Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Which Way To Go? Deal Or Extension


1) As time quickly moves towards the trade deadline it seems that teams and soon to be UFA's are either moving towards trades or contract extensions. First the most recent signings:


  • Dan Boyle in TB. Reportedly a 6 year 40 mil deal. He would have been the most sought after available defensemen with Blake apparently out of the running. The new owners gave Feaster the go ahead earlier yesterday to try to get a deal done in front of the deadline. Its a HUGE mistake in our opinion. The 32 yr old is gifted for sure, but is he worth that kind of dough? No! It almost forces the team to try to unload one of the big 3 (with Richards the most rumoured to be on the block)

  • Barret Jackman also won't be going anywhere at the trade deadline as the St. Louis Blues re-signed the defenceman to a four year contract extension worth $14.4 million.

  • Brian Campbell Reports this evening tell FR2 that the Sabres made a 'considerable offer' to the impending UFA defender. We're told it was a 3 year 15 mil extension which Brian's agent rejected. Although talks could restart, if the Sabres don't give Brian at least 5 years he will be dealt by this afternoon. We hear the Sharks are hot and heavy on acquiring the talented defenseman. The Boyle deal makes it MORE likely that Campbell will have to be dealt as the bar has been raised by the silly TB deal

  • Mike Comrie- As FAUXRUMORS mentioned yesterday our sources told us that the Islanders and the impending UFA centre are closing in on a deal of at least 1 more season to keep the Edmonton native on Long Island

  • Marion Hossa- Negotiations are on going so its no guarantee that the Slovak will be going anywhere, unlike a few of his team mates, mentioned yesterday by FR. However, if things fall through we are hearing that the Habs have a deal on the table that could include Chris Higgins plus a prospect/pick.

2) As for trades/impending deals. No surprise to anyone that Vinny Prospal was traded. He goes back to the Flyers the team that drafted him 15 years ago. Vaclav and hot-head coach John Tortorella have been feuding not so privately the past few weeks to the point where the two had to be restrained at a recent practice. Ironically, Tortorella's days may also be numbered as the new ownership group isn't too keen on his coaching style of alienating/berating players in public.


3) Also, as FR mentioned yesterday a lot of the Brad Richards trade talk is a load of hot air. However our sources tell us that the Boyle deal almost forces Feaster to have to try to make a deal. One could be worked out with an unidentified Western conference team with considerable cap space and one Eastern Conference team, also with lots of space to absorb Richards enormous(and in our opinion over-inflated) salary. Some have mentioned Columbus. If true it would be a huge mistake in our opinion. They would simply be replacing one over priced forward(Fedorov) with another. The East team has not been confirmed to be the Islanders, BUT they do fit the bill in having tons of space. Their problem is not necessarily having many top assets that would interest TB. Its also possible that Feaster can wait until the off season to complete such a trade.


4) It appears the Black Hawks are going to try to be very active this afternoon. They have at least 8 players for whom they are making available: Nikolai Khabibulin, Martin Havlat, Robert Lang, Tuomo Ruutu, Marty Lapointe, Yanic Perrault, Andrei Zyuzin, and Rene Bourque. Of these as FR discussed yesterday LaPointe, Zyuzin and Lang would be most likely to go. Havlot would get the most return. Khabibulin is unlikely to go now, but almost assuredly to be traded at the draft if he's still with the team.


5) And so it goes. Many teams will continue to try to get their players resigned before 3:00 p.m. (EST) However, if players who will be UFA's remains unsigned and lures of attractive offers start coming in, both sides could find themselves in a quandary. That's the beauty of the NHL trade deadline. Sometimes you don't know how it's going to play out until the very last second. As always, keep it here for all the latest news, rumors and expert/unique analysis!

28 comments:

Trotz19 said...

Great job guys on getting the Comrie story before most media folks did! The papers here say that the Islanders wanted to sign him to a long term deal, but Comrie didn't want to commit to more. I'm not totally sold on him as a true top center. He disappears on many nights. So what about our other free agents?

