Signing Fever

Things have been heating up in Belfast again this week, and I’m not just talking about this heatwave! Another two brand new signings were announced on Thursday for the Giants, exciting fans even more for the upcoming season! It seems that our wonderful Coach Keefe is putting a strong team together for the 2018-19 season. Let’s take a look at the newcomers…

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Shark Pups: A deep dive into San Jose’s top 10 prospects

Almost fifteen years of consecutive playoff appearances do not make for the strongest prospect pool. Coupled with Doug Wilson’s policy of only drafting the safest choices (which he seemingly abandoned for this year to take Ryan Merkley), it leaves you with fistfuls of prospects with a third line/second pair ceiling.

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What if: The Flyers had the #1 pick instead of #2 in 2007?

The year is 2006. The Flyers had just come off of a relatively successful season in which they made the playoffs as the #5 seed, ultimately losing in 6 games to the Buffalo Sabres. Their top line of Simon Gagne, Peter Forsberg (who was named Captain following the 2005-06 season following Keith Primeau’s retirement), and Mike Knuble was on fire, earning the nickname of the “Deuces Wild” Line. There was cause to be optimistic. However, as many already know, the following season was catastrophic for the Flyers. They finished with the worst record in the entire NHL for the first time in their history. Peter Forsberg’s chronic foot injury oft kept him out of the lineup, and he was traded mid-season to Nashville for Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent, and a 1st (#23 overall in 2007) and a 3rd round pick. As the worst team in the league, there was a high likelihood the Flyers would have obtained the 1st overall pick (along with the 23rd they had from Nashville) however that pick would end up going to the middling Chicago Blackhawks, who selected Patrick Kane. But, what if the Flyers got that #1 pick as they deserved?

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Pacha’s Plan? Thoughts on Dundee Stars’ roster so far.

It’s undoubtedly been a tough go for Stars fans of late, since their addition to the EIHL eight years ago they have for the most part been a playoff bubble team. Often just qualifying for playoffs to be bounced in the first round and sometimes not at all.

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Devils add experienced veteran to help defend league and playoff titles

The Cardiff Devils are one step closer to finalising their roster for the upcoming season, announcing the signing of 36-year-old forward Charles Linglet.

The arrival of Linglet comes with less than two weeks until the Devils drop the puck on their pre-season campaign, beginning with a home and home series against the Nottingham Panthers.
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