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2008 HFNHL Playoffs

2007-08 HFNHL Stanley Cup Final Preview - 5/1/2008
Both of these teams are coming off very hard fought conference finals. Buffalo was able to outscore the powerful Devils, while the Stars continued to shut down opponents, stiffling the offense of the Canucks. Essentially, the Sabres have to be the first team to breakdown Kipper. ... [more]

Dallas off to Stanley Cup finals for the 2nd year in a row - 5/1/2008
Dallas, Texas. (AP) - The Dallas Stars have successfully defended their Western Conference Championship title and are off to the Stanley Cup Finals against the Buffalo Sabres. Somehow the Dallas Stars have managed to claw their ways to the Stanley Cup Finals for the second year in a row while being continually told by the media that they don't have the right stuff to make it this far. ... [more]

Aussies continue to dominate east as Sabres head to Stanley Cup Finals! - 5/1/2008
Scott Hartnell could only watch, but the Buffalo Sabres played like champions without their captain. On a dramatic night in front of a packed Buffalo crowd, this young Sabres team took yet another step to returning to their throne as NHL champions with a 5-3 win over the New Jersey Devils. ... [more]

2007-08 HFNHL Conference Finals Playoff Preview - 4/22/2008
Ok so the Devils have yet to lose and are practically blowing everyone out of the playoffs so far. But the Sabres are a great team too and the number 1 seed in the conference. Truly a battle of the titans. The most important thing for the Sabres to do is limit the Devils offensive production. ... [more]

Kipper stops Colorado - 4/22/2008
After an amazing series against the Blues, Colorado appeared to have nothing to give against Dallas in round 2. The 2nd line that had been unstoppable in round two was unable to score a single goal in 4 games against the Stars. Even if the Avalanche outshot the Stars 119-100 in the 4 games, they just weren't able to get past Kipper. ... [more]

Dallas off to WCF for 2nd straight year - 4/21/2008
Dallas, Texas. (AP) - After taking out the Colorado Avalanche in 4 straight games, the Dallas Stars are off to fight for the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl for the second straight year. "We beat both of them last year in the playoffs. I don't care who we play. ... [more]

2007-08 HFNHL Second Round Playoff Preview - 4/17/2008
In the first round, the Leafs special teams continued to be dominant and ran over a Flyers team which had trouble with it's special teams unit all year. They got scoring from all their lines and they played great defense. The Sabres had a bit of a tougher time with the Panthers in a close series, ... [more]

Blues Availability List - 4/17/2008
With the season now complete for the St. Louis Blues and 24 others HFNHL franchises, the Blues faxed out a confidential trade list to every HFNHL franchise with the intent of making several moves, ideally in advance of free agency. ... [more]

Blue All Over Again - 4/16/2008
For the past seven years, the St. Louis Blues have had absolutely no problems in the regular season. Time and time again, Blues fans have witnessed impressive 82-game campaigns that have included numerous honours every HFNHL team hopes to achieve. Everything but a Stanley Cup, that is. ... [more]

Canucks First Round Review - 4/16/2008
Alright, well before taking on the Wings beginning Thursday, might as well take a page from the Wings' book and do a review of the club's first round sweep over the Oilers. The Good: - A four game sweep despite being the underdog against the division champion. ... [more]

Red Wings First Round Review - 4/15/2008
Here’s a quick look at some of the good, the bad, and the ugly performances by the Red Wings during the first round series. The Good: Penalty killing – the PK units could collectively be considered the first star for the Wings in this series. They were 20 for 20 in the 5 games ... [more]

Devils Win! Devils Win! - 4/13/2008
For the third straight year the Devils made the playoffs. For the third straight year the Devils had home ice in the first round. But for the first time under General Manager Richard Epstein, the Devils will keep playing into round 2. The Devils won by a score of 3-1 Sunday night, completing a first round sweep of their division rival Penguins. ... [more]

Phoenix Coyotes Top 20 Prospects - Spring 2008 - 4/9/2008
Tlusty retains #1 and has made such a rapid and promising transition to the North American game, its just ridiculous, He played great for the Marlies to begin the past 2 seasons, and both have ended up in a move, last year was to the SOO Greyhounds of the OHL where during the playoffs he scored nearly a goal per game ... [more]

2007-08 HFNHL First Round Playoff Preview - 4/8/2008
The Sabres are one of the best defensive teams in the league, but also one of the scoring teams. They run a strong penalty killing unit and rollout 3 great scoring lines. Basically they just have to keep doing what they have been doing and stay out of the penalty box where the Panthers power play, which has been hot lately can hurt them. ... [more]

Ducks Season In Review - 4/7/2008
It would be hard to characterize the 2007-08 season as anything less than a disappointment for the Anaheim Ducks. After firing out of the gates quickly, the Ducks fell completely flat after the first quarter of the season, enduring one particularly long losing streak of 10 games, and muddling through the season's second half. ... [more]

Stars and playoffs a match made in heaven - 4/5/2008
Dallas, Texas. (AP) - Stars are playoff bound once again, but no one is taking them seriously, which is fine with the team. The Dallas Stars are heading to the playoffs again this year with another 100 point season in their back pockets which no one predicted would happen. ... [more]

Leafs come out of regular season smelling like roses - 4/4/2008
Toronto (AP) With yesterdays 6-3 win over the Canadiens the Leafs look to be ending the season on a high note. Just a month ago it was questionable if they would even make the playoffs, however with two big wins against the Sabres last week they finally managed to clinch the 8th spot, now with the home win over the Canadiens they have a winning home record for the first time this season. ... [more]

