Comments on the Previews

These are just simple previews written by mikster, titans, and trademan. Soon the other previews will be up. The delay was caused by big heavy schedules, and I want to thank titans for taking his time in helping me out. We’re not setting high expectations on these previews, they are the first we did; just a little taste of the better ones coming for the 2003-2004 season next year. Some are different as well, not all follow the same set up.

Comments are welcomed here in this post. We’d appreciate it if negative and pointless criticizing comments are not made. Remember, this was rushed and could be considered a try-out. What we’re looking forward to are just compliments on the effort and time we spent doing this. We do promise that next year’s previews will be better, neater, more interesting, and with more stats to look at.

Thanks,
Trademan, mikster, titans, Robbed_by_BlakeIf you’re interested in participating in next year’s previews, leave me a message on HTR, on the IM, or e-mail me at mikda1@go.com


15 Responses to Comments on the Previews

  1. mikster says:

    Another thing…

    Some pictures could have been moved in front of the font while making he previews links.

  2. big_booty says:

    Boston: I didn’t realize that Steve Shields backed up the “great” J.S. Giguere. My guess is that Byron Dafoe’s number is on Mike O’Connell’s speed dial, and that the GM will have to eat some serious crow when he realizes that Shields and John Grahame are sieves with painted masks.

    Buffalo: Pity this poor team. Hasek couldn’t get it done there, so he demanded a trade to a team that could do it for him. Peca dissed the team in a uber-selfish maneuver that cost him a season of play. Now they are being run by the league.

    Montreal: I find it absolutely amazing that everyone is still on the Jose Theodore bandwagon. Correct me if I’m wrong, but the guy just gave up six goals on consecutive nights. Superstar goalies just don’t do that. Like I said before, I think this guy will remember who he is and be a .500 goalie this season.

    New Jersey: Martin Brodeur is one of only two goalies in the league now who can have a 38-win season and have it be called an “off year.” With the deepest defense in the East in front of him, expect yet another 40-win year and playoff berth from Pat Burns’ squad.

    N.Y. Islanders: The only rock-solid locks for this team are 1) that Mike Peca will paint his face and go headhunting for a certain Toronto Maple Leaf once he is healthy, and 2) that Rick DiPietro will be traded and blossom into a star.

    N.Y. Rangers: Very optimistic review, I wonder who wrote it? Until the Ranger$ realize that Tom Poti and Brian Leetch will be the death of them in their own end, this team will not make the playoffs. It’s only a matter of time before Lindros goes down, and having three goons (and I use that term very generously) in McCarthy, Barnaby, and Purinton on the roster at once just goes to show that Glen Sather has lost it.

    Ottawa: If there is any justice in the NHL (and I don’t believe that there is) then Zdeno Chara will win the Norris trophy this year. I don’t believe that there is a soul in the league this year that plays better pure defense than the gargantuan Czech. Lalime needs to prove that he can play full-time over an entire season, because there really is no safety net.

    Philadelphia: LeClair and Recchi seem to be back, and a structured coaching system under Ken Hitchkock will be all the difference. The only thing that Roman Cechmanek needs to prove is that he can hang in the post-season, and he will get that chance.

    Pittsburgh: I would comment on that review, but where was it?

  3. Tony says:

    I thought the previews were really well done, but just a little short. I’m sure next years previews will rock.

  4. mikster says:

    “Hasek couldn’t get it done there, so he demanded a trade to a team that could do it for him.”

    Actually he asked to take a pay cut with the Sabres but the Sabres still couldn’t afford him, so they had to trade him. He never asked to be traded.

    “Superstar goalies just don’t do that. Like I said before, I think this guy will remember who he is and be a .500 goalie this season.”

    Many superstars goalie let in 5,6,7 goals, Brodeur…Roy…Belfour…Richter in his prime years. It happens. Besides the Habs defense was pathetic, and Theodore made a bad mistake on the Recchi goal that went over his shoulder. Just bad positioning.

    Goalie wins do mean something, though not much. But, the most important stat to look into for a goalie is Saving Percentage, and Brodeur is not strong at all in that category, and he never won a Vezina, yet. Hnilicka could get 40 wins if he played with the Devils. Roy would get 45.

    DiPietro will only be traded if: 1- Osgood re-signs a long-term contract. 2- The Isle’s are in desperate need of a forward. Having Asham (AHL enforcer) on the 2nd line is pretty bad.

    “Until the Ranger$ realize that Tom Poti and Brian Leetch will be the death of them in their own end, this team will not make the playoffs. It’s only a matter of time before Lindros goes down, and having three goons (and I use that term very generously) in McCarthy, Barnaby, and Purinton on the roster at once just goes to show that Glen Sather has lost it.”

    You’re too clueless on the Rangers…and right off the bat i can tell you haven’t followed them. Leetch-Poti pairing has been doing well. Leetch has a 0 and Poti a -1 (Minuses against Montreal). They were even in the +/- rating against the humiliating 6-0 loss to Pittsburg. They played good D in that game, and it showed. Leetch-Poti haven’t been the “death” yet and it certainly looks like they won’t be the “death” if they keep it up like this. But, it’s only the begining of the season. Yet again…they’ve played really well together.

