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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.
Martin Brodeur’s Stanley Cup winning and historical playoff performance wasn’t enough to win him the Conn Smyth trophy.
Was it a Conn job for the NHL to enhance the sale value for one of its “available” teams by awarding the MVP to the second best goalie in the playoffs?
Below is an article I found on the subject.
Please review the essay and debate the issue.
The Maple Leafs lost their best defenceman from the regular season when Robert Svehla confirmed that he intends to remain retired.
The NYPost, and TSN.ca, reports that center Eric Lindros has exercised his player option, and will most likely play next season with the team.
Penguins to name Ed Olczyk head coach
Wednesday, June 11, 2003
By Dejan Kovacevic, Post-Gazette Sports Writer
The Penguins will name Ed Olczyk their new head coach in a news conference at noon today at Mellon Arena.
Olczyk, 36, has been a broadcaster with the Penguins’ network for three years after a 16-season NHL career with the Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. He has no coaching experience.
The Blues management finally realized that they cannot rely on Brent Johnson for a Stanley Cup and signed upcoming UFA Chris Osgood, who was dealt to the Blues at the May trade deadline. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
The Penguins are trying to trade Martin Straka, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Things that need to get higher…
1. Britney Spears jeans.. I know what you’re thinking. What !!! Who doesn’t love that little dime slot butt crack look when you see her on TV or from at least 300 ft (so says the restraining order) away. But the consequences are this: every girl in America will try and duplicate that look. Head down to Costco one afternoon and try to imagine some of those gals lifting the 100lb vat of Hagen Daaz into their carts showing a little “cleavage” with their low riders. Yep. Should I pass you one or two flaming sticks to poke out your eyes with.
2. The calorie count of a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Have you seen these things. they’re like jelly filled orgasms. Of course too many of them and you may explode. They should serve those things with a defibulator or a syringe of insulin.
3. The NHL TV Ratings.
This is the kind of draft that teams build their future on, as many scouts and staff members of teams’ player personelles have said. This is a deep draft, a lot of talent with future players that will help teams succeed in the future. You have any clue on this year’s drafees? Do not worry, we have so many great fans here that know enough about this year’s prospects who can fill you in with good information.
Here are three articles sent in various members, regarding the Entry Draft. Please, do post a question on here if you need some feedback on a certain prospect that interests you. Or, comment on what your team, and/or others as well, needs to pick in this year’s draft. A mock draft has been published by CNN-Sports Illustrated, which should give you a good idea on some prospects. And, there is a pretty interesting draft article sent it, the kind that will make some fans look up information.
Flyers LW John LeClair has agreed to waive his no trade clause, and he has also given the 4 teams of where he’d like to play.
KKFN (AM950 “The Fan”) in Denver is reporting that, in the event of a lockout in 2004, both Joe Sakic and Rob Blake will still receive paychecks in excess of two million dollars apiece.
Apparently, both players have clauses written into their contracts guaranteeing that they will still receive pro-rated signing bonuses and payments of that ilk, even in the event of a work stoppage.
Makes you wonder how many other agents thought that far ahead, eh?
Striaghtforward hockey reporting – how’d I do, coach?
For their 3rd time in their history, the New Jersey Devils won the Finals of the Lucky Bounce, also known as the Stanley Cup. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who was booed by the classless Devils fans, won the Conn Smyth Trophy. A former Mike Milbury pick in Mike Rupp (drafted 1st round by Milbury, left unsigned, re-entered draft and picked by the Devils in a 3rd round) scored the Cup winner with a nice deflection. Congratulations to the New Jersey Devils and their future parade which will be held at the Continental Airlines Arena parking lot surrounded by highways, near the airport where fans will smell the fresh air.
It is now official, however, that the 2002-2003 season is over. No more skating, no more goals, saves, and nothing to watch on TV. It is time to move on to the off-season rumors. During the Entry Draft we will have special coverage working with McKeen’sHockey.com. Coaching rumors, more trade rumors come draft day, and the “where will they sign?” rumors will continue, so stay tuned!
As I write this, it’s 10 hours until Game 7 of the Cup-deciding game. Yet there’s scarcely a mention of it to be found here. As was pointed out to me once, this is, after all, “hockeytraderumors.com”. But I think some people take this appelation WAY too literally.
Yes, the source of this is Larry Brooks who in my opinion hates the Islanders organization for their success and the Rangers failures, but I think he actually might be on to something with this tidbit. Other sources including Alan Hahn of Newsday have talked about player movement this summer and the possibility of trading Peca. As a season ticket holder of the Isles, if what Larry Brooks says is true, I will not be renewing my plan. It is an obvious attempt to see what Milbury can do on a limited budget compared to Ottawa and Minnesota who went further into the playoffs with less $$$ given. Once again, the Isles might be stuck with ownership who is tired of losing games and money and decides to dump salary to at least break even. It doesn’t help that the price of Computer Associate shares have dropped making the 2 Isles owners a lot less rich then they were when they bought the team 3 years ago. Here is the article.