Panthers General Manager Brock Otten Breaks **** - 4/4/2008
The Florida Panthers loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning last night not only secured the Panthers place in the standings, but it was also crushing financially. The 4-1 defeat last night cost the Panthers $4,500,000. By failing to win and reach 91 points, the Panthers fell short of the 30 point improvement bonus and subsequently $1,000,000. By going 0 for 5 on the powerplay, the Panthers also fell short of reaching the 16% powerplay percentage needed to receive $3,500,000. ... [more]

Does President's Trophy Mean a Stanley Cup or an Early Exit? - 4/4/2008
For the past seven years, the St. Louis Blues have had absolutely no problems in the regular season. Time and time again, Blues fans have witnessed impressive 82-game campaigns that have included numerous honours every HFNHL team hopes to achieve. Everything but a Stanley Cup, that is. ... [more]

Predators out of Playoffs - 4/3/2008
The GM's inability to build a winning team was exposed late in the season. The Predators slumped all the way from 4th place in the Western conference to 10th and out of the playoffs. Fans are calling for the GM's head and neither Ownership nor the GM were available for comment - leaving the GM's future with the franchise open. ... [more]

Flyers Secure Division Win - 3/30/2008
The Flyers wrapped up the Atlantic division title last night with a win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. The Flyers who have finished 2nd in the division the previous two years behind the NJ Devils, will now play either the 6th or 7th place team in the conference once the playoffs begin. ... [more]

Wade Dubielewicz has Atlanta buzzing - 3/18/2008
Nobody expected much from the Thrasher going into the last stretch of games, knowing they had already finished last in the season. But Wade Dubielewicz didn't seem to get the memo and has posted back to back shutouts against Calgary and Washington. ... [more]

Flyers Power Play - Botton of the Barrel - 3/18/2008
Power Play? Powerless is a more accurate description of the Flyers’ power play prowess. They sit 24th in power play production on a team that has only been outscored by 5 other teams in goals so far this season. The lack of production has their coach scratching his head. ... [more]

Panthers Make A Coaching Change - 3/18/2008
The Florida Panthers announced in a press conference this morning that head coach Dave Lewis has been let go by the team. Replacing Lewis will be the great one, Wayne Gretzky. "We'd like to thank Dave for his effort and his commitment to the Panthers organization. He had been with us for a few years now, but we felt it was time for a change," said Panthers General manager Brock Otten. ... [more]

Devils Change Directions, Resign 2 More - 3/2/2008
The New Jersey Devils announced today that they have resigned Alexander Semin and Tomas Vanek to 4 year deals. Although terms were not disclosed, it is believed that the two will earn nearly 10 million dollars a year combined ... [more]

Jacket cashes in on million-dollar endorsement - 3/2/2008
With the close of the RSL season approaching, Columbus Blue Jackets prospect Nikolai Kulemin is (finally!) turning it on, with a goal and an assist to put him over the 30-point requirement for $1 million in the Mountain Due prospect derby ... [more]

Two Rangers Prospects Cash In - 2/29/2008
Both Chris Bourque and Denis Parshin have earned the HFNHL Rangers $1M apiece as part of the Mountain Dew endorsement within the past week. Bourque surpassed the 40 point mark for Hershey (AHL) and Parshin hit the 30 point mark for CSKA Moscow. ... [more]

Goodbye playoffs, Tampa waives Bobby Holik/Dennis Gauthier - 2/26/2008
With 16 games left of the season and 13 points up to the playoffs Tampa Bay feels the season is over and decided to waive center Bobby Holik and defenseman Dennis Gauthier. GM Martin Sedin said that none of them are parts of the longterm plans in Tampa and he thought it was best to waive them to try to loose their big contracts. ... [more]

Arnott and Stoll lead Sharks to second straight win - 2/19/2008
Sharks won carolina Hurricanes yesterday 4-2 and kept playoff hopes alive. Jarret Stoll and Jason Arnott took justified 1st and 2nd stars in the game. Saku Koivu was ejected after 5 minutes played and after that Sharks continued the game through with only 2 centers, Stoll and Arnott. Stoll played 35 and Arnott 34 minutes. ... [more]

Devils Sign 2 - 2/18/2008
The New Jersey Devils announced this weekend that they have signed forwards Marian Gaborik and Nathan Horton to long term contract extensions. The two forwards are considered cornerstones of the organization and were the top priorities for general manager Rich Epstein going before the offseason. ... [more]

Interview with Panthers General Manager Brock Otten - 2/16/2008
The Florida Post was recently able to sit down with Panthers General Manager Brock Otten for a one on one interview. Q: Obviously, this season has been a huge success so far. Can you tell me why? A: I think one of the main reasons is just an overall maturing of our team. Guys like Ray Emery, Daniel Cleary, Brent Burns, Mike Richards have all stepped up their play, while some of the real veterans like Shane Doan and Mike Modano have been able to stabilize the teams efforts. ... [more]

Nashville press conference - 2/14/2008
The Nashville Predators have created a lot of talk as of late and GM Kapfenberger decided to call for a press conference to talk to the media about the recent rumblings that were heard from as far as Raleigh, Carolina. ... [more]

