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HTR needs help to make the 2006 coverage of team Canada at the Olympics a huge success.
By Darryl Dobbs
Do you ever see any small men have a successful career spent entirely on the fourth line as a grinder? Of course not. Even Stu Barnes had his offensive years where he was an upper-tier pool pick! The small hockey player does not get a second look unless he forces scouts to take a second look. His defensive checking abilities aren’t what grabs the attention. It’s his dazzling moves, his brilliant hockey sense, and his off-the-charts offensive numbers. Even then, it doesn’t guarantee a shot at the big time. When you draft a smaller player, and by that I mean a player that weighs in at under 185 pounds and stands less than 5’9, there are three certainties.
I have been a close follower of the San Jose Sharks in season 2005-2006, a campaign many would call ‘A Tale of Two Seasons.’ The monumental trade that saw Joe Thornton arrive in San Jose has certainly changed the fortunes of the Sharks, who after 7 games with the big number 19, only lost for the first time yesterday in a close match to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
Joe Thornton has brought so much to the Sharks, and whilst the team is greatly benefiting from having him on board, there’s no doubt that he too, is faring better after a change of scenery from his former pressure-cooker situation in Boston.
So here it is. The US Olympic team has finally been named and it looks like this:
I will be taking a break from posting after this, but it must be said.
For years under Lou Lamoriello, the New Jersey Devils have been one of the most stable franchises in the NHL. They have been successful (on the ice) and they have managed to stay in New Jersey despite having the highest prices in the league, an old arena, and competing with the likes of the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers for fans.
I believe that every team needs a work horse in order to ensure effort every game……
These are the top five in both offensive and defensive categories determined by average time on ice….which doesnt necessarily mean they are working the hardest but means that they are on the ice the most…….(NHL.com/stats)
TSN.ca is reporting that due to how successful the New NHL has been, the salary cap will be rising to somewhere between $40-$45M.
Among the topics on tap for the NHL board of governors meeting that happened this week was the possibility of adding a “play-in” round to the playoffs to expand the field from 16 teams to 20.
Sportsnet has learned the Pittsburgh Penguins have fired head coach Ed Olczyk along with his entire coaching staff and replaced him with the Penguins AHL coach and former Montreal Canadiens head coach Michel Therrien… Should be officialized by thursday morning!
The ongoing Petr Sykora saga continues. Now it appears that it’s down to four. Sportsnet.ca is reporting that the New York Rangers appear to be the front runners.
I have been away from HTR for a while now, basically just soaking in the new NHL and figuring out where I stand on everything. The past month or so, I have noticed an increase in the trade rumors floating around the net, and on tv. Here are a few observations and speculations that I see.
Alright it’s getting to that time of year. The New Year will soon be upon us and the Trade deadline will be hitting us before we even know it.
What I want is some Trade Predictions for the trade deadline coming up. Who is going to trade what and where 2 weeks before it happens or less?
Is Sykora on the verge of being traded to the Canadiens? Are the Canucks really about to deal Todd Bertuzzi? Are the San Jose Sharks done dealing? The Hawks are shopping a few players so this week’s edition of Hockey Trade Rumors is bound to be a good one.
Mario Lemieux has pulled out of the Olympics.
Lemieux said Saturday that he informed Team Canada staff, including Wayne Gretzky, that he has withdrawn his name from consideration for the team.
There’s about 15 of them on one team.
Fresh off of a 5-0 rout by Minnesota, Mark Recchi officially called this, “the lowest point in his career”.
Lemieux hospitalized with irregular heartbeat
PITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh Penguins owner-player Mario Lemieux was hospitalized Wednesday for observation of an irregular heartbeat, general manager Craig Patrick said.
I was surfing on individual hockey team’s official websites and stumbled upon something interesting at coloardoavalanche.com. It reported yesterday the club had called up goaltender Vitaly Kolesnik in time for tonight’s game against the Boston Bruins.
Steve Yzerman decided last Sunday that he would not be playing for Team Canada in Turin. Given that the NHL’s longest serving Captain, who was guaranteed a roster spot, declined (as he did for the World Cup last year), this leaves an extra spot on the team for a younger player to join the ranks of Sakic, Iginla, etc. Will this spot go to a younger player like Crosby, Staal or Spezza, or will we see another veteran like Smyth?
It is no secret that the Toronto Maple Leafs need to improve their blueline if they have aspirations for a deep playoff run. In fact, it may be a necessity to even keep their playoff spot. The team currently has one of the leagues best defence pairs playing this season in Tomas Kaberle and Bryan McCabe. McCabe leads NHL defencemen in points and Kaberle is also among the top 10. The two blueliners are also one and two in ice time. They have carried the load and then some for the Leafs.
Source: CBS Sportsline.com
Possible trade talks between TOR and BOS
To BOS: Nik Antropov, Ken Klee
To TOR: Glen Murray