First overall mistakes

General Managers always try to make the best decision for their hockey team right???? Well here are some of the biggest WRONG decisions when it comes to the first overall pick and who the general managers decided to draft!!!!

NHL Offseason Notes

BOSTON (CP) — Defenceman Don Sweeney, who has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the Bruins, is not being offered a new playing contract by the team, says agent Mark Witkin.

Major NHL offseason rumored signings and trades

By Al Morganti

Special to ESPN.com

The Summer of 2003 is going to be one of the most challenging for National Hockey League executives. Unsure of what looms on the labor front after next season, the people who count the money in the team offices are going to have to trust their instincts.

Bring Back the Winnipeg Jets

This is not in my words but written by Darren Ford of Winnipeg. You can find all of this information on his website at http://jetsowner.com

Mr. Ford is trying desparately to get an NHL team back in Winnipeg. Being from Winnipeg, I sincerely hope that he succeeds.

Rumors a flying

Straight from Palm Beach Post :

Rick Dudley’s record is perfect, and chances are it will stay that way.

Twice the Panthers’ general manager has had the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft, and twice he has traded it. And by the time Commissioner Gary Bettman steps to the podium at Gaylord Entertainment Center in Nashville on Saturday, it’s a good bet Dudley will have gone 3-for-3.

The Project

Ok, here’s the deal. Over the summer, there is going to be a great tournament. A grudge match, if you will, between the best teams of the 1980’s and the best teams of the 1990’s (a time machine will make this possible, work with me ppl).

Marchant wants Buffalo?

Of course this is just a rumor, but the word around the Sabres is they very interested in signing local boy Todd Marchant. Todd Marchant mentioned Buffalo as one place he would like to go as a free agent over the summer. He’s always played well against the Sabres, and it’s been a dream of his to play as a Sabre. Marchant would provide great depth and leadership skills in a mostly young locker room. He is a possible candidate for team captain as well. Just the news of his signing with the team would sell tickets simply because he’s from Buffalo, his production would also sell alot of tickets. His role as a defensive centerman would free up Curtis Brown from his defensive role and allow him to concentrate more on offense. Marchant is also an excellent penalty killer and good faceoff man. He could garner offers up to 3 million over the summer. I would expect the Sabres to offer him a figure around that.

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.