Backstrom Era Underway - 2/13/2008
CALGARY(CP): The Flames weren't winners last night against a very tough Buffalo Sabres squad, they tied 2-2, but the smiles were evident post game in the Flames dressing room. "You guys keep calling it the Backstrom Era, but I think we're gonna have to call it the Lapointe Era" quipped Captain Jarome Iginla ... [more]

Preds Win Season Series - 2/12/2008
If the playoffs were to start today the Red Wings would be facing the Predators in the first round of the playoffs and that is cause for concern in Detroit. Nashville is the only team in the league (that’s faced Detroit more than once) that can boast that they have a winning record against the Wings. ... [more]

Jackets shuffle deck chairs at deadline - 2/12/2008
CD - You've probably heard the phrase "shuffling deck chairs on the Titanic". It's a metaphor usually reserved for acts of utter futility. The phrase comes to mind when reviewing the Columbus Blue Jackets' activity at the trade deadline. No matter what minor moves are made, let's face it: this ship is going down. ... [more]

Sabres add Boucher, load up for playoffs - 2/12/2008
The Buffalo Sabres have been very quiet this season on the trade front, but at the deadline, just weeks after adding veteran C/W David Vyborny, GM Joshua Pitt traded Long time Sabre Brooks Orpik for veteran D-man Philippe Boucher, who has been the best blueliner on the Ottawa Senators all season. ... [more]

Lots of block buster trades in Toronto... not much direction though - 2/11/2008
Toronto (AP): So it's trade deadline and the buzz in Toronto is all about the acquisition of goaltender Dwayne Roloson, a move which was greated with mixed emotions from many Leaf fans. On the one hand the move shows that GM Chagani has a commitment to fight for the cup this year with the Leafs now in possession of one of the best 1-2 goalie combinations in the league. ... [more]

GM Niece Meets With The Press - 2/11/2008
Having been inactive on the trade front during the regular season where only two minor deals were concluded (Primeau from EDM for Nasreddin and Thorburn to Columbus for a 5th) trade deadline day proved to be a busy one for the Niece clan. Both the GM and AGM took turns manning the phones during the course of the day and it’s not much of an exaggeration to say the Wings had varying degrees of trade discussions with half of the leagues GMs. ... [more]

Predators sent back home with 6 goal package - 2/11/2008
It was a busy trade deadline day for the Nashville Predators, on and off the ice. Right before the game against the St. Louis Blues, GM Kapfenberger acquired another veteran player to help the team push for the playoffs. Defensive-minded forward Steve Rucchin arrived from the San Jose Sharks who looked to remove him from their to get under the cap. ... [more]

Sharks clarified team future - 2/11/2008
Sharks GM slept in piece last seven hours before trade deadline, but he managed to do some big moves before he went to sleep. Biggest was Niedermayer trade, which already has caused some wondering. GM Koskinen tried to get defenseman back with couple of prospects, but every negociations collapsed and why? ... [more]

Dallas Stars sign future and trade deadline news - 2/10/2008
Dallas, Texas. (AP) - Dallas Stars trade Koivu for Guerin and sign Parise and Roy. The Dallas Stars announced a number of organizational moves today which has solidified their roster for the coming years. The first major news today was the resigning of Derek Roy, Zach Parise, Scottie Upshall and Chris Neil all to long term contracts. ... [more]

Osala is a million dollar man - 2/10/2008
Phoenix (AP) - Last night Oskar Osala put up point number 31, which in turn with the mountain due endorsement will give the coyotes a much needed $1M in the bank. The team has been struggling financially and Osala's accomplishment should certainly help. ... [more]

Wild-Leaf trade - 2/9/2008
The Wild have dealt Martin Lapointe and Nicklas Bergfors to the Leafs for Andy Sutton and Calgary's 6th rounder in '08. Bergfors hasn't progressed as hoped, but the potential is still there. Lapointe has been a stabilizing winger on the top line, but Andy Sutton will bolster the backline in Minnesota ... [more]

The roulette wheel of HFNHL suspensions continues - 2/7/2008
Dont count Sharks GM among the fans of the HFNHL´s predilection for suspending players. Three players are suspended recently... and sharks have been struggling since then. It all began in a gameday 78, when Alex Burrows was ejected after fighting with Atlanta´s Nolan Yonkman. ... [more]

Predators tie Flames - 2/8/2008
In a much anticpated match up of Western Conference rivals the Nashville Predators were unable to hold on to a 2-0 lead in the 3rd period allowing the Calgary Flames to tie the game and escape with a point from the Sommet Center. The new top powerplay unit with Ryane Clowe, Matt Stajan and Corey Perry up front and Kurtis Foster and Brett Clark scored the first goal of the game ... [more]

RUMOUR: PIT adds former star - 2/7/2008
Rumours are that Todd Bertuzzi will be joining the Penguins as they make a push for the playoffs. while still injured, the talk is the team is banking on being in the playoffs and wanted some scoring line insurance. more news to follow. ... [more]

Detroit Trade Block - 2/6/2008
With no cap room and against the max org size limit the Wings are not expected to be big players at this years deadline but there are some wispers in the corridors that the Wings may be listening to offers for top 10 goalie Nicklas Backstrom. ... [more]

PIT signs stars - 2/6/2008
Rumours out of Pittsburgh suggest the team has tendered lucrative long term offers to two of their stars, Jason Spezza and Andrei Markov. Some reports suggest that the team has handed over contracts in excess of 20 million dollars to each player over the next 4 years. ... [more]

