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Ladislav Nagy Headed To Russia

August 18, 2008, 10:22 AM ET [ Comments]
Andy Strickland
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Nagy has left the NHL after signing a contract with Cherepovets in the Russian Continential League.

Nagy has dealt with a few injuries recently and wants to prove he can stay healthy before returning to the NHL.

From earlier......

I get asked all the time where I think Mats Sundin will play hockey this coming season and my answer has remained the same.

Who cares?

Seriously, can someone please explain to me why we are supposed to be so wrapped up in this saga?

For a good while now the hockey world has been put on hold as we “anxiously” wait for Sundin to decide first off if he even wants to play.

I’ll admit I was interested on July first, but when we continued to receive daily updates on what Sundin had for Breakfast the story got old real fast.

Agents of players, who remain jobless, tell me every day that teams are waiting for Sundin to sign before they turn their attention to other available players.

If Sundin didn’t play most of his career in Toronto would anyone even care?

Why are we supposed to care, because he played in Toronto?

I understand he’s an elite NHL player but besides leading the Maple Leafs in scoring the last several seasons what else has he done?

Enough is enough, if you don’t know by now whether or not you want to play this season then you might as well retire.

If I was running an NHL club and was looking to spend between $7-10 million on a 37 year old player, I would want to make sure the player is excited about playing.

I think it’s safe to say the majority of clubs who have interest are ready to move on and Sundin is beginning to rub some people the wrong way.

NHL teams should tell Sundin that since you’re not sure you want to play we have reduced our offer. Why should an offer in July still be on the table in August?

We know that would never happen because many NHL Owners have proved this summer they have no self control and in a lot of cases are incapable of using common sense.

Please do not read into this as if I’m saying Sundin isn’t a great player and doesn’t deserve the right to take his time in making a decision. He certainly does, and I think he’s been given plenty of time to at least tell some clubs that they should move on.

What would it hurt to tell Vancouver that he’s not interested in playing for the Cancucks?

It would at least allow Canucks GM Mike Gillis to focus his attention elsewhere.

It is amazing how playing in Toronto can give you “God” like status. There may be no better example than this one.

Source…. No Chance Shanahan Signs with St. Louis

A person very close to the Shanahan negotiations asking not to be named said there is no chance Shanahan signs with the Blues.

As I reported several weeks ago the Blues have expressed interest in acquiring the future Hall of fame sniper. There is very little to the story beyond that.

The story resurfaced today locally in St. Louis, but nothing has changed on the Shanahan front over the last several weeks. He remains hopeful he lands in New York with the Rangers.

If things fail to work out with the Rangers expect Shanahan to sign with an Eastern Conference team close to NYC.

More On McCabe….

The main reason Florida is looking to bring in D-man Bryan McCabe is too take pressure off of Jay Bouwmeester. It was Panthers assistant coach Mike Kitchen’s idea to play Bouwmeester against opposing teams top lines last season and to get the young D-man as much ice time as possible.

Bouwmeester isn’t even 25 years old and is just coming into his prime, last season he started to show signs of maturing as a player.

Bouwmeester, who lead the league in minutes played last season, will no doubt benefit from having a veteran Defenseman to play with if the trade goes through. He has never had a senior player to work with much like how Chris Pronger benefited from having Al Macinnnis.

The Panthers remain hopeful that Bouwmeester will sign a long-term deal and remain in Florida. Bouwmeester wants to play in the playoffs and has told the organization that he will wait and see what direction the organization is going in before he signs on the dotted line.

On another note the Blues have no interest in Bouwmeester. They already have a few young D-men by the name of Erik Johnson and Alex Pietrangelo not to mention Steve Wagner.

No team will likely trade for Boumeester without having an opportunity to negotiate an extension first.

Sakic Returning to Colorado?

I don’t see Sakic going anywhere else. I have had some people tell me he could land in Vancouver, primarily because he’s from the area. Sakic likes Tony Granato and the Avalanche organization has treated him too well over the years for him to walk away. Avalanche players tell me he’s returning to Colorado where the guy is an icon.

The Blues have had zero talks with LA regarding Patrick O’Sullivan. A source with the Kings tells me they have no intention to move O’Sullivan who enjoyed a breakout season last year and is a major part of their future.

Agent Allain Roy has a number of his clients skating in St. Louis over the last few weeks including Kelsey Tessier of the Quebec Ramparts, Flyers prospect Pat Maroon, and Sabres prospect Chris Butler. Watch for Butler to make a strong push to make the Buffalo roster.

These players have been skating with several NHL players including Doug Weight, Jamal Mayers, and Bryce Salvador to name a few. The Pro Camp is being run by the Hockey Academy of St. Louis.

There is also a young 15 year old kid from the Kansas City area named Garret Clarke people need to pay attention to. Clarke is headed to the QMJHL where he was a 1st round pick of the Lewiston Maineiacs.

Calgary forward Craig Conroy and Bruins D-man Dennis Wideman have been training in St. Louis this summer.

Weight is considering wearing #93 this season for the Islanders.

Blues Clues!

Blues 2nd round pick in 2007 and current Michigan Wolverine Aaron Palushaj finished 2nd in scoring behind James Van Riemsdyk during the recent USA U-20 camp in Lake Placid.

Former 1st rounder Ian Cole impressed as did D-man David Warsofsky who who the Blues drafted this past June. For some odd reason Phillip McRae wasn’t given much ice time during the camp. Minnesota Golden Gopher Cade Fairchild also participated.

The Blues will take Goaltenders Ben Bishop an Jake Allen with them to Traverse City, Michigan to play in next month’s prospects tournament. T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund, and Alex Pietrangelo will also represent St. Louis.

Pietrangelo should be signed very soon. The Blues are currently negotiating with his agent.

Blues 3rd round pick Jori Lehtera tallied up four points in two games against a few Swedish Elite League teams as his Finnish club plays in the Nordic Cup. The Nordic Cup features top teams from both the SEL and FEL.

John Davidson recently recorded a commercial at Beffas restaurant which will air during Cardinal telecasts soon.

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More to come,

Andy Strickland

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