New York Rangers sign Matt Gilroy to multiyear deal

The BU captain isn’t eligible to join the Rangers on their current playoff run. He will attend the club’s late summer training camp with an eye on making their 2009-10 NHL roster. via Sources: New York Rangers sign Boston University’s Matt Gilroy to multiyear deal – ESPN.  

Petty Schadenfreude Watch

Calgary loses, Cammalleri loses it. Double-plus good. San Jose loses. It would be nice if they could be swept. Anaheim wins. You can’t have everything. Ideally, they’ll crush the Sharks and then lose to Detroit.  

MacTavish Signs Long Term Deal Not

Two Edmonton-based sportswriters in a cab heading to the morning skate prior to last night’s Stanley Cup playoff game here sent a text to MacTavish inquiring about the press conference the Oilers had called inquiring if he’d made his decision either way. “Yes,” MacT responded. “I just signed a long-term deal. See U at the…

Adam Proteau’s Blog: Flames, Sharks scorers cause costly losses

Cammalleri … erred terribly when he drilled Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat in the head after a faceoff; Cammalleri almost certainly will (and definitely should) be suspended for the same swinging motion to the head that got Philadelphia’s Daniel Carcillo banned for Game 2 of the Flyers’ series against Pittsburgh. Cammalleri was playing his first NHL…

Doughty, Schenn, Stamkos to Team Canada

The best part of all is that he’ll have two buddies along for the ride. Stamkos, Schenn and Doughty have kept in close contact since becoming friends. “We’re texting each other all the time, a phone call here and there,” said Stamkos. “We got to spend a couple days at the Young Guns game in…

F-You Buffalo News

Nobody should accept the Miller excuse for finishing ninth or 10th in the conference while playing in a weak division. The Devils were without the best goaltender in the world, Martin Brodeur, for 50 games. They came together, found different ways to win, made backup Scott Clemmensen better, and captured the tough Atlantic Division. This…

Puckprospectus.com: The Plus and Minus of Plus/Minus

Hockey is usually not the sport where statistical or analytical innovation takes place. So it’s ironic that one of the most useful concepts in sports statistics has been an official NHL statistic for over 40 seasons, leading other sports by at least three decades. The statistic in question is Plus/Minus, which is perhaps the biggest…

Kukla’s Korner: Who Deserves 11 Year Contracts?

There’s no questioning his ability to put the puck in the net, but is he a core guy on your team that you want to keep until he’s 40? There’s no way to predict things, but goal-scorer skills tend to decline pretty fast once you hit your mid-30s. Ask John Leclair about that; his whole…

Detroit’s Cap Issues UPDATED FRANZEN CONTRACT EDITION

Datsyuk 6.7, Zetterberg 6, Franzen 3.95, Filppula 3.0, Cleary 2.8, Holmstrom 2.25, Draper 1.583, Maltby .750, Lidstrom 7.45, Rafalski 6.0, Stuart 3.75, Kronwall 3.0, Lilja 1.25, Lebda .650, Meech .483, Ericsson .900, Osgood 1.417, Hudler RFA, Hossa UFA, Samuelsson UFA, Kopecky UFA, Conklin UFA. TOTAL $52.016 But need to sign 6 forwards and 1 goalie. If the goalie is Howard, add 0.717. Now: $52.733. That leaves $3.967MM left to sign six forwards.  [the following…

Monarchs on NHLHD…

…normal resolution broadcast in HD so you can see every pixel of how crappy the feed is. Bernier looked sharp. Campbell looked like an adenoidal 17 year old chicken-giant, but he blocked at least a half-dozen shots. Azevedo and Clune made some bad passes. Lewis had a nice goal, two on one with Moulson (nice…

How Does Burke Get Tavares? | Toronto Sports Media Blog

So what needs to happen for the Leafs to end up in 26th? First, they need Los Angeles to beat San Jose on Saturday afternoon. Then, they need to lose to Ottawa at home a few hours later. Finally, they would need Wayne Gretzky’s Phoenix Coyotes to finish off the season with a victory over…

Lighting the Lamp: [UPDATE] Preissing is playing hurt and that somehow explains everything

Preissing came in for criticism last night from the media (including this writer, see previous post) for what appeared a-less-than-100-percent effort on the game’s decisive play. Preissing’s admission explains everything and places even more blame on the LA Kings for not sending back healthy D Davis Drewiske and allowing Preissing to play when he clearly…

[UPDATE] Crucial Remaining Games for the Kings

…in the Tavares Sweepstakes, that is. FLA @ ATL [ATL wins by losing, booo!] DAL @ COL [DAL loses by winning, yay!] LOS @ VAN [LA wins by losing, yay!] PHX @ SJS [PHX loses by winning, yay!] (Friday) DAL @ ANA (Saturday) SJS @ LOS OTT @ TOR TBL @ ATL ANA @ PHX…

Tom Benjamin: Calgary is Out of (cap) Money

Problem is, because they were right against the $56.7-million (U.S.) salary cap, they needed to ship Dustin Boyd and Warren Peters to the minors to make the numbers work. Accordingly, the Flames went with only 10 forwards playing their second game in two nights — with predictable results… “That’s part of the cap rules and…