MVP Profile: Peter the Great

The legend of the prospect once traded for the 8th time concussed Eric Lindros continues to surge. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the MVP of the 2003-2004 NHL Season: Peter Forsberg.

The Avalanche’s record with Forsberg in the lineup this year is 18-5-1-2 (18-7-1 in my book). That’s a 69% winning percentage when Forsberg has played thus far as opposed to 11-6-8-1 without him (or a 42% winning percentage).

The Dilemma in Ottawa

Last nights game was a huge litmus test for both the leafs and the sens. Along with the fight for first place for the foreseeable future anyway, the leafs needed this win after a trouncing at the hands of Ottawa last time. (Granted too many players were out of the game to call it a fair match up) And Ottawa needed this game to continue to flex their muscles in the east.

Best Trade Deadline Ever?

It looks as if more and more teams are trying to get younger and younger. There are now only a handful of teams that can seriously go out shopping for great veteran players. These teams are Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, New Jersey, NYR, Philly and Toronto.

The Flyers Playoff Goalie Solution

Ok, before i bore you to death, the answer is already playing for the team. His name is Robert Esche. You may disagree, but he has just as good a chance of succeeding (or a greater chance) than any goalies the flyers could acquire before the trade deadline.

Midseason NHL Awards

The mathematical halfway point of the NHL schedule has passed making this a good time to hand out some midseason awards.

HART TROPHY (most valuable player): Martin Brodeur, New Jersey. The Devils don’t score much, but they don’t have to with Brodeur in the crease. He leads the NHL in several goaltending categories and has played in all but two of New Jersey’s 39 games.

Trade Rumors, Some Other Interesting Things ***Updated***

Well, all is in the past and history. Good to check out trade rumors again, hockey news, stuff like that.

Anyway, trade rumors to talk about, and March 9 is not all too far away. The closer we get, the more heat rises in rumors.

Reading the submitted news today, I came across two interesting posts sent by HTR members. One a question, the other one concerns of two Canadian media-men taking some verbal jabs at each other.

A short discussion on my view of the NHL. And, that’s way too much disrespect in the NHL.

And the last part of this…….will be going back to trade discussions and what I think some teams need. Would like to see you disagree or agree, and give your opinion as well.

Should Lindros Retire???

Is Eight Enough? For New York Rangers forward Eric Lindros, eight documented concussions should be more than enough for him to seriously consider taking himself off the ice for good.

Zhamnov closer to Vancouver??

According to ”The Team 1040” the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks would be the front-runners in the Alexei Zhamnov derby. Vancouver would have offered couple of players for the Chicago Blackhawks center…

No Government Cheese

Okay, there’s no way this will get published, because I don’t have blackmail pictures of the admins, and I’m not overtly trying to “suck up” to them to get any “power” for myself. But I will feel better for having written it. Here goes:

Well, slap my wrist and call me duly chastised

Associated Press and Lexis / Nexis report:

The NHL has fined Washington Capitals owner Ted Leonsis $100,000.00 (U.S. currency) for his actions involving disgruntled fan Jason Hammer (go Hammer; go Hammer – U Can’t Touch This!) last Sunday night following yet another Caps home loss.

Devils look to the Hurricane

The New Jersey Devils are rumored to be talking to the Carolina Hurricanes for the next big trade. Rod Brind’amour is the player the Devils have their eye on right now.

Pens send down Fleury

Marc-Andre Fleury’s stay in the NHL is over after half a season.

Latest Rumors from around the League…

Here are the latest rumors that are circling around the league….

Thrash Talk: MVP goes to the training staff

I had planned on making this a short article. For those of you that know me, you know that wasn’t very likely. But I will at least keep the opening short for once. Let’s begin, shall we?

Should Ottawa be setting their sites for a goaltender???

Many people believe that what the senators need to win the cup is to get a little tougher and, from recent rumours about Bondra, add one more talented forward.

I’ll admit watching Ottawa play is a treat. They have so many players that can burn you and the defense looks solid. (Chara moves so well for a big guy.)

The Importance of a good Stay-At-Home Defenseman

It’s vital for a National Hockey League team to have a couple of good stay-at-home defenseman in their lineup.

A stay-at-home defenseman is a d-man who has a defense first attitude, will rarely join an offensive rush, and does not pinch in the offensive zone. These are the guys you don’t see scoring too many points, but can hold together a defensive unit and get a team to the playoffs.

Lindros Suffers Concussion

As he was skating closely along the boards with the puck, Lindros lost the possession a bit and reached forward to regain possession of the puck when Capitals defenseman Jason Doig purposely set himself up to knock Lindros out. Good job Mr. Doig, a very clean hit, but your sick thoughts of purpose and intention by setting yourself up knowing it was Big E, just proves to the NHL that you are a cheap shot artist.

However, Lindros did not gow down. He got back up quite quickly wanting to charge at Jason Doig. Next shift when both players meet again, Lindros charged Doig by dropping his gloves and fought with the defenseman, though no serious punches thrown. At the end of the period, Lindros showed a dazed expression and did not return in the 3rd period.

The severity of this is unknown, but either it was not too severe since Lindros fought Doig after the hit or Eric Lindros is just a bull.

Get well soon Eric.

p.s. Washington committed over 10 holding and hooking actions, almost none of the obvious ones were called. Yes, referees do suck. My view on the current Rangers status coming up shortly.

The Hawks Won't Make The Playoffs… Zhamnov Will.

According to Chicago Blackhawks GM Bob Pulford, Alexei Zhamnov WILL be traded by the Hawks come the Trade Deadline.

DUDLEY EYES TOP ''D''

As repoted by TSN the Florida Panthers are looking to dip into the trading market for a top 4 defencemen.Florida has struggled this season but sit 3rd in the Southeast division.Injuries have plagued the Panthers defence this season as Jay Bouwmeester,Mike Van Ryn and Branislav Mezei are all sidelined.

Habs and Canes to trade ?

During the TEAM 990 post game show following the Habs/Leafs contest, it was suggested that Bob Gainey seems to have interest in Carolina forward Jeff O’Neil.

Without a doubt, he is looking to add a player of that style.