    It’s sad when people say Lindros will go down, sounds like they want him to go down. Maybe he will, maybe he won’t. Maybe Kariya will go down this year too and finish his career. Three goons? McCarthy isn’t such a goon anymore. A goon is an Oliwa, Brashear, Parker, Reed Low. McCarthy won’t be fighting a lot. Barnaby a goon? Since when? Calling Barnaby a goon makes your whole comment pointless and shows you have little knowledge of the Rangers. Barnaby is an enforcer, who doesn’t fight for the heck of it. He is a much lesser Tucker. A goon is a player who is just on the ice to pick a fight. Barnaby only fights when there needs to be a fight. Purinton is a goon, but he hasn’t been bad as a 6th defenseman. He hasn’t faught in a while actually.

    It’s so obvious, and sad, when you have to comment on the Rangers, and all you point out are the negatives. Usually, you’re supposed to balance pros and cons, and you do a very poor job at it.

    Flyers: I am delighted to see Leclair and Recchi back, and play a solid game against their old team, Habs. I guess their aging hasn’t shown at all, but then again…it’s just the begining of the season.

    Shitsu….i had no idea i was missing the Pens. WOOPS! Thanks for reminding me.

  5. mikster says:

    Yep, they will!

  6. amok says:

    If I had to classify Barnaby I’d call him an agitator.

  7. MantaRay says:

    Simply too inane to comment about..

  8. MantaRay says:

    Big Booty:

    I wonder which fiction writer wrote these predictions?

    For everyone outside the New York area, no one in the NY area believes the Rangers are even a shoe-in for the 8th seed.

    In fact, I was there on opening night when they booed Holik & Trottier. Sather would have gotten booed if they annouced him.

    This is not a very good hockey team regardless of the article.

    Just to temper some of the “straight out of Never-Neverland” Ranger piece. I just read this today in a New York paper:

    “Why are the Rangers like the Titanic?”

    A: “They look great until they hit the ice”

    Another column on the Rangers and Brian Trottier:

    “Trottier is an inexperienced pilot steering an expensive, flawed ship, and the icebergs are everywhere”.

    If Richter stays healthy he is there only hope to get into at least the 8th spot in the playoffs.

  9. mikster says:

    What is there to comment about?

    You’re so called “knowledge” of hockey along with ‘let me kiss up to Manta’ big_booty is too dull, too much guess work, very inductive reasoning…too much to even consider your knowledge worth reading. You have nothing to argue on the comment i replied to big_booty.

    What do you want to complain about? His mistake of Hasek’s demand of a trade?

    That super star goalies do have bad games and do allow 5 or 6 goals?

    That Saving Percentage is the most important stat for a goalie. What’s silly about that? Nothing…it’s true.

    As of now, you have NOTHING to judge Leetch and Poti. I don’t care about their past seasons, that won’t say much. This is a new season, and for now these two playing together have played solid hockey, nothing can be said against that. And, as i said, it’s just the begining of the season. His was mostly inductive reasoning of Leetch and Poti, which makes it worhtless and inane is the best description to big_booty’s comments.

    So, Manta…what is so inane? I guess your silly mind….

  10. mikster says:

    Well, no wonder why you heard more boos, you probably were sitting in the booers section. I guess my dad’s friend’s family was sitting in the section that cheered Trots. Also, Holik was cheered as well. Your Devils goal scoring leader was booed (Johnny Mac). It’s normal….it’s part of the game.

    It was 50/50 of boo’s and cheers.

    New York papers are the worst in the country on hockey. Like Sherry Ross who is the worst hockey journalist for the worst sports paper (after the Times) the New York Daily News.

    If the Rangers win 10 in a row, New York journalists would change their opinions and call the Rangers Cup contenders. They are horrible thinkers in every sport, except for baseball. Any New York paper you follow will lead you to a bad knowledge….and it shows.

    “If Richter stays healthy he is there only hope to get into at least the 8th spot in the playoffs.”

    Very poorly thought out comment.

    If the Devils didn’t have Brodeur the first two games, they’d be humiliated by the Senators and the Blue Jackets. Last season, they would have stayed with the Lightning if Brodeur didn’t play the 2nd half.

    Avs without Roy are a bit more than half as good with Roy.

    Every team who doesn’t have their top goalie (especially when he is considered world-class goalie) healthy will not perform as good. It’s common sense….an 8 year old would state the same comment you made on Richter.

    Besides, your inane and most of all inductive reasoning proves your biased comments of the Rangers. Therefore, any comments, or at least most, on the Rangers are worthless….

  11. MantaRay says:

    Such bitterness.

    No Soup for you!!!

  12. mikster says:

    lol soup nazi in nyc….

  13. Nothingman says:

    Can I do the Phoenix one guys?

    Ross Byrnes

    Vice Admin of wowhockey.

  14. mikster says:

    Phoenix one is already done, but Carolina is available.

  15. habs_88_4life says:

    I’d be more than happy to do the Montreal one………

    -habs_88_4life

    -Habs4life(WOW)

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