Finally we're getting some big-time hockey news. It's looking like we'll see lots of wheeling and dealing come July 1st.
A real live NHL trade, and an important one to boot. Scott Gomez was sent to the Habs in exchange for Chris Higgins as part of a six player deal. Gomez has tapered off big time since his 84 point season in 2005-06 but he could still produce 70 points in a good situation. It will be interesting to find out his linemates in Montreal. As for Higgins, he's never topped 30 goals or 60 points so we can't see him busting out on a pretty weak (for now) Rangers team. This does open up a lot of cap space for the Rangers, so GM Glen Sather must have something up his sleeve. We hope you're related to the lucky hockey player he's going to over pay for.
The Flames did it. We were a bit skeptical that GM Darryl Sutter could fit Jay Bouwmeester under the cap but Calgary inked J-Bo for $6.6 million per season for five years. Assuming Dion Phaneuf remains in Calgary that is going to be one scary blueline.
The Dany Heatley talks are, well, heating up. Thanks to the trade and signing above...rumours had the disgruntled forward going to the Rangers and Calgary...among others. But the Sens and Oilers eventually came to a deal. Andrew Cogliano, Dustin Penner and Ladislav Smid were packed for Ottawa but the deal was put on hold. Why you ask? The Heater refused to waive his no trade clause. What an ass. Some good news for Ottawa fans...the NHL extended the deadline on the $4 million Heatley will be owed. If he's traded before July 1st midnight the $$'s are his new team's problem. That gives the Sens 24 more hours to get rid of the petulant child.
More fantasy news and our daily distraction after the jump...
The Penguins re-signed Bill Guerin to a one year deal. Guerin is 38 year's old but he will still help the Pens...as well as some fantasy owners. The old fella gave the Pens a nice discount ($2 million down from $4.5 million last year) after he picked up 12 points in 17 regular season games for the Pens. This late season point total tranlates to almost 60 points over 82 games. Add in his 81 PIM's and you have a nice little fantasy winger.
Jussi Jokinen has re-upped with the Canes by signing a two year deal for $3.4 million...makes the Guerin signing look really good doesn' it? He had an great playoff run with Carolina (7+4=11 in 18 games) but kinda sputtered in the regular season (1+10=11 in 25 games). We're a bit skeptical that he could be fantasy worthy this season but he did score 48 and 55 points in his first two seasons in the NHL...so there is some potential here.
Rob Blake is coming back to San Jose as well. He avoided becoming a UFA by signing a one year deal with $3.5 million. No reason to think he can't reproduce his stellar season...that is assuming he can healthy all year.
One guy who could be featured pretty heavily in our upcoming Breakout Bible is Dave Bolland. He won't be an RFA after he re-signed with the Hawks for $3.375 million per season for five years. Bolland had a nice breakout season with 47 points in 81 games but he really stepped it up a notch in the playoffs...12 points in 18 games. Keep him in mind.
If you're having a bad day and need a bit of a pick me up you've come to the right place. We've found some news that should make you smile and feel better. Appartently, Eddie Belfour is contemplating a return to the NHL. The Eagle asked his agent to talk to a few clubs and see if there is any interest. Hmmm interest in a 44 year old goaltender who hasn't played since he posted a 2.77 gaa and .902 sv% for the Panthers in 2006-07? How about a Joseph-Belfour tandem for the Leafs?
What's distracting us this week? Over the summer there really isn't a lot. Our only hope is that the free agency period gets some wheeling and dealing going. So to lead up to the opening of hunting season on July 1st we thought it would be a good time to relive "The Trade"
...anytime somebody is burned in effigy you know you've made a big deal.