Hawk said...

Nice try Faux Trotz!

Only problem is that Faux posted that at 2:49 AM TODAY and NUMEROUS Websites reported that same rumour YESTERDAY.

Even TSN.CA had it! Even Ek had it!

Just google it and see how many sites have it dated YESTERDAY! Even the Associated Press Line had that one!

Laughable!

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Hawk: Actually our site had the Comrie BEFORE the 2:00 a.m. FR2 post. It was mentioned well ahead of ANY published/electronic media outlet. 24 hrs minimally!
2) Also it appears that our Hossa/Richards sources may be on the money. Still awaiting confirmation
3) Our other sources tell us that the teams' GM want to wait as long as possible to announce these deals to try to prevent their rival GM's from being able to respond
4) What is certain, its getting to feel like it may be a very active day afterall!!

Hawk said...

And over at FuX's house of LAUGHTER (note I have put it in point form so he can figure it out too):

So you got one right. Big deal!!

Even a stopped watch is right twice a day

THIS SITE IS FULL OF LIES!

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Hawk: Thanks for what must have been a very painful admission! LOL
2) Our readers know otherwise! Our track record is as good as any pay site!

Hawk said...

Ok, MSNBC reports at 10:40 pm EST February 24th, 2008 -

"Islander forward Mike Comrie is close to signing a one year contract extension..."

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Sounds like we had it a few hours earlier than MSNBC. We wonder if they have someone perusing this site! Thanks!!

Hawk said...

You are lying to your readers. What few you have!

I AM WATCING YOU!

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) We know when we are doing well, this moron comes out of the wood work!! LOL

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Anyway Trotz: Published reports out of LI(We're sure you can find Newsday as easily as we can) ; ) The Isles are trying to get al their potential UFA's under contract before 3:00 p.m.
2) The one thats most likely to be traded is Satan.

Jintzie said...

Theresa and I are VERY excited! We got Campbell!! He's probably the best defenseman out there.
Hey guys, congrats on being the only one that we read who saw this coming!! Great job.

Hawk said...

Wow, stop the presses, FuX gets 2 rumors right in one day!

You put out so much crap that you were bound to get a rumor right once in a while

DON'T BELIEVE THIS GUY. HE HAS NO SOURCES!

Stop lying to everyone!

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Jintzie: We figured you'd be happy with that announcement! We want to give our colleague FR2 the props for getting us that one!
2) Hawk: Even when we are correct you still say we're lying?? LOL What color is the sky in your world? Get over it man, we're legit!

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) So far we have to say the early winners are:
a) Caps. Gave up virtually nothing for Huet, Fedorov and Cooke
b) Colorado- have paid a higher proce than DC, but in 24 hrs have added blue line depth and offensive fire power
c) San Jose- Adding Campbell gives them a player that adds a much needed facet to their game

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Hossa to the Pens! They gave up quite a bit for what will probably be a playoff rental!

Hawk said...

Faux,

Clearly you can't read.

Comrie was reported at 10:40 PM on February 24th on MSNBC.

Your wrote about it at 4:35 AM on February 25th. That is 6 hours AFTER it was reported on the mainstream media!

Hilarious!

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Geez hawk, you're like a dog with a bone. However try to get your facts correct. Our first mention of Comrie came in our D-Day post which was our first in 4 days, on February 24! You have the time correct though

Hawk said...

NICE TRY YOU MORON!

YOU MAY BE ABLE TO FOOL YOURSELF JACKASS BUT YOU CANT FOOL THE REST OF THE WORLD!

YOU SIMPLY DID WHAT YOU USUALLY DO...CHANGE THE DATE OF THE POST.

I HAVE THE SCREEN SHOT AND HAVE THE POST ARCHIVED AT ICEROCKET.COM DATED THE 25TH. THE DATE CODING IN THE POST SOURCE CODE SHOWS THE 25TH

BUT WHO REALLY CARES BECAUSE THIS SITE IS DEAD! LESS THEN 100 HITS ON TRADE DEADLINE DAY!

