Author Archives: DG

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.