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sstrang writes...

Looking forward

Posted Monday | Comments 0
Alright Flames fans, let's forget yesterday or even this whole series ever happened. Let's get down to business for next season. Here is the list of UFAs for the Flames: Tony Amonte Marcus Nilson Jeff Friesen Darren McCarty Byron Ritchie Wayne Primeau Roman Hamrlik Brad Stuart Brad Ference Jamie McLellan (G) Here is the list for the RFAs: Matthew Lo...
The Canucks aren't going to have much money to spend, so I don't expect any big-name free agent signings. [b][u]Out[/b][/u] • Jan Bulis • Bryan Smolinski • Brent Sopel [b][u]In[/b][/u] • Ruslan Fedotenko • Wade Brookbank or any other enforcer • Marc Chouinard (for training camp) Daniel Sedin ($3.575M) | Henrik Sedin ($3.575M) | Taylor Pyatt ($1.5...
For those outside of Buffalo, just an interesting little story.... I called HSBC Arena yesterday. I was hoping to buy season tickets. The response I got: "We're all maxed out for next season. We can take your name down for the waiting list though." What? It's not like I waited til the last minute. Last year I ordered my tix in August and had no problem. You...
Congratulations to the Anaheim Ducks. An outstanding organization and a tremendous hockey team. They deserved everything they got. And now our lives fall back to normalcy. No more puck. At least not on the ice. It's a terribly sad time of year. At least we have the NBA Finals starting tomorrow, right? Major League Baseball is in full swing. And then football s...
First off, let me start by looking at the numbers in terms of a salary cap hit for the 2007-08 season: ([i]all numbers rounded to two decimal places[/i]) SUNDIN- $5.50M TUCKER- $3.00M ANTROPOV- $1.95M STEEN- $0.95M KILGER- $0.87M STAJAN- $0.95M WELLWOOD- $0.95M PONIKAROVSKY- $1.58M POHL- $0.48M DEVERAUX- $0.55M ONDRUS- $0.50M WESTRUM- $0.48M NEWBURY- $0.4...
At Monday’s press conference, the Islanders introduced new acquisitions Jon Sim, Ruslan Fedotenko, Mike Comrie and Bill Guerin. GM Garth Snow held the surprise of the day in his hands as he approached the podium, said a few words and handed Guerin his new # 13 Islanders jersey with the captain’s “C” sewn into place. So, the Isles have named the 11th captain in team...
Multiple league sources have informed the Sabres as the team chosen to represent the league in an "Ice Bowl" on the first day of 2008. The opponent, most likely,would be the Pittsburgh Penguins as it should. The combination of Sidney Crosby and Malkin copuled with facing an appointent who's fans will fill the Ralph in a matter of hours will be outstanding. The genius behin...
Here is how I think the Leafs should break down their lines for next season. First off, we know three things for sure, based on what Paul Maurice has indicated: 1) Mats Sundin will be the first-line centre (okay, this one was obvious). 2) Jason Blake will begin the season on the first line. 3) Kyle Wellwood will be the second-line centre. Given that, I think the Le...
The season of 08 is looking great for the wings as of now.last year the wings came tied for first with buffalo{buf had more wins} in points and the only divisionmate who even contended with them was the predators.i mean, lets face it chicago, the hawks suck and the same goes for the bluejackets.the blues are really on the right track but at most they'll contend for a playo...
Leafer93 writes...

Revised Leafs Lines

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
After some retooling, here are my new ideas for the Leafs lines. FORWARDS: Blake-Sundin-Tucker Antropov-Wellwood-Poinkarovsky Bell-Stajan-Steen Kilger-Pohl-Deveraux SCRATCHES: Battaglia (interchangable with Deveraux) Belak (only used in the case the team needs a good old fashioned ass whomping....perhaps whenever Sean Avery is playing?) AHL CALLUPS: 1) Will...
Leafer93 writes...

Northeast Division Preview

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
I'm going to look at all six divisions, starting with the home of the Leafs, the Northeast Division. NORTHEAST DIVISION: Boston Bruins: The sad-sack Bruins have done little to improve their team from last season. The major upgrade was bringing in goalie Manny Fernandez from Minnesota; however, Fernandez may have inflated numbers due to time spent on the defensive-min...
DucksFan07 writes...

