Author Archives: mikster

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???

New Development On McCabe Story

According to Nik Kypreos of Sportsnet (, McCabe has rescinded his NMC to possibly move to the Panthers.

mikster’s note: I’ve commented around (HTR,, McKeen’sHockey Boards) that Bryan McCabe would be the ideal target for the Panthers and that the Panthers would be his ideal target as well. I know for a fact that he has good friendly connections here in South Florida, one a retired player and the other an active player. While I would like to share information with my fellow hockey fans on, I am not a rumor monger and I respect information given to me.

If I were you, I’d expect to see McCabe come to Florida, but don’t cout on Jay Bouwmeester heading the other way. It may very well be either Van Ryn or Cory Murphy heading to Toronto in the deal, with Peltonen.

List of Players going for Arbitration

A list of players have filed for arbitration and Senators forward Antoine Vermette and Panthers defenseman Jay Bouwmeester lead the top of the list.

Sather has done it again.

Never in my time as a Ranger fan have I heard as much praise for Glen Sather. It seems that with the pick up of Redden, the re-signing of Roszival, the Zherdev trade, then the Naslund and Kalinin signings people are talking about Sather in ways I could have never imagined.

But really, why should Sather be praised when all he as done is potentially cripple the New York Rangers for the next 5 years?

Canucks Aquire Steve Bernier

The Vancouver Canucks have reported that they have aquired Steve Bernier from the Buffalo Sabres for a second round Draft pick in 2010 and third round pick (Los Angeles’ selection) in 2009.

July 4, Free Agency Column


According to the CKNW radio station the Canucks have given an offer sheet to Filppulla. Awaiting more info on this rumor.

According to reports coming out of NY, Paul Mara has re-signed with the Rangers for $1.95M, one year.

Russian reports have it that Jaromir Jagr has signed with Omsk.

Boyle a Shark

Contrary to recent reports stating that Boyle was close to becoming an Ottawa Senator, confirms that Tampa Bay defenseman Dan Boyle, and Brad Lukowich, have been traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a 1st round, 4th round picks, a prospect TBA, and Matt Carle.

Boyle makes $6.6M a season and was asked to waive his no-trade clause.