From Matthew Barry: Say What? Phaneuf to the Kings???

I was talking about the draft to a person with huge ties to the Kings and we started talking about the up-coming free agency period. He/She said “What would you think about the Phaneuf kid playing for the Kings?” Of course I replied, “What do you know?” A chuckle ensued followed by “Can’t tell you…

From Tom Benjamin’s NHL Blog: Still Pretending

I don’t know why hockey fans still get sucked in by all the trade talk in the period that leads up to the draft. I don’t know how hockey reporters can keep buying any of the trade whispers they hear. The fact is there are very few trades in this league. That should quash virtually…

James Mirtle (mirtle) on Twitter

Eric Duhatschek says: “Almost everyone here thinks Matt Duchene is going to go No. 1 to the Isles now” http://www.theglobeandmail…. Right. Sure. I assume that’s wishful thinking on the part of Toronto sports media people. Because if Tavares doesn’t go first, there’s an infinitesimal chance Burke can trade up and grab him. Or is it…

StanleyCupofChowder (cupofchowdah) on Twitter

RT @BigLeagueScrew 38% of voters on ESPN think the league’s likely #1 overall pick John Tavares is a soccer player. http://bit.ly/M7YHz And the only state where the majority of poll takers picked Tavares as a hockey player? Hawaii. via StanleyCupofChowder (cupofchowdah) on Twitter.  

Andy Strickland – Will Ottawa Refuse To Pay Heatley His Bonus?

[vodpod id=Groupvideo.2816133&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] Murray is telling people that if they’re stuck paying Heatley his signing bonus on July first then they won’t be moving him. How awkward will that be for Heatley and everyone else in the Senators organization if he ends up playing in Ottawa this season? Which to me means they HAVE to move…

Darren Dreger (DarrenDreger) on Twitter

Tor, Philly, Minny and LA closing in on Ryane Clowe. SJ still trying to sign him. Makes sense. Ko, Mo, Fro, Bro, O’D, Jo, Dough, Sto — CLOWE. [I didn’t mention Mo(ulson), Bo(yle), Jo(nes), Ro(e), Lo(ktionov), Ho(lloway).] Also, Go(tee-ay). Naturally, this is why they want Ho(ssa). via Darren Dreger (DarrenDreger) on Twitter.  

From Mirtle: More on the Salary Cap

In a general sense, a flat cap indicates flat revenues, although the 5-per-cent inflator we’ve heard so much about lately does tweak those results by about $2-million either way. Commissioner Gary Bettman asked the players to not use the inflator last season, but they disagreed and bumped the cap up to $56.7-million, which resulted in…

A thought

It will be interesting to see how much of all this twittering etc adds up to anything real in terms of actual deals, and how much of it is just occupying us like hamsters in a wheel without any cause and effect at all.  

Los Angeles Kings (LAKingsHockey) on Twitter

I am really excited. great day for our franchise – Luc #NHL I hope so, but does he know something we don’t know, or is he just being optimistic? I guess he could be saying, “it’s a great day for our franchise because whether we get Kane, Schenn, Cowan or MPS those are all great…

From Working the Corners: Agent on trade rumors: ‘I think Doug tried to see the value for Ryane Clowe’

Just talked with Ryane Clowe’s Quebec-based agent, Paul Corbeil. He, too, had seen the TSN.ca reports from the NHL draft site saying Clowe was the subject of trade talks that Sharks GM Doug Wilson was having in Montreal with several teams, Toronto and Philadelphia among them. Corbeil, of course, knows that Clowe’s current contract expires…