Colorado Makes major moves - 2/6/2008
In the battle for a playoff spot in the West, Colorado has had problems all season to get going. With top players on all positions and a deep roster, they somehow still have not been able to find any chemistry. With 51 games played at the all-star break, Colorado has only 48 points and are 11th in the West. ... [more]

Flyers Defense and Done - 2/5/2008
(HAP) The GM would only confirm the rumours that Philly acquired another defenseman to play on the top 2 pairings, however, as per league rules he could not give details of the trade until the league confirms the deal. If approved, the Flyers' GM assured fans that the top 4 defenseman the team would now ice is unparalleled. With Federov (80), White (78) and Volchenkov (85), the Flyers already had 3 defenseman with at least 78 D ratings. ... [more]

Robert Lang demanding a trade! - 2/4/2008
After the 4-1 lost against the St.Louis Blues, star center Robert Lang, was furious in the locker room. Lang told the press, "he couldn't give an honest effort for a team that has nothing to play for". Lang also said "I don't want to be seen as a mentor to the young players on the team, I want to win the Cup". ... [more]

Another HFNHL First in Detroit - 2/4/2008
One thing many GM's fail to address is succession planning. In Detroit a league first was announced as GM Niece introduced his new AGM Zachary Niece (Son). While there will be a steep learning curve for Zachary he is up to the challenge. Only time will tell if the partnership will build bonds or whether their differing views on players will be divisive ... [more]

News from the Igloo - 2/3/2008
One week after adding Petteri Nummelin (for prospect Bud Holloway) the Penguins conitnue to build depth when they added another veteren body in Curtis Brown. Heading to the Islanders was a 4th round draft pick. Also, PIT has signed veterns Derek Morris to a 4 year extension, Mikael Samuelsson to a 3 year extension and goalie Chris Mason has signed a 1 year extension. ... [more]

Blockbuster deal? - 2/3/2008
Rumour mention that Tampa Bay GM Martin Sedin have made a blockbuster deal involving two other teams and that he is currently waiting for league approval. Other rumours in Tampa mention that star players Marian Hossa and Michael Nylander have been traded. ... [more]

The Blues Make Their Final Move Early - 2/1/2008
(AP) St. Louis: The St. Louis Blues have made their trade deadline deal early. Only weeks after acquiring gritty veteran and power forward Gary Roberts from Philadelphia, the Blues acquired another key piece to their playoff push with the addition of Sheldon Souray from the Boston Bruins. ... [more]

Jackets lock up forwards - 1/30/2008
CD - Nationwide Arena - The Columbus Blue Jackets today announced that they have reached agreement on multi-year contracts with forwards Olli Jokinen and Dustin Penner. Jokinen reached a three-year deal, while Penner signed for two years. "Olli has become a huge presence on our team, and Dustin is just beginning to scratch the surface of the kind of dominant player he can be", GM Doug Emerson said ... [more]

Flames Slump Worsens - 1/28/2008
CALGARY (CP): This might already be the most successful season in the history of the Calgary Flames - but don't try telling that to the players after a disastrous 6-1 loss to the worst team in the league, the Atlanta Thrashers. "That might be one of the worst performances I have ever seen by this team," stated injured center Daymond Langkow from his perch in the press box. ... [more]

Sharks team seen lots of changes - 1/28/2008
Sharks GM has tried to build his team to be competitive not only this season, but also in the next season. Lots of obstacles on his way; Salary cap, Key players future doubts and so on. Salaries has been the biggest obstacle when trying to stay under the 44mil cap. ... [more]

Kings Make Minor Deal - 1/27/2008
The HFNHL LA Kings have made a small trade, dealing center Ryan Johnson to the Florida Panthers for prospect Patrick Kaleta. Johnson, an upcoming UFA, spent the last several seasons on LA's checking lines. He had 6 goals and 7 assists for 13 points in 45 games for the Kings leading up to the trade. ... [more]

Decision date soon coming for Forsberg, Rucchin? - 1/27/2008
Depending on where the Sharks are in the standings in the next three weeks. If Sharks are still in the playoff race it would be foolish for GM Koskinen to move an asset like Foppa unless the return is an impact player or two who can keep the Sharks in the chase. ... [more]

Sabres Add Vyborny - 1/26/2008
After going half the season without making a move (a new record for GM Joshua Pitt) The sabres finally decided to add a veteran presence as the all-star break nears. C/RW Davis Vyborny was acquired for Winger Matt Pettinger and an exchange of picks. ... [more]

Sabres All-star Candidates - 1/25/2008
With the way Buffalo has been playing this season, there is a long list of players who are worthy of an all-star berth... Patrick Marleau (C/LW): Has lined up at both C and LW. 3rd in the leage in goals (25) and 5th in points (55). Has a better +/- (+20)than anyone in the top 20 scorers other than Joe Thornton as well. 3rd in the league in PP goals (7) and 5th in shooting % (23.1). ... [more]

Leafs keep Rangers at bay, but pay a heavy price - 1/25/2008
Toronto (AP) There may be half a season left, but for teams on the brink of play-off hopes the real date of concern is the trade-deadline. That's the do-or-die date... the date where GM's decide to make a push for the playoffs... or pack it in. ... [more]

Predators sign key free agents during 3 game winning streak - 1/25/2008
With checking line center Matt Stajan on the sidelines and Kari Lehtonen in need of a break, the Predators top line of Chris Higgins, Viktor Kozlov, Rick Nash and Brett Clark and Garnett Exelby on defense showed up and scored 3 goals in the first period to lay the ground for a 5-4 overtime win ... [more]

