June 13 2011 12:36PM
This is L'il Wayne, Birdman and Mark Cuban celebrating the Mavericks NBA Championshop in Miami last night. If we don't want to see a similar scene featuring Tom Cochrane, The Odds and Ryan Kesler somewhere in Boston tonight, the Bruins are going to need to step up to the plate.
June 13 2011 10:59AM
After some rumors of a job offer last week, it's been announced today that Jim Playfair is leaving the Flames organization to become an assitant coach for the Phoenix Coyotes. Playfair had served in just about every coaching capacity for the Flames organization, jumping from minor-league head coach, to assitant in the bigs, to head coach of the Flames, back down to minor leagues. He's been with the organization since 2001, the year he guided the Flames affiliate St. John Flames to the Calder Cup.
June 13 2011 09:47AM
There's a bit of a Nino Niederreiter feeling to Mika Zibanejad heading into this year's draft (imagine Don Cherry trying to read that sentence). For those unfamiliar, Neiderreiter rocketed up the charts last year thanks to a strong season with the Portland Winterhawks and an outstanding showing at the World Junior Championships. Although he ended up ranked somewhere of the middle of the first round by most consensus agencies heading into the draft weekend last June, he ended up going fifth overall to the New York Islanders.
June 13 2011 07:24AM
(Cam Charron is a our newest addition to the Nations Network. He will pop in now and then and add his thoughts on more general NHL matters from time to time.)
Lost in all the fuss this week over the Stanley Cup Finals is the implications of the Ilya Bryzgalov trade to the Philadelphia Flyers. Phoenix, of course, doesn't have the money to sign Bryzgalov to what are reportedly astronomical contract demands, and the rumour goes that Bryzgalov wants to be paid like a top player, and not necessarily like a top goalie.
June 12 2011 10:36AM
The Flames head to this month's draft with a relatively barren prospect cupboard to fill, so decent players of any sort will do, but the primary deficiency the club faces at the developmental level is the absence of skilled forwards. The 13th pick in the draft represents an opportunity to address that need, and one of the potential players of interest is Prince Albert center Mark McNeill.