Latest Rumors from around the League…

Here are the latest rumors from around the league…

Waaahhhhhhh!

Okay, I was going to submit the next article in the CBA series, but I gotta say this –

Hey, Vancouver – “Buck up, ya Mary! Grow a spine and a sack!”

Detroit had a better case for boo-hooing when Foote smashed Stevie Y in the mouth, and it’s really sad when Wings fans have more class than you do….

Could Pronger Be Dealt By Deadline.

Over the past few weeks, a few names more then others have been mentioned in trades. We have all heard the Gonchar, or Wesley, Boughner even Smith and Brewer. But one name has recently come up and even if just a rumour would be the biggest name around. Chris Pronger.

Koivu and Ribeiro fight at morning practice

According to RDS.ca, Montreal Canadiens captains Saku Koivu and Mike Ribeiro got into an intense fight at the morning skate at the Bell center. The two of them shared a rivalry since the beginning of the season for the top center spot. That rivalry turned sour this morning.

The Monthy BJ's

Well after a few people saying how they loved Weekly BJ’s, I’ve decided to write a monthly version of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Come trade deadline, GM Doug MacLean might be busy unloading the couple of names he has.

Bondra a Sen!

The Ottawa Senators have aquired RW Peter Bondra from the Washington Capitals in exchange for center Brooks Laich and a second-round selection in the 2005 Entry Draft.

Giving Him A Little Exposure…

The Carolina Hurricanes announced that they recalled veteran goaltender Arturs Irbe from the minors.

According to Jim Rutherford, team GM, he is expected to play within a week from now.

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Team USA Projected Roster

OK in the spirit of the article about the Canadian team’s projected roster I have prepared what I think will be the US roster that will defend our World Cup Title. 20 Skaters and 3 goalies.

CASE STUDY: One of the things wrong with the NHL

Talk about Deja Vu. I saw this story on TSN.ca and it immediately struck me as something that was very wrong with the NHL that could be easily fixed. I picked out some quotes from both parties and will offer my opinion at the end.

A few minor deals

TSN. ca reprts the following

Shayne Corson is a Star pending the results of a physical to be taken today.

The Stars also traded Steve Gainey to the Flyers for Mike Siklenka (both AHLers)

Forecast of Team Canada 2004 Line-up

To start off the rumors about who will be on the Team Canada, let me tell you a few needed facts. Each team needs to have 23 players (20 skaters, and 3 goalies), and each team must also have atleast 3 players under 22 on their roster. I’m guessing there will be 12 forwards, and 7 defensemen.

Could the Buffalo Sabres be Buyers come Trade Deadline?

The Buffalo Sabres are in 9th place in the Eastern Conference. After a most impressive 7-2 victory against Atlanta, the Sabres have 60 points, while the 8th place New York Islanders have 64.

Preds trade for Steve Sullivan

During the Predators broadcast:

Nashville has officially aquired Steve Sullivan from the Chicago Blackhawks for 2 future Second round draft picks.

Roenick's career Maybe over after 9 Concussions ?

Lance hornby of Sun Media reports After predictions he would be back in a few weeks, Jeremy Roenick is now considering retirement.

Should Habs go after a new D?

At the end of HNIC on Saturday night, Ron McLean suggested Gainey may be going after one of:

Bryan Berard

Sean Hill

Sergei Gonchar

Caps – Leafs Deal Set to go Down

This rumor has been posted on Spector’s and was apparently suggested by Bob Mackenzie during an interview on a Washington radio station.

The deal that has been suggested by Mackenzie is Lang, Gonchar and Whitfield to the Leafs for prospects Pierre Hedin, Kyle Wellwood, along with Nik Antropov and Tomas Kaberle.

Goalie Bonanza?

Over the past few weeks, there have been many talks about goalies packing their bags and going somewhere else but so far only one trade has gone down (Sean Burke for Mike Comrie). From my perspective the Flyers aren’t that much better between the pipes than they were before, it is an improvement, but we’ll have to see how deep they can go into the playoffs.

Could the Rangers actually Rebuild?

The Rangers the team who used to buy them up on the deadline may be Shipping them all out come deadline time.

Now it never happens…. But this Rumor has never been rumored before for the Rangers who have missed the playoffs for what will be a 7th time…… And As a die hard Ranger fan, all I can say is, It’s about time.

People Who could be shipped out around the league are as follow.

Real toughness; Do the Senators get it?

OK I am Leafs fan so I will try to not turn this into a Senator’s bashing session.

I have to wonder though, does Ottawa get it?

Conspiracy and a few Stray Thoughts

Let’s jump right in.

Are *all * the NHL injuries, especially to veterans as serious as they seem? I have to wonder sometimes if teams don’t just want guys to have a little extra time off. Maybe this is a ridiculous idea but you have to wonder if teams didn’t notice the Forsberg effect of sitting all year then ripping it up in the playoffs. I’ll be on the lookout for players with mysterious injuries in the next couple months… obviously this is NOT about the JR’s of the world who truly are injured. Good luck to JR by the way for a speedy recovery. The League could use more of his type.