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…

Kings 2004 draft evaluation – Hockey’s Future

Five years out from this Entry Draft, the Los Angeles Kings class of 2004 appears to be one of the worst in recent memory.  None have established themselves as regulars in the NHL, the top pick (No. 11 overall) was traded and has eventually returned to Europe, and most of the remaining choices either never…

Chiarelli has some operating to do – The Boston Globe

No one knows the cap number for next season, and it won’t be computed for approximately another three weeks, simply because ’09 playoff revenue (factoring about $2 million per game) is a critical part of the brew. The last Stanley Cup game is slated to be played no later than June 16, which will keep…

NJ.com: Cap Could Drop by as much as $2.5MM for 2009

As they compile their wish lists for the start of free agency beginning July 1, GMs will likely be facing the first decrease in the salary cap since it was instituted for the 2005-06 season. The cap could drop by as much as $2.5 million for the 2009-10 season from its current $56.7 million figure,…

Bozo Weighs in @ Oilers Nation

From commenter Bozo [who is not me]: All I’m saying is, not naming your sources is one thing but making a claim that’s so wishy washy that it could never be shown to be wrong is bad form. It makes Dreger look like he’s guilty even if he isn’t. And it makes me a little…

OilersNation.com: some Bozo blogger thinks Darren Dreger of TSN might be pulling NHL trade rumours out of his *ss and making things up

So, some Bozo blogger thinks Darren Dreger of TSN might be pulling NHL trade rumours out of his ass and making things up, eh? Dreger’s inquisitor on a website known as Kings Kool-Aid calls himself “qwisp,” which may or may not be a version of his real name. That doesn’t matter, even though the thought of…

Edmonton Journal: Darren Dreger Crucified

Reporting trade rumours is the crack cocaine of hockey writers. It’s sure to bring in traffic, so it’s highly addictive, but it doesn’t always do much for the credibility of the rumour-monger, as Darren Dreger has just been told in no uncertain terms by an angry but clever L.A. Kings blogger. Me, I wouldn’t be…

Ducks’ Pronger can only wait and see – Ducks blog – OCRegister.com

Ironically, Pronger’s future could very well be tied to that of fellow blue-line star Scott Niedermayer. Should Niedermayer retire or sign elsewhere as a free agent, the Ducks would almost certainly keep Pronger. Should Niedermayer return, the Ducks would likely have a difficult time also accommodating the 2009-10 salaries of Pronger and Ryan Whitney ($3.5…

Spector: Krejci or Kessel?

Kevin Paul Dupont reports Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli will have between $8-$10 million in available cap space to re-sign key players and bolster his roster depth. Dupont suggests it could cost at minimum $6 million to re-sign forwards David Krejci and Phil Kessel, which wouldn’t leave much room to fill out the rest of the…

It is Believed that Darren Dreger at TSN May Have Been Among Those Mentioned as Someone Who Possibly Could Be Pulling S*** Out of His *ss

Here’s the text of Dreger’s recent “report” with my comments/interpretation: via TSN : The conversations surrounding Tampa Bay Lightning forward Vincent Lecavalier are likely to heat up as we get closer to July 1, when the no-trade clause on his contract kicks in. TRANSLATION: something will happen in the future, but is not happening now. The two…

Lauri Tukonen? – HFBoards

Last season Tukonen could not fullfil the expectations of 1st line winger in Ilves Tampere and moved to Lukko Rauma where he was “ok” in a minor role. His season ended to a knee injury that required a surgery. He made a 4-year contract with an NHL clause to Lukko and has stated that he…

ISS Top 30 2009 prospects, May – Hockey’s Future

1. Tavares, John  C 9/20/1990 L 6.00.2 195 London OHL 2 Duchene, Matt  C 1/16/1991 L 5.11 200 Brampton OHL 3 Hedman, Victor  LD 12/18/1990 L 6.06 220 Modo SweE 4 Paajarvi-Svensson, Magnus  LW 4/12/1991 L 6.01 200 SweE 5 Kane, Evander  C 8/2/1991 L 6.01.2 176 Vancouver WHL 6 Schenn, Brayden  C 8/22/1991 L…

10 offseason moves that would make sense – USATODAY.com

3. Los Angeles Kings going after Marian Gaborik: Two summers ago, Dean Lombardi dipped into the free agent marketplace with poor results. But the timing was all wrong. They spent all last season in rebuilding mode, and now they have a strong collection of talented young players, such as Drew Doughty, Jack Johnson, Dustin Brown, Jonathan…

cut-and-paste of my own comment from Inside the Kings, just so I don’t forget I said it and because it’s so hard to find anything in the Inside the Kings archives

The season after next will be interesting cap-wise, as [commenter "src3" on the Inside the Kings "board" said] said. Not just because of Frolov being a UFA and the cap coming down a bit, but also because both Quincey and Quick will be RFA. Next year, Fro’s hit is 2.9, Quick’s .8, Quincey’s .6, and…

Ducks GM Accused of Cross-Checking Fan

While the players were on the ice exchanging handshakes, high above in an executive suite Ducks General Manager Bob Murray was seething over the controversial goal that ended his team’s quest for the Stanley Cup. A Detroit Police report lead to an assault investigation involving Murray. An upset and angry Murray, the report notes, picked…

The Hockey News: Getting To Knowlov Frolov

Status: Los Angeles Kings winger HT: 6-foot-2 WT: 210 pounds DOB: June 19, 1982 In: Moscow, Russia Hockey Inspirations: “I didn’t have one guy. I like a lot of great players – like Alexander Yakushev, Valeri Kharlamov. But I really didn’t have one guy who I really wanted to be like. I always want to…