The 2007/08 Ducks Lineup

Posted Friday | Comments 0
Dear Hockey Friends, Without much input or blogging from our resident Ducks guy coupled with my nervous waiting for a couple of key decisions from the Ducks, I thought I would step in and pre-empt how I think the Ducks will likely start the season. Kunitz - McDonald - Bertuzzi (the rookie Bobby Ryan may see some time) May - Getzlaf - Perry Moen - Pahlsson - R. Nied...
Leafer93 writes...

2007-08 Predictions

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
EASTERN CONFERENCE: 1) New York Rangers (110) 2) Ottawa Senators (107) 3) Atlanta Thrashers (99) 4) Pittsburgh Penguins (108) 5) Buffalo Sabres (104) 6) New Jersey Devils (98) 7) Toronto Maple Leafs (95) 8) Philadelphia Flyers (93) ----------------------------------- 9) Carolina Hurricanes (92) 10) Montreal Canadiens (91) 11) Tampa Bay Lightning (86) 12) Flori...
duckyjets writes...

Rookie predictions

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
1.) Nicklas Backstrom- Will be playing with Ovechkin this coming season so I see him setting Ovi up for alot of goals. Should get alot of time on the PP so I see him putting up some serious points. 2.) Carey Price- I'm going on a limb here saying that he will make the Canadians this year and will steal the starting role from Huet. After seeing what this kid is capable o...
Happy long weekend puckheads!!! -I have been playing NHL08's demo almost non stop since it became available. The skating engine is unreal, as is the AI for the computer controlled players. It's a free download on XBox Live, for your 360 console. Well worth a DL and play for free. -Speaking of the NHL games this year, the date for NHL 2K8 was bumped up to September 1...
Leafer93 writes...

Amended Predictions

Posted Monday | Comments 0
I made some NHL predictions awhile back; however, I made some small changes. I think that Carolina is more likely to make the playoffs than Philadelphia, and that I underestimated Washington and Dallas slightly; thus, I've made some changes to my tentative predictions. These are my FINAL predictions for the year. Book them. EASTERN CONFERENCE: 1) New York Rangers (51-2...
Leafer93 writes...

Preseason Thoughts Thus Far...

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
Having just sat through 12 hours on campus, and 6 hours of class, I really don't think I can be all that eloquent right now; however, I will just summarize what I've seen from the Leafs in both yesterday's 3-2 OT loss to Edmonton, and tonight's 3-2 win over Phoenix. HOT: The Blake/Sundin/Antropov line. This line had a great showing tonight, and was solid on the PP. I wi...
This is a two part post, first my I explain why the Wild take the 07-08 Stanley Cup Championship. The second I will highlight my first game day mock game, for this I will be playing against the opponent scheduled (today the Hawks) in a hopeful (or today, not so hopeful) representation of todays game. Over the last few years the Wild have taken a good approach to signing ...
As the Sabres drop the puck on their 2007-2008 season tonight at HSBC Arena, I thought I'd share my outlook for this year. I'm a devout Sabres fan, have been following the team since the Mogilny/LaFontaine era (I'm only 21), and I've studied the history of the team too, back to the French Connection days. I've stuck with the team through the really bad, the bankruptcy,...
Jon Jordan writes...

Hurry Up and Wait!

Posted Tuesday | Comments 0
Another fantastic Islander win Saturday night, this time in OT against the rival Devils, has Islander nation buzzing with excitement. Personally, I went to bed with a huge smile on my face after Bill Guerin's OT winner, just [i][b]completely [/b][/i]unable to wait for the next game! This wasn't a back to back weekend, though, so no game Sunday ... No Islanders to riv...
marcs797 writes...

