Just catching up on the news from the weekend...
Max Pacioretty, Montreal's 1st round pick from 2007, has signed with the team and will fore-go the rest of his college eligibility. Apparently he made a very good impression at their recent development camp. We think he's got a shot at making the team but we would guess that they would bring him along slowly.
Brett Sterling resigned with Atlanta. This guy got a 13 game look last year but should be in for more this year. John Anderson is familiar with him from Chicago and Atlanta needs people who can score. He's a little higher risk cause he hasn't established himself in the NHL yet but we like his chances to breakout in the next year or two.
Atlanta also signed Angelo Esposito, the prospect they got from Pittsburgh in the Hossa deadline deal. He hasn't progressed the way people hoped from his 1st season in the Q. Don't expect him to make the NHL this year, they'll give him some more time to try to re-discover his game.
Good news for hard luck Pittsburgh prospect Tim Brent, you've been traded out of Pittsburgh!... where you were deep on the club's forward depth chart... and you've been traded to... Chicago, a team stocked in forward prospects where you'll probably be even further down the depth chart. Appears people have you pegged as an AHL scorer and not an NHL scorer.
Ryan Miller is getting paid, to the tune of a 5 year, $31.25 million extension. Nice to see someone that wants to stick it out in Always Beautiful Buffalo.
Edmonton resigned RFA goalie Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers, and since its a one way deal, he'll have to clear waivers if they want to send him down, so look for a shakeup in Edmonton with Roloson possibly on the move at the beginning of the season.
Reports say that Tampa Bay's Jeff Halpern may be out until January with his knee injury.
Rumour has is that the Timmins Tornado, Stevie Sullivan, is still no closer to returning to the NHL action cause he's still dealing with back issues.
Various reports have said that both John Tortorella and Paul Maurice have been contacted by the NYI to discuss their vacant head coaching position. Good luck with that gentlemen.
Distraction of the Day
What's distracting us today... dealing with various injuries and soreness today from a weekend of water-skiing, soccer, sunning and 20 hours of driving.