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FREE AGENT POSSIBILITIES

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by Bill Heintz
Looks like we can forget about Hamhuis. The Flyers dealt defenseman Ryan Parent to the Predators on Saturday in exchange for defenseman Dan Hamhuis and a conditional draft pick in the 2011 draft.Hamhuis, 27, had five goals and 19 assists for Nashville last season. He is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent [...]

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Analysis - Ron Spence

ST. LOUIS SMART TRADE

March 13, 2001: Traded to St. Louis by Phoenix for Michal Handzus, Ladislav Nagy, the rights to Jeff Taffe and St. Louis’ 1st round choice (Ben Eager) in 2002 Entry Draft, March 13, 2001.
February 25, 2007: Traded to Atlanta by St. Louis for Glen Metropolit, Atlanta’s 1st (later traded to Calgary – Calgary selected Mikael Backlund) and 3rd (Brett Sonne) [...]

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Player Profiles

GIROUX

“Right now, they’re all messed up, my thoughts,” Giroux said. “A lot of things are coming into my head. It’s kind of hard to come back every year to NHL camp and have some goals to accomplish; my goal is to always prove that I can play good in the AHL to come back in [...]

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Economics - NHL, NBA, NFL, MLB

NHL, NBA, MLB: REVENUE SHARING

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The NHL, NBA, and MLB all have revenue sharing: all three differ dramatically.
Revenue sharing is, of course, a concept based on the premise that a league is as good as its weakest link. Therefore, the strong franchises should help the weak. This is true of economics, as well as talent, but to different degrees in [...]

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Former Canucks

MATTIAS IN TAMPA BAY: MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER

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Mattias Ohlund: The defenseman, with zero goals and 10 assists, is the first to say he needs to contribute more offensively. But Ohlund is a calming influence on the blue line, and he was an early season anchor and mentor for rookie Victor Hedman. Ohlund is minus-3, but his team-high 23:57 of average ice time was [...]

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History

BILL DWYER’S NEW YORK AMERICANS

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by Ron Spence
Sports were all the rage by the ‘90s – the 1890s.
Americans were spending some $150 million per year – the players’ salaries for three NHL teams today – on recreation, and by 1909, $1 billion on recreation and travel combined.
People had discovered this new-fangled thing called leisure, as their work weeks were [...]

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Canucks - Ron Spence

PAVOL DEMITRA: A SLOVAKIAN PLUS

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by Ron Spence
They didn’t measure plus/minuses in Stan Mikita’s day. But, since that time a few Slovacks have had decent plus/minuses.

Peter Bondra retired with a +74, having played on some pretty bad Caps teams. And Peter Stastney was a -12, having been a Nordique doormat for many seasons.
The best plus/minus Slovakian?
Pavol Demitra with a +121. [...]

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Pictures

EDMONTON’S RINGS

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In 1983-84, the Oilers totaled 57 wins and 119 points—establishing an NHL record 446 goals
Mark Messier, was switched to center late in the season and won the Conn Smythe Trophy,  as playoff MVP.
EDMONTON OILERS – 1984

EDMONTON OILERS – 1985
Edmonton overpowered the Philadelphia Flyers and goaltender Pelle Lindberg  to win their second Stanley Cup in 1985. Gretzky, [...]

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MAPLE LEAFS - CHRIS GUDGEON

FOUR SURPRISING REASONS WHY THE LEAFS ARE DOING BETTER….

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by Chris Gudgeon
(AND FOUR MORE FOR WHY YOU SHOULDN’T GET YOUR HOPES UP TOO MUCH JUST YET…)
With a season-high winning streak under their belts (um: two games) and points in their last seven games, the Leafs are on a modest roll.  Their secret to semi-success just might surprise you:
1.  Defence:  The collective wisdom is that [...]

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Manitoba Moose

MARTY MURRAY

Murray was drafted 96th overall by the Calgary Flames in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft from the Western Hockey League’s Brandon Wheat Kings and joined the Flames organization in 1995. He spent three seasons dividing his time between the Calgary Flames and the Saint John Flames in the AHL, playing 19 NHL games. Murray then spent two seasons playing in Europe, [...]

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Team Profiles

MONTREAL CANADIAN RINGS

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KKK

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“I won five Stanley Cup rings, all with the Canadiens,” Ferguson says, “but the first one we had to order ourselves.
“We got a local jeweler to make them. We had to pay for them ourselves. And I remember having to pay $60 for the ring, which doesn’t seem a lot by today’s standards. But you [...]

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Opinion

SCHROEDER

“He’s a dynamic player, a leader and a type of player that has developed into a complete offensive and defensive threat every time he is on the ice. He has a rocket of a wrist shot and he can beat you by putting the puck in the net, going around a defender, or freezing the [...]

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Hockey Trivia

TRIVIA: PATRICK ROY FIGHTS THE RED WINGS

by Ron Spence
March 26
Other players became engaged in the hostilities when Avalanche goaltender Patrick Roy skated out of his net to defend his teammate; he was intercepted by Red Wing forwardBrendan Shanahan, who was skating at full speed, with an open ice body check, sending him sprawling momentarily. While Shanahan and Colorado defenseman Adam Foote fought, Wings goalie Mike [...]

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Hockey Humour

THE REFS: NO RESPECT

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It’s no different in the minors than in the NHL…

the refs don’t get any respect.

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Canucks - Hockey Trivia

ANDREW RAYCROFT

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Andrew Raycroft was a Bruins goalie who was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. He was later bought out by the Leafs and signed as a free agent with the Rockies, and later the Canucks.

Who did the Leafs give up to acquire Raycroft?
On June 24th, 2006 they traded Tuukka Rask to Boston.
Rask, 22, was originally [...]

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Other Writers

LUONGO’S CONSISTENCY LUONGONE???

by Drew Baird
Am I the only one here who is watching this Province put doubt in one of the best players this franchise has had the pleasure of following?
Yes Luongo has not been himself since the Olympic break, looking less like an Olympic gold medalist and more like John Garrett between the pipes but he [...]

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