NHL 08 HUGE GLITCH

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
So I had just won the stanley cup with my Capitals team (god I love those jerseys), and I had signed all the free agents I needed. I realized that my farm team was pretty dry with good prospects, so I went into free agency one last time to look for some good ones that had slipped through the cracks. JACKPOT. What I discovered were a few undrafted players hailing from Ca...
The Kings are flat. I know few of you knew this. While Alexander the Great maybe on the market giving up our best goalie is not an option. There are two players in history I know of who could make the playoffs without a goalie The Great One, and Sid the Kid. Crosby left in five games and Gretzky won the cup with one of the best teams of all time. A.O. can't do it, he ...
With the 2007/2008 NHL season reaching the halfway mark it dawned on me that 14/28 players (according to nhlnumbers.com) are UFA's or RFA's. Seeing as this team seems to be having consistency problems it may not be such a bad thing to start fresh with some new players and get rid of some of the older ones. With that being said, here are who I think the Wild should try to k...
Like many gamers, I have been waiting on the roster update for NHL 08. We all assumed it would be out in a reasonable time. Well it has finally come out [b]3 weeks after the trade deadline[/b] and it's full of glitches. Systems lock up, connections drop, and lineups are full of holes. The Stars, my favorite team, and the Sharks (the other team in the Pacific) only have...
Rob McGowan writes...

