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Wickenheiser's Debut, the shape of things to come?

Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun wrote a recent article regarding Hayley Wickenheiser, the long time Canadian female hockey star playing her first professional hockey game in Finland.

Coyotes to change their look for 2003-2004…

ESPN had Mike Barnett, GM of the Coyotes in for an interview during Wednesday nights game again the Blackhawks and he revealed that along with the new building, the Coyotes will portray a new logo and new jerseys. Personally, I feel this is a damn good move! The current style is……ummm…..well, put it this way, the Canucks jerseys with the hockey stick on it were better! Watch for an outburst in jersey sales whether they come out next year or the year after. Jersey sales will go towards Amonte’s salary.

Sens Bankrupt!

It has been reported by TSN that the Ottawa Senators will be filling for Bankruptcy prtection, which basically means they will be given 30 days to come up with a long term business plan to keep the team viable. However at any time within that 30 day window a portion of the team can be bought if a judge deems that a sale is good for the creditors and the company (team in this case). It is however important to understand that filing for bankruptcy does not negate contracts which are currently enforced with the union (such as the NHLPA).

Thrash Talk: 'Tis the Season

News: Injuries are beginning to take their toll on the Thrashers, although it isn’t as bad as previous years. A bit more depth and experience from their farm team has helped somewhat. That being said, they are still in the midst of yet another funk. Even the full 60 minute effort in a 1-0 win against the Leafs isn’t enough to convince many that the team has started to turn a corner (but any win is meet with enthusiasm by Thrasher fans). Reports from the game have both teams playing poorly, and the refs not helping out at all. At the least, it ended a six game losing streak. Andy Sutton and Mike Weaver continue to get better on the back line, and now other teams are really noticing it. Pasi Nurminen has given up only two goals in his last two starts, playing as if he really wants to be the number one keeper. For those that have seen him, you know his style is pretty much all over the place. As a fan, it’s kinda nerve-racking to watch but damn if it isn’t fun. He didn’t get the nickname “Spiderman” for nothing. Watch for him and Dafoe to have more of a balance in the number of games played, and hopefully they can push each other for the starting spot.

Rangers' Problems Over??

Yeah guys, finally I think the New York Rangers solved their problems today! I’m not talkin’ about the Bure’s comeback – No-No-No! I’m talkin’ about CORY CROSS!

Bure BACK in a month. Rangers Catch a break.

Newsday.com has updated reports that Pavel Bure’s surgery went fine this morning on 12/16/02

“Two arthroscopic procedures on each of Bure’s knees this morning found no damage to either anterior cruciate ligament, meaning the Rangers right wing will be back as early as the end of January.

Rangers team physician Andrew Feldman performed the procedures, in which a torn meniscus was repaired in Bure’s left knee, which was injured Dec. 6 and has had two MRIs done.”

DG's Quick Hits- December 15, 2002

What happened to Colorado?

The luckless Rangers

On the radar screen: Barry Trotz, Eddie and Stanley, Mike Knuble, foreshadower?, ESPN and their stats, the Flyers and a question about Ted Nolan

Are the Caps too far behind to catch up…..again?

The Washington Capitals have a problem. In fact, they seem to have had this problem since their improbable (shall we say fluke?) run to the Cup finals in 1998. They can’t play hockey until after Christmas, and that is why they won’t be dancing in the post-season again unless major changes are made. Starting with overpaid whiner Jaromir Jagr.

McLaren to Bolts???

The Boston Globe reports that Tampa has offered forward Fredrik Modin straight up for holdout defenseman Kyle Mclaren.

Mariusz Czerkawski placed on Waivers

It didn’t take long for Montreal Canadien’s GM Andre Savard to satisfy Mariusz Czerkawski wishes, placing the Polish winger on waivers on Tuesday. Czerkawski had recently asked for a trade a from Montreal on Monday. So far this season, Czerkawski has had 9 points, 2 goals and 7 assists. Other NHL teams have until Wednesday to claim the forward.

