Friday, July 11, 2008

Strange Rumblings In Ottawa And Tampa

Someone is yelling about Jason Williams being signed but no credible media source has backed up that claim as of yet. The usual Chris Neil rumours. Perhaps it's more of the same bullshit that you hear everyday. We won't dwell on it until somebody reputable reports it.

What we do know is that the Senators signed former Ottawa 67 Brendan Bell. Some might get excited by this but Bell played all of two games last year in the big leagues and has been discarded by two teams already in his young career. Some have mentioned that Bell might be the Senators solution in the puck-moving blueliner department but replacing Wade Redden with Bell is not what Murray is doing here. The Binghamton farm team is in a huge heap of shit with roster holes everywhere and Bell is most likely slated for the AHL this year (two-way contract). It would be a nice story if Bell made the big team but that seems like a stretch for now.

The Sens also snagged an assistant coach in Curtis Hunt (after striking out on Calgary assistant Wayne Fleming) and a local minor league goalie in Almonte's Mitchell O'Keefe.

But the best thing about today is that the Tampa Lightning signed another forward!!!

This is simply mind blowing. They now have 17 NHL caliber forwards on their team!! And that's not including Steve Stamkos.

They are literally careening out of control right now. This is much better than Mike Milbury running the Islanders. I bet they make six trades before November is out.

At least they finally put Jay Feaster out of his misery. And you thought Larry Pleau in St. Louis had been emasculated to the point of irrelevance?

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