2007 NHL Offseason Thread

Jimmy's Dignity

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#2
aside from the Rangers doing well...the only other thing I hope for is that Nashville actually gets moved to Hamilton
 
#3
Off-season event dates:
  • Jun. 15: Deadline for 1st club-elected salary arbitration
  • Jun. 22 - 23: NHL Entry Draft in Columbus
  • Jul. 1: Free Agency period begins
  • Jul. 5: Deadline for player-elected salary arbitration
  • Jul. 6: Deadline for 2nd club-elected salary arbitration
  • Jul. 10: Deadline for players to elect Group V free agency
  • Jul. 20 - Aug. 4: Salary arbitration hearings held
  • Aug. 6: Deadline for salary arbitration decisions
  • Sept. 29 - 30: Ducks, Kings open season in London, ENG
 
#5
I, too, would like to see Nashville relocate. [wishful thinking] I also hope the league contracts several teams, and Detroit moves to the Eastern Conference [/wishful thinking]
 

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#6
I, too, would like to see Nashville relocate. [wishful thinking] I also hope the league contracts several teams, and Detroit moves to the Eastern Conference [/wishful thinking]
I think the only way that can happen is if the Panthers tank as well and end up moving. It is difficult to split the teams and move Detroit to the eastern conference. You gotta remember, you have Columbus in the west too. As for Nashville, I'd like to see Winnepeg get their team back. I really don't think Ontario needs another team, or the Toronto/Buffalo area.
 
#7
I think the only way that can happen is if the Panthers tank as well and end up moving. It is difficult to split the teams and move Detroit to the eastern conference. You gotta remember, you have Columbus in the west too. As for Nashville, I'd like to see Winnepeg get their team back. I really don't think Ontario needs another team, or the Toronto/Buffalo area.
I agree with the part about Ontario. Although the NYC area can support 3 teams, I don't see why another place shouldn't get a shot.

As for Detroit moving to the East, I don't think there's any way it will ever happen. They're the biggest draw in the West. Arenas that don't ever sell out in the West sell out when the Wings come to town.
 

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#8
I agree with the part about Ontario. Although the NYC area can support 3 teams, I don't see why another place shouldn't get a shot.
Because that choice was made at a different time when the NHL had made many stupid decisions. I think had all 3 teams not won the Cup, one of them would have been gone by now.
As for Detroit moving to the East, I don't think there's any way it will ever happen. They're the biggest draw in the West. Arenas that don't ever sell out in the West sell out when the Wings come to town.
Very good point.
 
#9
Because that choice was made at a different time when the NHL had made many stupid decisions. I think had all 3 teams not won the Cup, one of them would have been gone by now.

Very good point.
Very true. I wouldn't mind seeing the team move to Winnipeg either, although the problem in Canada, especially Western Canada tends to be corporate sponsorship I thought. People have suggested Portland, KC, and Vegas. I've heard horror stories about the arena in KC, namely its location. Portland I'm indifferent on, and Las Vegas seems good at first, with its increasing permanent population and obviously high tourism rate. Plus the Kings play a few preseason games there or something, and sell them out. But a few preseason games is a lot different than 41 regular season games.

What I really want to see is a realignment of the conferences, make 3 of them, or arrange them in a North/South division. It really isn't fair how much teams like Columbus/Nashville/Detroit have to travel during the regular season, and especially in the Wings' case, the playoffs. I don't feel like looking it up right now, but compare the Sabres' total travel distance/time in the postseason to the Wings'.
 

Fr. Dougal

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#10
I think a Vegas team would do really well... it would be a huge tourist spot for people not wanting to do much gambling. For those who are there for a week and need a break from the casinos.

I'd like to see a team move back to Canada. Hamilton might be cool, as there's apparently some good reception for a team. But Winnipeggers really deserve to get a team back.

KC? Ugh.
<blazingsaddlesreference>Kansas City Faggots.</blazingsaddlesreference>

Portland? Would there be much support there?
How about a state that doesn't have any real pro sport. Like Idaho. Or Alaska. :)
Alaska... What a road trip that would be... lol
 
#12
I think a Vegas team would do really well... it would be a huge tourist spot for people not wanting to do much gambling. For those who are there for a week and need a break from the casinos.

I'd like to see a team move back to Canada. Hamilton might be cool, as there's apparently some good reception for a team. But Winnipeggers really deserve to get a team back.

KC? Ugh.
<blazingsaddlesreference>Kansas City Faggots.</blazingsaddlesreference>

Portland? Would there be much support there?
How about a state that doesn't have any real pro sport. Like Idaho. Or Alaska. :)
Alaska... What a road trip that would be... lol
I agree that a Vegas team would do well. I don't know how well a Vegas hockey team would do though. Look at the PITIFUL ratings for the SCF. I think if a team could succeed there it would help the game out, but I just don't see it happening.
 

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#13
Portland? Would there be much support there?
Portland, Oregon is becoming one of the best "family" cities in the country and they have been pushing for other professional sports franchises for a while. I actually think it would do rather well.
How about a state that doesn't have any real pro sport. Like Idaho.
Way too quiet/desolate... not enough corporate activity coming out of there.
Or Alaska. :)
Alaska... What a road trip that would be... lol
I can see it one day down the road. Maybe 20 years. But like you said... way too far, its rough.