In 605 career games in the NHL, Czerkawski has scored 179 goals with 192 assists.

Comments Taken from RDS.ca (2002).

http://www.rds.ca/canadien/chroniques/HOCKEYLNHCAN3DED2C67.html

(In french)

Maple Leafs Turn Things Around

After the first 14 games this season, Leaf fans were losing all hope and hiding, few remained to defend what looked like to be an ugly season ahead. As for those fatefull Hab fans and the rest of the NHL, they rejoiced as what they wished to be true was finally happening: the downfall of the Leafs. However, as the dust settled the Leafs have now came together and playing some great hockey. In the last two weekes they have one of the better NHL teams and left the Rangers the job of being laughed.

MantaRay Power Rankings 12/1/02

First Quarter of the season MantaRay Power rankings (all games up to 11/30/02):

Cliffnotes:

The top 10:

-Red Hot Canucks march their way up 5 spots to #2

-Equally hot Sens march up 6 spots to #4

-overmatched Wild drop 5 spots to #7

-Southern draught dashes Lightning

-Pens regain elite status

Middle of the Pack:

-Flyers drop out of elite

-Hope for Canadian teams: Leafs & Oilers soar

-But not for Canadiens

Bottom of the Barrel:

-Keenan’s Kittys playing tough

-Yotes yield

-Pred’s move out of the Cellar, Rattled Sabres move in.

Danton is cut loose by Devils

For those of you outside the NY Metro area here is another article about a fourth line rookie and his agent screwing up their careers.

Mike Danton, nee Jefferson made the team, whined about being scratched from a game, and after playing an undisciplined and sloppy game against the Red Wings Wednesday cried about his playing time.

I loved this kids on-ice demeanor, but it appears he and his useless agent have a lot to learn about being professionals in the NHL.

I usually don’t like to take out other people press pieces but I thought this was the perfect example of how agents are ruining the game of hockey.

Please read and let me know if you agree:

–Manta

Time To Consider Professional Female Players

FOR the past few years, the National Women’s Hockey League has been operating as an arena for the best female hockey players to showcase their hockey talents. It’s been, more or less, a success, providing a springboard to the Canadian national team, but now the NWHL was faced with a boatload of new problems, not the least of which is the issue of lucrative National Collegiate Athletic Association scholarships.

Teams that let UFA's walk are cashing in

As the season draws near the quarter pole, the teams who most suggested as the “big losers” in the off season, are all looking down from the top.

'Get Carter' Coming To A Rink Near You?

Pretty soon the phrase “Get Carter” might be more than the title to a bad movie to GM’s around the NHL. Once again, Anson Carter has put together an early season hot streak and is driving the Oilers’ offense. Usually Carter cools off with a major slump (last year) or a significant injury (every other year) but this is a critical contract year for him and it could be different this time. Last year, Carter almost made the Canadian Olympic Team with a roaring start, but then his game went colder than Martha Stewart’s personality and his hands got stiffer than her facelift. As a result, he was forced to sign a one year – $2.4 million deal this past offseason. (managed to cash in like Martha too) This will make him an RFA at the end of the year just like fellow Oiler top guns, Comrie and Smyth.

Linden scores most goals as a Canuck

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Trevor Linden passed an old friend Monday night the with His Canucks.

Could the Canucks be a dynasty team in the making?

Ya, ya, some of you might already be fuming at the fact that I would even consider the Canucks a dynasty team, but if you break down the roster, there is a special vibe which it gives off.

THE ALL UNDER A MILLION TEAM

In this age of ridiculous contracts and overpaid stiffs there are still a few bargains out there in the NHL. The Hockey News recently published the salaries of each and every player in the NHL and I was surprised to see how many underpaid (as well as overpaid players there were out there).

Report: Tucker on the move?

The Toronto Maple Leafs are reportedly trying to trade forward Darcy Tucker.