The Purge in Pittsburgh

This article has been submitted by Sean Meister.

Like any good hockey fan, I spent my Canada Day hitting the refresh button at It’s difficult to find meaning in the signings when the pace is so fast, but I’ve come to two conclusions so far.

1. Tampa Bay is on a mission. Roberts, Malone, Kolzig, Vrbata, etc. There was a feeding frenzy, but apparently only the Lightning were invited.

2. Stemming from the initial Tampa Bay signings of Roberts and Malone came the slow downfall of the Pittsburgh team of 2007-2008. Pittsburgh is in a bit of trouble.
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Breaking Down the NHL’s Draft Day Trades

This article has been submitted by the debuting Sean Meister.

I’m going to admit something in this, my first article. While I consider myself to be a diehard hockey fan, I don’t know nearly enough about hockey’s biggest prospects. I don’t follow the results of junior teams (OHL, WHL, AHL, etc.) nearly enough. So, when the NHL Draft happened this past weekend, I focused on a different aspect of the excitement.

Draft day is a huge day for trading established NHL players. So I’m going to go over some of the trades that happened leading up to and during the draft.

Calgary Flames
Back in 2006 Alex Tanguay made news on draft day. Here he is again, leaving the team that acquired him those two short years ago. Tanguay is a good hockey player, no one can deny this fact. However, his $5 million salary wasn’t a good thing for the Flames. Bringing in Mike Cammalleri from Los Angeles is a relatively smart replacement for Tanguay, given the players available for the taking. Cammalleri has the potential to put up the numbers Sutter and Keenan wanted from Tanguay. Unfortunately, the injury to Cammalleri last season will be in the back of many Flames fans minds.
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