Author Archives: mikster

Dubinsky Holdout Comes to an End

New York reporter Andy Gross confirms that the Rangers and Brandon Dubinsky have agreed on a two-year deal worth $3.7M. The deal is deemed as fair, but slightly in favor of the Rangers as Dubinsky could have an increase in points, and if so he will not have the chance to represent his case for two full seasons to an arbitrator.

Zherdev Awarded $3.9M

According to Steve Zipay from Newsday, Rangers forward has been awarded $3.9M by the arbitrator. This increases the possibility that Zherdev may remain with the Rangers as he sought a $4.5M per season contract.

Heatley, Zherdev, Kessel; which team is not done yet in the off-season?

Will Heatley still be traded? My take on Zherdev and two teams that I think can get him. One has been discussed by the media in June, the other will surprise you.

I'm Glad To Have Missed It

Wow. Just wow. I was on my cell phone all day long and I must say that the word “disappointing” is the best way to describe the trade deadline of 2009. Was it the economy? The salary cap? What?

My thoughts on the trades and other related issues.

Renney, Pearn Fired

Various sources around the internet, and now TSN.ca as well, have confirmed that Rangers head coach Tom Renney, and Rangers assistant coach Perry Pearn, have been fired.

Questions In Need of Answers

Been too long my fellow hockey fans, but I am currently halfway through my MBA; so cut me some slack. Every time I think I have more time to dedicate on here, it never happens. I guess I jinx it.

Anyway, we are pretty much a month away from the Trade Deadline. Oooooo, so excited! There are some questions that need to be answered. Here is my new approach. No longer will it be “Challenging Mikster”, but something else which I will try to think of by the end of this column. All while listening to my Zune playlist. And yeah, it rocks.

Today’s topics! …… My cousin Vinny. Jay Bo. Coaching, and the such….

All to your liking. So, speak your mind out. Let’s see what you have to respond to what I have to say.

Great One Has Coyotes Howling

The Phoenix Coyotes are one of the many franchises in financial trouble in the NHL. However that has not stopped them from building a quality hockey team soon ready to compete for a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

If I Could Marry It, I Would

Every morning I wake up to what is becoming a gorgeous weather here in South Florida. Season is changing and no, we do not see leaves falling off trees, but we have the wind getting sliced by the palm trees. The sky is so blue that it leaves you starring at it for some time only to then notice how stupid you look as you are also getting blinded by the sun.

So how did I feel hockey in the air here in Florida? Traveling just about half hour from my house to Coral Springs where the Panthers hold their training camp at Incredible Ice, I finally stepped out of my father’s car and put on a Panthers sweatshirt in 85 degrees (F) weather, walking about 15 yards, only to have sliding doors open before me releasing a gust of freezing wind.

I finally smelled hockey as a shark smells blood. My heart filled with excitement, passion, and love, I thought to myself….. “If I could marry this game, I would”.

Forever Rivals

The Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs. One of the greatest rivalries in sport. While some of their battles are legendary, sometimes you just have to question that wisdom considering the talent (or lack thereof) that have come through both organizations.

For fun, lets take a look at what we Habs and Leaf fans are all ashamed about.

Can the Leafs make the playoffs?

Let’s cut to the chase.  The question every Maple Leafs fan (and hater) wants to know is, can this year’s version of the buds make the Stanley Cup playoffs?

Pominville stays in Buffalo

Jason Pominville has just agreed to a 5 year contract extension with the Sabres. The deal is believed worth 5.3 millions per season, for a total of 26.5 millions. Pominville set career-high last year in assists and points, with 53 and 80 respectively. He’s also the front-runner for wearing the C next year in Buffalo. He’s linked to the Sabres through 2013/2014.

This may be the beginning of a new era in Buffalo, as the owner seems to be willing to give pay raises to his star players in order to keep them. After seeing McKee, Drury, Briere and Campbell leaving, Buffalo couldn’t afford seeing Pominville packing his bags too. With Vanek and Roy, he’ll be the cornerstone of this franchise for years to come. Good signing by Darcy Regier.

Schneider to be bought out; Sens eyeing him?

Bryan Murray may have been interested in Schneider, but just could not afford him financially for cap reasons. Now with rumors saying he is going to be bought out, Ottawa may be able to afford him and get their puck moving defeseman they have been looking for.

*NHL Awards: The Top Defensive Forward, Who Can Also Contribute Offensively

Reigning Champ:

Pavel Datsyuk is possibly the best ALL AROUND player in the NHL. I’m not calling Crosby or Ovechkin one dimensional players, but Dastyuk is as strong defensively as he is offensively, and still is one of the best producing players in the game.

Schneider on Waivers

Various reports are saying that the Anaheim Mighty Ducks have placed Mathieu Schneider on waivers.

Devils Still Good But Not Quite A Contender

Despite the fact the New Jersey Devils have been regular playoff participants the last decade or so, it’s not automatic anymore to put the team among the top contenders for the Stanley Cup.

The 15 Teams in the WC, Sundin Next Week? And More…

Hello my fellow hockey fans. We’re just about to enter mid-way through September, which only means…..closing in on the puck drop. It is unfortunate that I will miss BOTH games between the Rangers and the Lightning. The teams will face off in the Czech Republic on October 4, and 5 at 12-pm et. But, I will finally get to see Washington DC as I’ve only passed by it going back and forth between New Jersey and South Florida. Nothing wrong with missing your favorite hockey team play twice after going through months and months without watching hockey. After all, I am adding more culture to my knowledge. Yep….., nothing wrong……. (insert a lot of cussing).

SO! Ok, I am going to briefly look at the 15 teams in the Western Conference.

Will we know what happens to Mats Sundin next week? Probably something new will come up.

I will further explain the HTR Experts idea, and in addition I will just give some off-topic talks.

Puck Drops Soon, 15 Teams, Hockey to Be Top Sport in US? HTR's New Plan

The puck drops on October 4. We’re under a month to go and this Sunday will mark 21 days before the show.

What will happen between now and then?

A quick view of the Eastern Confernce.

Will hockey finally regain popularity in the US? How?

HTR’s new plan, and the reason why there will not be an official HTR Season Preview. This plan involves the likes of great HTR members such as nordiques100. So, you ought to read this.

McCabe a Panther

As to be expected, the Leafs trade Bryan McCabe and a 4th rounder to the Florida Panthers for Mike Van Ryn.

Canes Out To Prove Championship Was No Fluke

This is a big season for the Carolina Hurricanes. After winning the Stanley Cup in 2006, many considered the Canes to be very fortunate, a fluke if you will. Since their win, they have only enforced that notion by being playoff spectators the last two years.

Who's The Next HTR Poster Boy?

Now That It’s Confirmed Bryan McCabe and a late round pick  Is Headed to the Panthers For Mike Van Ryn WHO will be the Poster Boy for HTR???