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Whats the team on HTR that gets the least amount of attention? The one team that doesn’t appear to have one fan out of 7,200 members? The one team who hasn’t hasd a single article writen about them in quite possibly years? The Predators? No. The Sabres? No. The Leafs? I wish! No that distinction would belong to the Chicago
BlackHawks! “The Chicago who?” you ask. Well here’s the story on the NHL’s saddest franchise.
According to TSN.ca, the Colorado Avalanche have signed youngster Alex Tanguay
Well it is that time of year. Hockey is in the air. There is only another week until training camps begin. Where do the Oilers fit in to the tightening western confrence? Here is how I see it…
With the addition of Hedberg as back-up and either Bryan Allen or Jiri Slegr stepping in to replace Murray Baron, theres really only one hole left in the Canucks, that just happens to be the hardest to fill.
The Ottawa Senators are one of the elite teams in the NHL. With all of their financial problems solved, this team is inching closer to hoisting Lord Stanley’s Mug. This year looks more promising than ever, and the city of Ottawa is already experiencing hockey fever.
Tuomo Ruutu, Chicago’s latest prospect signing, should bring a combination of hitting, goal scoring and raw talent that has been compared to that of a young Peter Forsberg. In 30 games with HIFK in Finland last season, Ruutu scored 12 goals and 17 assists. It is thought that Ruutu will be given every chance to make the Blackhawks’ roster this season, likely playing as the third line center behind Zhamnov and Arnason. This leads to some early consideration of Ruutu as a Calder Trophy candidate next season, so I thought I’d look at some other players who may also be in the running for top rookie of 2003-04.
To determine hockey’s popluarity in the US media, I’ve examined every cover of Sports Illustrated and tabulated the result by team and by year.
Chris Drury yesterday signed a 4 year deal with the Buffalo Sabres. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. http://www.nhl.com/onthefly/news/2003/08/146930.html
Now the Sabres seem to be back on track and back to the playoffs hopefully.
Although did find it odd that anything else that remotely qualifies as news gets posted immediately, and yet this signing of the #1 center desont get anything.
The Vancouver Canucks have obtained goaltender Johan Hedberg from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2004 NHL draft. Now the Nucks have a good goaltending tandem in net. A great trade here for both sides.
As mentioned in my previous article, the referees in the NHL have been anything but stellar. What I like to call “quick-fix” rule changes (interference crack-down, bigger crease, moving blue lines ect) have created confusion and inconsistency amongst the officials. The last two seasons, the NHL has put a minimal effort forth, to try and cut back on the clutching, grabbing and interference that nearly choked the league out during the 1990’s. At the start of the 2002-2003 season, watching the NHL was amazing. Games were fast paced, with end-to-end action. Very entertaining. However, the conistency failed to translate over the course of the entire season. By the time the playoff races came around, the league was back to clutch and grab hockey. For the players, this must be a very frustrating environment to play in. From a fan’s standpoint, it is more dissapointing to see the decline, than anything.