Hawks are Cup favorites this year, 15/2 odds to win. I hope and pray this prediction comes through!
Habs resign Markov and Flyers and Blue trade Umberger / Hartnell
Going to say the Pens will probably not win the cup next year since they basically have no coach, no third or fourth lines, and little cap space at this point
The new thread usually gets created after the NHL awards, but since you created this one, stickied
I read they were 7/1, along with the Bruins and Kings
Also: Bruins let Chad Johnson go and sign Svedberg to a 1 year, one-way deal for 600k. The Berg era continues (Seidenberg, Soderberg, Svedberg)
Quite unlikely either are going anywhere. Jim Rutherford recently told the media he was half-expecting both Jussi Jokinen and Matt Niskanen to walk because of our cap situation, which doesn't sound to me like he's aiming to shed any of our high-end salary.I've heard rumour they might try moving Neal and/or Malkin for space and depth, what do you think?
Quite unlikely either are going anywhere. Jim Rutherford recently told the media he was half-expecting both Jussi Jokinen and Matt Niskanen to walk because of our cap situation, which doesn't sound to me like he's aiming to shed any of our high-end salary.
If/when that happens, I will cry.
Boston is the only team that has a chance against any of the west powerhouses - Chicago, LA, SJ... I predict another cup for Chicago.
Toews deserves to be the highest paid player in the NHL because... he IS the best player in the NHL. Those 2 know they can win together, and will probably take discounts to keep the core. 7 mil a year over 8 for both.
Rumor is they are looking to move Neal. In the short term the Pens have some major cap problems that need to be dealt with, or people need to accept that it is going to be challenging for the next couple of years until the cap goes up.
So Mike Johnston is the new Pens head coach and they added Rick Tocchet as an assistant. It will be interesting to see how things shape up.
I also think the coach hunt was a nice distraction from the Pens having pretty much no bottom six under contract (IIRC Adams is it currently).
I have to say, though I knew next to nothing about Mike Johnston, he really doesn't sound like a bad choice so far.
I'll counter your Toews with one Bergeron 30 goals, 60 points, 2nd best +/-, most faceoff wins, very high defensive stats.