With the Wings getting Hasek, Dallas getting Turgeon. and St. Louis getting Weight, the Western Conference has experienced some big changes.
It has just been reported that Martin Straka of the Pittsburgh Penguins has been awarded a 2 yr./$7.2 million contract from the arbitrator handling his case. This is a pretty good baragin for the Pens considering Bill Guerin got $5.1 million. Robert Lang had his arbitration hearing yesterday, and Alexei Kovalev will have his within the next couple of days.
The Americans are holding their orientation camp in Colorado Springs September 4-7. Today, USA Hockey has publicly released their list of 37 invitees. There will be 5 goaltenders, 9 forwards and 9 defencemen competing for the remaining openings on the roster. Previously, 10 forwards and four d-men were guaranteed jerseys leaving just 3 openings in each position available.
Sweden has named 13 of its 23 players who will suit up for the Olympics in February 2002. In March they announced the first ten players, and those ten were joined today by three more. As the team starts to take shape, a serious contender is beginnning to emerge.
The New York Rangers have claimed defenseman Darren Van Impe off the waiver wire, it was announced Tuesday by Rangers general manager Glen Sather.
The New York Islanders are close to signing newly acquired restricted free agent Alexei Yashin to the richest contract in NHL history.
What will it be? I see the media criticize the Rangers when they sign a couple of big UFA’s, and now I see the media criticize the Rangers when they did not sign big UFA players. Well make up your mind, this is not normal. GM Glen Sather chose something new in Rangers history, and it is a tough gutsy move for him.
It’s time for another preview on the Eastern Conference, considering I didn’t agree with the last one done.
Titles of the six articles:
1: “Allison Rumors Still Swirl”
2: “Why Do Teams Want So Much?”
3: “Leafs Must Win This Season Or Risk Losing Face With Fans”
4: “How Do The Players Feel About Lindros??”
5: “LA Is So Close But Yet So Far”
6: “Senators Need a Centermen!”
All seems quiet now about the NHL, although many big names still seem to be lurking in the background. One of those big names is one we have all heard before, Eric Lindros. Sparing you any of the boring details that not need to be said because it is already common knowledge, Eric will not be back in Philadelphia, but will he be anywhere? And is he worth what it will take to get him there?
How does Jason Allison feel? Allison feels like Big Angry Al, and not so Super, so thanks for asking. The Rangers are in the middle of crossroads, which goalie should they get? Sergei Federov could loose his Red Angel Wings and could join Hell’s team in NJ, while Arnott and Allison could get their Wings. The things that are going on this summer are very interesting, too interesting to not talk about.
Articles’ titles are:
1. “Hawks Continue Their Re-signing Frenzy”
2. “2001-2002 Leafs”
3. “Question For Buffalo Sabers Fans?”