More moves by Chicago - 1/24/2008
First it was Alexi Kovalev, who the season before was an offensive juggernaut for the Hawks playing on a second line with only David Vyborny as a player of any consequence that was shown the door out of Chicago. Well now Vyborny has been shown the door as well. ... [more]

Unoffical Report: Coyotes pull off Blockbuster - 1/24/2008
Phoenix (HFAP) - The Phoenix Coyotes came into this season with less to move than they had last season, but that didn't mean that they were willing to shy away from turning a blockbuster deal less than a month away from the trade deadline. The trade is believed to be made with another Central Division team "He's one of the steadiest, toughest defencemen in the league", ... [more]

Marty St. Louis headed to HFNHL All-Star game? - 1/24/2008
Martin St. Louis appears to be a lock for the 2008 HFNHL All-Star game. Third overall in league scoring, fifth in goals, second in assists, the top-scoring RW in the league (by 7 points!), he has all the pedigree of an All-Star. Possibly joining him is Henrik Sedin, who is having a terrific season off the Jackets' second line, where he leads all Western-Conference centers in scoring ... [more]

Kipper starting in the All Star game? - 1/24/2008
The Dallas Stars took a giant step backwards this off season refusing to pay the exorbitant amounts of money that were being asked for pending UFA's Bryan McCabe and Martin St.Louis this off season and passing on an offer sheet for Christoph Schubert which saw him leave as well, but the Dallas Stars are still atop the HFNHL standings. ... [more]

Vote for Alex t-shirts selling out in Chicago - 1/24/2008
In a season of disaster in Chicago one ray of sunshine remains. Alex Tanguay, has often carried this team on his back offensively. Leading the Hawks in all offensive categories with 17 Goals 28 Assists and 45 Points, Alex is also the leading point getter for LW's in the Western Conference. ... [more]

Martin Gerber an all-star? - 1/24/2008
Phoenix (HFAP) - Martin Gerber is making his push for the all-star game, he was dissapoionted last year after having a great start in Phoenix his prevous stats were nough to keep him from getting consideration for the all-star game. However this year there is no denying that this guy has carried the Coyotes almost singlehandedly ... [more]

Wild sign three - 1/24/2008
Minnesota GM Greg Dockus got the ball rolling with his upcoming free agents. He signed forward John Zeiler to a 2 yr deal paying $510,000 per year, center Trevor Letowski got a 1 yr deal worth $810,000 and he signed top priority Patrice Bergeron to a 2 yr deal worth $3,500,000 per year. ... [more]

2 Coyotes named to AHL all-star game - 1/24/2008
Phoenix - (HFAP) Two names not expected to be meantioned in the same sentance as "all-stars" at the start of the season, have suprised many to become just that in the AHL. Michael Leighton and Joey Tenute have both been selected to represent team canada in the AHL all-star game. ... [more]

New Faces Perform in Thrasher Victory - 1/23/2008
Immediate dividends were paid by the most recent deal made by GM Ryan Archer. The deal saw the departure of goalie Chris Osgood along with a 3rd pick in 08. In return the Thrashers received goaltender Wade Dublewietz who will serve as a backup to Thibault. ... [more]

Kovalchuk achieves endorsement - 1/23/2008
Ilya Kovachuk recently surpassed the 25 goal mark, earning an extra $2.5M for his team as part of the PowerAde Endorsement. Kovalchuk currently leads the league in goals with 26 (tied with Boston's Vincent Lecavalier) and points (tied with teammate Marc Savard) in his first year with the Rangers. ... [more]

Florida Panthers Midterm Report Card - 1/21/2008
When the Florida Panthers tied the league leading Detroit Red Wings 3-3 last night, it symbolized several things. It symbolized the great progression that the Panthers have made this season, jumping from drafting James Van Riemsdyk 1st overall in the 2007 HFNHL entry, to being able to ice a team that can play competively against the best teams in the league. ... [more]

Midseason Florida Panthers Top 20 Prospects - 1/20/2008
With many of the prospects reaching or passing the half way mark of their season, it's time to review the Florida Panthers Top 20 Prospect List. 1. James Van Riemsdyk (1) - The Scoop: JVR, the 1st overall selection of the 2007 HFNHL entry draft, has lived up to the hype this season. He's been a standout as a freshman at UNH, and he recently made the Panthers $1 million after making the all star team at the World Juniors. ... [more]

Hannan a target - 1/19/2008
CD - Nationwide Arena Columbus Defenceman Scott Hannan has been the subject of a lot of recent trade discussions, according to an unidentified source within the organisation. "I don't know what it is", said the source, "but lately a number of teams have been asking us about him." "He's one of the steadiest, toughest defencemen in the league", ... [more]

Panthers Acquire Osgood - 1/19/2008
Today, Rumours were confirmed this afternoon when the Panthers announced the acquisition of goaltender Chris Osgood from the Atlanta Thrashers. Osgood will join the Panthers to serve as the back up to Ray Emery, and to push Emery for the starting position in the 2008-09 season. ... [more]

Nylander to be traded? - 1/18/2008
Michael Nylander center rated at 80 has been put on the trading block by GM Martin Sedin. "Something needs to be done, we are not satisfied with this season" Martin continued. Other rumours mention that Martin is talking to several teams about possible trades involving different players. It seems like Tampa will try to shake up things. ... [more]

