Lay Off Mario

Well I’ve seen enough Mario Lemieux bashing I’ll tell you that, so I think it’s time now that someone actually stuck up for this great player and great man. You go into forums and some fool’s running his mouth over how Mario’s the most overrated player in the game, and then another’s smacking about how he is the worst captain in the NHL today (Keith Primeau anyone?). Time to set the record straight Mario Lemieux is now, and always will be one of the greatest, greatest players of this game.

…And The Voice Of The People Was Heard

Mercifully brief, but hopefully noticed by “The Powers That Be” -

What is Lou to do?

What is the future for the Devils? Will Lou try to repeat this year’s Cup victory, or will they settle and try to build a new team during the season or maybe during the lockout seson (if there will be any)?

Pavol is resigned!

ESPN.com reports that the Blues have decided that the $6.5/1 year contract doled out by arbitration is not too pricey to sign the team’s leading scorer in four of the past five seasons. However, this contract takes team payroll to $58M which means that the Blues will start trying to cut salary by trading players or leaving them to the waiver draft.

Pavel Demitra to be a free-agent?

Pavol Demitra was awarded a 6.5 million dollar one year salary. The Blues have 72 hours to accept it or Demitra becomes an unrestricted free agent.

Rangers sign Defencemen

Hockeyfirst.com is reporting that the Rangers have reached an agreement with Boris Mironov. Terms of the deal were not released, however hockeyfirst is reporting close to a 2 year $4 mil deal.

Sabres look to turn things around in '03-'04

After a disappointing year, the Sabres look to rebound and emerge from their past with new ownership and a few new faces in the lineup.

Roy comeback getting closer and closer to reality

Recently published Montreal Suburban newspaper states that Roy is indeed expressing interest in coming out of retirement to play for his former team where all the glory began. He would like to see his number 33 retired up in the rafters of the Bell center alongside Jacques Plante’s jersey.

Devils – 2003 Offseason

This is my first attempt at an article and since there’s no one on here besides Manta Ray that writes about the Devils, I thought I’d give it a shot. Besides, it’s slow during the offseason, maybe this will get posted over the latest “Leafs Improvement” article. Now on with the show…

Rumor Update: Lacroix wants netminder

Hockeyfirst.com is reporting that Colorado Avalanche General Manager Pierre Lacroix has been in close talks with both the New York Rangers and the Tampa Bay Lightning with regards to trading for a replacement to Patrick Roy.

What would you do with your 24 hrs. with Lord Stanleys Cup?

I just got done reading an article on ESPN.com on how last week NHL officials actually lost the Stanley Cup in Vienna, Austria. The cup was on its way to Slovokia as part of Devils forward Jiri Bicek’s time with the cup.

See the way it works is you win the cup, each player on the team gets 24 hours with the cup. This leads to the obvious question…What would you do with the cup?

Red Wings to Kill the Wild?

From Spector’s Rumors:

ST. PAUL PIONEER-POST: Charley Walters reports the Minnesota Wild could offer restricted free agent forward Marian Gaborik a $4 million per season deal, which apparently would be $2 million less per season than Gaborik is believed to be seeking. Walters suggests the Detroit Red Wings could make Gaborik “a collossal offer”.

Breaking Weekly World News

…..news flash….news flash…..news flash…….

Bure Nearing Retirement?

www.nypost.com

The latest on one of NHL’s best goal scorers, Pavel Bure.

Canucks Big Trade

Brian Burke announced on Vancouver radio this last week that he was working on a “big trade.”

Hey Luigi! Big Mario is-a coming back

The Steel City has something to be happy about. No, another one of thier baseball players didn’t bonk another mascot on the head. The messiah is returning for one more year with thier beloved Penguins.

Dark Horses

Which teams of 03/04 have the best chance of being the Lightning, Wild, and Ducks of last year?

Fantasy Free Agents

So I’m sitting bored at work at midnight unable to go home until my boss has (Why should we care I hear you ask – well its just the start of a post so gloss over and continue).

SAVE THE NHL

For a coupla years now I have had an idea rolling around in my head about saving the NHL.

Now that the CBA negotiations are almost upon the NHL and NHLPA I thought it would be a good time to unveil my own “Roadmap to Peace”

Detroit Free Press Says Not Lindros, but Nedved

http://www.freep.com/index/redwings.htm

Detroit Free Press states: “The Rangers remain a top trading partner for Joseph — the Wings may be interested in Petr Nedved (but not in Eric Lindros) — with St. Louis a more difficult possibility because of the divisional rivalry.”