Monthly Archives: June 2009

Via ESPN: Los Angeles Kings looking for star

Kings search for a star The Los Angeles Kings have been linked all spring to Tampa Bay star Vincent Lecavalier, but we’re told those talks have cooled off for now. One Eastern Conference source told us Saturday the New York Rangers have made Scott Gomez available around the league, but we’re not sure how interested…

Ottawa Sun: More LeCavalier/Johnson — Johnson wants $5.5MM?

Some new rumor plot-points, in bold: Despite all the denials coming out of the Sunshine State, the Tampa Bay Lightning is trying to deal C Vinny Lecavalier. A league source told Sun Media yesterday the Bolts have informed the NHL they intend to spend at the salary floor of approximately $40.5 million next season. They…

Detroit discount? | Hockey | Sports | Ottawa Sun

The question for Detroit GM Ken Holland is whether he can fit Hossa’s contract into the club’s salary structure under the NHL’s salary cap. The NHLPA will vote later this month on whether they want to invoke a 5% increase in the cap, but it will likely stay close to $56.7-million (all terms US) range…

From Al Strachan: Lightning Rod

Al Strachan repackages the same old rumors; but at least he can write coherently. My comments are in brackets. The rumors regarding Vincent Lecavalier refuse to go away. [I resist inserting, "whose fault is that?"] Tampa Bay Lightning GM Brian Lawton insists that he has had no trade talks regarding Lecavalier and that he has no…

2009 NHL Draft Combine recap – Hockey’s Future

As far as the testing went, several of the shorter players stood out positively. Eden Prairie High School defenseman Nick Leddy was one of the most impressive in the vertical leap, and he had an excellent wing span for his size. Not the broadest of players, Leddy was finely tuned, with one of the lowest…

The Hockey News: Draft dreams

MISSISSAUGA, ONT. – Another draft combine is in the books, so let’s shine the spotlight on some of the players who made their presence felt at the annual fitness exposition. Some scouts believe a prospect should be in the best physical shape possible by the combine and the following youngsters helped their own cause in that regard. Let’s…

Why hockey pucks are frozen – Kansas City Star

“Rubber is one of the most elastic materials on earth, and even vulcanization can’t stop hockey pucks from bouncing,” Hache wrote. “Smashed against a hard surface like concrete or ice, a puck rebounds with between 45 and 55 percent of its original velocity (less so on a softer surface like a board). This percentage is…