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.
HTR.com thanks www.hockeybird.com’s member Coat for the following update on Jaromir Jagr, Rucinsky, Hlavac, and Dopita.
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.
I got this idea from Wowhockey with the best admin and such. Enter and vote for Members!
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.
The Toronto Sun is reporting that Magnus Arvedson, has been contacted by over 10 teams
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.
I have decided to do a few teams’ off season acquirements, or happenings. I will start with the Washington Capitals.
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.
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.
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.
It’s the return of….”Holes that Need Filling”…and i will continue with the Northwest division.
Anson Carter agreed to a one year $2.8M contract offer from the Rangers to avoid arbitration.
As reported by nashvillepredators.com, terms of the deal not disclosed. Kimmo is basically the Preds all-time leader in every category for D-Men.
Though it sounds like Wayne has become a wildlife ranger, what I’m really talking about is his management of the Phoenix Coyotes. As far as I’ve seen, the Winnapeg Jets were in better circumstances than the Coyotes of today. And its not hard for me to say that.
Stars’ longtime defenceman Richard Matvichuk was awarded a $2.2 million contract with the Dallas Stars. Thankfully it’s only a one-year deal.
Lanny McDonald has interviewed for the position of General Manager of the Toronto Maple leafs. Last week Mcdonald met with the president of the Maple Leafs Richard Pettie as well as Ken Dryden. McDonald is not a total stranger to the GM position. He was the GM for the Calgary Flames until coach Darryl Sutter took over the job from Craig Button. Button is also interested in the job.
Source: The Calgary Herald
According to NewYorkRangers.com, Glen Sather announced that the Rangers have re-signed forward Alex Kovalev. Terms of the deal were not immediately released. It was most likely a one year deal between 5-7 million.
Kovalev, 30, came to Rangers from the Penguins in February in exchange for Mikael Samuelsson (traded to Florida on draft day), Rico Fata, Richard Litner, and Joel Bouchard. Bouchard since, has signed the the Sabres.
Kovalev is expected to play with Petr Nedved on the second line.
The Rangers, still in need of another forward (possibly two forwards if Pavel Bure does not return) are rumored to be dangling Tom Poti to the rest of the NHL, most notably the Boston Bruins.
This is from carolinahurricanes.com:
HURRICANES AGREE TO TERMS WITH DANNY MARKOV
Tsn.ca is reporting that New York Ranger defenceman was awarded a 2 year/$5.9M deal by an arbitrator today. Poti made $1.8M last season and will make $2.8M this upcoming season and $3.1M the year after. Poti had 11 goals and 37 assists with a -7 rating last season. The New York Rangers must decide in a couple of days weather to accept this deal or make Poti a free agent.