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.

Free Agents Around The League

According to the Edmonton Journal:

Cory Stillman and Tyson Nash to be used as trade bait?

Oleg Tverdovsky to be moved?

Cory Cross happy in Edmonton?

Canucks searching for second-line centre?

Senators Great Season Re-Cap

The Senators have just finished an outstanding season. They took the fans on a ride we will never forget. They showed the heart and determination we didn’t know they had. It was a season of great surprises and many, many victories. It is now safe to say that the Sens proved all their critics wrong.

Devils Stanley Cup Primer

Devils: 2003 Stanley Cup Finals Primer

The MantaRay Devil report May 25, 2003

(From the swamps of Jersey)

To many hockey fans around the league, the unofficial Stanley Cup final was played last week when the Devils defeated the best team in the NHL in the Ottawa Senators.

Here is a breakdown of how the Devils match-up against The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim:

Laviolette on the hot seat. AGAIN

Mike Milbury has been interviewing the players from this seasons team and has met with Peter Laviolette several times with regards to the poor performance the team had down the stretch and in the playoffs. It appears many of the players are looking at Laviolette as a big reason the team did not succeed.

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