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Well the playoffs are over and I decided to bring out my list of what we said as the season ended and we geared up for the playoffs. There were not as many predictions as I would have expected from people and I tried to limit my quotes to comments made before the playoffs began, however one or two did slip into the mix, however they were not later than game two of the 1st round. I thought everyone might enjoy these, so here goes. (Any misspellings, typos or omissions are the original authors work.)
Tsn.ca has just reported that veteran Panther D-man Robert Svehla will retire citing a contract disput. Looks like Dudley chose not to honor Fletcher’s previous agreement with Svelha regarding a scouting job and financial support for his former European team. The down side is that he will be missed. The Panthers are weak on defense even if they do pick up Boumeester. The upside is that it will free up around 3 million for ufa’s. Maybe they will go after Kasperitis as rumuored. Who else do you all think could fit in there?
After stints with three ‘Original Six’ teams, Pat Burns returns in the swamp. TSN has learned that the New Jersey Devils have named the three-time Jack Adams Award winner as their new head coach.
Burns replaces Kevin Constantine. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he and Constantine would hold talks about a possible future role in the organization.
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Here you will go on a journey starting from an amazing European-like city called Montreal. There you will discover what the future could be for these Canadiens. From there, you will pass by a city that burns in Flames. You’re blinded by smoke as you then find yourself in the city of Edmonton, and roll down a mountain with an Avalanche. And final, you will find yourself on a deserted island with a tribe called the Islanders.
It has been reported that the New York Rangers have hired Terry O’Reilly and Jim Schoenfeld as assistant coaches.
Since I’ve been working as a HockeyTradeRumors.com administrator for six months and have been a site regular for eight, I thought I’d pass along a list of “thank yous” as a reward for all those (and more) who’ve helped me out over the period. It has been the help and grace of HTR which has made me decide to become a writer, all of it self-less, and, thus, I’m happy to help make HTR the Site it is today. Anyway, today I open a new chapter, as I unveil the new look of my World Issues Page, created largely with the help of HTR’s own TradeMan (thanks a bunch!)
Even though hockey season is still on, I thought an overview of all the teams UFA’s is a good topic before the season ends. This year has many quality players, some average, some not that good, and some that should just retire. I have my own thoughts as a LEAF fan on who I would like for Toronto Maple Leaf management to open up the wallet and get, since another year in futility has gone past. What are all you HTR readers thinking? Who do you want on your team? Who if any don’t you want back? Who should just retire? Below are all the teams with UFA’s. Titans: we need a new waterboy, minimum wage, and all the free pretzels you can handle!!! Interested???……
DEFINITELY the biggest concern surrounding the Vancouver Canucks this off-season concerns the status of Andrew Cassels, one of the National Hockey League’s most gifted passers and an unrestricted free agent this off-season. However, a new concern has been brought up that is equally as important, and that is the role of team captain.
Tsn.ca has reported that the Calgary Flames failed to come to terms with top prospect Jarrett Stoll before the June 1st deadline for 2000 draft picks, so he will be re-entring the draft. Stoll was captain of the silver medal-winning Canadian National junior team, as well as the Memorial Cup-winning Kootenay Ice. He was drafted in the second round, 46th overall.
Wings demolish Avs
Can fate lead the Carolina Hurricanes?
Sabres: cut from the NHL heap?
(World Issues Page Announcement inside)
Here is some reports from St. Louis Post Dispatch writer Jeff Gordon:
Cardiac Leafs can’t do it again
Trade bait deals Avs a blow
Why Marshall Johnston shouldn’t have quit
(World Issues Page Announcement inside)
Tucker gone: what about Leafs?
Slovakians win world title
(World Issues Page Annoucement Inside)
Where is Hitchhiker going this time? Might Brooks bring a “Miracle on Ice” in the NHL, specifically the Big Apple? Coaching search Burns Clarke’s brain? What is going on with the $enators’ financial terms?
I heard a story on The TEAM 1050 (radio station) in Canada last week where a fan out of New York has started up something similar to the Players Union only for fans!
A fitting end to the weirdest season I have ever witnessed for the Devils
Once again the NHL disciplinary is a joke.
Colin Campbell takes four days to come up with a decision on Kyle McLaren brutal elbow to Richard Zednik’s head and comes up with only a three game suspension, and possibly only two if the Bruins are eliminated Monday night. From TSN.ca, Campbell says, “After a thorough review of the videotape as well as an in-person hearing with Mr. McLaren, and consideration of all the circumstances, I have determined that by extending his arm to impede the progress of Mr. Zednik, Mr. McLaren delivered a dangerous blow to the head of his opponent and caused significant injuries to the opposing player,” “Mr. McLaren clearly must be held accountable for his actions in this regard.”
Well Mr. Campbell, you surely held him accountable with the 3 games maximum suspension you gave him. These loose suspensions are why the league continues to have such incidents happening at increasing rates and has set a dangerous prescedent for future incidents of these types.
Now I know B’s fans are happy and the NHL braintrust again turns a blind eye to these events, and the rest of the hockey world just wonders what the hell is going on.
A weekly look at some of the stories rocking the hockey world and my take on each of them.
The demons are gone: Hurricanes advance
Booing at the rink: have we gone too far?
Canucks gone: Brian, have your phone ready
Regarding the Leaf and Islander game this Friday, what did you all think of the hits that Roberts and Tucker gave out?
Personally as a Leaf fan you might think I am a little bias, but seriously I did not think they were cheap or worth suspension.
Gary Roberts was in the middle of his check and could do little to avoid Jonnson, who saw him coming.
Besides didn’t Mike Peca do almost the exact same thing to a player earlier this year as well? (I forget who it was), but the guy was carried out on a strecher…
As for Tucker…once again clean. Mike carries out those types of hits all the time. There harsh, but clean.
It really sucks as that Jonnson is out and maybe Peca (as a Leaf fan, I know all about injuries). I wouldn’t count the Isle’s out at all though.
Anyway what’s your opinion…and I know there are a lot of Leaf haters on this site, but please try and remain as unbias as possible.
Now the only mystery left in the Flyers season is how the Philadelphia Daily News will sum up the season. Many weary Philadelphians will drop their sixty cents tomorrow morning, glance at another tacky tabloid headline and skip to the Signe Wilkinson cartoon.