, 2010 general manager Brian Burke signed unrestricted free agent Clarke MacArthur to a one year deal worth $1.1 million dollars. The Atlanta Thrashers let MacArthur go after an arbitrator awarded him $2.4 million this summer, making him an unrestricted free agent. Read more
Earlier this week, general manager Ray Shero of the Pittsburgh Penguins let winger Bill Guerin know that the team will not be re-signing him back.
Bill Guerin was brought over from the New York Islanders in the 08-09 season at the trade deadline, when he arrived he instantly found chemistry playing on the top line with Crosby and Kunitz. He had 7 goals and 8 assists during the Penguins run to the Stanley Cup Finals when they won in 2009. He was also a great veteran presense to have in the locker room cause everyone loved the guy. He made $2 million last season. Read more
In what has been a very slow off season for movement around the NHL, there have been two big fish the media have covered. The speculation around where Ilya Kovalchuk would sign, and his ridiculous contract have dominated the hockey blogging headlines. Of course Kovalchuk is now an unrestricted free agent once again, as his contract was turned down by an independent arbitrator who sided with the NHL and ruled that it was void for circumventing the salary cap. So while Kovalchuk is renegotiating with the New Jersey Devils, and still in free agent limbo, we turn our attention to the other big fish. That being none other than the Maple Leafs defenceman, Tomas Kaberle. Read more
Mike Modano made it official on August 6th Friday that he would be signing a one year deal worth $1.25 million dollar deal with $500,000 more threw performance based bonuses. Modano became a free agent when the Dallas Stars decided not to resign him. there were some teams that were interested in him, but he decided to return to the city where he played his youth hockey. Modano grew up in Livonia, Michigan. Modano will now wear number 90 as Gordie Howe’s number 9 has been retired by the organization. Read more
After hearing the arbitrator’s decision on Antti Niemi the Blackhawks have decided to walk away and make the goaltender a free agent. Niemi earned $826,875 last season, the arbitrator reward Niemi with a new salary of $2.75 million for one year.
The Blackhawks were allready up against the $59.4 million cap. They didn’t have many options either they could have signed him and traded him or signed him back and trade another player to free up space. Blackhawks have had such crazy offseason with many of there players being free agents, the Hawks dealt away a lot of there players this offseason like Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager and Kris Versteeg. They still got Huet and his $5.625 million cap hit. The Blackhawks have the option of sending Huet to the AHL, which would take his cap hit off the books. Campbells contract of $7 million also. Hawks are really stuck up against the cap. Read more
Not again is what all Vancouver Canucks fans are saying again after hearing Salo tore his Achilles tendon. Sami Salo has been injury prone guy all his career. Salo has had around 35 injuries in his career costing him over 200 games in his 11 year NHL carreer. There are reports out there saying he tore his Achilles tendon by playing floor hockey in Finland and other reports out there are saying he hurt it in training. Vancouver Canucks did confirm it on Friday that he did tear his Achilles but wouldn’t go into any details. Read more
Is it just me, or does it really suck to be a Toronto sports fan? Whether you love hockey, baseball, basketball, football, or soccer, it just plain sucks to be in Toronto. Look at all of the major professional sports teams we have. The Leafs, the Raptors, the Jays. What do they all have in common? They all stink! It seems like its been a decade since we’ve had a playoff series, never mind a meaningful one. The last set of playoffs I can remember was when the Raps lost in the first round to the Magic. Was anyone really suprised? None of our teams are built to win it all, and most aren’t even capable of qualifying for the post season. Read more