Archive for July, 2011

 

Here’s Eklund today, finally picking up on WHAT I KNEW long ago:

 

 

Also, add to this rumors that have been under the surface for a few days now. The Rangers have let it be known they want to be included in any talk involving Drew Doughty. And who else wants in on those talks?

The obvious answer is of course: Everyone.

However…Remember the Devils source I was talking with yesterday?

He told me that besides the Sharks, the Devils are going to push as hard if not harder than anyone to get Doughty…

The team who could make the biggest pitch for Drew Doughty…The Penguins.

A source: “Since everyone knows Crosby and Doughty are friends, and everyone also knows the need for the Kings to make a big push, many are speculating that a Doughty for Malkin deal could benefit all sides…Right now, I wouldn’t call it anything beyond speculation, but you probably could find some sources who would say it is actually a rumor. It isn’t at this point…but that could change quickly this weekend.”

 

 

 

 

Now, here’s my post from April 27 of this year, titled “DOUGHTY TO NY?

 

 

 

Drew Doughty out for drinks at the “Monkey Bar” in New York with hot young actress Meaghan Martin. Hmmmm…..

 

OK, listen I’m not an expert and I’m not a rumormonger, but here’s what I heard from someone VERY inside – an UNIMPEACHABLE source in the Kings organization. The Rangers have Gaborik, Drury, Wolski up front. They have Staal and Girardi on D and they intend to let McCabe walk.

They saw in the Washington series that they are a “Weber/Suter” D pairing away from being an exceptional team.

THEY WANT DOUGHTY and they want him BAD.

Now, you say NO WAY, right? Well here’s a couple reasons why my source is saying this deal will be done:

1) I know, I know, Doughty is a Restricted Free Agent and it’s like 12 first round picks if the Rangers get him. But listen to me. That does not mean the teams .. and the player .. can’t work something out. The Kings do NOT want to be in a bidding war even if they hold all the cards – it’ll only make DD’s price higher. The Rangers don’t want to give up all those picks. And if Doughty wants out (what I am told) then this can happen. Rangers can turn this into a trade for Doughty’s rights, knowing already that Drew has committed to a number with them.

2) The “donuts” thing. This isn’t a joke. The guy eats and parties too much and the Kings don’t like it. He’s been talked to, agrees to knock it off but then he is right back out there in the same clubs I see him in weekly.

3) DOUGHTY WANTS OUT. He’s no fan of Terry Murray, he’s no fan of Dean Lombardi and he does not see in LA what he wants to see – a passion not just to have “bridges and fillers” etc, but a passion to WIN IT ALL. The guy has been a superstar and champion his whole life, and he’s tired of losing in a city with no hockey fans. He wants to play in NY and he will NOT sign long term in LA. Doughty is also annoyed by the “donuts” thing and believes the fans and organization are treating him poorly.

4) NY has the money and the players. They have the cap space too with dumb signings like Frolov off the books. NY can and will offer a 7 mil 7 year type deal. LA and Dumbardi won’t.

5) Doughty and Staal? Gaborik, Drury and Wolski?

6) The match is PERFECT. The Kings have young Dmen up the ass. Jack Johnson then Hickey, Forbort and Voynov? That’s a solid d core for years to come. The Rangers meanwhile, can forego giving up future picks and load the deal with young top rated forwards. Here’s what HF has to say about NY’s forward prospects:

The Rangers are absolutely loaded up front, particularly at center. Derek Stepan and Evgeny Grachev headline the center position, while Ethan Werek, Roman Horak, Ryan Bourque, and Andrew Yogan give New York spectacular depth down the middle. The wingers are also very strong with the likes of Chris Kreider, Mats Zuccarello-Aasen, Carl Hagelin, and Christian Thomas all ranking among the club’s top 10 prospects.

7) See the photo? Meaghan Martin is hot. Drew Doughty likes the nightlife in NY.

IN CONCLUSION

I don’t usually give out ratings this high, but the “fit” is perfect. NY is known for this sort of thing and Dean Lombardi needs to free up money on his internal cap to get in the Richards bidding. It will basically end up having the Kings get Richards, a BUTTLOAD of great forward prospects and lose Doughty .. and they’ll SAVE money. It’s a no brainer. So I give it a Toe Blake rating or 86% that this deal gets done.

 

-Toe

 

 

LOL! “I CAN QUIT DRINKING ANY TIME I WANT!!! I JUST DON’T FEEL LIKE IT RIGHT NOW!!”

 

The hard-partying ways of Flyers captain Mike Richards and center Jeff Carter played a major role in the organization’s decision to trade both players in June, say two Flyers who played with the pair last season.

Carter was sent to the Columbus Blue Jackets for free agent forward Jakub Voracek and first- and third-round picks in the draft, and Richards was traded to the Los Angeles Kings for Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn.

The two unnamed players said that the Flyers front office was disappointed in Carter and Richards’ longstanding party lifestyle and that teammates were concerned about the pair’s drinking.

Shortly after his arrival in December 2009, coach Peter Laviolette instituted what players came to call the “Dry Island.” Laviolette asked team members to commit to not drinking for a month, and each player was asked to write his number on a locker room board as a pledge. No. 17 (Carter) and No. 18 (Richards) were absent from the board on the first Dry Island, as well as the estimated five more times the policy was instituted.

In a phone interview Thursday, Flyers General Manaer Paul Holmgren confirmed that Richards and Carter hadn’t put their numbers on the board, but said there had been others who declined. “We carry 23 players and there wasn’t 23 numbers up there.”

 

 

Now you go ahead and tell me that’s not a picture of the hideously deformed Eddie Munster all grown up. From a tiny monster into a goofy, pencilneck cheerleading dipshit!

 

He’s on another “forum answers” kick and the latest things:

 

He thinks that it is anyone’s guess and pure speculation which rookie might make the team, but he thinks it might be Voynov!

He thinks it’s of no value to speculate on if the Kings are in the Stamkos market … that’s just internet rumormongoring.

He thinks some players may have “no hazardous activity” clauses in their contracts, but he’s not sure!

He can’t single out one guy on the Kings as a great guy cause they are all great guys! Oh, except Justin Williams he’s a REALLY great guy.

He doesn’t have “any idea” why Bob Miller and Jim Fox don’t do any national games.

He has received other offers in the “journalism” field since the Kings hired him but he doesn’t feel it would be good to say with who (read “he’s got no other offers!)

 

This guys “career” is over. He is a wealth of non-informative jocksniffing. The sooner he gets a yeast infection and dies, the better.

 

What a fucking waste. The Duck has 2 years left on Getz and Perry. When they hit the UFA market they will land somewhere between Brad Richards (60 mill) and Kovalchuk (100 mill). Keep in mind they’ll both be 27 at the time.

And the Duck are gonna come up 9 million short of the cap and go with the 90 year old line of Selanne (knee surgery, 41 years old, thinking about retiring), Koivu and Blake. Oh and the third line of Macmillan, no one and no one. The 4th line is set with Parros, no one and no one.

Too late now, let the fat man sleep.