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We got Ducks flapping their Wings, Canucks everywhere singing the Blues, one Wild Avalanche and Senators stranded on an Island. What is going on here!
After speaking with Chicago GM Mike Smith, Theo Fleury believes he will be back with the Blackhawks next season, reports the Chicago Daily Herald.
The Florida Panthers now own the No. 1 pick in the 2003 NHL entry draft. Florida won Monday’s NHL draft lottery, moving from the No. 4 slot to No. 1. Carolina, which based on its last place finish overall, moves to the No. 2 pick while the Pittsburgh Penguins move from No. 2 to No. 3 and Columbus moves from No. 3 to No. 4.
The rest of the draft order remains unchanged from the regular-season finish of the clubs.
This is the second year in a row that Florida has won the lottery and moved up. Florida had a combined 24.9% odds of wining, because of their trade with Columbus to swap picks. There isn’t really a run-away #1 pick this year, with Zhederev, Stall, Michalik, and Horton all #1 material. Horton is probably who the Panthers would select, as they are in need of a PF. Some wonder if Dudly will even keep the pick, or move it like he did last year. All I know; Dudly is brilliant!
I find this article quite interesting, and we’ll finally be able to see how good Commissioner Gary Bettman is.
In an interview on WWTN, owner Craig Leipold stated that the Nashville Predators will not be able to function unless the new CBA addresses the needs of smaller market teams. This is the most direct statement he has made that things are going poorly for the team. Nashville currently has the lowest attendance in the NHL, and the Corporate/individual season ticket base ratio stands at 35/65 – opposite of most other professional team ratios. The team is teetering on the edge, and unless the team solidly makes the playoffs next year, the team will fold or move.
Now that the matchups are set, I am gonna lay down my predictions for this years playoffs…..feel free to make your own as well, that’s the fun part!
Well, I was curious at what some of “those” thinkers out that way thought the odds of the teams that have clinched their spots would be right now. I did some digging and saw what they were.
Here they would be:(this is according to the site that pops up here on the HTR board)
New Jersey: 5-1
St. Louis: 12-1
Tampa Bay: 20-1
NY Islanders: 34-1
I don’t see Colorado ahead of Dallas though. One other site had Dallas & Colorado with the same odds of 5.5-1.
BY HELENE ST. JAMES
FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER
Negotiations to keep potential unrestricted free agent Sergei Fedorov in a Red Wings uniform have been adjourned until the end of the playoffs.
TheFourthPeriod.com states that Mario Lemieux may retire after his post-game comments.
DENVER POST: Terry Frei reports a Swedish newspaper is claiming Colorado Avalanche forward Peter Forsberg won’t be returning to the club when his contract expires at the end of this season, and is rumoured to have begun talks with his Swedish hometown team, MoDo, about returning to play for them as early as next season. Kent Forsberg, Peter’s father and the man who handles MoDo’s player contracts, said his club has not begun to talk to any Swedish NHL’ers yet, as they haven’t finished their NHL season and such actions would be considered tampering. When questioned, Peter Forsberg denied the story, noting he wasn’t quoted in it and claimed it was made up by a reporter who took his father’s words out of context. Still, Frei notes that Forsberg has said he’d like to finish his playing career back in Sweden, and suggested the winger may only play another season or two in the NHL if the league can avoid a work stoppage at the end of next season. The reporter also noted that other Swedish NHL’ers, including Markus Naslund, have hinted they’d like to finish their playing careers back in their home country, although some, like Detroit defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom, have used that as a negotiating ploy to land a sweeter contract.
Okay – There hasn’t been anything new posted for a day and a half. Yesterday some of the more creative among us were so bored we went into a movie quote frenzy, which I have been told happens on here from time to time (sorry, Mikster).
Okay – the playoffs are fast-approaching, and those of us fortunate enough to be blessed with a talented team to root for are poised on the brink of becoming raving lunatics (you will notice no difference in my case).