PIT adds a winger - 1/18/2008
PIT GM Robb and Coach Derek are pleased to welcome to the organization Ales Kotalix and Jeff Jillson. Kotalik brings the scoring line depth that the team was seeking and Jillson is a serviceable minor leaguer. Heading to COL is Kirk Maltby and Bryan Allen. Their grit and leadership will be missed. ... [more]

Predators trade for veterans - 1/16/2008
(HAP) The Flyers paid a heavy price but they feel they finally have a goalie they can rely for several years after giving up on Pascal Leclaire last year, which looks like will amount to very bad trade. Christopher Huet, Vernon Fiddler and Alexei Kovalev are the main parts to join the Flyers. On the way out are Trent Hunter, Karel Rachunek along with most of the teams top 2009 draft picks. ... [more]

Leafs looking to make some changes - 1/15/2008
Toronto (AP) It appears that after what seemed like a promising start the Toronto Maple Leafs have hit a slump. Rumours in toronto is that management is unhappy with the recent turn of events and GM Chagani is under the gun to make some changes... Some names that have been mentioned as possible trade bait include Tkachuk, Brisebois, Ponikarovski, Bergeron, Laperrier and Sutton... ... [more]

The HFNHL Adds Two More Swingsteins - 1/14/2008
(AP) New York: After a few months of quite time at Swingstein & Associates, it looks like the firm has taken a major step forward in its evolution. Reggie Swingstein, HFNHL Super Agent and the Managing Partner of Swingstein & Associates formerly announced today the addition of two new partners to the firm, namely, his two sons, Richard and Michael Swingstein. ... [more]

Another Game Another Loss - 1/14/2008
New York Rangers General Manager Sean Gaffney was seen giving a riot act to his players and coaches after losing yet another game against archrival New York Islanders. During the end of tha game press conference, Sean had this to say 'I really don't know what to say, I am practically speechless ... [more]

Montreal Fire Sale! - 1/14/2008
The Canadiens are in serious financial trouble and need to dump some more salary. Recently this week the Canadiens had waived forwards Mike Johnson and Jeremy Roenick. This was probably needed to be done sooner, but the stubborness of GM Kowalchuk was the main reason why it had been avoided. ... [more]

Predators trade for veterans - 1/14/2008
With the Predators creating a lot of buzz on the ice this season, the team's front office has been rather quiet. Since the offseason the team has made no moves and apparently this had a positive effect on the team. But the time has come to add some veteran leadership to a very young and inexpierienced team ... [more]

Sutter brothers swap jobs! - 1/10/2008
The Calgary Flames announce that they have parted ways with former head coach Brian Sutter and hired former Red Deer Rebels and U-20 Team Canada coach Brent Sutter. Brent Sutter, who will serve as a head coach in the NHL for the first time, is the replacing his brother immediately. ... [more]

Guerin and Sharks on hot streak - 1/10/2008
Bill Guerin scored the game-winner and Martin Biron made 28 saves as the San Jose Sharks beat the Columbus blue jackets 5-2. "We're playing a lot smarter than we did before Christmas," SJ defenseman Scott Niedermayer said. "We're moving the puck out of our own end a lot quicker and making better plays." ... [more]

Rangers falling fast - 1/9/2008
After a promising start, things haven't been looking so good for the New York Rangers (eerily similar to what their NHL counterparts are going through right now). The team is in the midst of a 4 game losing streak, dropping them out of the top 8 Eastern Conference teams. The Rangers were near the top of the conference at the 1/4 mark of the season. ... [more]

Nash-less Predators still in the mix - 1/9/2007
With Rick Nash on injured reserver, hard-hitting defenseman Garnet Exelby serving a 3 game suspension after beating up the Thrashers David Koci and goaltender Kari Lehtonen in need of a rest, the Predators travelled to Chicago to face the division rivals Blackhawks - a tough test, even with their star players on board it would have been an uphill battle. ... [more]

Mason wins endorsement for Coyotes - 1/5/2008
Phoenix (HFAP) - Steve Mason's performance at the World Juniors was nothing short of phenomenal, something that the Coyotes GM was nothing too suprised about "We knew what we were getting in Mason when we drafted him, he was high up in our priorities and we nearly selected him in the 1st round, but we stuck with our draft board ... [more]

Florida Panthers Add Blueliner - 12/29/2007
At a news conference this morning, The Florida Panthers and General Manager Brock Otten announced that the team has acquired defenseman Ruslan Salei from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for defenseman Travis Roche and prospect Keith Yandle. ... [more]

Coyotes at the break - 12/24/2007
Phoenix (AP) - Going into the Christmas break the Coyotes are looking suprisingly good as they are only 4 points out of the playoffs and sit 12th in the conference, close to where they were last year when they completed the season. they are currently projected to go into this year's NHL draft in 8th position, something that the GM said won't be a problem. ... [more]

Montreal cuts ties with Moose Factory - 12/21/2007
Moose Factory (AP) Moose Factory native, Jonathan Cheechoo has been dealt along with a few euro prospects for Old France native Cristobal Huet + Taylor Chorney + Torrey Mitchell, along with a much needed $1,000,000. "The underachieving Cheechoo has been on the block for quite some time. ... [more]

