Leafs about to name John Ferguson Jr as GM

It looks like the Toronto Maple Leafs have finally found their man to replace Pat Quinn as the club’s GM.

Andrei Markov Agrees to a new Two-Year Deal With the Habs

The Montreal Canadiens have announced the re-signing of Andrei Markov to a two-year contract. General Manager Bob Gainey did not disclose the salary figures of the contract.

The Moose Is Now A Nuck

The Vancouver Canucks have obtained goaltender Johan Hedberg from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2nd round pick in the 2004 NHL draft. Now the Nucks have a good goaltending tandem in net. A great trade here for both sides.

Penguins 101 pt 1

What can I say about the Penguins that hasn’t already been said.

Well first off that maybe they won’t finish in last place next season, yeah I think I’ll say that for starters. How about maybe they are better off having traded Alexei Kovalev and his 7 million dollar a year demands to the Bermuda triangle of hockey known as Broadway. Or that maybe Eddie Olczyk will make a damn good coach. Yeah, I think that I’ll make all those bold statements, and probably some more as we go along.

Welcome to the class that I’m sure many of you never cared to take: Penguins 101

Holes That Need Filling Pt.3

It’s time yet again, for the seris of “Holes That Need Filling” articles. The atlantic is up.

Possible Holdouts?

According to WayMoreSports the following 18 players may be holdouts

Hedberg On The Way Out??

Is Craig Patrick slowly preparing the departure of is #1 goalie??

The Predators, Or The Prey?

Unlike The Minnesota Wild, or the Columbus Blue Jackets, The Nashville Predators have not made steps to improve their team since becoming part of the NHL. Things do not seem to be getting any better in the town nicknamed “Smashville”. Nashville fans wont be able to count on their team doing any smashing this year. No notable big off-season moves were made, and when looking at their roster I wondered how this team would make it this year.

Problems and Solutions Part 2

As mentioned in my previous article, the referees in the NHL have been anything but stellar. What I like to call “quick-fix” rule changes (interference crack-down, bigger crease, moving blue lines ect) have created confusion and inconsistency amongst the officials. The last two seasons, the NHL has put a minimal effort forth, to try and cut back on the clutching, grabbing and interference that nearly choked the league out during the 1990′s. At the start of the 2002-2003 season, watching the NHL was amazing. Games were fast paced, with end-to-end action. Very entertaining. However, the conistency failed to translate over the course of the entire season. By the time the playoff races came around, the league was back to clutch and grab hockey. For the players, this must be a very frustrating environment to play in. From a fan’s standpoint, it is more dissapointing to see the decline, than anything.

Czech Players

HTR.com thanks www.hockeybird.com’s member Coat for the following update on Jaromir Jagr, Rucinsky, Hlavac, and Dopita.

CUTTING THE RUMORS!

All right well just as I did with the Lindros rumors … when I put those to rest, I’m putting a few more rumors to a stop.

Some of the rumors have gotten so out of hand and so bad that I need to end them now.

HTR Member Awards

I got this idea from Wowhockey with the best admin and such. Enter and vote for Members!

The Future of the Wild

Alright, well I have noticed that no one ever talks about the Wild, and I do not understand why. I believe that they have a good young team and have some good young prospects that will one day make this team a winner, and this article will show what the Wild have looking forward to, in years to come.

Arvedson doesn't like what he's getting

The Toronto Sun is reporting that Magnus Arvedson, has been contacted by over 10 teams

Joseph's Not Going Anywhere…*UPDATE*

TSN and The Toronto Sun are reporting that Curtis Joseph went under the knife Tuesday to repair a broken ankle. Apparently the injury was discovered during an MRI, that could have possibly been ordered by the Boston Bruins. Cujo will be back in about SIX weeks.

Washington Capitals Offseason Transactions & Thoughts

I have decided to do a few teams’ off season acquirements, or happenings. I will start with the Washington Capitals.

Tricks of Pro Goalies

Ok.. when I was reading the last article, all I could think to myself was, “Ok.. who cares.. everyone knows that.” But there is a lot that most skaters don’t know… the real tricks of pro goalies. Being an ex-Junior player, I was taught some of these tricks… and I’ve come here to tell you about some of the more obvious and some of the deviously hidden.

Just Give It Up

Recently I noticed something Leaf and Rangers fans are always arguing about which team is better. However, I think it’s pointless because both teams stink, something several of us can agree with.

Bruins and Rangers talking Trade

Kevin Paul Dupont, from the Boston Globe is reporting that the Boston Bruins are shopping RFA forward Sergei Samsonov and defensemen Hal Gill to the New York Rangers in exchange for Mike Dunham and all-star defensemen Tom Poti.

The Holes that Need Filling Pt. 2

It’s the return of….”Holes that Need Filling”…and i will continue with the Northwest division.