Battle of California: With the 5th Pick…

I’m drafting Brayden Schenn. Sorry I don’t have some big build-up for you, but I figured I’d save you the suspense and just let you know right now.  Now, I’m not saying Brayden is the best pick, or the one the Kings should necessarily make, just that he’s the one that Dean would likely make. …

TSN: Heatley Heatley Heatley (Heatley)

Bryan Murray (a.k.a. Murray 2): “I have had some conversation with several teams. I don’t really have a timetable but I have encouraged anybody that is really interested to try to make the contact before the draft and we will get something done by that time I hope.” via TSN . Meanwhile, am I to…

The Hockey News: Heating up

Heatley reportedly wasn’t happy playing for coach Cory Clouston, who replaced Craig Hartsburg at mid-season and reduced the winger’s playing time, including moving him for a spell onto the team’s second power-play unit. With five years and more than $37 million remaining on his current contract, Heatley’s decision sparked considerable vitriol from Senators fans as…

Kukla’s Korner: Post Game 7 Notes

The only way the Anaheim Ducks steal defenceman Jack Johnson and an early first-round pick from L.A. for diminishing asset Chris Pronger is if Kings general manager Dean Lombardi happens to lose his mind. via KuklasKorner : Hockey .  

KuklasKorner : Abel to Yzerman : Gary’s Wallpaper

Fascinating, must-read: We’re going to say this one more time and I’m going to make it as clear as I can.  No one here has claimed a “conspiracy.” No one has said Gary Bettman orchestrated a Pens Cup.  It’s not Gary Bettman’s fault that Hal Gill accrued a grand total of 2 penalty minutes over…

From Oilers Nation: Has Chris Pronger Been Traded to L.A.?

Has Chris Pronger been traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Jack Johnson and the 5th overall draft pick. I’ve been updating this situation since Andy Strickland first broke the story, and at this point it’s an awfully tangled web, so I thought that it might be a good idea to list the two sides (“yes,…

From Mirtle: How hard is it to win the Stanley Cup?

It took me a couple days to cobble this together, with some major assistance for the raw data from stats maestro Gabe Desjardins, but I’ve finally got an answer: Of the 6,400-some players to have played in the NHL in the league’s 90-plus year history, 14 per cent won at least one Stanley Cup championship…

Change of scenery? Dany Heatley may want out of Ottawa – ESPN

Is Senators winger Dany Heatley seeking his ticket out of Ottawa? Sources tell me that is the case. According to those sources, Ottawa GM Bryan Murray has been notified of Heatley’s desire for a change of scenery and is mulling his options. On the record, though, Murray said Heatley is still a Senator. “We signed…

Ken Campbell: Best the Wings will ever be?

The link failed to import for some reason, but this is from Ken Campbell’s blog at The Hockey News:  Ask Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland about it and you get a terse, “I’m not going there.” Ask Red Wings veteran Kris Draper and you get the death stare.(Trust me, I got it when I…

Coming Down the Pipe!: On the Fence With Ryan Ellis

Really, really exceptionally great blog post on Ryan Ellis. Hat tip to The Copper and Blue. Here’s the beginning of it, but read the whole thing (follow the link below…).  I’ll admit it; I’m not the biggest believer in Ryan Ellis. To put this in perspective though… on The Pipeline Show we talk about everything…

Some Draftee Contract Issues Explained Not By Me

  Once a player is drafted by an NHL team, he must sign a contract with that organization within two years. The exception is when a college player is drafted. Unlike the NBA, the NHL allows a player to finish his college career. The NHL team holds the draft rights to a college player until…

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…