Monday: The BIG Day

Posted Thursday | Comments 0
This Monday at 8PM we will be able to witness the lottery draft for the first overall pick in what is one of the deepest drafts in years. Right now, although it hasn't been solidified as definite, the Islanders sit in what appears to be the fifth worst spot, prompting the possibility of getting that 1st overall pick. Sure, many probably figure the odds are not on our si...
[b]Just another voice in the crowd...[/b] This is a personal observation, and in this, my inaugural blog on Hockeybuzz.com, please understand that I in no way speak for everyone. However in response to the listening, reading and observing I do on a daily basis, here's my take on the Nashville Predators' 2007-2008 season. I've been a Predators season ticket holder si...
[b]Beating a Dead Horse...Again.[/b] As expected, Nashville Tennessean columnist David Climer played the [i]'same ol' Predators'[/i] card this morning. Most local Nashville writers have chosen to take the 'glass half-full' approach regarding the Predators Game Six series-ending loss to Detroit, but of course David wouldn't be David if he didn't demonstrate his fair-w...
http://abcnews.go.com/Entertainment/story?id=4704620&page=1 So apparently Sean Avery has decided to work for Vogue. I just keep thinking of him in place of Anne Hathaway in The Devil Wears Prada. Ridiculous. More to come on the tonight's playoff matches.
These picks are just my opinion please leave your thoughts and ill try to give back explanations of any questions. 1. Steven Stamkos,Sarnia Sting, Center (6’1, 180 pounds), Canadian 2. Drew Doughty, Guelph Storm, Defensemen (6’0, 213 pounds), Canadian 3. Zach Bogosian, Peterborough Petes, Defensemen (6’2, 200 pounds), American 4. Alex Pietrangelo, Niag...
Oh boy, Rumors Rumors Rumors! What will we hear today at 4:00Pm Pacific? The Canucks Have Drafted Kyle Beach. The Canucks Have Traded the 10th pick and and player for the number 2 pick. The Canucks Have Sent Ryan Kesler and the 10th pick for Olli Jokinen. I am expecting the Canucks to take Kyle Beach, and [b][u][i]NOT[/i][/u][/b] make any [b][u][i]big[/i][/u][/b...
select Luca Sbisa. This young man is projected to be the replacement for Kimmo Timonen on the powerplay in a few year's time. He is a puck moving, mobile defenseman with good hockey sense and lots of offensive upside. This Swiss Dman, from Lethbridge of the WHL, scored 6 goals, had 27 assists for 33 points lat year to go along with 63 penalty minutes. Sbisa led his tea...
Everyone knows that Rounds 1 and 2 produce the most NHL caliber players. This blog reveals my personal opinion of the 2008 draft rounds 3 thru 7 sleeper picks... [u][b]Mr Big's Late Round Sleepers[/b][/u] _____round 3 #63 Kings -Robert Czarnik (c) #66 Islanders - David Toews (c) #67 Flyers - Marc-Andre Bourdon (d) #72 Islanders - Jyri Niemi (d) #73 Islanders...
With the current roster seemingly set in stone and the unlikely return of Mats Sundin who becomes the Leafs next captain? Many things have to be considered here like who has the heart and who will be the best fit in the dressing room. Me I have to give my vote to Matt Stajan he has been around long enough to know how the team works. He has heart and really takes the re...
[b]Re-signed Chuck Kobasew[/b] The Bruins re-signed Kobasew to a new 3-year deal with a 2.3 cap hit. I'm probably not the only one who believes that Chucky would have made a huge difference in our 7-game quarterfinal war against the Habs. He potted 22 goals in 73 games during the regular season on a team that was usually referred to as offensively handicapped. Despite ...
[u]Depth Chart[/u] C Tim Connolly Derek Roy Paul Gaustad Adam Mair Jochen Hecht Nathan Gerbe Marek Zagrapan LW Thomas Vanek Daniel Paille Patrick Kaleta Clarke MacArthur Philippe Gogulla RW Drew Stafford Jason Pominville Ales Kotalik Maxim Afinogenov Andrew Peters Mark Mancari D Jaroslav Spacek Toni Lydman Henrik Tallinder Craig Rivet Andre...
It indeed has been a short summer for the Detroit Red Wings. By know everyone knows that the Wings added Marion Hossa to their lineup. He could have been the steal of the free agents especially since he signed quick and wanted to come play for Detroit. One thing I learned was that Hossa is good friends with Red Wings 4th liner, Tomas Kopecky. I expect this had a lot to...
I do this every year, just for fun. The so-called hockey experts have their say, and I figure why not have mine? I'm a huge hockey fan, I've been following the league since a youngster - my earliest memories the 93-94 season and the infamous 7-game series between the NY Rangers and Vancouver. So here I go. [b]Regular Season Predictions[/b] [b][i]Western Conference[/b...
With the 2008 pre-season almost drawing to a close, it's the time of year when every fan is filled with hope and optimism about their teams chances to look competitive or maybe do well or even take home the cup. Leaf fans get to predict that they will have a defense this year; Islander fans get to hope they have someone who scores at least 50 points; Shark fans get to bel...
Eastern Conference: 1. Philadelphia- Their offense is arguably the best depth wise in the league, and they have some yound defensman that could really step up and do a good enough job to win the conference. And I think that Biron will do a good enough job as well. 2. Montreal- Fast, skilled, young, but I thinnk they will lose the conference by something as little ...
Tampa Bay gets: Krajicek: A solid D-man who should develop further into a serviceable top 4 defenseman, Krajicek was a good bonus in the Luongo theivery. However he was sloppy and expendable by Vancouver. Let's face it, when it comes to moving assets, the Canucks D-corps is the way to go, but 3 of their top 6 have no trade clauses. Tampa got a guy who can log better...
Western Conference 1. Detroit (Central Division champions). Take away a ten-game stretch late in the season, and last year's Wings were one of the best teams in NHL regular season history. This year's squad is better. 2. San Jose (Pacific Division champions). It is no secret Patrick Marleau and Ron Wilson did not see eye to eye the past couple of years. A coaching ch...
(forgive the non-hockey post my puckhead bretheren) Woooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!! Been a long time....since 1980. I wasn't sure I was going to see one anytime soon. I was 12 when they last won it and will never forget Tug McGraw slapping the mitt on his leg as the city went into pandemonium. Fast forward to Brad Lidge as...
Shout outs to Karen, Krisitn, Roseann, Sandy, Jess, Amanda, Matt, Don, Rux, Eric, and all my regulars ;) First the buzgate. I parked in the wachoia lot because I knew I was going to do my normal thing of waiting afterwards. I ran in to Scoop Cooper and walked over with him. I could not believe the set up when I got over to the Buzzgate. The folks organizing this d...
I know I'm getting ahead of myself, but next offseason is going to be interesting. With the CAP not expected to move much next year and potentially could go down the following year, GMs have to be carful with their money [b][u]Forwards[/u][/b] Next year we have Briere, Richards, Gagne, Carter, Lupul, Hartnell, Metropolit, Asham, and Cote signed to 1-way contracts. ...
As we start to turn the corner on summer, it's just about time to start gearing our minds towards next season's draft. To kick things off, let's take a look back to see which players had the strongest finish to the 2008-09 season. We'll ignore the obvious players who were strong from start to finish, and focus on players that turned it on in the last quarter. It's not ...
hockeylegend488 writes...

Nhl draft re-wind 2008

Posted Wednesday | Comments 0
Hello everyone hope you all had a great Christmas and happy new year. For the average hockey fan its been a tough and disappinting season to say the least. Luckily some of the best hockey of the year can be found threw the holidays in the annual World junior tournaments. As my first blog on the sit ide like to do my personal opinion of the nhl draft rewind segment. Now pe...

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