Dear HTR members,
First, I want to apologize for the very long delay of this HTR Season Preview. Unexpecting my residence move would be as early as November 1st, my schedule completely changed and I have been very busy, too busy to do a lot of my own. Last year’s Season Preview was quite good, but it didn’t satisfy me. This year’s preview may satisfy many of you, but because of the tight schedule it is not what I projected it to be. However, I am confident that our HTR members, who greatfully volunteered, did a great job.
We hope you enjoy our season Preview Part I for now, Part II is on deck!
TSN reports that Marc Andre Fleury has signed with Pittsburgh just before the 3 p.m. deadline. Great news for the city of Pittsburgh and the fans of the Penguins.
Just hours before the deadline, the Carolina Hurricanes signed first-round draft pick Eric Staal.
Staal led the league in goals during the pre-season.
The Islanders tonight smoked the cross-state rival NJ Devils 5-1 in their final pre-season game of the year. The Isles finished the pre-season 7-0 defeating NJ twice, Philly twice, Pittsburgh twice and Boston.
HTR Season Preview will be on the site tomorrow, along with a Fantasy league.
Members who have been assigned columns and teams, try to get your articles done by tonight, better today.
If any member is interested to be part of the HTR Season Preview, here are the available teams: Chicago, St. Louis, San Jose, Pittsburgh, Florida, and Tampa Bay.
If you like to join, e-mail me at email@example.com.
It was reported recently that Mario Lemieux, majority owner of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is receiving $10 million to play this season (www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/hearsay.jsp). This is the same Mario Lemieux who said, as an owner, that the league needs a salary cap. This is also the same Mario Lemieux that is stating, not threatening, that the Penguins will not be in Pittsburgh after their current lease expires if they don’t get a new arena. This is the same Mario Lemieux that traded Jaromir Jagr because they could no longer afford his salary. This is the same Mario Lemieux who traded Robert Lang last season for the exact same reason.
With all this talk about the CBA and such, I’ve but a list of the good/bad owners out there, and from my viewpoint there are only a few bad apples out there.
According to theforuthperiod.com the Montreal Canadiens are interested in acquiring the services of Keith Primeau. I believe that this is exactly the type of centerman the Habs need.
Drafted by the Ottawa Senators in the 1st round (2nd overall) in 2001, Jason Spezza has been known around Ottawa, and most of the NHL as one of the top young stars in the NHL. Jason has a wealth of playmaking talent. He also uses his size and reach very well in the offensive zone and he displays all the tools to eventually be a great No. 1 center. Amassing 54 points in Binghamton of the AHL and 21 points as a member of the Ottawa Senators, Jason Spezza will now finally, and deservadly recieve his shot on the Sens lineup.
Lacrosse (don’t want any players being killed would you?)
Well you get my drift.
What you DO NOT see on that list, and probably most disagree, is soccer.
Preamble: Well this is the second time I am submitting this article because frankly I think it needs to be posted. With all the negative things going on in the game right now, namely the CBA crisis, I think it is about time that something positive gets said about the game, and further, something that will re-kindle our strong feelings for the sport we love.
It must have gotten into GM Mike O’Connel’s brain that the Bruins need major defensive help, and re-signed Nick Boynton to a two-year deal, various reports stated.
Rangers claim Carolina Hurricane’s top rated prospect Jeff Heerema off of waivers. The 23 year old right-wing was drafted 11th overall in the 1998 draft by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Last year before the season they had everyone’s lists of predictions. These predictions are great to write, read about now, call people crazy for their predictions, and come back to in May and see who was right and wrong.
Teams that have been assigned to members: Wings, Kings, Senators,Devils, Flyers, Islanders, Rangers, Canadiens, Bruins, Predators, Thrashers, Canucks, Avalanche, Coyotes, Oilers, Leafs (hardest decision to make, I got 8 e-mails to get that position, all were good too), Capitals, Flames, Sabres, Ducks.
Other teams are still available. And make sure you e-mail me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re interested. In the email give me your view of the team you want to write for (offense, defense, goaltening).
Dear HTR members,
I have gathered a team of our best, well known, and respected members to contribute to HTR’s 2nd year Season Preview of the 2002-2003 season. Why do we do it so late? Because I myself can’t stand buying a Season preview magazine that is already out of date.
For the last three years, we have been witnessing booing sessions on Brisebois’ behalf.
The Maple Leafs have signed Ken Klee to a one-year deal. The 6 foot defenseman helps bring some more stability to the weak defense corps.