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Thrash Talk: An Early Christmas

Atlanta got an early Christmas present, seeing Dany Heatley skate for the first time on Tuesday. I know, much too early to really get excited about his return. He still has a long way to go in his rehab, most of which will take place off the ice. Even without any setbacks, his return is likely 6-10 weeks from now. But it was still a step in the right direction, albeit a brief one.

Senators Update

The Senators have gotten off to a rocky start this season, but even with their troubles, they sit in 6th place in the Eastern Conference. Luckily, the Senators’ play has been much improved lately and they are starting to look like the Senators of old.

A Christmas Carol: Chapter Three

Mario is visited by the ghost of hockey’s present, who takes him on a journey through present-day NHL to show him that having a small payroll isn’t an excuse to suck.

How Much Would You Pay To Get Bertuzzi?

Ok, this idea isn’t mine but yesterday I was listening ”Les Amateurs De Sports” on the radio and they came up with something surprisingly interesting…

CBA A Good Thing????

Has the CBA disagreement this season actually started the NHL’s metamorphosis into the league we all want and hope for?

DG's Quick Hits- December 8, 2003

This edition, I’m covering everything from the last time I did this (November 8). Coincidentally, it’s my 22nd today too…not that it means anything.

To the mudslinging!

Fleury, will he play for Canada's Juniour team?

According to MSN.com, Fleury will be able to play for Canada at the world juniours. Apparently, Fleury will be at the training camp on thursday.

This is awesome news for Canadian Juniour Hockey fans! Could this be Canada’s ticket to a GOLD medal??!!

From a Mad Isle Fan To a Mad Owner Regarding a Mad Mike

Charles Wang is the owner of the Islanders. He decided to keep Mike Milbury as his GM when he bought the team in April 2000. Here is a letter to Mr. Wang regarding Milbury.

Milbury is getting itchy trigger finger.

From this fans perspective, it is Mike who should go. He has clainmed responsibility for the Isles 3 week slide after breaking up the “good ole boys” group that formed when the Isles took their team to West Virginia for training camp. This group that wore jeans and CAT tractor hats included Wiemer, Peca, Aucoin and some other veterans. Rookies couldn’t break into the group. Getting rid of Wiemer not only was supposed to save salary, but break this group up. The remaining players countered with “Members Only” t-shirts. There is obviously friction in that locker room. The Isles started very strongly winning 7 of their first 11, however they have won only 2 of their last 11 since Jason Wiemer was let go. They have lost 6 in a row.

CUJO on Waivers

TSN.ca is reporting that Ken Holland informed Curtis Joseph this morning that he has been placed on waivers. CUJO will not accompany the Wings on their trip through St. Louis and Toronto. In the event that CUJO isn’t claimed, he could be demoted to the AHL.

Could The Leafs be actually talking about Cairns, and More on Comrie

I was driving to lunch today when Howard Berger of the Fan 590 continued to mention that there have been talks between the Leafs and the Islanders. He reiterated that many of the reports are on Peca, but he also doesn’t understand why the leafs would want Peca with their glut at centre. However he did mention that JFJ has actually incquired about Defenseman Eric Cairns.

Top 10 Worst jerseys of all time

Well the jerseys for this year are out, and my critiquing them is over. But somehow I feel my crusade is not over. So frends, here is the list of the worst NHL jerseys ever!

Peca to Toronto?

If the Hotstove says it will happen…it’s going to happen…right?

Last Saturday night, on the Satellite Hotstove, on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada, a rumour quickly popped up, and ducked out, about Mike Peca heading to the Toronto Maple Leafs. SLAM! Sports has an article posted, “Maple Leafs Watch” by Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun, citing a New York Post article commenting on this rumour as well.

Jagr to Pheonix

Before everyone starts to bash me, let me say off the bat that this is just an idea and there is no truth behind this. I propose that the Caps and Coyotes pull off a deal similar to that of the Kovalev. By that I mean getting rid of “mistakes”.

MantaRay Power Rankings for 11/30/03

“”Welcome to week #6 of MantaRay Power Rankings.

This ranking includes all games played through Saturday, November 29nd.

(The ranking in parenthesis reflects how each team finished the previous week).

Cliffnotes:

Top Ten:

-Philadelphia earns their #1 spot

-Av’s coming on strong

-PREDS???? first time ever in the Elite

Middle of Pack:

-Thrasher drop out of elite

-Ranger$ and Stars climb out of the barrel

-Oilers slip several spots

Bottom of the Barrel:

-Islanders sending out an SOS

-Canes & Sharks improve

-Pens now officially the worst team in the NHL

It was historic, an honor to be there…..and I'll never do it again!!!

Welcome Oiler fans. Once again(2nd time in 3 weeks)I’m late again. I’ve had finals at school going on, and just not enough time to contribute. But there almost done now, just a few more demo’s left and I’m through with that. On to my boys. It was a good week for them. 2 for 3, and probably the most historic regular season game in NHL history. And if every outdoor game is going to be that cold, I don’t want to do it again! So let’s begin, and let’s try to contribute a little more Oiler fans, and non Oiler fans too. Let me know what you think of the team.

It's Time For Bettman to Go

The upcoming outdoor game is drawing a great deal of excitement in the hockey world, and that is good. But I happen to think it is being handled very stupidly by the league office. It is yet another mistake in the horror that has been Gary Bettman’s tenure as commissioner.

Hockey is no longer fun: From a true hockey hero

According to TSN.ca, oldtimer Guy Lafleur has said hockey is now boring, and guess what, I kind of agree.

Anson Carter in Montreal?

I have heard from indirect sources that a sports radio station (i believe Team990) have announced that Glen Sather has been in discussion with Montreal GM Bob Gainey about an undisclosed trade.

Hawks & Islanders set to deal?

TSN is reporting that the New York Islanders are looking to dump even more salary and trade Mark Parrish to the troubled Chicago Blackhawks. Rumour has it they are looking to include Eric Cairns in the package as well. Hawks GM bob Pulford said that Wiemer was a part of a bigger deal that would have been done, but it hinged on Wiemer clearing waivers, which didn’t happen. No word on who may be returning to the Island. The Isles fans cant be happy about this sudden penny pinching tactics. If the Isles are looking to deal Hamrlik, then will look to Cairns to take some of that ice time, and doesn’t make sense trading him for salary purposes at only $900,000. Hamrlik, Niniima & Aucion were all among the top 10 in ice time last year and the coach Steve Stirling was looking to ease the load on them by giving Cairns more ice time. So what is Mad Mike up to in Long Island? Stay tuned to see what develops.