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After watching tonights FlyersHawks game, and I know this has been said a few times before, but the officials this year are brutal. They might as well have the coaches call the penalties from the bench. I’m not going to blame the whole game on officiating, but it was awful tonight. Apparently it is ok for Primeau to have to take on two guys at the same time. Maybe these guys didn’t see a third man in, but they were obviously both going after Primeau. And after this the Hawks still managed to come away with a powerplay. Only 6 minutes of penalties were handed out when at least 4 pairs of gloves were on the ice. After the Flyers killed the powerplay, the refs must have been threatened by Coach Barber, and called a weak make-up call against the Hawks’ Spacek, for a great hit on Williams, I believe. I was just wondering if the officiating is this terrible all the way around the league. It’s kinda tough to watch them all. I think that the NHL needs to take another close look at the current 4 man system.
Deals in the National Hockey League have become few and far between. This is especially the case early in the season. Many people neglect to acknowledge the fact that we are not even 20 games into the 2001-2002 season and every team ‘supposedly’ wants to pull the trigger on a deal.
The New Jersey Devils might soon reach an agreement with 37 year old defenseman, Scott Stevens. Stevens is currently under a contract, and is receiving 4.2$ million dollars. The new contract should largely increase his salary almost double, 7$ million dollars a year. Stevens states that he feels “optomistic” about the contract.
Is GM Lou Lamoriello spending too much for a 37 year old veteran? Not only that, he is just a stay at home defenseman as well. Will the Devils become a high salary team?
A Three way trade will be accomplished before November 13th, 2001. The involving teams are Ottawa, San Jose and Toronto….
This season, after most of the teams played 10 games, there will be 8 reviews on every team in the NHL, and how each one is performing. This is the first review out of 8 in total, every ten games.
TSN is reporting that Montreal goaltender Jeff Hackett will be out a minimum of 6 weeks due to a separated shoulder suffered in the game against Buffalo on Oct 20/2001.
Currently watching two games, Canadiens against the Sabres, and the Rangers against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“Playing the Thrashers…..hahaha….that should be a win…”
The Capitals signed $uper $tar Jaromir Jagr to an 8 year $88 million dollar deal. No comments from me.
Besides the ridiculous game suspensions handed out recently, the officials on the ice temselves are ruining the games.
I just tuned in the Bruins game and found 2nd line forward PJ Axelson a healthy scratch. Could this be a sign that a trade involving him and Jason Allison be going down tonight? I know there is an unwritten rule if a player to be traded he is either scrathed or benched if it happens during a game. It just doesnt make sense that he is scratched. If anything is announced during the game, I will come back and post it. If anyone hears anything on the Anaheim broadcast please post it.
So many big name players, so little time. So many big names were either traded or signed this summer, like Roenick, Jagr, Lindros, Turgeon and others, that we will go through the same thing again for next summer, or who might be traded before or by the trading deadline?
On espn.com they reported 2 possible trades a three team trade between LA, Edmonton, and Boston and another trade between just la and Boston. The first rumour consisted of Jason Allison going to la, glen Murray & Vishnovski going to Edmonton, and Tom Poti and Ryan Smyth going to Boston. This would obviously be a cost cutting idea on Edmonton’s payroll and a large increase in la’s payroll.
Head Coach Ivan Hlinka was fired today (Monday) by the Penguins after a winless start of the season, 0-4-0-0. Rick Kehoe will replace Hlinka’s position as head coach. Will this change the Penguins? Or should they seek another trade?
Ray Slover of The Sporting News speculates on the future homes of the following players;
Jason Allison – Washington Capitals
Tony Amonte – Detroit, Dallas, Colorado, or Boston
Bill Guerin – St. Louis, if the Bruins fall out of playoff contention
Darius Kasparaitis – Colorado
He also states that the Devils will not part with Bobby Holik unless he becomes a locker room distraction.
He gives no basis on his speculations so take this as you will. I have heard the mention of Allison landing with the Capitals but have not seen much on the others.
Jason Allison is soon to be traded to the St. Louis Blues for forwards Daniel Corso and Sergei Varlamov and two players from the Blues minor league team the Ice Cats: defenseman Mike Van Ryn and forward Justin Papineau. There is also talk to adding Blues forward Scott Mellanby to the deal while he recovers from his broken lower jaw. Boston Bruins general manager Mike O’Connell was at the Blues home opener scouting the young players (Corso is a promising center who O’Connell is looking at as a possible replacement for Allison) and will be back in St. Louis when the Blues host the Dallas Stars. St. Louis GM Larry Pleu was in Worcester for at least the past two games making sure he wants to deal the young players which he feels are some of the Blues future stars for Allison. Pleu wants a number 2 center that he can pair with Pavol Demitra.
ESPN the magazines E.J Hradek is reporting a deal for the four biggest free agents could happen with in the next couple of weeks. Rumors has the Toronto Maple Leafs will trade Tomas Kaberle to the San Jose Sharks for Mike Rathje. This would be a decent trade, not a great one. Kaberle is more of a goal-scoring type defenseman, and Rathje is more of an enforcer. Jason Allison has been rumored in a 3-way deal with the Oilers and the Kings. The Oilers would get Steve Heinze, Glen Murray and a prospect defenseman, the Bruins would get Anson Carter(again) or Ryan Smyth and Tom Poti, and the Kings would get Jason Allison. I think this would be the biggest trade to be made all year, and a fair. I also find this believable, becuase the Bruins and Oilers are “trading buddies” after last years Bill Guerin for Anson Carter and a prospect deal.
When in the world is Lemieux going to play a game, and is Colin Campbell doing a good job? How should the NHL regulate the suspensions?
Thought I’d come on again and give your the latest from the Boston Globe and FoxSportsNet…………..
Who is that goalie in net? Not Richter. His mask looks very fancy though. Is it Skudra? Playing against the Washington Capitals? No? Who the heck is that goalie!?