Via Greatest Hockey Legends: Guy Lafleur and Marcel Dionne

Lafleur was not eligible for the NHL draft until 1971, but Montreal wanted him badly. In May 1970 they made their first move to secure the 1st overall pick in ’71. They traded Ernie Hicke and their own 1st rounder to lowly Oakland. As the 1970-71 season progressed, the Habs gamble was working well as…

Via Habslegends: Ralph Backstrom and the Super Street Skate

After 13 seasons and 6 Stanley Cup championships in Montreal, Backstrom went to GM Sam Pollock and requested a trade in 1970. The Habs sent Backstrom to Los Angeles, one of his requested destinations, in exchange for Gord Labossiere and Ray Fortin. “It was very refreshing for me to play in Los Angeles. It was…

Via Matthew Barry: Lombardi on JJ Sr and ALL THAT B.S.

Of course that was a perfect segue for me to ask about all of the off season turmoil surrounding Jack Johnson and that he seems to be talked about in every single trade deal. Lombardi cleared the air. “Aw, that’s not fair. This is the truth. The thing that set off the firestorm was the…

Via Matthew Barry: Lombardi tells Purcell to get to the blue paint, talks Calder and Army, and gives Boyle the Teeniest Wisp of a Last Chance Not to Suck

There are still many questions to be answered up front. Is Purcell ready to take it to the next level? “We’ve driven into him “you’ve got to get to the blue and you’ve got to pay the price””. Will Moulson be back? Will there be several surprises this season as we had with Wayne Simmonds…

Burke Reveals Standards, Updates Zeno’s Paradox

Burke stated that the Leafs had no interest in the two-time 50 goal scorer, largely because of the way he has chosen to handle his trade request. “We’re not going to be in on that,” Burke stated.  “He’s a good player but I have certain guidelines on how players ask for trades. [...] When you have…

Spector’s Blog: Lubo

The Edmonton Oilers are rumored willing to part with defensemen Lubomir Visnovsky ($5.6 million per season against the cap until 2012-13) or Sheldon Souray (cap hit of $5.4 million per season until 2011-12) in hopes of landing offensive depth. via Big Ticket NHL Players Hard to Move. • Spector’s Blog – FOX Sports Blogs.  

Cut and Paste from my comment on ItK re the Kings’ “third line”, so I can find it later when I want to remember what I said without having to search the unsearchable archives

How many third lines do the Kings have? The main issue with Brown/Handzus/Simmonds as a line is who would play on the right side. Brown sucked on the right last year, and talked openly about how difficult it was for him. Does Simmonds switch sides on that line? The funny thing is, x/Stoll/Brown is <i>also</i>…

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…