Blues Not Content With Hot Start - 12/21/2007
(AP) St. Louis: It looks like St. Louis Blues General Manager Nick Quain wasn’t speaking rhetorically after all. After stating the Blues were actively looking to improve the team, despite rolling to a league best 16-3-1 start this season, the Blues did just that, making a move to add another piece to their already formidable line-up. ... [more]

Flames IIHC WJC Preview - 12/21/2007
Here are the Flames players represented at the upcoming WJC: Team USA - G Joe Palmer - He may play on a poor Ohio State team that's only won a handful of games this season but Palmer impressed during the summer evaluation camps. It's unclear whether he or Jeremy Smith are considered the starter. ... [more]

Predators WJC Preview - 12/21/2007
Participating players: Canada - F Kyle Turris: Turris will center the first line for Team Canada, his linemates will likely be Brad Marchand and Claude Giroux. He will be counted on to be to go-to guy on offense. ... [more]

Hart(nell) and passion leads Sabres back to winning ways - 12/21/2007
Mr. Intangible, Cap, Glue, Clutch, Big Game....Buffalo Sabres young Captain Scott Hartnell has been called each of those names on numerous occasions over the alst few years, and last night, he again showed why. Given the chance to Play with Jagr and Marleau for the first time on the season ... [more]

Leafs are back... or are they? - 12/20/2007
Toronto (AP) - It's been a heady past few weeks in hog town, culminating on game day 30 when the Leafs managed to put away the Penguins in a 2-1 victory. It was those same pesky Penguins who humilated the Leafs last season in the playoffs with a 4-0 sweep despite the Leafs having home-ice advantage. ... [more]

Rangers split with Devils; host Blues tonight - 12/20/2007
NEW YORK (HFAP) -- The New York Rangers and neighboring New Jersey Devils have gotten to know each other quite well in these early stages of the 2007-08. Including the most recent home-and-home, the rivals have already squared off six times (out of 19 games for each team), with three of those going to overtime. ... [more]

Scott Walker on the block - 12/20/2007
Tampa Bay announced earlier today that rightwinger Scott Walker has been put on the trading block. Walker who is rated 77 and makes 2.8 this season and next season are only Tampas third rw since the franchise also has Petr Sykora and Marian Hossa. ... [more]

Iggy, Special Teams and Team Defence power Flames - 12/20/2007
Bath, UK (CP): The Calgary Flames are riding high on top of the North-West division standings at the quarter pole of the 07/08 HFNHL season despite pre-season predictions that often put them in as low as fourth position. Now, it's fourth in the conference and a second consecutive play-off appearance at stake. ... [more]

Wings Prepare for Duel with the Blues - 12/18/2007
The Detroit Red Wings were home practicing hard in preparation for a tough home and home series with their perrenial adversaries in St. Louis. This will be the second meeting between these teams this year with the first game being a bit of a let down as a strong performance by Niklas Backstrom made the game appear closer than it was. ... [more]

Coyotes win the battle, but Jackets win the war - 12/17/2007
Phoenix (AP) - The Coyotes have recorded atleast a point in their last 6 games, and Gerber has put up a shutout in his last 2/3 games, as the Coyotes blank the Blue Jackets 2-0, however The Blue Jackets made the Coyotes pay in numbers. ... [more]

Injury Bug lands in Dallas with a vengence - 12/17/2007
Dallas, Texas. (AP) - The have a new visitor in their locker room this year, it's the injury bug as Scottie Upshall goes down with an injury. Last season the Dallas Stars were arguably the healthiest team in the NHL and that translated into a deep playoff run which brought them to the point they could almost taste the Stanley Cup on their lips. ... [more]

THE year in San Jose! - 12/17/2007
This should have been THE year in San Jose! Winning THE cup was the only goal for new GM .. but season aint going well. It was known that Sharks will begin rebuilding after this season. But now probably already in this season if games wont go better. Sharks are in the battle of last playoffs spot instead of the division leader spot. ... [more]

Big Losers - 12/17/2007
The Thrashers Management watched in dismay as the team dropped their 10 loss in a row. Although not much was expected of this years team, 10 in a row is a heart breaking streak that has questioned GM Ryan Archer's patience. In response to Eric Lindros impending retirement the managment feels he is just showing up for his pay check ... [more]

The Canadiens shake things up! - 12/15/2007
Following a disgusting 6-1 loss to the Flyers, the Montreal Canadiens have decided to send down the following players, Jocelyn Thibault, Donald Brashear, Niko Dimitrakos, Brad Norton and Joel Lundqvist. "This was more of a financial decision, then a tactical decision" said GM Kowalchuk. ... [more]

Hawks top prospects update - 12/13/2007
Jonathan Bernier: Played 4 games and was sent back to Juniors. Sam Gagner: Has continued to play in the NHL past the 9 games tryout, playing in all but 1 of his teams games. Has 3 Goals and 14 Points while averaging 13:55 minutes of playing time. ... [more]

Phoenix Coyotes 2008 WJC Watch - 12/13/2007
With all players official now, this will be the thread monitoring the progress of the 5 Coyotes prospects chasing the World Junior Championship Gold Medal in the Czech Republic. After no players on Team Canada over the past few years, suddenly the Phoenix Coyotes have a goaltender, defenceman and a forward all chasing gold for canada this year. ... [more]

Canucks GM frustrated; sounds off on team captain - 12/11/2007
Heading into the season, expectations were sky-high in Vancouver. After off-season wheeling and dealing headling by acquiring perhaps the greatest goaltender ever, a collective sense of optimism not felt since Pavel Bure was scoring 60 goals a season and Jeff Brown was feuding with Kirk McLean swept through the town. ... [more]

