Paul Maurice

This season has been full of blaming for Leaf fans.

Smyth and Oilers were only 100, 000$ away from an agreement

According to an article on’s Slam Sports. Ryan Smyth was demanding 5.5million/yr for 5 yrs. Edmonton only saw Smyth as a 5million dollar player but by deadline day, they increased their offer to 5.4 million. But smyth and his refused to budge and it ultimately resulted in him being delt to the islanders. Personally, I now think Lowe is a complete idiot. If you are willing to go to 5.4, why the hell would you not dish out the extra 100G’s to keep your franchise player

Wish list for next year…yes it's early, but I'm bored and this is al

So trade deadline is done, and this is the roster we’ll be seeing the rest of the way. But what is the roster of next year? Well, currently those under contract are:

Bob Gainey is not the worst thing ever…

Montreal is on the bubble for a playoff spot and everyone is pretty certain that they won’t get it. A lot of people are blaming Bob Gainey. I’m not sure why this is, because it’s not like he’s the one on the ice taking bad penalties. I’m pretty sure it’s also not him having trouble keeping the puck out of the net. Let’s just settle down a bit here. You’d think he were in a secluded castle being stalked by angry villagers with pitchforks and torches. Let’s just review some of what he’s done so we can see how ridiculous this is.

One reason why Canadians think we are better…

I usually give the benefit of the doubt, but many Canadians will say how Americans don’t know anything about hockey and sportsmanship. The americans say how this is BS, because they love hockey but when I saw this it pissed me right off.

Diary of a GM

In this very interesting article, Anaheim Ducks’ GM Brian Burke reveals what he did and tried to do in the month of February to help his team out.

What was once something kept secret by every GM in the NHL, Burke reveals names of players he went after and what other GM’s were asking for, keeping a diary of each day.

A must read for everyone who ever wonder how it’s like to be an NHL GM.

It’s embarrassing to be associated with most Leaf fans….

The booing of Raycroft and McCabe set me off the other night.

Doubts about Bob!

I liked Bob as a player but have my reservations about him as a GM.

Some moves by Bob:

Playoffs a Necessity for the Thrashers

The Atlanta Thrashers were one of the teams at the trade deadline to make a major splash acquiring one of the more marquee players available. In adding a player like Keith Tkachuk, the team feels it has the necessary ingredients to make a big push for the playoffs. The team also acquired veterans Pascal Dupuis, Eric Belanger and Alexei Zhitnik giving the Thrashers sufficient depth to compete in the very tight Eastern Conference.

Esche on his way out? Looking Ahead

Could this be the end of the Robert Esche era in Philly, I think so. With Esche right now being the third wheel after the Flyers opted to go out and get a solid number one goaltender in Martin Biron, it could get interesting to see what they decide to do. To me, it is obvious that Biron will be their number 1 and that Nitty will back him up. Even though Birons contract is up at the end of the season you can beat you Philly cheesesteaks that they are going to resign him.

Team-by-Team Grades

Hope you guys had fun as much as I did. I was hoping for more and it was up and down on Tuesday where some trades happened in a row and then we went through stretches of boredom.

Still, thanks to Trademan and Lint07. We’re a great team. I was very pleased with the way we changed the layout of the front page. I know it may have not looked as nice, but it gave us, and you, more flow to navigate the links and refresh the page. We were packed and when we’re packed with high traffic, we cannot work the Web site. While it’s frustrating, it is great news for us as well! So, thanks Trademan for allowing me to get the news up on the go, and Lint07 did an excellent job as well. Poor guy was so sick……SO SICK……that he had to stay home from work. Such a brave Habs fan, is he not? Heart and soul guy….smart, yet….not even GM Gainey would trade an 8th rounder for him!

Thanks for your support, the HTR members and the Guests. You make our work fun to do! Check out my grades on the teams for Monday-Tuesday deals.

End Of An Era

Dear Ryan Smyth,

Even as a diehard Canuck fan, I was shocked and heartbroken to see you traded from the Edmonton Oilers. You epitomized everything a great hockey player is: all heart, great scorer, ultimate team player, willing to sacrifice your body for the greater good.

You always did what was best for your team, be it the Oil or Team Canada. Your coach could have told you to play goal without pads and you would have gladly done it, if it meant a better chance to win for your team.

Wow – What a day at HTR and thanks guys

Wow!!!! What a day it has been and many moves have been made. Some of the highlights of the action includes Bertuzzi to the Red Wings (as predicted by HTR) Guerin to the Sharks and who saw the Ryan Smith trade coming. We also can not forget the Flyers got them selves a goalie. Biron will get a chance to be a number one and it is our guess that he will not disappoint.