Habs’ Need Right Winger

by Chris Boucher
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The Canadiens have recently made many moves to bolster the front office. Bringing in solid managerial and scouting talent in Andre Savard, and Martin Madden. Both men should help Houle make the necessary choices when it comes to player movement. But the fact still remains that the Habs are an organization lacking depth; especially at the three forward positions.
Many questions are being asked by Fans and Media alike, “Are the Habs going to grab any free-agents?” And if so who?” Names such as Alexander Daigle, Stephane Richer and Claude Lemieux have been mentioned.
The fact that all 3 of these players are right wingers is no accident. The Habs’ current roster holds only 3 players with tangible NHL experience who shoot right-handed. Which creates a problem among the team’s right wingers. Why is it important for a right winger to shoot right? For 2 reasons; First, it facilitates the transition game. Especially in the defensive zone, where the transition is essential. Not only in clearing your own zone, but in creating offensive rushes. Second, it reduces the likelihood of a turnover in the defensive zone.
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Sens News and Notes for the Week of August 14th

by Nathan Estabrooks
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Ink and more Ink

The Senators have resigned defensemen John Gruden and Shane Hnidy. Expect Gruden to play a handful of games with the big league club. Forward John Emmons was also resigned.

In a move that has most Sens fans frustrated the Sens signed David Oliver to a multi-year deal. Oliver was released from the club in the 98-99 season after an abysmal start. Oliver soon found work with the Houston Aero’s of the IHL and late last year suited up 9 times for the Phoenix Coyotes.

NHL veteran Derek King is the newest Senator. Last year King played with the Maple Leafs and Blues before bouncing around IHL.

It’s That Time of the Year Again

Originally four players filed for arbitration; Philips, York, Arvedson and Bonk. A few days later both Philips and Arvedson signed one year deals. York, as well came to terms with the team only hours before his hearing. This leaves Bonk to await his hearing in the next few weeks.

The Ottawa Senators Vs. Alexi Yashin

The hockey club (Rod Bryden) has diminished the damages being sought from hold out center Alexi Yashin. Now $900,000, the original amount was 7 million. This move further rouses the growing insurgency amongst Ottawa Fans. Only a few months past, Bryden was the savoir of the team, but now most of the public look upon him as a petulant control freak.

Capitan Video to the Rescue
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The Weekend Warrior

by Randy Nicholson
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Another in a series of weekly articles summarizing activity in Leafland during the previous 7 days – with some personal observations, commentary, prospect updates and fun thrown in for good measure.

Elvis signs on: Danny (Elvis) Markov inked a multi-year contract with the Maple Leafs on Friday… the deal is rumored to be for 2 years with the team holding an option for a third… Markov made quite an impact in Toronto during his rookie campaign 2 seasons ago… fans quickly fell in love with his exuberant, physical and often reckless performances on the Maple Leafs’ blueline… for some reason, Danny’s overall level of play took a tiny step backward last season… on a more positive note, Markov provides the team with a needed tough guy in the rearguard and also possesses the skill to eventually become a bigger factor in the attacking zone… the new contract reflects management’s faith in Danny’s ability to get back on track this year…
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Preliminary Maple Leafs Rookie Camp Roster

by pbadmin
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The Leafs’ Rookie Camp Roster has been set – at least the preliminary roster has been set. Like last year, the Leafs’ rookies will be participating in a tournament against the prospects of the Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers. The Rookie Tournament is again taking place in Kitchener and will run from September 1st to September 4th . Here is an early look at Toronto’s probable roster.

Goaltenders: Sebastien Centomo, Jamie Hodson, and Jean-Francois Racine

Defensemen: Jean-Philippe Cote, Peter Reynolds, Allan Rourke, Petr Svoboda, Vaclav Zavoral, and Jonathan Zion.

Forwards: Brad Boyes, Luca Cereda, Miguel Delisle, Lance Galbraith, Jonathan Gagnon, Jacques Lariviere, Franticek Mrazek, Mirko Murovic, Alex Ponikarovsky, Vadim Sozinov, Michal Travnicek, Kris Vernarsky, Morgan Warren

Some of the bigger names in the Leafs’ system such as Jeff Farkas and Mikael Hakansson aren’t included above as they are going directly to the main training camp that opens at the conclusion of the Rookie Tournament. Other players may still be added to this roster at a later date.

With special thanks to Brendan McCarthy of the St. John’s Telegram and to Karlo Berkovich of the Kitchener-Waterloo Record.

Avalanche Midsummer News

by Mike Kretschmer
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Summer hockey news has been pretty slow in the Rocky Mountain region this summer. Knowing Pierre Lacroix, we can never know what to expect…but judging by the amount of free agents he has on his hands, we can expect some ‘new’ news very soon.

Joe Sakic is headed to arbitration on the 15th. Can we expect a deal beforehand? Yes. Will it have a ‘no-trade’ clause? Maybe, but not likely. At the small chance it does, expect it to be very much like the partial one that Roy had.

Peter Forsberg has injured his ankle in a scrimmage/preparation match for a for MoDo’s reunion/farewell game for the Sedin twins. It’s just a minor injury, and should have no real relevance to his condition come training camp. Someone told me Chris Drury also had a little injury (hamstring) while training in Boston with the usual assortment of former BU and BC players, but, once again, such an injury is of little importance.

Will Russian winger Mikhail Kuleshov be in this year’s camp? Sorry, but it’s very unlikely, as the period to sign a foreign prospect without being fined as passed. If Kuleshov wanted to come to camp, he could, but if he wanted a contract, the Avs would have to pay a release fee, plus an addition transfer fee to his European club. With the current budget, I really doubt we will see Kuleshov until next year’s camp.

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