The NHL has lost another player to the KHL. This time it's Sergei Fedorov who inked a $3.8 million dollar deal with Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the next two years. He never would have gotten anything close to those dollars in the NHL...so good for him. The Capitals shouldn't have much trouble replacing Sergei during free agency.
Did you see the email that Lightning GM Brian Lawton sent to the rest of the league?
"Please be advised that in order to avoid any confusion over the next couple of weeks, as GM of the Tampa Bay Lightning Organization I am the only person authorized to speak on behalf of the team with regard to player transactions. No other person is authorized to negotiate player transactions. Any questions, feel free to call."
We couldn't make this stuff up if we tried.
More news and our weekly distractions after the jump...
We don't normally dish the rumours around here at FHS but what the hell else are we going to talk about all summer? Marian Gaborik has purchased a house in Vancouver. According to some people (desperate Vancouver fans?) this means that Gabs is going to be inked to a deal with the Canucks. We think that the club hastheir hands full signing the Sedins, but if that falls through Gaborik could be an option...although probably not a very good one.
The risk the Panthers took hanging onto Jay Bouwmeester at the trade deadline looks like it is definitely going to backfire. First the team missed the playoffs in a tiebreaker with the Habs and now they have given up any hope of signing the big blueliner to a new deal. The Cats will be trying to trade his rights this week (so a team can negotiate early) but they won't get much in return. Fantasy-wise J-Bo has been good, but he hasn't lived up to the hype yet (he's never cracked 50 points). Maybe a change of scenary could move him up to the top tier of fantasy d-men.
Another d-man who'll be testing the free agency waters this July is Francois Beauchemin. He's always been the third (or fourth) fiddle on the Ducks thanks to Chris Pronger, Scott Niedermayer and others but his skills would put him much higher on pretty much any other team's depth chart. If Beauchemin, who has only topped 20 points once, finds himself in a good situation he could be a big time sleeper...40 points could be in the cards.
The Toronto Star is reporting that Brian Burke is still trying to move up on the draft so he can get his hands on John Tavares. It sounds pretty unlikely but he reminded us that he's done it twice (in 1993 to get Pronger and in 1999 to pick up his second Sedin). We can't see Burke pulling this off...mostly because we don't see what players he could dangle in front of Garth Snow to make him consider it.
Mike Babcock has signed on to coach Team Canada in the upcoming Olympics. Good news for Team Canada as Babs is one of the best out there. Let's just hope the Americans (or worse the Russians) don't hire Dan Bylsma as their coach.
The Flames made their poaching of Brent Sutter from the Devils official. Good news for owners of Mikka Kiprusoff and the rest of the Flames as Sutter should be do a better job, especially defensively, than Iron Mike did.
Kari Ramo is heading to the KHL. With Mike Smith still suffering through his bizarre injury any goaltender in TB could become fantasy relevant this year...well at least in deep leagues.
It's official...Steve Yzerman is going into the Hall of Fame along with Brett Hull, Brian Leetch, Luc Robitaille and Lou Lamoriello. That's one talented fivesome. We're planning on doing a fantasy tribute for these four players very soon...in the meantime check out some Puck Daddy goodness on the announcement.
James Mirtle has a great little article on the circus that is the Tampa Bay Lightning. Co-owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie are not getting along so much so that they had to had to get Bettman to help mediate. Bettman's 'decision'? Was to hand the keys to Koules The rumours are Koules wants GM Brian Lawton to stay (why?) and Vinny to go (double why?) and Barrie is the opposite. This team just gets more and more entertaining.
GM Ken Holland met with Chris Chelios and told the 47!-year-old that the Wings won't be offering him a contract for next year. Holland did say "He wants to play again. I really think that he does have another year in him. I think he can play 10 to 15 minutes. I think he can play on a third pair." Expect to see Chelios catch on somewhere, possibly with a younger year that needs some leadership? Chicago would make a lot of sense.
It's looking like the Canes will be losing one of their top four d-men as GM Jim Rutherford said that Dennis Seidenberg'sprice is "a long way out of [their] reach". Seidenberg's 30 points last year put him on a few fantasy radars so we'll keep an ear on this situation and see where he ends up.
So the NHL is thinking about a second Winter Classic on New Years Day with Calgary being the rumoured destination. Typical Bettman fashion to squeeze every last cent out of a money maker. We love the fact that Canada would get a taste (and we can't see weather posing much of a problem in Calgary) but we hope that this isn't going to be too much of good thing.
We also love that Garth Snow and the Islanders are keeping mum on their number one pick...gotta love a bit of extra drama. We would be very surprised if the Isles didn't pick John Tavares but there are a lot of rumblings out there that Snow is planning on selecting #3 ranked Matt Duchene. If there's a way to screw this pick up we're sure the Islanders will find a way.
Mats Sundin told a Swedish newspaper that he won't be participating in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. We would like to congratulation Mats for actually making a decision. By the way, Mighty Mats is yet to decide what his plans will be for 2009-10.
What's distracting us this week?
NEW: Every wonder what it would look like to see well you won't have to wonder for much longer thanks to the CBC creation Battle of the Blades: (thanks to the excellent Puck the Media for the info)
"NHL Hall of Famer and fan favourite Lanny McDonald, NHL Hall of Famer and six-time Stanley Cup-winner Glenn Anderson, legendary enforcers Tie Domi and Bob Probert, two-time Stanley Cup-winner and HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA analyst Craig Simpson, and two-time Stanley Cup-winner Stéphane Richer will go head-to-head in this fierce competition. These hockey heavyweights will be paired with some of Canada’s top female figure skaters in a competitive and thrilling pairs showdown beginning this October."
The Domi-Probert possibilities soundentriguing but this sounds way too much like Dancing With the Stars for our liking. We think we'll pass...unless Probs and Meathead drop the gloves.
...It's back to the vault for a classic clip from the 1987 Flames. We had never seen this video until reader Danny D sent it along...we kinda wish he hadn't sent it now. Once you've seen it, you can't unsee it. Lanny Macdonald, Gary Roberts, Mike Vernon, Brett Hull and Joe Nieuwendyk are just a few of the Flames who make a fool of themselves:
...Had a quick read of The Puck Reporttoday we learned something new. Did you know how much cash the award winners get from the NHL? From TPR:
"Section 2(a) in Exhibit 5 of the 2005 CBA, however, furnishes finishers in certain categories with check from the NHL. The Hart, Norris, Vezina, Selke, and Rocket Richard payout $250,000, $200,000, $150,000, $100,000, and $50,000 for 1st through 5th, Calder candidates collect $212,500, $150,000, and $100,000 for 1st through 3rd, and Lady Byng finalists receive $150,000, $100,000, and $50,000, respectively. Conn Smythe winners take $250,000 and Jennings $50,000, with first team All Stars banking $100,000 and second stringers $50,000.
All told the Russian trio tacked on $2 million tonight, Ovechkin and Datsyuk collecting $700,000 and Malkin banking $600,000."
We had no idea the amounts were so high. Is this really necessary? We're sure the winners don't mind cashing in their NHL cheques but it's just a waste of money. How about the money is donated to a charity in the winners name? Or maybe they could take this money and offer to pay a host for next year's award show.
...and finally, when you're 21 years old, single and just won the Stanley Cup you can have any girl you want...
...nice choice Sid. Apparently, this photo was taken after the epic party at Mario Lemieux's house. Which makes it even more legendary.