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I know this is “Hockey Trade Rumors”, but all this verbatim reporting of musings that can be found elsewhere are, frankly, boring the teats off of me. It’s not even worth the effort for me to torment anyone…..
By BRUCE GARRIOCH — Ottawa Sun
Discussions have reached the critical stage between the Senators and unrestricted free-agent centre Bryan Smolinski.
Trade rumours surrounding the future of Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin are starting to heat up again.
General Managers always try to make the best decision for their hockey team right???? Well here are some of the biggest WRONG decisions when it comes to the first overall pick and who the general managers decided to draft!!!!
BOSTON (CP) — Defenceman Don Sweeney, who has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Bruins, is not being offered a new playing contract by the team, says agent Mark Witkin.
By Al Morganti
Special to ESPN.com
The Summer of 2003 is going to be one of the most challenging for National Hockey League executives. Unsure of what looms on the labor front after next season, the people who count the money in the team offices are going to have to trust their instincts.
This is not in my words but written by Darren Ford of Winnipeg. You can find all of this information on his website at http://jetsowner.com
Mr. Ford is trying desparately to get an NHL team back in Winnipeg. Being from Winnipeg, I sincerely hope that he succeeds.
Straight from Palm Beach Post :
Rick Dudley’s record is perfect, and chances are it will stay that way.
Twice the Panthers’ general manager has had the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft, and twice he has traded it. And by the time Commissioner Gary Bettman steps to the podium at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville on Saturday, it’s a good bet Dudley will have gone 3-for-3.
Ok, here’s the deal. Over the summer, there is going to be a great tournament. A grudge match, if you will, between the best teams of the 1980′s and the best teams of the 1990′s (a time machine will make this possible, work with me ppl).
Of course this is just a rumor, but the word around the Sabres is they very interested in signing local boy Todd Marchant. Todd Marchant mentioned Buffalo as one place he would like to go as a free agent over the summer. He’s always played well against the Sabres, and it’s been a dream of his to play as a Sabre. Marchant would provide great depth and leadership skills in a mostly young locker room. He is a possible candidate for team captain as well. Just the news of his signing with the team would sell tickets simply because he’s from Buffalo, his production would also sell alot of tickets. His role as a defensive centerman would free up Curtis Brown from his defensive role and allow him to concentrate more on offense. Marchant is also an excellent penalty killer and good faceoff man. He could garner offers up to 3 million over the summer. I would expect the Sabres to offer him a figure around that.
It is likely that Vaclav Prospal has played his last game in Tampa, reports the Tampa Tribune.
The rangers have got a ton of talent, but they don’t have a true first or second line left winger. I realize that these guys are professionals and expected to adapt but it is a simple fact that guys feel natural at different spots, and the Rangers don’t have any left wingers.
As the resident “non-hockey, thinks-he’s-so-clever” denizen of this site, it is my sworn duty to ask these questions:
Now that the 2002-03 season is in the history books, now is the time of year when every team in the league looks to improve itself via free agency. With a little over two weeks to go until what is usually a free-for-all, here is the list of potential unrestricted free agents that will be in the league’s summer flea market.
Larry Robinson has told the media, tsn.ca and www.newyorkdailynews.com, that he will talk to Sather about the Head Coaching job, but under circumstances.
I saw this on Fox Sports News in Detroit tonight:
Apparently, when a Detroit front-office exec was asked about the progress of the free agent signings the exec stated that Yzerman would have to take a paycut in order sign Fedorov and McCarty. They simply don’t have the funds to sign all three of them at their asking prices.
According to a report sportsnet.ca, Luc Robitaille is supposed to sign a one year contract with the LA kings by the end of the week.
Luc Robitaille began his career with the Kings 18 years ago, and will end it there as well it appears. This will be his 3rd stint with the Kings, but has always had his best years there.
Is this a good move by the Kings once its done? Will Fedorov join Luc on the west coast? What do you guys think?
The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed Craig MacTavish to coach again next season for the team.
All of you guys seem, like many of us, to be confused by what the Penguins are doing. I can understand why you feel that way, but the Penguins are doing the best they can with what they have.