Category Archives: HTR Feature Article

Spezza in for long haul

Unlike Heatley or Yashin , Senators centre can take good with bad in nation’s capital

Dany Heatley wanted out because his feelings were hurt.

Partly by a coach who “diminished” his role, if you actually bought that, but also by the valid criticisms being written and said of him.

Final goodbye for some Sens

With about $49 million committed to salaries next season, there will be changes

The Senators will do some spring cleaning Monday at Scotiabank Place — about eight weeks before they had hoped.

While they’ll meet with Senators GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston before going their separate ways following a 4-3 overtime defeat to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 Saturday, some players will be saying goodbye for the final time.

Free-agent goaltending market always in a state of flux

Chris Mason and Marty Turco will probably be the most intriguing players in the goaltenders’ free agent marketplace this summer and yet it’s impossible to know today whether that’s a good or bad situation.

The market for defensemen and forwards is always strong and predictable and the goaltending market is always in a state of flux.

Thornton still an ordinary Joe in playoffs

So here we are, Joe, right back where we always seem to be at this time of year. It is the first round of the NHL playoffs. Your San Jose Sharks are in them. And that means you are in them too, even though it does not always look that way.

Sure, you appear to be working hard and back-checking well enough, and you are still making those soft, perfect little passes, just like you do during the regular season.

Signs point to Price in Habs' net

The Canadiens will be counting on Carey Price to pull them even in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter- final series against the Washington Capitals tonight at the Bell Centre (7 p.m., TSN, RDS, CJAD Radio-800).

While Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin said he would wait until this morning to name his starting goaltender, all the signs point to Price over Jaroslav Halak .

NHL News – April 20, 2010

Sharks expect Heatley back for Game 4

Tampa Bay Lightning appears interested in GM candidate Doug Risebrough

Cheechoo to play in Game 4?

Coyotes’ Shane Doan , Vernon Fiddler might play in Game 4

Panthers could trade Tomas Vokoun and go with a younger player or two.

The Panthers are in a pretty good position when it comes to having quality goaltenders in its organization.

Whether its All-Star Tomas Vokoun and backup Scott Clemmensen in the NHL, or minor-leaguers Tyler Plante and Alexander Salak with the AHL Americans, general manager Randy Sexton knows his team is deep in net.

'It was the wrong call': Canucks lose to Kings in overtime on power-pl

The Vancouver Canucks couldn’t beat the trend — or the Los Angeles Kings — and are heading to Hollywood tied 1-1 in their opening-round Stanley Cup playoff series.

All seven series that have reached the two-game pole are even at 1-1. Every team that won its opener lost the next time out, and the Canucks were no exception Saturday night.

Who is the best player with the last name starting with b

Some of the top players that I can name include

Pavel Bure

Peter Bondra

Brind’Amour, Rod

Brodeur, Martin

Bourque, Raymond

Who do you think is (was) the best best?

Check out the entire roster of “B” last names here

Sparse crop of free-agent forwards could spur teams to go trade route

If a team is looking for offensive help this summer, it might have better luck finding it through a trade than through free agency. Many teams are looking to shed payroll, and that’s why there likely will be several trades at the NHL draft in June.

But another reason is there doesn’t seem to be a deep pool of desirable unrestricted free agent forwards.

Oilers will move Souray

Sheldon Souray will get his wish.

Steve Tambellini, who never speaks openly about player moves that might be made in the future, made an exception in the case of the disgruntled defenceman.

Iginla says he would consider leaving team, if Flames ask

By Vicki Hall, Calgary Herald

Jarome Iginla says he would consider waiving his no-trade clause should the Calgary Flames ask him to consider changing teams.

“If they don’t want me here and they want to move in a direction or rebuild or believed they could do better, I would look at it,” the Calgary Flames captain said Wednesday as the players packed up their belongings at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

Is Tampa Bay Lightning's St. Louis floating idea of a trade?

As if the Lightning, after three straight dismal seasons, needed another reason to take its rebuilding program seriously, there is this:

The Edmonton Oilers have gone from worst to first.

Two days after finishing the regular season with the league’s worst record, the Oilers won Tuesday’s annual draft lottery to secure the top pick in the June draft. It marks the fourth time in five years that the league’s worst team has ended up with the top pick.

Cleaning house was right move for Tampa Bay Lightning

John Romano

First lesson of a power struggle:

Make sure the boss actually cares who wins.

Ig-nore those trade calls

Flames shouldn’t even consider moving franchise player because of scoring woes

While Wayne Gretzky’s trade taught the sports world everybody has a price, the cries to trade Jarome Iginla are both irrational and based largely on emotion.

First Round Matchups set – Who will advance in how many games?

First Round

WAS vs MTL

NJ vs PHI

BUF vs BOS

PIT vs OTT

SJ vs COL

CHI vs NAS

VAN vs LA

Iggy talk clause for concern

No telling if captain would ever agree to be dealt

Mats Sundin screwed the Toronto Maple Leafs.

If, or when, the time ever comes for Jarome Iginla to make a decision regarding the franchise he loves, we’ll find out where his loyalty lies.

Why you can't ignore second-half numbers


Pierre LeBrun

At this time every season, I make sure to take a close look at second-half records in order to give myself a better feel for the playoffs.

Florida Panthers' Tomas Vokoun may become expendable


GEORGE RICHARDS

The Panthers have one week remaining in the 2009-10 season. Is this Tomas Vokoun’s final week with the team?