Chicago Wins a Classic. Now, Kings Talk!
To show you how good Chicago’s offense was, Jamie Kompon won his 2nd consecutive Stanley Cup despite going 1 for 20 on the power play in the finals and having a whopping 11.4 percentage on the PP in the entire playoffs. There were only 3 teams worse than the Blackhawks. The Islanders, Rangers and Wild.
Oh yeah, congrats to Chicago.
Aside from Lombardi and Hextall having to sign all of the Kings free agents mentioned testers, they have quite a few more in Manchester as well.
Anthony Stewart – UFA – Acquired from the Hurricanes in the Westgarth deal he’s a UFA who may catch on with a lower tiered team looking to fill roster spots, but at a million dollars? In this cap era? Hope he likes Swiss food.
Brian O’Neill – RFA – signed as a free agent out of Yale. He got the MAX allowed for a AHL contract (I’m not sure what that is, but whatever it is, he got it). In 49 games he had 3 goals and 12 assists. Can you say, “didn’t live up to the hype at all?” I knew you could.
Stefan Legein – RFA – came over from the Flyers along with a 6th round pick for “future considerations” – 5 goals and 12 assists in 51 games. Can the “future considerations be that the Flyers take him back?
Andrew Bodnarchuk – RFA – signed as a free agent after playing 5 NHL games with the Bruins, was called up to the show earlier this season but never played. 5 goals 15 assists and 77 PIM’s – not bad.
David Kolomatis – RFA – Drafted oin the 5th round in 2009 – 8 goals and 20 assists in just 46 games giving him 20 assists or more in 4 consecutive seasons. Will be interesting to see what he can do in TC
Martin Jones – RFA – Dean just mentioned he needed to work on some things. Let him pay his dues the way Quick and Bernier did. Seems to have worked out well for them. Jeff Zatkoff, who didn’t want to pay his dues? Not on the team and not in the NHL.
David Meckler – UFA – Drafted by the Kings in the 5th round in 2006 – I don’t expect the 25 year old to be resigned.
Marc Andre Cliche – Contractually, I believe he HAS to make the Kings this season or he has to be put on waivers and I think he’ll be claimed.
Just for fun…
Jeff Giuliano – just completed his FOURTH season with the Iserlohn Roosters with former Ranger and Islander Mike York and former Blackhawk and conviceted felon Mark Bell. At least he has someone to speak English with.
John Zeiler – also played in the same league as Jeff, but for the Augsburg Panthers where he didn’t play with anyone of name value.
With only 6 days until the draft, how many deals are going to be made tomorrow and then the teams that didn’t make those deals will be scrambling to make deals to make up for the deals they didn’t make.
Twitter is going to go absolutely bananas in the next few days!