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Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Puckin' Around    

With the exclusive-rights window closing on Sunday, the NHL free agent free-for-all has begun.  Already some interesting moves:

  1. Boston trades a 4th-round pick to Edmonton for LW Brad Isbister, a former first-liner with the New York Gorton's Fishermen.
  2. D Adam Foote leaves Colorado for the financial bounty that is Columbus, Ohio.
  3. The Philadelphia Scumbags will announce today the signings of twin towers D Derian Hatcher and D Mike Rathje, on the heels of trading the one, the only, RW Todd Fedoruk to Anaheim.
  4. One-way D Adrian Aucoin signs with the Chicago Skinflints.
  5. Bearded RW Jeff O'Neill was traded from Carolina to Toronto for a pick.
  6. The mighty Miroslav Satan was cut by Buffalo, potentially allowing him to sign in New Jersey.

Gotta admit, it's pretty weird to see Boston making actual moves.  They actually offered UFA defenseman Sergei Gonchar a contract!  It's almost as if they care about... about winning... oh God I think I need to lie down.


  • Dammit Doucette!
    You beat me to the punch. I had a whole "Several Enormous Objects Hurtling Toward Philadelphia" post ready...

    Seriously, the Phlyers are clearly attempting to win back their old-school South Philly fan base. Remember the Broad Street Bullies?
    With Hatcher and Rathje they're looking pretty enormous in the back. Oh, and don't forget they just welcomed Rhinocerous Chris Tamer back into the fold.

    On another note, how can Satan NOT go to the Devils? THIS HAS TO HAPPEN. Why would the Devils not pursue him to the end of the earth? Dude is a fantastic scorer, and they'd recoup his salary in jersey sales in about 10 minutes. I hate the Devils with the fury of 1000 suns and I'd buy one.

    Finally, this whole "every team needs to sign 20 players" period is totally dizzying. I'm not going to get too caught up in the minutae, but am taking the macro view. As in, the Rangers have a real chance to blow up the team and get away with in. Cmon, guys, hit that kill switch!

    Ah, hockey. Welcome back.

    By Blogger Alex, at 1:17 PM  

  • Hockey blows. After Gretzky retired, hockey has been one big snore.

    By Blogger The Empire State, at 1:30 PM  

  • Ah, but the microview is what's truly interesting. Watching the musical chairs is going to be ridiculously exciting. Footie telling the Avs to screw and signing with the Blue Jackets was a major coup for small markets... it's exactly what the NHL wanted to do to the big-money teams. And it'll happen dozens of times this month. Next thing we know, the Penguins will sign somebody. Who knows?

    A few things I missed:

    1. Bobby "Dr. Hook" Holik just signed with the Thrashers. Good deal, since Atlanta's generally pretty thin. Lehr, you must be miserable over losing B-Ho

    2. Joe Nieuiueuiuwendyk and Gary "My Neck Injury Made Me Evil" Roberts signed with the friggin Panthers. Step 1: sign contract. Step 2: buy golf pants and an RV.

    3. Steve Moore is a gutless pussy who started the fight that nearly paralyzed him, who manipulated the American media's utter ignorance of both hockey and responsibility to make himself the victim, and who deserves just as much blame for his situation as Todd Bertuzzi does. That's not related to free agency, but it bears mentioning.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 1:42 PM  

  • 1. wtf is the empire state.
    2. I agree, hockey does blow
    3. duke still sucks

    By Blogger Jurassic Carl, at 2:34 PM  

  • Carl... Empire State is another blog user. Yes, it's true, someone's actually reading the blog. Too bad he's from New York. I'm surprised he can read.

    Anyway, hockey does not suck, and if you don't want it, I'll take it. They're due for a revival. After Jordan left Chicago, the NBA sucked worse than the NHL has ever sucked. But the NBA is back, and the NHL will be back too.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 3:06 PM  

  • Another update...

    Bruins keep 40-goal man Glen Murray and add Shawn McEachern. With Patrice Bergeron poised to make The Leap, the scoring lines are looking pretty good. If they hold onto Joey Bananas and Sergei Gonchar too, that power play looks pretty frightening.

    By Blogger Jeff, at 3:51 PM  

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