It's Official, Mad Mike Needs to go to a Mental Institute

The New York Islanders have fired Head Coach Peter Laviolette. Laviolette took the Islanders to the playoffs two times in a row after the franchise has missed the post-season for seven straight years.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=43234&hubName=nhl

Kings Looking For a New Center

Since the Kings traded two of their top players and highest salaries, they are looking for a knew center to fill smolinki’s spot. They are in rebuild mode so I think a good center will be coming to LA soon.

Hasek to come out of retirement?

According to the Fan 960 in Calgary, there is word that Dominik Hasek will come out of retirement to join the Colorado Avalanche for the upcoming season.

This comes as a surprise considering Pierre Lacroix has already stated that they will go with what they have in David Abeischer and the young prospect they have playing in Hershey.

Another problem i see is that the Detroit Red Wings still hold Haseks rights, according to Bob Mckenzie from TSN, and the Avalanche would have to obtain his rights from the Red Wings. Would the Red Wings be dumb enough to do this, or would it be smart for them to give them the rights to Hasek in return for something that would help out there team. Does Hasek have what it takes to lead the Avs to the cup?

Hasek is 38 years old and has been out of the NHL for a year now. If this report becomes true, does it make the Avs the number one contender next year, or do they need more?

What do you guys think? Can this actually be true? or is it just another rumor thats flying around?

Lemieux denies report he wants to play elsewhere.

ESPN.com reports:

If Mario Lemieux returns to the ice for 2003-04 season, he’ll do so in a Pittsburgh Penguins uniform.

If he doesn’t, the team’s owner will be watching the Penguins from his Mellon Arena skybox.

Lemieux quashed a weekend report in the New York Post that claimed he was leaning toward dumping his financial interests in the team in order to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

“I am not considering selling my interest in the Pittsburgh Penguins,” Lemieux said in a statement Monday. “As I said to our season ticket holders last week, I have not decided whether I will play in 2003-04.

“However, if I do play, it will be for the Pittsburgh Penguins.”

The Post cited two “clued-in sources” for the basis of its report. Lemieux recently told confidantes that he wants to play three more seasons — but none with the Penguins — and desired New York as his next career stop, the Post reported.

ITS Official: Gainey returns to Les Habitants!

MONTREAL (AP) – Bob Gainey was hired as general manager of the Montreal Canadiens, rejoining the team he once captained and helped lead to five Stanley Cups.

Defense wins championships .. or does it?

We need to look no further than last year’s Stanley Cup winners to challenge the theory that defense wins championships. At first glance, Hasek’s name jumps out at you and your first thought is, this is a no brainer. Hall of fame goalie = championship correct? Wrong.

SAVARD OUT, GAINEY IN???|||Savard #2 On The Move

According to tha analyst of WWW.TSN.CA , Bob Mckenzie, it seems that the Montreal Canadiens wants some fresh air in the organization. Andre Savard, the dg of the club, could be one of those who can lose his job, but he would still stay in the team as the scout director or something like that…. Bob Gainey would be the man the HABS are trying to convince to take the job….

FA SIGNING ALERT! ‘Jackets Sign Brathwaite

According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, unrestricted free agent, Fred Brathwaite, signed Friday with the Columbus Blue Jackets. A formal announcement is expected early this week.

When asked about the signing, Brathwaite, 30, said, “I am very excited. I think this is going to be a chance for me to play a little bit more, be in a situation where I’ll see more ice time . . . and show that I can still play at this level.”

Brathwaite, who was very popular in the Blues’ locker room, was 21-20-8 during his two seasons there. This past season he went 12-9-4 and guided the Blues through an early-season nine-game winning streak. However, later in the season Brathwaite saw little playing time as Brent Johnson took up most of the starts.

The First Pick Goes to…Dallas?

The Palm Beach Post, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel, andrewsstarspage.com, and Spector’s have all alluded to discussions between the Stars and the Panthers regarding the fate of Richard Matvichuk.

The Number 1 Goaltender for the Philadelphia Flyers Is…..

…well, we’re not quite sure on that one just yet. One thing we know for sure is that the Roman Empire has fallen in Philadelphia, and that finding a replacement for the “Bipolar Goaler” has yet to begin.

Roy vs Brodeur

Now that Patrick Roy, the greatest goalie in the modern history, is retired; only one is able to break up his NHL’s records: Martin Brodeur

Pens Express Interest in Robinson

Source:TSN.ca

According to TSN.ca, the Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly been granted permission to speak to New Jersey Devils assistant coach Larry Robinson about their head coaching vacancy.

I come not to bury Caesar, but to praise him

My mission here will be twofold:

1.) To say goodbye, au revoir, andale pues to the greatest goalie that ever played the game, and

2.) To piss off all you John Elway fans out there.

Roys Replacements

Phillippe Sauve, David Aebischer, Martin Biron, Sean Burke, Nikolai Khabibulin, John Grahame, Roman Cechmanek, Jose Theodore, Olaf Kolzig, Brian Boucher, Felix Potvin, Jeff Hackett, Chris Osgood, JS Giguere. Which one do the Avs pick? Some of these goalies have chances in Colorado, other will only play against them.

Ruff edges returns

www.tsn.ca

According to tsn it looks like head Coach Lindy Ruff will return to the Buffalo Sabres next season in hopes of making team a playoff contender. Joining Ruff in returning to the team will be G.M. Darcy Regier.

Cechmanek a King

Ray Ferarro of ESPN has reported that the Flyers have traded Roman Cechmanek to the Los Angeles Kings for a 2nd round 2004 pick.

http://espn.go.com/nhl/news/2003/0528/1560161.html

The Cup goes through – Cranbrook?

Over the past 9 years (including this one), There is one thing in common with every team that has one the cup – Cranbrook, B.C.

The Future of Roman Cechmanek

Ever since their second-round loss at the hands of the Ottawa Senators, the Philadelphia Flyers have been trying to decide how to sever ties with their soon-to-be former number one goaltender. General Manager Bob Clarke announced at his end-of-season press conference that he believed that it was in “everyone’s best interest” that Cechmanek not return to the Flyers for the 2003-04 season.

Au Revoir Patrick Roy!

The winningest goalie of the NHL has made his decision.

Last chance for Oates?

At age 40, Adam Oates may be on the verge of capping off his great career with the greatest prize of all: Lord Stanley’s cup. Although that is not a given, he certainly has come to the realization that this may very well be his last chance. Most of the credit does come back to Giguere for the amazing playoff run, posting heroic numbers while making it look easy, but we can’t leave out Adam who’s leadership on and off the ice has certainly payed dividends for the team.

He leads his team in playoff scoring (4-6:10) and will definately be a force in this final when we see him play with youthfull legs for maybe the last time.

Having prepared Golden Brett’s nifty goals for years in St-Louis or rushing down the ice with Cam Neely in Boston or even Bondra in Washington, his long NHL journey comes down to this series, which will probably be his last.

To wish him the best would be to wish for his team to give him a career crowning Stanley cup a la Ray Bourque.