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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Devils Win

For their 3rd time in their history, the New Jersey Devils won the Finals of the Lucky Bounce, also known as the Stanley Cup. Jean-Sebastien Giguere, who was booed by the classless Devils fans, won the Conn Smyth Trophy. A former Mike Milbury pick in Mike Rupp (drafted 1st round by Milbury, left unsigned, re-entered draft and picked by the Devils in a 3rd round) scored the Cup winner with a nice deflection. Congratulations to the New Jersey Devils and their future parade which will be held at the Continental Airlines Arena parking lot surrounded by highways, near the airport where fans will smell the fresh air.

It is now official, however, that the 2002-2003 season is over. No more skating, no more goals, saves, and nothing to watch on TV. It is time to move on to the off-season rumors. During the Entry Draft we will have special coverage working with McKeen’sHockey.com. Coaching rumors, more trade rumors come draft day, and the “where will they sign?” rumors will continue, so stay tuned!

Is this a two-team website?

As I write this, it’s 10 hours until Game 7 of the Cup-deciding game. Yet there’s scarcely a mention of it to be found here. As was pointed out to me once, this is, after all, “hockeytraderumors.com”. But I think some people take this appelation WAY too literally.

Isles to radically slash payroll?

Yes, the source of this is Larry Brooks who in my opinion hates the Islanders organization for their success and the Rangers failures, but I think he actually might be on to something with this tidbit. Other sources including Alan Hahn of Newsday have talked about player movement this summer and the possibility of trading Peca. As a season ticket holder of the Isles, if what Larry Brooks says is true, I will not be renewing my plan. It is an obvious attempt to see what Milbury can do on a limited budget compared to Ottawa and Minnesota who went further into the playoffs with less $$$ given. Once again, the Isles might be stuck with ownership who is tired of losing games and money and decides to dump salary to at least break even. It doesn’t help that the price of Computer Associate shares have dropped making the 2 Isles owners a lot less rich then they were when they bought the team 3 years ago. Here is the article.

Svehla's retirement update

Very interesting Article, take a look:

It probably may take an extra million dollars — US of course — and the consent of two young children to bring star defenceman Robert Svehla back to the Maple Leafs for the 2003-04 NHL season.

Bowman Big Apple Bound???

Just when you thought Scotty Bowman was going to retire for good from the NHL, Rumblings in the Big Apple have Bowman returning behind the bench as the Rangers New Head Coach???

Rangers making a last ditch effort before 2004 armageddon?

Kovalev, Bure, Nedved, Leetch, Messier, Carter, Holik and now possibly Leclair, Jagr, and Bowman? All this with one year before the much prophesized “Armageddon” in relation to the end of the current CBA? Are the Rangers making a late last ditch effort to win the cup with their current team before the CBA expires?

Rumored trades and signings

Toronto is talking to Steve Tambelini of Vancouver. They have been granted permission to talk to Tambelini, and they have been given until August 1 to complete a deal if they want. Additonally, the Maple Leafs have a very good chance of signing Joe Nieuwendyk this offseason. He wants to finish his career in Toronto alongside his friend Gary Roberts from thier stint in Calgary. Toronto has also been rumored to having a very good chance of signing Greg De Vries, and that Calle Johansson is also a good possibility.

Random Musings On Almost Important Issues

You know, there ought to be a “stuff” option for a topic. Anyway, I came up w/ ideas for three seperate articles, and in an effort to get all three posted, I combined them all into one big uber-article! Creative, eh? Yeah…about as creative as my username. Anyway, w/o further ado…

Turgeon Considering a Trade

The Stars don’t want Pierre Turgeon. But Pierre Turgeon still wants to be a Star.

Lindros for Jagr?

TSN.ca’s Bob MacKenzie is reporting that some talks between the Rangers and the Capitals are heating up.

Experts Look: Who Should Win The Masterton?…

-Steve Yzerman

-Bryan Berard

-Steve Rucchin

All three are all nominees for the Bill Masterton Trophy.

But which one really deserves it?….

LeClair Out?

The NYPost reports that John LeClair and the Philadelphia Flyers are willing to part ways by waving the left-winger’s no-trade clause. Larry Brooks, as well as TSN.ca, believe that Flyers GM Bobby Clarke has offered John LeClair to the New York Rangers by even swallowing some of his salary, however, Rangers GM Glen Sather has not shown much interest at all. The report then states that two other teams, unknown, have been talking to the Flyers about LeClair.

http://www.nypost.com/sports/rangers/36137.htm

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=43585&hubName=nhl

Experts Rumor Update:(For Leafs) Tambellini WILL* Join Leafs, Wesley To Find Out

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Apperantly whatever Quinn wants *WILL* happen…

And that means Tambellini will either replace him or assist him to become his right hand puppet.

The Stage is being set…the night has been picked….Lets hope it doesn't snow!

Everything is set (well almost) for Nov. 22, 2003, The game of the century.

Jagr being shown the door in Washington?

It has been reported by the Washington Post that the Capitals will try to unload Jagr on some hapless team before the start of the season next year. This is a major turn around by the Caps after he was signed to a 7 year $77 million contract 2 years ago.

Is Guy Carbonneau An Option???

In an interview with Pierre Trudel on tuesday night, Guy Carbonneau made several declarations making everyone realize he would like to coach the Montréal Canadiens.

A Cloudy Future For Mike Richter

With all the talk about Patrick Roy calling it quits, it got me thinking about what Mike Richter will do in his final contract year with the Rangers. Last I heard Mike was still having headaches but I heard that last month and I am not even certain about how much truth was in that rumor. Mike has a tough decision to make. Does he leave the game knowing that he could still play and still play to the calliber of some of the ellite goal tenders in the league. Or does he decide to give it one last shot leaving it all on the ice. Personally I would like to see him let it ride and play.

A Year of Surprises

This year has most undoubtedly been a year of surprises. Players, teams, coaches, general managers, and owners have all had some surprises. Players have evolved out of no where or finally come to life while others just plain old stunk out the joint. Coaches have come out of the blue to lead their team to success while others have been surprisingly dumped in favour of a new bench boss. General Managers have made surprising moves that have paid of and some general manager firings have been a total shock. Owners have been coming and going more than ever.

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


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