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…

NHL Fanhouse: Idea of Moving Luongo Shortsighted

The crux of Cole’s case is that guys like Nikolai Khabibulin and Marc-Andre Fleury are not paid like franchise players. That’s simply not true. Khabibulin is in the final year of a four-year, $27 million deal he got after the lockout. The Blackhawks put him in waivers in September, but decided to keep him around.…

The Province: The hard truth — Canucks must deal Luongo

The irony, then, is that the Canucks will have to trade Luongo in order to build a team that would be good enough to win with Luongo. Think about it for a minute. It’s now apparent the Canucks have more holes in their lineup than Luongo can fill. Their defence was exposed against the Blackhawks…

Buffalo News: Sabres sign Myers to three-year pact

It’s fair to say the Buffalo Sabres liked Tyler Myers from the start. They traded up to select him 12th overall in last June’s NHL entry draft, and General Manager Darcy Regier said he was happy to pay the price to get him. On Monday, the Sabres proved their admiration again. They signed their top…

L.A. is Awesome – Battle of California

The U.S. lost to Russia today (?  I don’t understand time zones), 3-2.  The team has had a fairly strong tournament, with a trio of Kings, past and present, supplying a lot of the firepower.  Patrick O’Sullivan led all forwards in ice time and had 7 points in games, Dustin Brown led the team with…

The Copper & Blue: Ryan Ellis, If Available

The title to this post is the answer to the question “Who should the Oilers select at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft?”  Ellis has had a phenomenal junior career so far, but doesn’t seem to be getting a ton of respect from scouts. TSN has Ellis ranked #12 for the upcoming draft; ISS puts him…

You Want to Know How Good Loktionov is?

He’s so good, that, while I’m refreshing the OHL scoring leaders page, his point totals are literally going up by the second. This would be due to the two third period goals he just scored to give Windsor a 3-1, then 4-1 lead in game 4 of their playoff series. I went to the site…

Red Wings ‘blown’ away – Puck Daddy – NHL – Yahoo! Sports

The Detroit Red Wings were jobbed, hosed, robbed, disrespected — really, pick your terms of non-endearment — when referee Brad Watson and his intent to blow an early whistle wiped out a Marian Hossa(notes) game-tying goal late in the third period at the Anaheim Ducks in Game 3. The puck’s in the net before the whistle, but Watson…

Kukla’s Corner agrees with me; presumably everyone does

If you haven’t seen it, you will. The officiating in this league is the most pathetic of anything just south of professional wrestling. But the league’s healthier than ever, eh Gary?  Is this how you want your playoff games decided? I’m two games away from being done with this whole charade. … It’s just plain incompetence and we all…

Red Wings Blog completely agrees with me

With a minute to go the Red Wings scored. Great right? No. The referee lost sight of the puck, even though it was laying right on the goal line, and blew play the play dead. Well, actually he didn’t blow the play dead, but he was thinking about it. The puck was in the back of…