Around The League – Halloween Edition

I know I haven’t been the most consistent contributor to this site in recent months, but the witching hour is almost upon us, and my return from the underworld is long past due. It has been, to say the least, an interesting first couple of weeks to this NHL season. Some happenings border on the bizzare, so what better time to discuss than now?

What's Brewing in the CUJO Kettle?

Rumors/speculation/news on the future of extra goaltender Curtis Joseph have been incredibly sparse, leading one to believe that no one is interested in the $16-million man or that something is brewing in Ken Hollands office.

Pop Quiz #2

Books closed, pencils ready….

The Wild and Gaborik Far Apart

(originally by dishmunky. I made a mistake posting the original so I am re-posting this)

TSN.ca is reporting that holdout Marian Gaborik and the Minnesota Wild are “far apart” in contract talks and “not even close”.

This is coming just days after the rumor that a deal will be struck within 48 hours.

Also, the Wild have signed Pascal Dupuis yesterday to a three year, 2.5 million dollar contract.

Experts Rumor Update: Berard To Sign With Nucks…. Guerin To Leafs?

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The Canucks are reported to be the front-runners to sign unrestricted free-agent Bryan Berard,

While the Leafs are said to be in talks to acquire Bill Guerin and a vetran defenseman….

MantaRay Power Rankings 10/26/03

Welcome to the first weeks installment of the MantaRay Power Rankings.

Kariya may play next week, Konowalchuk deal long planned

The Avs did not place LW Paul Kariya on injured reserve. His wrist is not injured to the extent previously thought. He could be back in the line up within a week.

NHL News

Avalanche LW Paul Kariya is out indefinitely with a wrist injury, reports tsn.ca.

The Capitals have also traded their Captain Steve Konowalchuk to the Avalanche for 3rd line grinder Bates Battaglia and rights to Jonas Johansson, reports tsn.ca.

The Flyers signed badd attitude Steve Webb and tried to move him to the minor leagues, but the Penguins interfered and claimed Steve Webb off of waivers.

Flyers forward Simon Gagne has a rotator cuff injury. Bad signs for the Flyers since it could result in a long-term injury.

Lightning Posts

Tampa Bay is on pace to win all 82 regular season games. While it is possible they will lose a game or two along the way, it is worthwhile to keep everyone up to speed on Florida’s favorite (or second favorite) hockey team. With that in mind, I present a new bi-weekly feature ‘Lightning Posts.’

Rocks Rumors: Trades a Brewin' & Dafoe on the Block?

According to thefourthperiod.com, several sources have reported that the New York Islanders and the Calgary Flames are working out a trade.