Oilers-hang on to a lead..please, also what about comrie

Did anyone catch the Oilers game on Sat vs the Red Wings? I just do not understand what is going on with Oilers, up two-nil after the first and then let in four goals in 5:17. I am not saying that it was any one-persons fault on the four goals, it just boggles the mind when a team with the Oilers’ capability can let leads slip away. It was the same thing in St.Louis where the Oil had total domination for the first 15 minutes of the game, came out 3-2 after the first, slept through the second and tried to comeback in the last 7 minutes of the third.

Best Players all time for their teams!

I just bought a magazine from Barnes & Noble that’s really fascinating reading. The Magazine is called “The Hockey News The Best of Everything in Hockey” And yes you guessed it, it is chock full of great lists involving the NHL. One of those lists involves the greatest players for each of their respective teams. Some are no brainers like Lemieux for the Pens…and some are a little more open to debate. So here’s the best ever according to THN, and my opinions on the selections…

Gaborik Gives In

According to espn.com Marian Gaborik has signed a 3 year/ 10M$ deal with the Minnesota Wild. A good sign for Minnesota, since they didn’t have to lose ground and offer 6 million dollars a year or upwards as was reported.

Ferguson talking trade with Dallas?

Al Stachan reports in a colomn in the Toronto Sun that the Dallas stars are once again (or still) trying to unload the large contract of Billy Guerin. It is speculated that they have been trying to work out a deal with the Maple Leafs involving Guerin and/or Defenseman Richard Matvichuck

Remember Him?

According to the Toronto Sun:

Karel Pilar is working out with the Maple Leafs on their five-game road trip despite being unsigned, according to the Toronto Sun. “One of these days there will be a try (with Pilar),” coach Pat Quinn said. “We still have to sign him. Two years ago we thought he was close to playing on a regular basis. We still have that decision in front of us. He has had medical clearance. What he’s looking to do is build up his physical strength.”

Around The League – Halloween Edition

I know I haven’t been the most consistent contributor to this site in recent months, but the witching hour is almost upon us, and my return from the underworld is long past due. It has been, to say the least, an interesting first couple of weeks to this NHL season. Some happenings border on the bizzare, so what better time to discuss than now?

What's Brewing in the CUJO Kettle?

Rumors/speculation/news on the future of extra goaltender Curtis Joseph have been incredibly sparse, leading one to believe that no one is interested in the $16-million man or that something is brewing in Ken Hollands office.

Pop Quiz #2

Books closed, pencils ready….

The Wild and Gaborik Far Apart

(originally by dishmunky. I made a mistake posting the original so I am re-posting this)

TSN.ca is reporting that holdout Marian Gaborik and the Minnesota Wild are “far apart” in contract talks and “not even close”.

This is coming just days after the rumor that a deal will be struck within 48 hours.

Also, the Wild have signed Pascal Dupuis yesterday to a three year, 2.5 million dollar contract.

Experts Rumor Update: Berard To Sign With Nucks…. Guerin To Leafs?

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The Canucks are reported to be the front-runners to sign unrestricted free-agent Bryan Berard,

While the Leafs are said to be in talks to acquire Bill Guerin and a vetran defenseman….

MantaRay Power Rankings 10/26/03

Welcome to the first weeks installment of the MantaRay Power Rankings.

Kariya may play next week, Konowalchuk deal long planned

The Avs did not place LW Paul Kariya on injured reserve. His wrist is not injured to the extent previously thought. He could be back in the line up within a week.

NHL News

Avalanche LW Paul Kariya is out indefinitely with a wrist injury, reports tsn.ca.

The Capitals have also traded their Captain Steve Konowalchuk to the Avalanche for 3rd line grinder Bates Battaglia and rights to Jonas Johansson, reports tsn.ca.

The Flyers signed badd attitude Steve Webb and tried to move him to the minor leagues, but the Penguins interfered and claimed Steve Webb off of waivers.

Flyers forward Simon Gagne has a rotator cuff injury. Bad signs for the Flyers since it could result in a long-term injury.

Lightning Posts

Tampa Bay is on pace to win all 82 regular season games. While it is possible they will lose a game or two along the way, it is worthwhile to keep everyone up to speed on Florida’s favorite (or second favorite) hockey team. With that in mind, I present a new bi-weekly feature ‘Lightning Posts.’

Rocks Rumors: Trades a Brewin' & Dafoe on the Block?

According to thefourthperiod.com, several sources have reported that the New York Islanders and the Calgary Flames are working out a trade.

Sleepers Creepers #2

Finally, the top guy on my list has hit the scoreboard last night, and check out more:

Why do the Ducks suck?

As a Ducks fan, it’s been a very tough first couple of weeks. There was a lot of excitement around the new look Ducks this year but after a start that sees them 0-4-0-0 and only 2 goals, what are the Ducks doing wrong and where do they go from here?

Avalanche Doubters Beware!

Alot has been said about the Colorado Avalanche that needs to be stopped. Like their goaltending situation, Defense and 3rd/4th Lines

Who's Gonna Be Crowned??

The HTR Hockey Pool inscriptions are all done and the pool is now up and running.

Thank you to the 76 HTR members that participated, now let’s the challenge begin!

Click “read more” to get all the info needed about the pool…

Boston Bruins Season Preview

Boston Bruins Season Preview

The Bruins are stacked with offense yet questions remain about whether their defense and goaltending can hold up. The Joe Thornton led offense should maintain their goal production from last year. If Berard returns, goal production could possibly even lead the league. The Bruins defense will be led by young Nick Boynton as he continues his rise to prominence. The goaltending duo of Potvin and Raycroft could prove to be a formidable shot-stopping duo or they could collapse and have the Bruins fighting for 8th spot.