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When in the world is Lemieux going to play a game, and is Colin Campbell doing a good job? How should the NHL regulate the suspensions?
Thought I’d come on again and give your the latest from the Boston Globe and FoxSportsNet…………..
Who is that goalie in net? Not Richter. His mask looks very fancy though. Is it Skudra? Playing against the Washington Capitals? No? Who the heck is that goalie!?
Unfortunately, ESPN does not hire people who have brains of hockey. It is a shame, because all the articles and comments the media has done in general, especially ESPN, made them look foolish. Jeff Bradley is a writer for ESPN MAG. He wrote an article on Lindros and the Rangers. If a hockey analyst who writes articles wants to comment on a subject (i.e. trade, player, or team), he or she has to support both the positive side and the negative side. Bradley has zero knowledge on this Lindros trade, which made him write a useless article pointing out his opinion only, an incorrect opinion. Plus, find out what really happened between Sather and Patrick, along with what the circumstances would have been with any of Sather’s decisions. I know this subject has been written so many times, but if you really want to look smart in front of other hockey fans, then it is worthwhile reading this.
Richter came back way before he was scheduled to play, and has put a great performance in the pre-season and his first two games. Unfortunately, a total of 3 goals already have passed Richter, deflected off the legs/skates of Malakhov, Karpa, and Malakhov again.
Kloucek is also way ahead of schedule. He is scheduled to play in mid-November, yet he could be just as ready to play on the 19th or 20th of October. Will he make a great comeback from his injury? Most likely since there is a high possibility for him to be one of the toughest defensemen in the league.
In case anyone saw the report that ESPN put out stating that Jiri Dopita would be out for the entire season, that news is incorrect. He has a strained MCL and a hairline fracture in his knee and is estimated to be out from 4-6 weeks. This time is still very questionable, but he will not be out all season. He is already riding a stationary bike with no pain. What a break for the guy though, changes his whole lifestyle to come to the US while they are at war plays 2 periods and tears up his knee from a cheapshot, that’s gotta be frustrating.
Mario Lemieux who has been bothered by a hip flexor the past two weeks or so, will sit out tonight against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The lines will remain the same except for the fact that Kevin Stevens will move from the 4th line to the 1st line to replace Lemieux, and Krzysztof Oliwa will replace Stevens on line 4.
Now that the season has begun, HTR will expect many submitted articles during this season, probably too many. HTR will only post SIX articles a day as the maximum. Follow this short guideline:
1)-Avoid writing articles on a game.
2)-Avoid writing articles based on your predictions, ie. standings, trophy winners…etc.
3)-If an important and interesting event occured in a game, then you are free to write an article about it.
4)-Injury updates are acceptable, (someone say something about Dopita).
5)-Analysis of your team is acceptable.
Try to not overload the sent submitted articles.
TradeMan & HTR Staff
Today the Lightning re-signed Lecavalier to a four-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. Lecavalier has been holding out since the start of the season. He will not join the team for their opener against the Islanders. He will likely join the team for their game on Sunday.
“Nothing really new” was Tom Poti’s answer when he was asked if there had been any progress in negotiations between his agent, Jay Fee, and Oiler GM Kevin Lowe. Eventually this situation will rectify itself one way or the other, and quite possibly sooner rather than later.
Since the Board has been slow lately I thought I would pass the following rumours along. (One trade the other UFA news)
The panthers opening night roster is set for their game Thursday against the Flyers.
Goaltender Martin Brodeur has signed a 5 year deal extension with the Devils, worth $40 million dollars. Brodeur’s salary for this season is just $4.8 million dollars, and next season’s salary will largely increase to $8 million dollars. Although the contract does not include bonuses, Brodeur does have the choice of earning $8.9 million dollars in any of the 5 seasons.
Goalie Dan Blackburn, a rookie in Rangers camp, has signed a deal with the club. After and impressive pre season, it appears that Blackburn will be splitting back up time with Peter Skudra behind Mike Richter. Terms of the deal were not announced by the Rangers.
Just enough time left for me to get in my last licks before the regular season is finally underway. I noticed some noteworthy roster cuts, there’s already an injury or two, and perhaps I’ll throw out a prediction or two.
A bit of a surprise to the Pens organization and fans present at the Icoplex, the Pens pratice facility, on Monday.
The final cuts have just been announced and the roster is down to the required 23 players. The final decisions were the toughest and 6 NHL level players were cut, players that would have made the rosters of several teams in the league.
As expected, the rumors of either (or both) Jason Allison and Tony Amonte to the Rangers continue. Allison, an unsigned restricted free agent has claimed to be unhappy with Boston and wants out bad after an ongoing contract squabble. Amonte has been rumored from everywhere to N.Y. to Detroit to Colorado to Nashville, and it appears (again) he may be on the move.
A few more days until the new season starts! Teams are beginning to narrow down their rosters. The Flyers have reportedly reduced theirs and now the Boston Bruins have narrowed down the size of their roster.