Prospal On the go?

It is likely that Vaclav Prospal has played his last game in Tampa, reports the Tampa Tribune.

Leclair could be the key to a Cup for the Rangers.

The rangers have got a ton of talent, but they don’t have a true first or second line left winger. I realize that these guys are professionals and expected to adapt but it is a simple fact that guys feel natural at different spots, and the Rangers don’t have any left wingers.

Points To Ponder, Part II

As the resident “non-hockey, thinks-he’s-so-clever” denizen of this site, it is my sworn duty to ask these questions:

Free Agency Edition – A Primer

Now that the 2002-03 season is in the history books, now is the time of year when every team in the league looks to improve itself via free agency. With a little over two weeks to go until what is usually a free-for-all, here is the list of potential unrestricted free agents that will be in the league’s summer flea market.

Robinson Next Rangers Coach?

Larry Robinson has told the media, tsn.ca and www.newyorkdailynews.com, that he will talk to Sather about the Head Coaching job, but under circumstances.

Pay-Cut for Stevie (Y) Franchise?

I saw this on Fox Sports News in Detroit tonight:

Apparently, when a Detroit front-office exec was asked about the progress of the free agent signings the exec stated that Yzerman would have to take a paycut in order sign Fedorov and McCarty. They simply don’t have the funds to sign all three of them at their asking prices.

You can go Home again!

According to a report sportsnet.ca, Luc Robitaille is supposed to sign a one year contract with the LA kings by the end of the week.

Luc Robitaille began his career with the Kings 18 years ago, and will end it there as well it appears. This will be his 3rd stint with the Kings, but has always had his best years there.

Is this a good move by the Kings once its done? Will Fedorov join Luc on the west coast? What do you guys think?

MacTavish Stays to Oil Edmonton

The Edmonton Oilers have re-signed Craig MacTavish to coach again next season for the team.

My Spin on the Pens

All of you guys seem, like many of us, to be confused by what the Penguins are doing. I can understand why you feel that way, but the Penguins are doing the best they can with what they have.

Was the Smythe Award a Conn job?

Martin Brodeur’s Stanley Cup winning and historical playoff performance wasn’t enough to win him the Conn Smyth trophy.

Was it a Conn job for the NHL to enhance the sale value for one of its “available” teams by awarding the MVP to the second best goalie in the playoffs?

Below is an article I found on the subject.

Please review the essay and debate the issue.

Svehla Retired Officially? Wesley contract closer than ever

KEN CAMPBELL

SPORTS REPORTER

The Maple Leafs lost their best defenceman from the regular season when Robert Svehla confirmed that he intends to remain retired.

NHL Awards 2003

Here are the nominees for NHL Awards on Thursday and my predictions.

Lindros to Stay in the Big Apple, NO Jagr

The NYPost, and TSN.ca, reports that center Eric Lindros has exercised his player option, and will most likely play next season with the team.

Eddie O to be Named New Penguins Head Coach

Penguins to name Ed Olczyk head coach

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

By Dejan Kovacevic, Post-Gazette Sports Writer

The Penguins will name Ed Olczyk their new head coach in a news conference at noon today at Mellon Arena.

Olczyk, 36, has been a broadcaster with the Penguins’ network for three years after a 16-season NHL career with the Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, New York Rangers and Los Angeles Kings. He has no coaching experience.

Blues Sign Chris Osgood

The Blues management finally realized that they cannot rely on Brent Johnson for a Stanley Cup and signed upcoming UFA Chris Osgood, who was dealt to the Blues at the May trade deadline. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Straka on the block?

The Penguins are trying to trade Martin Straka, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

NHL in TV trouble

Things that need to get higher…

1. Britney Spears jeans.. I know what you’re thinking. What !!! Who doesn’t love that little dime slot butt crack look when you see her on TV or from at least 300 ft (so says the restraining order) away. But the consequences are this: every girl in America will try and duplicate that look. Head down to Costco one afternoon and try to imagine some of those gals lifting the 100lb vat of Hagen Daaz into their carts showing a little “cleavage” with their low riders. Yep. Should I pass you one or two flaming sticks to poke out your eyes with.

2. The calorie count of a Krispy Kreme doughnut. Have you seen these things. they’re like jelly filled orgasms. Of course too many of them and you may explode. They should serve those things with a defibulator or a syringe of insulin.

3. The NHL TV Ratings.

Entry Draft Discussions

This is the kind of draft that teams build their future on, as many scouts and staff members of teams’ player personelles have said. This is a deep draft, a lot of talent with future players that will help teams succeed in the future. You have any clue on this year’s drafees? Do not worry, we have so many great fans here that know enough about this year’s prospects who can fill you in with good information.

Here are three articles sent in various members, regarding the Entry Draft. Please, do post a question on here if you need some feedback on a certain prospect that interests you. Or, comment on what your team, and/or others as well, needs to pick in this year’s draft. A mock draft has been published by CNN-Sports Illustrated, which should give you a good idea on some prospects. And, there is a pretty interesting draft article sent it, the kind that will make some fans look up information.

LeClair's Four Teams List, Larry Brooks was RIGHT!

Flyers LW John LeClair has agreed to waive his no trade clause, and he has also given the 4 teams of where he’d like to play.

It's All About The Benjamins

KKFN (AM950 “The Fan”) in Denver is reporting that, in the event of a lockout in 2004, both Joe Sakic and Rob Blake will still receive paychecks in excess of two million dollars apiece.

Apparently, both players have clauses written into their contracts guaranteeing that they will still receive pro-rated signing bonuses and payments of that ilk, even in the event of a work stoppage.

Makes you wonder how many other agents thought that far ahead, eh?

Striaghtforward hockey reporting – how’d I do, coach?

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