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There are three big events that we can count on every year in sports…
1) Tiger Woods wins a major.
2) The Atlanta Braves win their division title in the National League.
3) There are one or two upsets in the NHL playoffs.
Let’s focus on #3 shall we?
Yes, there may be a conspiracy in the NHL. I am admittedly a New York Islanders fan. I’m sure many of you have heard the news of General Manager Mike Milbury blasting the refs yesterday. I’m sure many of you were also thinking, “there goes Mad Mike again”. In my opinion, the NHL doesn’t want the Islanders to do too well this year. In no way am I knocking the Toronto Maple Leafs. They have played an excellent series, especially Cujo in the last game.
Complete this sentence…
“If my team won the Stanley cup I’d…”
What would you do if your team were to win the cup? That simple, how would you celebrate? How would you mark the occasion? Remember points are awarded for originality.
What went wrong? We all ask that at the end of the regular season. I’d like to give my opinion on a few teams. Anyone is welcome to leave their opinion of “What Went Wrong”.
Head coach Ron Low has been fired after two seasons with Rangers
With three days to go in the National Hockey League regular season and one of the closest Conference play-off battles in recent memory, I’ve decided to compile the mathematical possibilities of what each team still in the Western Conference play-off chase needs to clinch a play-off spot, and the likelihood of such an event. Those teams are (in order): the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers (No. 10 Dallas Stars are officially eliminated).
The axe has yet to fall on Ron Low, however that hasn’t stopped CNNSI’s Kostya Kennedy from speculating that Ken Hitch***** is a shoe in to be named the next coach of the New York Rangers.
Continuing on with my awards predictions, let’s continue on with the Jack Adams for Coach of the Year. There are many candidates and each deserve strong consideration, but which coach will come out on top? Let’s look at the candidates:
The end of the year is usually left to positive reports on those who overachieve. In our zeal to extenuate the positive, we forget those who underachieve, fail, or just plain stick. Without further adieu, the NHL 2002 Bizarro Awards, exclusively on Hockeytraderumors.com.
The Montreal Canadiens clinched a play-off berth yesterday in a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators, but the big story last night was the return of one of hockey’s best players, Saku Koivu, returning from seven months of chemotherapy to record 8:22 in game time and earn the first star of the game.
Jarome Iginla is going to be a RFA at the end of this season, and he is going to win the scoring race by a considerable margin. As a canidate for the Hart Trophy on a nonplayoff team, this guy is going to want a ton of cash for the next few seasons. Money, that the Calgary Flames probably won’t be able to put together.
Yesterday, Andre Roy, Adam Foote and Rob Ray were all handed suspensions and Patrick Roy was fined by the National Hockey League for actions earlier in the week.
I know it seems a little late for the third quarter, but I’ve decided the fourth will come at the conclusion of the play-offs, so, techinically, I still have some room for this quarter. Anyway, here is this quarter’s list of those who are doing better than expected and those who would just be better off being rink rats.
It seems as though with Pavel Bure, Eric Lindros, Thereon Fleury, Brian Leetch, Mark Messier and Mike Richter (amongst others) that the New York Rangers still believe they can buy Stanley Cup success. The fact of the matter is that this team who has a payroll well in excess of most (if not all) is still many points behind teams like the Phoenix Coyotes who have only half the payroll and apparent talent? So why is it that despite having about 5 or 6 all-stars/internationals that the Rangers are going to miss the playoffs for the fifth straight year?
A few days ago, Toronto Star columnist Jim Coyle wrote a piece on the issue of road hockey, debating it’s merits and wondering why politicians are considering banning the great Canadian tradition. Even though it’s not an ice hockey story, I felt this is an important subject to bring up with the HockeyTradeRumours.com community, because I’m sure many of us had played road hockey (like I did) and because so many of our hockey heroes played the game to get better at their ice game.
This week: a wrap-up of the trade deadline with an analysis of who won and who lost the major deals of the National Hockey League trade deadline on Tuesday.
The Florida Panthers made a few moves this trade deadline. Here is my opinion on the deals, the rest of the Panthers season and some things they should do in the offseason.
Hello hockey fans. I sure hope you all had fun last night.
This week: a look at the “most likely” and “least likely” on the trading front heading into Tuesday’s trade deadline at 3:00 pm.
(Sources: Spector’s Rumours, Toronto Star, ESPN.com, HTR, TSN.ca, Canadian Press, The Hockey News)
A few trades to mention.
Stars trade Brunet to Senators- Anonymous
Preds deal Ronning to Kings- Anonymous
Thrashers acquire young tough defenceman Lessard- nskerr
What a difference a year makes.
Today marks the one-year anniversary of HockeyTradeRumors.com in it’s present format. In one year, HTR’s readership has risen by almost a factor of ten, going from 3,000 to 25,000 daily, according to the site’s operator, TradeMan. Today I will recount some of the greatest memories in HTR’s rise, and here’s hoping more great memories come around.