July 08, 2004

Joe wants out of Town?: Try Thornton under contract across the pond.

posted by garfield to hockey at 04:43 PM - 13 comments

Rolston signs with the Wild : 3 yr @ $3.1 per.

posted by garfield at 04:50 PM on July 08, 2004

Wow. I wonder how much is insurance against a lockout and how much is a middle finger to the Bruins. Good thing Jeremy Jacobs is a stooge for the NHL; otherwise the league might try to force out such a shitty owner.

posted by yerfatma at 05:07 PM on July 08, 2004

Knock it off. Thornton will play overseas in the case of a lockout. Move along.

posted by Samsonov14 at 05:08 PM on July 08, 2004

"Thornton can opt out of the European contract if the NHL resumes next season and also if he can agree to terms with an NHL club, his agent J.P. Barry said in an interview" This wasn't part of the story when I posted it. But Rolston? What the hell is going on? What direction personnel-wise are they going?

posted by garfield at 06:17 PM on July 08, 2004


posted by yerfatma at 07:28 PM on July 08, 2004

Alternately, to hell in a handbasket.

posted by Succa at 09:11 PM on July 08, 2004

But Rolston what? you're gonna make me click on that link again? or do you want me to go trawl another site to find out the but Rolston what? sigh.

posted by gspm at 01:17 AM on July 09, 2004

on post-view: oh yeah. that second link that appears in the first comment after the first link. maybe i should start drinking coffee in the mornings.

posted by gspm at 01:18 AM on July 09, 2004

About Boston's free agents: Knuble is well worth 2 mil a year. Not a natural scorer, but a lunchpail, blue-collar badass that worked his way up from nowhere to where he is now. Boston made a mistake in not re-signing him. Sean O' Donnell? Good riddance. A decent defenceman and a great character guy, but he's not worth big money in a long-term deal. Turner Stevenson will be able to skate rings around him in three years. Dave Andreychuk will be on the other side when they play monkey in the middle, and Sean will end the game by charging someone who isn't even playing. Mark my words. Rolston should have been re-signed. He can play any of the three forward positions, plays point on the powerplay, and is a great shorthanded skater. I'm bummed he's gone. Glen Murray will be missed, but he's asking 5 mil +. No way. He'll be great as long as he has a good centerman to set him up, but he's wicked weak in the corners for a big dude. I'd love to see him on Thornton's wing again if the price is right, though. The CBA is totally fucking with the B's mojo. Hopefully they can sign Green and Nylander. A line of Bergeron - Nylander - Samsonov would be one of the best second lines in hockey. Of course that leaves a lot of question marks on the first line. I was chatting with a fellow internet hockey nerd about the mass exodus from Boston today, and he said the following: "If they couldn't win a round in the playoffs with all these great guys, why worry?" That man was Alfred E. Newman. Good guy, that Al. P.S. - Thornton isn't going anywhere unless the Bruins get a young franchise player and some extras in return. I don't see it happening.

posted by Samsonov14 at 05:14 AM on July 09, 2004

Sammy, I agree completely about O'Donnell: the fewer passes I see across our crease in the third period, the better. But don't cry for Sean-- I'm sure his wife will make him feel better. Bastard. I can't stand them giving up Brian Rolston, one guy who always seemed to care. Knuble falls in the same category. I'd really like them to keep Travis Green, so I assume that won't happen.

posted by yerfatma at 07:06 AM on July 09, 2004

I found an interesting angle I hadn't thought of before regarding Joe's Swiss contract: to use it as leverage to force a trade. via PuckUpdate. ION, Recchi is returning to be an Aquatic bird in a tux.

posted by garfield at 11:16 AM on July 09, 2004

sheesh, recchi led the Flyers in scoring last year? so is moving to a crappy team where the fans love you - is it all about the money or is there some love of the game element at work?

posted by gspm at 11:22 AM on July 09, 2004

I've been reading rumours about Recchi going to Pittsburgh for weeks but I didn't think it would actually happen. He'll be making less than he did last year after leading the Flyers in scoring? Lemieux has worked his magic yet again.

posted by Stan Fields at 11:44 AM on July 09, 2004

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