Who will be this year's Dustin Penner?
Time to look at who the top 10 free agent forwards are this offseason.:
1. Marian Hossa- The NHL’s new Stanley Cup jinx will be looking to ruin another team’s chances at a Cup. All jokes aside he is a great player who will get another big pay day.
2. Marian Gaborik- Unquestionably one of the most skilled and exciting players in the game, Gaborik will be coveted by many teams looking to solidify their offense with a big time gamebreaker.
3. Martin Havlat- Chicago will desperately want to re-sign their leading scorer but with so many young players contracts due next year it might not be easy.
4. Daniel and Henrik Sedin- The Twins take up one spot because well, they simply won’t go anywhere with out each other. They also mirrored each other in the point department last year with 82. Mike Gillis has some work to do if he wants to get these guys back.
5. Mike Cammallerri- You know the Flames would love to have this guy back, problem is they might not be able to afford him. A career high 39 goals last year and at 27 he is just entering the prime of his career.
Anywhere but Florida and I'll be happy
One of the biggest days in the NHL offseason is right around the corner. On July 1 the free agency market becomes open for business, and this year there should be no shortage of movement. Here are who the Bench Boss considers to be the top 10 free agents at each position (Forward, Defencemen and Goalie), today starting with the rearguards:
1. Jay Bouwmeester– Calgary claimed his rights but they still need to come through and pay him the bills. I think Daryll Sutter will cough it up for the big, smooth skating d-man.
2. Scott Niedermayer– The veteran proved last year that he still has the wheels and the moxy to be a top notch player in the league. He has expressed interest in going back home and playing for the Canucks.
3. Rob Blake– Blake enjoyed a renaissance season in San Jose last year, racking up points on the most potent (regular season) team in the league. At 40, it will be interesting to see for how long and for how much his contract will be.
4. Johnny Oduya– Chances are the Devils will re-sign Oduya who as a 7th round draft pick has turned into one of their best defencemen.
5. Mattias Ohlund– Ohlund is 32 years old, and he looked every bit of it last year for the Canucks. He is still a solid and reliable blueliner who would be a good fit for a contending team wherever it may be. Continue reading
This. That’s Twenty-year-old Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane as coverboy — something announced last May. Kane told The Chicago Tribune:
As a kid you always played that game [so it’s] kind of a dream come true. It’s going to be fun to see the game come out and fun to play it.
Due out this fall, the game has some sort of first-person-punching engine for the hockey fights.
One of the most talked about issues surrounding every NHL draft is always the question of who the Toronto Maple Leafs will draft. No team is scrutinized more than the Leafs are during draft day with all eyes on their every move. This year, if everything falls into place, the Leafs are expected to (or atleast hoping to be able to) draft centre Brayden Schenn who is the younger brother of last years first round pick Luke. Like I did yesterday with Evander Kane I won’t give you the run down or scouting report on Schenn, but I’ll instead post a highlight package for you to see for yourself. Enjoy.
I don't think this will be the last time that Evander Kane wears the C
Sure, I understand there is no way that the Islanders or Lightning can pass up on either John Tavares or Victor Hedman but I’ll tell ya, if I’m one of the teams picking in the 3 to 6 range I am absolutely thrilled at the possibility of getting one Evander Kane. I believe that he has a chance to be the best player in this draft, and definitely the most complete player. Tavares is a supreme offensive player and Hedman is a giant blueliner who can skate like the wind, but I see Kane bringing a better all-around game to the table than both of them. I wont go on telling you all of the reasons why I think he is going to be a great player because if you watch any of the NHL Draft coverage throughout the week and weekend you will definitely hear everything you need to know, instead I’ll just leave you with this highlight package of him in junior with the Vancouver Giants of the Western Hockey League and Team Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championships.
Tonight in Las Vegas, the NHL will distribute its annual regular season hardware. Here’s a brief rundown of the awards, the finalists, and who I hope wins them.
Alexander the Gr8 looks to capture another Hart for his trophy case
Interning at Vogue can really pay off:
Watch it now before NBC or whoever makes a copyright claim in a bid to ruin the internet.