Updates from the Hockey World

By , August 18, 2009 3:25 pm
Cut me slack, this was done without photoshop

Cut me some slack, this was done without photoshop

So there seems to be a decent amount of activity in the hockey world this week. Normally we would be sitting here, scraping the bottom of the barrel putting up tired, old topics of how to free up cap room as filler (or actually working at our real, full-time jobs). But now that there is actually something to talk about in the hockey world, I’m going to have to apologize (to myself and to Trogdor) for pushing some recent articles down. So be sure to check those out afterwards. Anyways, here is one mondo post to gather up all these topics for discussion in the comments section.

So let’s start with today’s big headline and the source of the picture above.

Marleau Stripped of Captaincy

TSN is reporting that the San Jose Sharks are currently captainless. No alternates either (for 08/09 these belonged to Joe Thornton and Mike Grier). As it stands, it sounds like the Sharks are going to let the training camp decide who earns the “C”, and that very well could be Marleau again. But clearly the Sharks are looking for an answer for the teams lack of success in the second season. Marleau has been rumored in several trades this year, so don’t be surprised if something happens here.

Team Canada’s New Duds

Today Team Canada unveiled their new jersey design (complete with new logo, since the douchebags at the IOC wouldn’t let us use the Hockey Canada logo). Let me be one of the first to say that the new logo is pretty. I think I see the Air Canada logo above the two birds in the middle… all that seems to be missing is the Timmy Horts logo somewhere.

Big Bert Back to Motown

As per TSN, Todd Bertuzzi will head back to Detroit. The deal is a 1-year deal worth $1.5M. At that price, it’s hard not to like that deal for the Wings.

Moose Doing Coffee Runs for Slats

Mark Messier has been hired on as “Special Assistant” to Sather. Funny, I would have picked someone prettier for that role. Details on TSN.

Vinny Prospal Signs in New York

I only mention this because his name was thrown around here as to who the Oil should sign. He signed for a pretty bargain-basement price at $1.1M for one year. Hard to say that this is a bad signing. Pretty good, considering how the Rangers like to throw the cash around. Should the Oil have taken a stab at signing him?

20 Cent Update

Much like many of us have done after a night of drinking, Patrick Kane woke up the next morning, puke in hair and offered an apology for the ass he made of himself (ok, it wasn’t exactly the next night.. but I’m pretty sure he was good and hammed for a few days and it took a while for his brain cells to come back). The latest dirt on Kane has him plea bargaining to lesser charges to avoid spending the night in federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison. He’s too pretty for jail. Read more on TSN.

And that’s the news, and I.. am… outta here.

Discuss.

6 Responses to “Updates from the Hockey World”

  1. Horpensky says:

    I find it funny how the Lightning are still paying Prospal (1.9 mil from the buyout) more than the Rangers are (1.1 mil)!!!

  2. Racki says:

    Yah seriously, you gotta love it. Sather probably wins some fans back big time after letting Zherdev walk.

    Now if only our own illustrious GM would take some similar risks. Prospal is obviously a bit of an exception though since his contract is part paid for, but I’m thinking there are still some good UFA bargains to be had. No need to mention any specific names again though. :P

  3. chucker says:

    I’ve always liked Prospal. Not sure why we wouldn’t try and sign him really. I’ve been an advocate of this in the past when he was available. Good/potentially great signing by the Rags.

    Bertuzzi deja vu all over again. He had a decent year last year and they will be giving him lots of ice time with Hudler and Hossa gone. He’ll do well I think.

    Also, this gives me a reason to not like Kane. His “appology” was a joke. He’s so guilty. Out of court settlement coming up for sure.

  4. Racki says:

    Yah at $1.1M, I think there are very few teams out there that could use a Vinny Prospal.

    Bertuzzi, I know we could have used, as we could use someone with his size. But at the same time, it would require pushing out one of our current top six, and I wouldn’t want to see one of our kids go for anyone but a very good talent.

  5. Trogdor says:

    So an indictment has been officially handed down to Kane which means it could go to trial but as most people speculate, and rightly so, it will very likely be settled out of court with an undisclosed amount going to the cab driver.

    At least the courts aren’t giving him preferential treatment for his stupidity. Keep the material coming Mr. Kane!

  6. Racki says:

    Hopefully he has exact change for his settlement………….

    Tough crowd.

    News article here: http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=288174

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