As for Vegas... I don't know. I think its a "who can get there first" thing between the NBA and NHL. It will be a great thing for a couple of year then die off when the team starts to suck (kinda like what's happening with the Panthers). It is a big tourist town, but that can't fill the seats every night. It is a growing place as far as residents go, but I don't think it is at the level that would fully support a professional sports franchise... especially hockey. Although the team name would be pretty interesting: The Las Vegas Blackjacks anyone?
 
#15
I see Marty adding some hardware on Thursday. Pando deserves to win but I am sure he wont get enough votes.
 
#16
I'm going to stab the NHL in the back of the face with a gun if Nick Lidstrom doesn't win the Norris. Especially in the Ducks - Wings series, it became incredibly apparent who the best defenseman is. Lidstrom is better on an off night than Pronger and Niedermayer are combined at their best. And classier to boot.
 
#19
I would say that's overstating it quite a tad. Little biased are you?
Well obviously :icon_mrgr

I was just trying to make my point crystal clear, that Pronger and Niedermayer are hacks. Especially Pronger.
 

Begbie

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#20
As an Isles fan, I gotta say he was my all-time favorite Islander growing up (bear in mind, I was a little tussable toddler during the Cup years). Turgeon clearly had his best seasons with the Isles and was pretty good with the Blues. He was the last spectacular playmaker the Isles had, even up to today. He was just a fantastic playmaker that set up shop behind the net...ala Gretzky. He was then involved in one of the worst trades for Kirk Muller, who wanted nothing to do with the Isles and signaled the beginning of the dark ages for the franchise..

But the guy made things happen and it's great to see that he's in the elite class of 500+ goals, 1000+ points, and averaged a point per game his entire career.

He suffered a bit after the Dale Hunter cheapshot, but then really suffered when Dallas tried to become an All-Star team by locking up free agents to ridiculous contracts and putting Turgeon on third line in 2000.

Good luck Pete!
 

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#24
Both from TSN.ca
Report: Columbus hires Howson as new GM
Associated Press

6/13/2007 9:52:56 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have agreed to terms with Edmonton Oilers assistant general manager Scott Howson to make him their new general manager, The Columbus Dispatch reported on its website Wednesday.

The newspaper, citing an NHL source, said the team and Howson had reached a deal Wednesday, and said an announcement would be made Friday at Nationwide Arena, home of the Blue Jackets.

Blue Jackets spokesman Todd Sharrock would not comment on the report, and Oilers spokesman J.J. Hebert said he was unaware of any deal.

A message seeking comment was left at Howson's home in Edmonton on Wednesday evening.

Howson, 47, played for the New York Islanders in 1984-85, scoring five goals and three assists in 18 games as a forward, according to a biography posted on the Oilers' website.

He graduated from law school at York University in Toronto in 1990 and ran Edmonton's top farm club from 1994-2000. He was hired by the Oilers in 2000 and was promoted to assistant general manager in 2001.
Keenan to Calgary? It's a possibility
Darren Dreger and Bob McKenzie

6/13/2007 11:01:51 PM

It looks like "Iron Mike" could be back in business behind the bench of an NHL team.

Sources tell TSN that Mike Keenan is on the verge of becoming the new head coach of the Calgary Flames.

While the Flames declined to comment when contacted by TSN today, sources confirm Keenan is currently in Calgary and if all goes as expected, the well-travelled NHL executive and coach could be announced as the head coach of the Flames as early as Thursday.

If so, that would appear to leave current Flames' head coach Jim Playfair as odd man out, but if Keenan is able to finalize his deal with the Flames, it's possible Playfair may be kept in the organization, but his fate remains unclear at this point.

The Flames went 43-25-10, finishing 8th in the Western Conference last season under Playfair. They lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the playoffs.
Related Info

Keenan's last job in the NHL was with the Florida Panthers where he was replaced by Jacques Martin just prior to the 2006-07 season. The Panthers were Keenan's seventh NHL team. He began his NHL career as head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers in 1984. He captured the Jack Adams trophy awarded to the league's top coach in 1985 while leading the Flyers to the Stanley Cup Final. He also took the Chicago Blackhawks to the Finals in 1992.

In 1993-94, he was hired as head coach of New York Rangers and led the franchise to its first Stanley Cup win since 1940. Keenan also served as head coach and GM as the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, and Boston Bruins.

Keenan began his coaching career with the Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey League.

Iron Mike has been behind the bench for 1,014 games with 569 wins, 447 losses, 140 ties and 20 overtime losses.

Keenan is expected to meet with Flames officials Thursday morning to finalize his contract.
The way Home Ice is making it sound, its more than a possibility, and it will be announced officially later today.
 
#25
The person who should be most happy about this move is Dion Phaneuf. Keenan made guys like Zubov and Pronger the powerhouses that they are. On the other hand Amonte & Huselius might be bitter towards him. And who knows what his relationship with Kiprusoff will be.
 
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