Al Cimaglia Blog – Logjam at forward – ESPN Chicago

Currently, Chicago has 14 NHL-quality forwards signed for next year. That total does not include Aliu, Beach or Jack Skille. Most likely the Hawks will break training camp with 13 forwards, seven defensemen and two goaltenders. Their roster could include only 21 players, but most likely will be 22. As it stands, a 23-man roster…

Sharkspage agrees with me

With 8 roster forwards under contract (along with promising prospect Jamie McGinn) for roughly $28 million, and Evgeni Nabokov slated for a cap hit of $6 million, that leaves $1.1 million for at least 3 forwards and a backup goaltender. Qualifying offers were made earlier this summer to goaltender Thomas Greiss (07-08 salary: $725,000), center…

From Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: Bettman’s Nightmare

This a Tom Benjamin post from February, so factor in personnel changes etc. since then. Revenues would have to fall by about 15% to get to a $46 MM salary cap, so this may be a very pessimistic view. Nevertheless, if it happens, the NHL is screwed. The Leafs are in good shape but many teams…

From The Legend of Juraj Mikus – Inside the Kings

From the comments section: Shakes said: I know we didn’t get the Sedin twins but i think the next best thing: corner the market on BOTH Juraj Mikus’s. This would be epic. It’s the stuff dreams are made of. It’s the stuff franchises are built on. Dean would finally have the missing pieces to the…

NHL Teams Hunt for Talent in a Frenzied Bazaar – WSJ.com

Since most traditional hockey stats focus solely on offensive production, a better way to measure all-around talent is to pinpoint the players who are most important to their teams. To do this, we can rank every skater by who played the most in “clutch” situations—the last two minutes of tied or one-goal games. Those playing…

From letsgosharks: To Marleau or Not to Marleau

Patrick Marleau traded! No, no he hasn’t been. But, can you imagine the response if that headline were to become true? Can you see it – “The San Jose Sharks deal their longtime captain for a bag of pucks!” Ok so they won’t get any galvanized rubber for him but realistically what would they get…