NHL Puck – Draper, Eminger, Bitz, and a Montage


Draper won four Cups in his career (image via usatoday.com)

Many people ask me, ‘would you do this for this amount cash?’ Or they ask ‘what would you do for a million dollars?’ There a lot of different answers for that questions, but a better question, in my opinion, is what would you do for $1.00?

Would you trade for Kris Draper? Well back in 1993, the Detroit Red Wings did just that, acquiring the, at that time, young forward from the Winnipeg Jets.

People joke now that ‘so-and-so isn’t worth a bag of pucks.’ Well the Wings paid less than a bag of pucks for Draper, and how did he return them? He played 1137 games with them, posted 361 points with them, including a 40 points campaign back in the 2003-04 season. He has a total of four Stanley Cups on his resume and he also won the Frank J. Selke Trophy for best defensive forward in the 2003-04 season.

The 40 year old expressed interest in returning to the Wings for next season, but already having 14 forwards for next season, there wasn’t any room for the gritty veteran forward. A great career and a good luck to Kris in retirement.

The New York Rangers made an announcement of their own today, no retirements, but a resigning. Steve Eminger will be returning to Broadway for at least one more season as he signed a one year, $800,000 deal today with the Rangers.

Eminger played in 65 games with the Rangers this past season, recording 2 goals and 4 assists. His 103 blocked shots ranked second best behind the NHL leader, Dan Girardi. He ranked 32nd for hits by a defensemen in the entire league last season with 143 hits. That’s three above teammate Marc Staal for the Rangers team lead.

Byron Bitz also found a home for next season yesterday, signing a deal the Vancouver Canucks. Signing a one year, two-way deal that will earn him $700,000 in the NHL.

Bitz is a graduate of Cornell University, yet is known more for his brawn than his brain in the NHL. He’s a big bodied forward who hits hard on the forecheck and is willing to stick up for his teammates when needed. He became an unrestricted free agent when Dale Tallon of the Florida Panthers decided not to tender Bitz a qualifying offer.

A ‘Check This Out’ Moment

I’ve seen a lot of good montage’s in my day. From highlighting the career of Peter Forsberg, to the many fights in Cam Janssen’s career. But this one might be the best. Created by Cruel11 from Hockey’s Future boards, this montage caps the 2010-11 season, and let me tell you, she did a phenomenal job with this video.

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Tags: Byron Bitz Kris Draper New York Rangers Steve Eminger Vancouver Canucks