New York Rangers Come To Terms With Alexander Frolov

July 26, 2010 Leave a comment

The New York Rangers have signed Alexander Frolov, formerly of the Los Angeles Kings to a one-year deal. Further financial details are yet to be announced.

Brad Richardson, Los Angeles Kings Avoid Arbitration

July 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Brad Richardson, Los Angeles Kings Reach Agreement

Center Brad Richardson of the Los Angeles Kings have avoided arbitration which was filed on July 5th, as previously reported by the chicks: Brad Richardson Files for Arbitration (also gives an overall description of arbitration). Richardson, a Restricted Free Agent, accepted a one-year deal for the upcoming season that will raise his salary from $600,000 to $900,000. Further financial terms of the deal were not released by either party.

Although plagued with injuries in past seasons, this year he was a valuable part of the Kings success and playoff run, scoring 27 points; 16 assists and 9 goals in 81 games. This included a goal in-game three round 1 of the playoffs.

It was a surprise that Richardson was even in a position to file for arbitration to begin with, as the Kings are short in the Center position. We all blamed Kovy at the time. Maybe this is a sign that the LA Kings are finally paying attention to the rest of the players already on the team and in their farm system.

Darryl Sydor Announces His Retirement

Yet another great NHL player has retired from the game this summer. Darryl Sydor who is most recognized for his playing time in Los Angeles and Dallas, spent 18 seasons in the NHL. Sydor won two Stanley Cups (’99 with Dallas, ’04 with Tampa Bay) and played in two All Star Games ( ’98 and ’99). Aside from his time with the Kings, Stars, and Lightning, Sydor also played for the Blue Jackets, Penguins, and Blues.

Daryl Sydor may not have the legacy of a guy like Tkachuk or Niedermayer, but he will be remembered for being a Stanley Cup winner and an All Star. He also deserves a lot of credit for being on the last of players to have played 1,000 games or more in the NHL (1,291 to be exact).

On behalf of all hockey fans I would like to wish Daryl Sydor all the best in whatever he choses to do now that he is retired, and I would also like to congratulate him on a great NHL career.

Kings Twist on Take Me Out to the Ball Game

This is what hockey is all about, bringing excitement to the fans even during the off season months. Along with many other events in the summer, the LA Kings hosted their MyTown event last night at Dodgers Stadium. The Kings fans made their presence known in the My Town section dedicated to us. It was charged with the inexhaustible energy and loud cheers that echoed throughout the stadium. The group roared even louder when Kings forward Dustin Brown and defenseman Matt Greene threw the ceremonial first pitch and visited our section for an inning with Kings mascot Bailey in tow.

The overall evening included an all you can eat buffet, exciting baseball game, where the Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs 9-7, autographs from Dustin and Matt as well as Kings alumni Daryl Evans, Ian Turnbull, Jamie Storr and Brad Norton. By the amount of cheering and celebrating in our section, it was clear to see that the Kings fans truly enjoyed a little taste of October hockey excitement at a Dodgers game in July.

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Busy Day on Broadway

July 9, 2010 Leave a comment

Today was an active one for the NY Rangers.

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The morning started off with the re-signing of defenseman Dan Girardi to a four-year contract.  The deal is for four years, $3.325 million per year.  This deal was slightly more than the rumored $3 million a year he was asking for.  While the signing of Girardi is a good move for the team, many wonder why Marc Staal didn’t get a contract first.  Hopefully this is soon to follow.  The signing avoids Girardi and the team going to arbitration.

The afternoon featured a trade with the Anaheim Ducks, sending LW Aaron Voros and forward Ryan Hillier to the Ducks in exchange for defenseman Steve Eminger. Eminger, 26, played 63 games with Anaheim this season, tallying four goals, 12 assists, and 30 penalty minutes. He ranked second on the Ducks with 99 blocked shots, and third among the teams defensemen with 102 hits.  The move brings another defenseman to the team, so it leaves one to wonder which of current defenseman on the roster  Eminger will replace.

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Voros was a scratch for half of the games this season, playing in 41 games.  He tallyed three goals and four assists, along with 89 penalty minutes.  Many fans don’t seem to sad to see Voros go; however he did play with a lot of heart when he got the chance to play and at least this Rangers fan will miss him.

Hillier, drafted in the third round in the 2006 draft by the Rangers, skated in 22 games in the ECHL this season and in four games with the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack.

Zherdev Returns to the NHL

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Recently married Nikolai Zherdev will be returning to the United States from Russia to play in the NHL once again.  The 25-year-old right wing has signed a one-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers worth $2 million.

Zherdev spent last season with Atlant Moscow Oblast of the KHL after five seasons in the NHL with the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers.

He had a breakout year with the Blue Jackets in his sophomore season in 2005-06, scoring 54 points (27 goals, 27 assists).  Following the season, he signed a three-year, $7.5 million contract with the Blue Jackets, but the next season saw his production dip to only 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists).  During the season, he also had disputes with the coaching staff.  After a meeting with General Manager Scott Howson and coach Ken Hitchcock, Zherdev had a clean slate and came out better in the 2007-08 season, scoring 61 points (26 goals, 35 assists).

In July of 2008, Zherdev was traded to the Rangers, where he tied with Scott Gomez for the team lead in points with 58 (23 goals, 35 assists).

After filing for arbitration the following summer, the Rangers let Zherdev go and he spent the next season in the KHL.

He has won a silver medal in the 2002 U-18 World Junior Championships, a gold medal in the 2003 U-20 World Junior Championships and another gold medal in the 2009 World Championships.

The addition of Zherdev gives the Flyers four first-round players from the 2003 NHL Entry Draft: Zherdev (4th overall), Braydon Coburn (8th overall), Jeff Carter (11th overall) and Mike Richards (24th overall).

His signing could also spell the end of Simon Gagne in Philadelphia.

Nashville signs Kostitsyn: Problem or Gem?

July 8, 2010 Leave a comment

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The day before free agency began; the Nashville Predators acquired restricted free agent Sergei Kostitsyn from the Montreal Canadiens for upcoming unrestricted free agents Dan Ellis and Dustin Boyd.  The Preds decided to take a low-risk, high reward chance on the troubled Belarussian youngster by signing him to a one-year contract. A low scoring team to begin with and having traded steady veteran Jason Arnott, Kostitsyn will be given a chance to show his offensive skills.  And while those skills have not yet been proven at the NHL level, it is not his hockey skill that is in question. 

In only his third year in the league, Kostitsyn has managed to garner the reputation for being a prima donna. His problems were brought to the forefront at the beginning of the 09/10 season when he refused to report to Montreal’s AHL team, further problems erupted during the playoffs and he was sent away from the team. 

What I cannot explain is that I watched Sergei Kostitsyn play for my hometown London Knights for two seasons in which he played in almost all situations.  A talented offensive player with a definite edge to his game, I never heard of any attitude problems such as he has displayed in his few seasons in the NHL.  Perhaps this is why, after scoring 131 points in his last year of junior, he was only drafted in the 7th round, 200th overall. 

If Barry Trotz can bring out the skill and teach him to play defence and Kostitsyn himself can rein in his attitude, the Predators may just have themselves a gem. If not, this may be Sergei’s last chance. For his sake, I hope he makes the most of it.