Blake Out With Fractured Leg

The Colorado Avalanche will be without All-Star defenseman Rob Blake for an indefinite time period. It was announced that Blake has suffered a hairline fracture in his left leg.

News From All-Around The League…

Check out the latest NHL news… Just a little something to stir up some opinions.

Aren't You Glad No One Wanted Him??

Looks like Curtis Joseph will stay in Detroit after all…

The Real Legendary NHL Team

At the 2004 All-Star game in St. Paul on Sunday, they named the NHL Legendary All-Star Team, which consisted of Wayne Gretzky centering Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull, a Bobby Orr – Ray Bourque defensive pairing, and Patrick Roy in the net. When you think of the all-time line, this is really a fine choice. However, last time I checked, a team is made up of twenty guys, not six.

It's Official – Burke is Headed back to Philadelphia

According to and the team’s official website, the Sean Burke trade to the Flyers has indeed happened.

The old hand in the nets out west, Burke returns to Philadelphia along with young wingers Branko Radivojevic and Ben Eager in exchange for Mike Comrie.

Thoughts on the *AHL* All-Star Skills Competition…

I never had any intention of doing an AHL version of this and then FoxSports Detroit went and replayed the Skills Competition for the AHL All-Stars late last night and I found myself devouring it as well. This is fun because you get to see a lot of upcoming NHL prospects for the first time and judge them for yourself.

(By the way, the actual All-Star Game is to be held tonight at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI).

And so here we go, here are some of my thoughts upon seeing the AHL All-Star Skills Competition:

Flyers Trade…. Nope, Not The One You Think Of!

Bobby Clarke traded today defensemen Eric Weinrich to the St.Louis Blues in exchange for a 5th round pick in the 2004 draft…

St. Louis is in a dark cave, and can't get out

The sad thing about the St. Louis situation is most of the fans here in St. Louis knew that this would be a hard season. But we had no idea…

Rick Jackman Available

Leafs Defensman Rick Jackman wants to play in Toronto but after dressing in the first 16 games of the season he has only dressed in 13 of the teams past 39 games and he is growing frustraded.

Net Gain

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired goalie Sean Burke from the Phoenix Coyotes, ESPN’s John Buccigross has learned.

Thoughts on Watching the YoungStars/Skills Competition…

Well tonight (Saturday night) was the YoungStars game and the Skills Competition. While a lot of people bash these events as boring, I enjoy watching them because you get a chance to examine players you wouldn’t normally get a chance to see play very much. And as such, you also see things you wouldn’t normally see.

Here are some of my thoughts…

(Note: This is not a recap, this is a collection of thoughts that are probably more-enlightening to someone who watched the events already)…

Bruins Growling….Is Anyone Listening?

Is it just me or has everyone totally disregarded the push that the B’s have been making the past few weeks….

Burke Soon to Be Gone?! is reporting that Coyotes’ goalie Sean Burke may be traded as soon as Monday. General Manager Mike Barnett has denied this, but admitted that Burke has been the cornerstone of many trade talks this past week.

Poor Times For Pucks In Pittsburgh

Joe LaPointe of the New York Times writes in Thursday’s Sports section, “To see their Penguins play Tampa Bay on a slushy winter night last week, the hockey fans of Pittsburgh took an upward trek on a slippery slope of their hilly city. At the top stood the round-roofed Mellon Arena, also known as the Igloo, an appropriate nickname on a day filled with snow, sleet and freezing rain.


I thought with the release of the motion picture “Miracle”, this would be the ideal time to introduce begin a discussion that creeps into HTR from time to time. What was more important to hockey, “The Summit Series” or the “Miracle on Ice”?

Sens/Leafs Rivalry. Is it the best in hockey?

In this day and age of 30 teams great rivalries are few and far between. Gone are the days of the brutel battles of the flyers and islanders, or the Habs and Bruins, or the Habs and Nords, or the Leafs and Red Wings. There are just too many teams in too many places to get a real hatred on for an opposing team.

Cherry Must Go?

Well if you live in Canada I’m sure you’ve all heard about how the federal government is investigating on-air comments about francophones made by Don Cherry on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada.

Let the Excuses Begin

Well for those who saw the Leafs/Sens game on Thursday night you were probably witness to one of the most wackiest games of the season.

This game was exhausting to watch. Leafs fans were furious at their team in the first and middle of the second. And of course the Sens fans must be furious with the teams inability to hang on to a lead once again.

Flyers Have A New Goalie…..

The Flyers have announced that Goalie Propect Antero Niittymaki will make his 1st NHL start tonight against Washington. If he performs well he will start at Atlanta tomorrow.

Breaking down the playoff race

As we all know, there are no less than 5 teams in contention for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, and there is a constant power struggle within the top 8 teams. Let’s finally make sense of the muddled picture and figure out where each team will land:

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