Once Again the Media Acts as GM

Hello hockey fans! Isn’t it a joyous month of July? Things got exciting for two straight weeks, my country won the World Cup and some good changes happening in the NHL.

Yet, it seems media people get a bit mental and start shooting out ideas as rumors with “sources”.Let’s get straight to the point. I am not going to shoot the messenger, in this case HTR member pilourse, but I am really getting annoyed with the media’s speculation.

Let’s start with the Florida Panthers rumors. Yes, they are most likely looking for a goalie. Yes, they got pretty solid depth on defense. No, they won’t be trading Jay Bouwmeester for Martin Biron.

First of all, why would any team trade their top young defenseman, who scored a point a game in his last 30 games played and who is starting to have an impact, for a goalie who has been a back-up all season long and is not too young either. Why?

I mean, don’t these people think? I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of a trade for Biron happening, and maybe Jay Bo is involved, but not like that. If Jay is going to Buffalo, Biron is not the only one coming to Florida. And, why make such a trade only to see a possibility that Auld gets to be a better starter? Why trade an 82 game defenseman for an approximately 25….23 game goaltender? Or even 41 games if duties are split.

Aebischer is a decent starter and lost his job to a back-up goalie in Montreal, who may start headbutting if anyone insults him. The guy is not as talented as Biron, so how would it make any sense? Maybe Souray and Aebischer for Bouwmeester? If Souray was guaranteed to play 80 games, maybe but unlikely. Again, where’s the thought put into this?

Also, why do i keep reading the names of Biron, Aebsicher, and Belfour? Whatever happened to Giguere, Nabokov, Toskala, and Legace?

Once again, the Toronto media can’t get enough players to be added on the Leafs. These guys love to ask questions to Ontario natives in hopes to hear the same old “I’d like to play for Toronto” answers. Michael Peca answered it, and the media is desperately waiting for JFJ to sign him. If I was JFJ I’d say….”Welll…….I’m not gonna, ha.” ENOUGH already! Let the poor man live in peace! If he wanted Peca, he would have signed him. If he doesn’t like what Lindros and Allison are asking, then he’ll sign him, maybe. But for now, the guy is also trying to enjoy the summer.

Another radio station goes nucking futs! The Montreal radio station CJAD mentioned the trade between Buffalo and Detroit. Yes. It makes perfect sense for the Sabres to trade their top scorer last season, a quality goalie, and a draft pick for an expensive 35-year-old center in Lang and a smallish defenseman who should turn out to be pretty good, but no guarantee.

The Hartford Courrant ran an interesting article yesterday that ended with speculation that the Rangers would trade top goalie prospect Al Montoya to the Red Wings for what the French say……”i dono`whot”. Let’s get real, please. For once, can the media just think realistic? The Red Wings have Jimmy Howard as their top goalie prospects and still have Stefan Liv. Yes people, the Red Wings are in desperate need to trade for another goalie prospect, or else….. they are doomed. I doubt the Rangers are dangling Montoya around, and if that would be true then I’d expect it to be quite a big deal. Who on Detroit would make it quite a big deal? Hmm…. yeah.

Anyway, enough with the media bashing. But, it just goes to show how lame the media can get. For example, I loved how three different Toronto news papers had completely different reports on Lindros, Allison, and Peca. Just goes to show how reliable their sources are (….not). But anyway, enough and on with…

The New Jersey Devils. Los Diablitos diran adios a Gomez. Why? Because he will be acting as Pedro Sanchez in the next hit movie titled Napoleon Dynamite in Mexico. Could you imagine that? Napoleon living in Mexico.

Anyway, the Devils are pretty much over the cap and have yet to re-sign their two key forwards in Gionta and Gomez. After Marc Savard received $4M a season, you’d imagine that would be the very least Gomez would get. So what’s to happen? He’s got to go. I can’t think of any other options for the little Devils. A most likely destination is Chicago, and maybe the LA Kings would give it a go. Not like the Devils have much power in negotiations as they have no choice but to rid of themselves of Gomez. Devils in shambles for this upcoming season? Could be a possibility.

Another rumor being spread is the idea of Brian Leetch coming back as a Ranger. There was a confusion over what would happen with Ozolinsh, and it appears that he is staying, but he will be on recovery until December. With the addition of Matt Cullen, Aaron Ward, and Brendan Shanahan, the Rangers undoubtedly are looking to give their team a more North American look to come up big in the playoffs. Brian Leetch could block guys like Liffiton, Pock, or Baranka (Marc Staal won’t be ready yet), but he could be very useful for the Rangers.

Personally, I’d welcome the guy back. Once a Ranger, always a Ranger and Brian should finish off as a Blueshirt. This isn’t the same team anymore, different philosphy, mentality, and a new kind of talent that would suit Leetch just fine.

I would try to describe how beneficial this move would be to a Rangers fan, but a fellow Rangers fan already did that in a very well written article. Joe McDonald is the writer for NYSportsday.com, and he’s got some good points about Leetch and the Rangers.

Click Here To Read The Brian Leetch Story

My other point of view is if the Rangers end up signing Leetch, then Michal Rzosival would most likely be traded (rights) elsewhere, and although his numbers are misleading, he was solid overall and is good defensive depth to have. So far Rozsival’s asking price is just not good enough, it is believed he wants a tow-year deal worth $4M, and the guy didn’t even file for arbitration. Nevertheless, look for the Rangers to make a trade prior to the start of the season, and most likely after training camp/pre-season, due to their depth on defense.

Well hockey fans, we got about 83 days left for Game 1 of the 2006-2007 season. May seem long, but time will fly.

As always, thanks for reading….


Miguel Peroniguez