Minor Hockey week just finished up in Edmonton. Though I was only able to see one game at West Edmonton Mall, I read an amazing story that I wanted to share.
With injuries to Darius Kasparaitis, Greg DeVries, and Tom Poti, and with the Rangers playoff hopes once again hanging on by a thread, Glen Sather is finally looking to deal for a defenseman.
Through much doubt, early difficulties, and a large change in the locker-room (over the last 12 months), the Sharks have turned themselves around this year to proove that last season was mearly a fluke.
Time to drag out my favorite old “Strange Happenings” category again…..
I have a side bet with two people that this post will never see the light of day……..
You know, last week I wrote an article, and I had some strong opinions as to what I thought was going to happen in the next few weeks with this team. There were a few people that strongly disagreed with those opinions, and that’s fine too. I still believe that this Oiler team will bust out soon. The ONLY reason I still believe is because the schedule is about to get as easy as it can in this league up until the All-star break. 8 of the next 9 are at home. However, Dallas comes into the Drug store tonight on a roll, T-Bay on Thursday who seem to have things rolling again, then a rematch against the Preds on Saturday, which is a MUST win. Interesting times in Oiler land, plus, I want to let you all know about the latest in……Jets land.
So – the Avs won last night against the Lightning, in the type of game they were supposed to play all year according to the pundits (5-4 in overtime, on Hejduk’s 2nd successful penalty shot in a week) (!).
The Red Wings and Canucks both lost (insert muffled laughter here). This means the Avs and Wings are tied for the most points in the NHL.
PhiladelphiaFlyers.com reports that Flyer goalie Jeff Hackett is being treated for vertigo. Due to this and recent rash of injuries the Flyers have raide ther Farm system for healthy bodies. Will the Flyers make any trades , only time will tell. Attached is the article from thier offical web site.
According to TSN.ca, the Flyers would be shopping for a defensemen to replace injured Eric Desjardins.
According to Jim Rutherford himself, he expects to complete a deal as soon as today!
UPDATE: TSN reports that the Hurricanes have traded defensemen Danny Markov to the Flyers in exchange of forward Justin Williams
So, now it’s the NHL vs. Roenick. Big discussion on that and I definitely would like to see a lot of people sharing their view about this.
Tons of trade rumors circling around the NHL, and we’re also nearing February, who should go?
My response to a new member on HTR regarding Cujo and GM Ken Holland.
Scott Stevens, gone for quite a while? As I heard other hockey fans say, What Goes Around, Comes Around. Also, Martin Brodeur is the best goalie in the league, or is he? You must answer that.
A disaster up north at the Fleet Center, I suggest you read this one, great stuff because for those of you who did not see the game, you just missed a match-up of Thornton vs. Lindros fight. One left the game.
My off topic rant…. Annnnnnnnnd…….
….news about HTR’s Fantasy Hockey League site.
Igor Larionov, aka “The Professor,” has apparently fallen out of favor with Pat Burns in New Jersey.
Aside from being a healthy scratch recently, Igor was kicked out of a Devils practice (well, not kicked out exactly, but more or less told to leave). He has struggled in the Devils boring crap *er* TRAP system and has no goals this season.
Nowhere in the NHL rulebook does it say that women cannot play in the National Hockey League. It has always been just understood that women do not play with men when it comes to hockey. Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in the NHL on September twenty-third, 1992 for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Manon, sister of NHL forward Pascal Rheaume, did not do so good, giving up two goals in nine shots against the St. Louis Blues. Recently, Canadian Women’s Gold-Medal Winning Hockey team captain Hayley Wickenheiser joined the Finnish league in Europe. She came in with high expectations, but went down in flames. Can women really compete with men in hockey, or are these two instances just a fluke?
All of the following is from TSN.ca:
Florida Panthers General Manager Rick Dudley announced today that that defenceman Jay Bouwmeester would miss between two and six weeks with a fractured foot. The Panthers have recalled defenceman Lukas Krajicek from San Antonio (AHL) to help out on the blueline. Mean while….Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins will require surgery on a broken right forearm and is expected to be sidelined approximately eight weeks, the team announced Sunday. Desjardins suffered the injury in Saturday’s 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on an inadvertent body check from teammate Jeremy Roenick. Also, it get worse for the Coyotes as defenceman David Tanabe will be sidelined for at least three months after tearing a knee ligament and left-winger Tyson Nash will be out of the lineup for at least a week after spraining a knee.
Today New Jersey Devils Defensmen Scott Stevens announced he was out in definitely with “post concussion syndrome” This is a huge negative to for Devils how are having a rough time right now…..
After another loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers, what more can be expected of the Toronto Maple Leafs against the top ranked teams. The answer nothing! The Maple Leafs will go no where in the playoffs if they keep getting beat by the top teams. This must be changed.
According to the Winnipeg Sun, an NHL franchise would’ve recently contacted the municipal authorities of the city of Winnipeg regarding the possibility to move their team in the canadian city…
The Boston Bruins acquired today veteran defensemen Jiri Slegr from the Vancouver Canucks
Jeff O’Neill has struggled to find his goal scoring touch all year and now has wound up as one of the big names in the rumour mills and the trading block.
A very reliable source is telling me that Georges Laraque is headed to the Ottawa Senators as early as Saturday. Another source is saying that it is done that he’s headed to the Sens, they just are discussing who/what is coming back the other way.
The HTR Hockey Pool has been a blast so far and this is a reminder for those who wanted to make some changes to their team and make a run for the NHL JERSEY given to the winner at the end of the year.
Look inside to see who can still trade players and what is the exact Trade Deadline.