Introducing Assistant Coach Rocca
The FHC team has added a new assistant coach, Coach Rocca who writes for the Hockey News makes his debut with a beauty post: How will Bob Hartley change the Calgary Flames? breaking down the fantasy impact on the Flames new coach for next season.
While Zach Parise is saying all the right things such as no chance he signs with division rivals New York Rangers, and he wants to stay in Jersey, what else can he say? If the Devils can't afford him (I don't see how they can) he will hit the open market. Two teams who will bid hard are the Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings. Expect his home state of Minnesota to be a contender as well. And finally the Los Angeles Kings have a recent history of being rumored to be highly interested in acquiring Parise. Hey, if ya can't beat 'em, join 'em!
Radulov to KHL
Fantasy owners who have been holding onto Radulov for years thought they hit pay dirt when he suddenly and surprisingly returned to the NHL. Unfortunately he has been signed by CSKA of the KHL. Radulov may still be traded by Nashville to a NHL team and signed to stay in North America, but it is not looking very promising right now.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed goalie Riku Helenius. Helenius will compete with Dustin Tokarski who just back stopped Norfolk to a Calder Cup championship, and Mathieu Garon. Helenius may see time in Norfolk as the first year of his two year deal is a two-way contract. Expect the Lightning to continue to look for a veteran starter this summer.
Maple Leafs Off Season
Every off season is a big one, and this summer is no exception. Brian Burke appears to be on the hot seat and the rumors are flying in Toronto as to who the Leafs may go after, from Rick Nash, to Roberto Luongo, to Justin Schultz and Nail Yakupov. For the most comprehensive and ongoing look breaking down the Leafs, read the Hockey Writers 2012 Toronto Maple Leafs Off-Season Guide
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