THIS SITE IS AN IRRELEVANT JOKE!

CHEW ON THAT A WHILE MORON!

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Wow, we evidently really must have gotten to ya there Hawk. Spewing hate-filled venom usually shows when someone is frustrated.( Did you know writing in all caps means one is screaming?) Having a tantrum? LOL
2) We actually had close to a 1000 hits yesterday. Not that it means squat to us. You/Hockeynutz have always been the one obsessed with hit counters. As anyone can see ours is in a corner and almost just an after thought.
3) As to your archiving our post on assholerocket.com; glad you enjoy our site so much to archive our posts for us! LOL

Hawk said...

THIS SITE IS AN IRRELEVANT JOKE!

YOU CHANGED YOUR HIT COUNTER AGAIN. ITS EASY TO DO. NO ONE IS BUYING YOU BULL SHIT

I HAVE THE SCREEN SHOT OF THE HIT COUNTER. I CAME EVERY HOUR TO SEE WHAT IT IS!

CHEW ON THAT A WHILE MORON!

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) This wil be our last response. All we can say is that you must have a sad and lonely existance to be so obsessed with a hockey blog that you yourself say is "dead', yet you make such an effort to archive/copy our hit counter hourly. Sad indeed!

amber mac said...

What a little dweeb that Hawk guy is. Just looking at that gay symbol he uses should show you what kind of an imbecile he is.
Keep up the great work guys. I love the site!

Shmee said...

Boyle: really really surprised that they would sign him to such an inflated deal. Not a good idea, and in a few years they are going to realize what a bad idea it was.

Caps: I am actually pretty impressed with GMGM. He essentially tried Sutherby for Huet. Pretty smart.

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Agree that Boyle was signed for MORE than what he should have. It forced the Richards deal. In our opinion the Bolts got hosed on that one too
2) We'll soon be doing our post deadline analysis, but in the short term anyway the Caps seemed to have helped themselves. More on that on our blog either later today or tomorrow. Nice to have ya back Shmee!

DMG said...

...I like this blog!

My two cents.

Faux, I agree 100% re Richards and Boyle. The team had to move Richards because they made the same mistake with Boyle they did with Richards several years ago! Feaster is making my short list of terrible GMs (still behind Waddell, who took over #1 after Ferguson was canned)

FAUX RUMORS said...

1) Thanks DMG. Yes Waddell was on our radar as worst GM even before this season. He got our attention when he was responsible for assembling the 2006 American Olympic team. He blew that one as well. Then acquiring Keith Tkachuk for a playoff run last spring cemented our view that he's a moron!
2) Ferguson made some curious/bad moves, but he didn't have a chance in the environment/insane asylum known as Toronto. Feaster/Tortorella are still living off 2004

hawk said...

Typical of this blog. He lies then uses fake ID's to respond to himself.

ITS ALL LIES!!!!!

I like the new ones DMG Amber and Shmee. I'm NOT fooled!

I'M WATCHING!

DMG said...

I think Waddell is terrible for so many reasons, but I too first realized it when he threw together the Olympic team. I was scratching my head going "well some of this doesn't make sense, but I'm sure he knows better than me". Then when the debacle unfolded in Torino, my dislike grew...the good thing is that I don't have to find excuses to dislike him! Beyond the Tkachuk trade there was of course the Zhitnik trade. But perhaps Waddell's worst area is the draft - aside of a few slam dunk, top 5 picks he's generating no one even capable of playing at a decent NHL level excel Excelby and Coburn (since traded). Not to mention he has a number of notable draft blunders, like picking Coburn ahead of Phaneuf and Stefen ahead of either of the Sedins!

...and people wonder why hockey isn't catching on in the South...

I agree with you about Ferguson - he didn't do a very good job but the scrutiny from the media and the fans about Toronto is just absurd. Everyone wants a quick fix and everything thinks they have the answer. It'd be a nightmare to be a GM up there.

 
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