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Archive for May 2011

NHL 12 Release Date and More Thoughts

NHL 12 will hit store shelves on 9.13.11  According to EA’s Features’s Whiteboard you can expect the following:

Full Contact Physics Engine
– Shatter the glass with bone-crushing hits along the boards
– Knock rivals over the boards and into the bench
– Significantly impact the play of the goalie with screens and collisions

Be a Pro Revamped
-nothing revealing in their teaser paragraph apart from you will earn every shift, if you play BaP that way

– Play in the Winter Classic – The NHL package jumps to life with the addition of the NHL Winter Classic, the league’s premier outdoor hockey event on New Year’s Day. Play under snowfall at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field as 70,000+ rabid fans provide inspiration by cheering you on while donning Winter Classic gear. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 31, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Adams Wants a BIG Raise – Negotiations on Hold

My #1 priority for the Penguins this offseason was to resign Craig Adams followed by Mike Rupp.  I was taken back a little last week when I learned negotiations had not started with the Adams camp.  Now we might know the reason.  According to the PPG, Adams is looking for a raise a, big one.

According to Shelly Anderson discussions with Adams are on hold, but not broken off.  Adams made $550k last season, barely above the league minimum and was arguably the linchpin for the NHL’s best PK unit.  I’d be asking for more money too.    The pay increase is something the Penguins simply cannot commit to right now because they are already up against the existing cap of $59.4 million.  That ceiling is supposed to rise, but by how much and when it will be made official is the question. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 28, 2011 at 12:01 AM

My Stanley Cup Final Pick

Boston Bruins vs Vancouver Canucks

Not that it will come as a shock to anyone who knows me or has read much of what I have written over the past week or so, but I want the Bruins to win the Stanley Cup.  It’s not an easy call for me to make, but I am making it.  Bruins in 6. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 27, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Double J Isn’t Seeing the Money He Wanted

There is a report in FanNation this morning that former Penguins great Jaromir Jagr is “not considering any offers from the NHL at this point“. That’s a pretty vague and ambiguous statement.  It is coming from his agent, Jaroslav Zidek according to Sovetsky Sport’s Pavel Lysenkov.

Q: How real is the NHL option? “I hope we will only negotiate with KHL teams. We have not spoken about a move to North America yet.”

Sorry everyone but to me that confirms one thing.  JJ is not willing to play for the minimum.  The “at this point” part of the quote screams to me that they are looking for a dollar amount from NHL teams that they are simply not seeing.  Jagr will be 40 this season and it is a huge risk to think of putting dough on the table in the salary cap strapped NHL.  Jagr is likely not willing to uproot his entire life for a one season run in the NHL for 500k.

If I were a GM, I couldn’t in good conscience offer much more than that if I were up against the cap with 10 forwards to sign.

Written by ozman51

May 25, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Why Even Play Another Series?

If you ask some hockey experts tonight we should just hand the Stanley Cup to the Vancouver Canucks.  After defeating the San Jose Sharks to win the Western Conference title and advancing to the Stanley Cup final on, without a doubt, the oddest goal I’ve ever seen (watch the replay above).  I’ve seen nothing but the absolute discounting of any potential east challenger by far too many Canadian hockey experts and some hockey fans.   According to @DarrenDreger it’s simply “Vancouver’s year”.  Some fans squawking at me on Twitter are already convinced that neither Boston nor Tampa Bay has a chance in hell against Vancouver.

We should just carve their names into the cup right now.

Why even play the games then?   Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 25, 2011 at 12:28 AM

Salary Cap Increase Will Provide Relief

At the annual conference of the Sports Lawyers Association over the weekend NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the NHL’s salary cap, which is tied to revenue, will rise again as it has every year under the current CBA to somewhere between $60.5 – $63.5 million.  The Cap currently sits at $59.4 million so this increase would give GM Ray Shero an additional $1.1 – $4.1 million to work with this off season.  Lets hope the number is closer to the latter. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by ozman51

May 24, 2011 at 8:41 AM

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