Devils show Rags who the boss is - 12/11/2007
Despite the fact that the Devils have won the Atlantic two straight years, Rangers fans were feeling upbeat early this season. After a strong offseason that saw the Rangers get super sniper Ilya Kovalchuk from the rival Devils, the Rangers were in first place heading into Monday night's showdown in the swamp. ... [more]

Babcock getting fitted for straight-Jacket in Columbus - 12/11/2007
CD - Columbus - Nationwide Arena - A mystified Mike Babcock met with the press following the Columbus Blue Jackets' fourth home loss of the season. For the second consecutive night, the Jackets surrendered a two-goal lead en route to dead last in the Western Conference. ... [more]

Sabres tie franchise record for wins with 9 - 12/11/2007
Despite being very early in the season, things couldn't have gotten off to a better start for the Buffalo Sabres. Since sorting out their lines after a few early season glitches, the team has rolled its way to 9 straight wins, tying the record mark set last year. ... [more]

Who needs defense when you have Vokoun? - 12/10/2007
Toronto (AP): It's been an up and down first 10 games for the Leafs, where after starting off with a solid 7-3 win against the Wild the Leafs dropped five of their following 6 games. Worst of all four of those looses came at home. ... [more]

Road Sweet Road? - 12/10/2007
Traditionally the Wings have had a slightly better road than home record but early into the 07/08 season the difference is quite dramatic. So far Detroit is a perfect 5-0 on the road while they are a pitiful 1-4 at home having won only their home opener. ... [more]

Rangers rebound against Flyers - 12/10/2007
While it has been a promising start to the 2007-08 season for the HFNHL's New York Rangers, an 8-2 blowout loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins at home in front of a sellout crowd on Friday night gave the team an early season wake up call. Starting goaltender Tim Thomas was yanked from the game in the second period after giving up 5 goals on 25 shots. ... [more]

8 games in, 2 young stars carrying Predators - 12/07/2007
8 games into the 2007/2008 HFNHL season, the Nashville Predators are keeping up the pace they set during their 4 game-series against the St. Louis Blues to start the season. In fact, they improved on that. 5 wins and only 3 losses mean the hottest start of the team since GM Tony Kapfenberger has taken over 2 seasons ago. ... [more]

Coyotes Swap Prospects - 12/05/2007
After Much speculation the Phoenix Coyotes have delt promising defensive prospect Ivan Vishneivsky along with a 3rd and a 5th Round pick in exchange for former Team USA WJC participant Justin Abdelkader, along with a 2nd and a 4th round pick. ... [more]

Panthers Jump Into Their P.J.'s - 12/05/2007
Before yesterday's victory against the division rival Carolina Hurricanes, The Florida Panthers announced that they had completed a trade. The trade saw Florida acquiring winger P.J. Axelsson and a 4th round pick from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Jeff Hamilton and prospect defenseman Juraj Valach. ... [more]

Sabres starting to roll... - 12/05/2007
Forget the 3-0 win over the Coyotes that was cancelled and had to be replayed. despite losing Ryan Miller's shutout win and ending up with a 2-2 tie to Phoenix, The Sabres have been surging forward of late. After an amazing pre-season performance, miller has been nearly as good ... [more]

Sharks made small changes - 12/05/2007
Sharks GM made couple of trades to strenghten team Powerplay and goalie situation. PJ Axelsson with 4th round pick was traded to Florida for PP specialist Jeff Hamilton. With Hamilton Sharks got prospect Juraj Valach. ... [more]

3 Coyotes invited to Team Canada WJC Camp - 12/04/2007
Phoenix (AP) - Phoenix Coyotes have had 3 prospects invited to Team Canada's WJC camp, which is a step up from only have 1 invitee, and 0 participants from team Canada, so as expected all 3 of those were drafted this year, none of which were first round draft picks. ... [more]

Lidstrom and Stumpel Back on Track? - 12/04/2007
While it's way too early to be extrapolating year end point totals for Nicklas Lidstrom and Jozef Stumpel the early returns have been positive for both. In both cases the respective players are attempting to rebound from very poor HFNHL seasons. ... [more]

Nashville starts strong against a Cup favorite - 12/03/2007
When GM Tony Kapfenberger saw the schedule for the new HFNHL season, he realized that his team needed to be in exceptional shape early on. The season started with a double-home-and-home series against the western powerhouse St. Louis Blues. ... [more]

Wolski wants the Calder - 12/02/2007
CALGARY (CP): Wojtek Wolski had a slow start to the season, but he announced his HFNHL arrival with a four point night - and declared that his goals for the season include no less than Stanley Cup and the Calder Trophy for best rookie. ... [more]

Armstrong injured, Tampa looking for replacement? - 12/02/2007
Tampa won over Islanders with 5-2 but it was a victory who cost alot. Just 59 seconds into the game center Derek Armstrong broke his arm and rumours says that Derek might miss as much as 3 months. GM Martin Sedin have already called up fellow Swede center Andreas Karlsson. ... [more]

Kings Fans Happy With Early Start - 12/01/2007
The Los Angeles Kings, who many people have written off for the 2007-08 season, have started the campaign at a respectable 2-1-0 to date. The club opened its season with a 3-2 win over the Washington Capitals thanks to the goaltending of Cam Ward, who stopped 38 of 40 shots against. ... [more]

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