Monday, June 28, 2010

NHL Free Agency

THE ROLLERCOAST RIDE…ALSO KNOWN AS “THE NHL OFF SEASON”…
HAS AT LEAST ONE MORE “BIG THRILL” BEFORE IT’S OVER…
GET READY FOR FREE AGENCY…
ON JULY 1ST OF LAST YEAR…40 PLAYERS SIGNED NEW DEALS WORTH HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS OF DOLLARS…
SOME OF THE BIG WINNERS INCLUDED…
MATIAS OHLUND GOT $30 MILLION TO PLAY IN TAMPA BAY…
MARTIN HAVLAT WAS PAID $30 MILLION TO RELOCATE TO MINNESOTA…
SO DID MIKE CAMMALLERI TO MOVE TO MONTREAL…
AND THEN THERE WAS MARIAN HOSSA WHO LANDED $60 MILLION IN CHICAGO…
MAKES YOU WONDER WHAT THE SEDINS WOULD HAVE EARNED HAD THEY NOT SIGNED ONE DAY BEFORE…
THE BIG PRIZE THIS YEAR IS ILYA KOVALCHUK…
THIS WEEKEND DURING THE DRAFT…THE L.A. KINGS ATTEMPTED TO AQUIRE HIS RIGHTS FROM THE NEW JERSEY DEVILS…
HOWEVER…THE DEVILS STILL BELIEVE THEY CAN SIGN KOVALCHUK BEFORE THURSDAY…
EITHER WAY THE KINGS COULD BE A VERY BIG PLAYER ON JULY THE 1ST…
WORD HAS IT THEY ARE ALSO LOOKING TO SIGN A DEFENCEMAN…
THE SHOPPING LIST INCLUDES…
1) DAN HAMHIUS…
2) SERGIE GONCHAR…
3) PAUL MARTIN…AND…
4) TOMAS KABERLE…
THOSE 4 DEFENCEMEN MAYBE “GROUND ZERO” WHEN THE FEEDING FRENZY BEGINS…
THERE’S TALK THAT IF THE DEVILS CAN NOT GET PAUL MARTIN RE-SIGNED…
THEY WILL TAKE A RUN A SERGIE GONCHAR…
IN THE MEANTIME THE PITTSBURGH PENGUINS ARE DETERMINED TO NOT ONLY RE-SIGN GONCHAR…
BUT ALSO LAST WEEK TRADED FOR THE RIGHTS TO DAN HAMHUIS…
AS A RESULT….OVER THE WEEKEND…PITTSBURGH GENERAL MANAGER RAY SHERO SPENT MUCH OF HIS TIME TALKING TO BOTH HAMHUIS AND HIS AGENT…
ALSO OVER THE WEEKEND THE SAN JOSE SHARKS GAVE THE PHILADELPHIA FLYERS PERMISSION TO TALK TO GOALTENDER EVGENI NABOKOV…
THE FUN AND GAMES BEGINS IN LESS THAN 72 HOURS…
HOLD ON TIGHT KIDS…BECAUSE THIS IS GOING TO BE A DOOZY…