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Before the puck was dropped in New York City, a game between the Flyers against the Rangers, Flyers GM Bobby Clarke was interviewed by MSGNetwork’s Al Troutwig.
He’s got a nice set of fake teeth, and here is what I heard:
The Fourth Period – A well-placed source who spoke with TFP on the condition of anonymity has said that the Colorado Avalanche are close to acquiring center Brian Smolinski from the Los Angeles Kings.
The Fourth Period – According to espn’s Darren Pang one goalie that the St. Louis Blues are interested in that not many people are considering is Edmonton Oiler Tommy Salo. The Blues, although having received solid goaltending from call-up Curtis Sanford the last four games, are still on the lookout for a number one netminder to lead them into the playoffs.
The Fourth Period – Rumors in Toronto and Carolina yesterday had Glen Wesley on his way to Toronto and possibly playing as early as Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre. Well Wesley is not a Leaf, at least not yet.
The Fourth Period – The Pittsburgh Penguins have been entertaining offers for a number of their roster players. Teams have shown interest in the likes of Martin Straka, Ville Nieminen, Jan Hrdina, Michal Rozsival and Johan Hedberg. Reports indicate that a deal or two is a solid possibility in Pittsburgh, but TFP has learned that a specific two aren’t going anywhere.
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I’ll be updating everyone with rumors on every playoff spotted team, and what I believe they will do at the Trade Deadline….
It’s that time of the year folks! Who’s going to buy, and who’s going to sell? Some believe that there won’t be much movement this year. And that’s what we said last year, and there wasn’t. But there was that one deal that came directly out of the blue(Nieuwendyk and Lagenbruner for Arnott and McKay). And you know it’s going to happen again this year, it’s just like christmas, you know something good’s going to happen, but you don’t know what it will be.
Fan 590 Radio in Toronto reported (hypothesized?) this morning, the possibility of a Lindros-to-Toronto trade.
WFAN in New York last night reported the Islanders and Sabres have agreed in principal on a deal that would have Brad Isbister and either a prospect or a high pick going to Buffalo for Mirolslav Satan. TFP has put the same rumor on its website.
TSN.ca and sportsnet.ca have both reported that the speculated deal with the San Jose Sharks has finally Gone through.
To Toronto: Owen Nolan
To San Jose: Alan McCauley, Brad Boyes and a first round pick.
See stories here
Boston report says Ftorek fired
TFP Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 05, 2003
The Fourth Period –
Radio station 1510 The Zone in Boston quoted a source as saying that Boston Bruins head coach Robbie Ftorek will be fired as soon as tomorrow and will be replaced by general manager Mike O’Connell. Assistant coach Jim Hughes will also be fired, but assistant coach Wayne Cashman will be retained. Mike Sullivan, currently the head coach of the Bruins’ Providence affiliate will join the the big club as an assistant as well the source said
A TFP source contacted O’Connell who vehemently denied the report and guaranteed that Ftorek would be behind the bench for tomorrow night’s game at home against the New York Islanders.
TFP was the first to report that O’Connell had spoken to former Bruin Ray Bourque about becoming the coach of the Bruins. Although TFP has not received official confirmation of Bourque declining the offer, it appears as though he has, at least for now. There were also reports that O’Connell had offered the job to current broadcaster and former coach of the year Jacques Demers, a report that Demers denied.
Brad Isbister was benched and will be a healthy scratch.
* Has André Savard made an offer for Nolan??? *
* Georges Larque Available? *
* Wings willing to include Zetterberg or Datsyuk in a deal? *
* What the hell was A.Savard looking at on the last trip?? *
Who does Slats really want from the Flames?
Iginla on his way to Philly? (again)
The Blue Jackets ready to deal?
I know…it’s been awhile; but I’ve been busy with schoolwork so I haven’t had time for articles lately. Rest assured, though, that I’m still alive and well, though excuse me if I get a few details wrong…I’ve been out of the loop for a while.
Anyway, this week’s hits:
No “sure bets” on Deadline Day
Alfredsson defers cheques…and warms hearts
On the radar screen: Sergei and Anna, the Nashville Predators and their season ticket base, Lost Causes, Hull, the NHL and losing, and a lot more
Stan “The Maven” Fischler, from FSNY/MSGNetwork, writes some interesting stuff from around the NHL.
Will the NHL really consider shootout? ESPN Loved it!
Chris Drury appears to be the odd man out.
Alexei Yashin not a good 1st line player, not a good 2nd line player, not a good 3rd line player and not a good 4th line player. What good is he?
Richter could still make it, he loves the game too much.
O’Connel to go a la Glen Sather behind the bench!?
An awesome game that could happen next season between the Edmonton Oilers, and New York Rangers with an attendance of 40,000 FANS!!!!! GREAT IDEA!!!!!!!!
According to the 24-hour sports radio station The TEAM 990 in Montreal and RDS.CA there is speculation that Robbie Ftorek will be let go very soon.
Mario Lemieux is the only untouchable on the Pittsburgh Penguins roster, and that’s only because he’s the owner reports Dave Molinari in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Other Penguins including forwards Martin Straka, and Jan Hrdina and goalie Johan Hederg could certainly be moved before March 11th says Molinari.
Maybe it’s Mike Keenan that the Rangers have been missing the last few years.?.?.
The Fourth Period – Everyone knows the teams that are rumored to be likely to make the most noise before the trade deadline. Philadelphia, Detroit, Colorado, Toronto, Nashville…that’s right, Nashville. The Predators added Oleg Petrov from Montreal and GM David Poile is hinting there may be more to come.
“I think the way things are going for us, our club is definitely not going to be a seller at the [March 11] trade deadline. I’ll certainly be canvassing teams that are out there that have forwards available,” Poile told the Tennessean. With injuries to Andreas Johansson and David Legwand rumors are surfacing that Poile is interested in Buffalo’s Chris Gratton.
It is unclear as to whether the Sabres will trade any any of their better players before the deadline considering their ownership situation. But if Tom Golisano is very close to becoming the Sabres next owner, as some insiders suggest, its possible that the NHL office could consult him before giving the okay to a deal involving Gratton. Gratton will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, giving Buffalo the right to match any offer he receives from another team.