Are we too hard on the Rangers, or not hard enough

If this gets posted I’ll be surprised, but with all the heated debate the Lindros and the Snow articles started I thought something a little more blunt and straight to the point would stir up a better arguement. Is Sather and the Rangers the Punchline to the NHL’s worst joke, or are the fans of every other team in the league simply jealous of the spend money like its water mentality that Sather has? Read and respond.

Mario Lemieux To The Avalanche?

Larry Brooks reports the Colorado Avalanche spent “considerable time” at the trade deadline trying to figure out a way to obtain Pittsburgh Penguins captain Mario Lemieux as a playoff “rental”. As a team owner, Lemieux is forbidden to play for another team. Brooks suggests Lemieux might sell the cash-strapped Penguins this summer and then shop himself around the league with a $10 million US pricetag.

Personally, I can’t see Lemieux burning all his bridges in Pittsburgh, just to play hockey in another city. Besides, if he goes, the Pittsburgh franchise, which is already on shaky ground, will be all be destroyed. This poor franchise has been through so much, this would tarnish Lemieux’s image, and his legacy with the Pens. I just can’t see him doing this. Why would the Avalanche waste the trade deadline on something that’s basically impossible. Out of curiousity, I wonder what took “considerable time?” It should have been a two minute phone call. You never know, but I can’t see it, that’s just my opinion.

Maple Leafs Hated Or Loved? Or Both?

If you were to ask the average hockey fan in Canada who his favourite team is, there’s a good chance he/she will say it’s the Maple Leafs. If you were to ask the average hockey fan in Canada which team he hates the most, it’s probably the Maple Leafs. Toronto fans are a proud…. Sorry, did I say proud, I meant to say overwhelming group of people. For the last few years, their team has played a lot like their fans. They’re the goons of the NHL. Months ago, Sports Illustrated took a stab at them, stating that they’re the most hated team in hockey. I guess it’s inevitable, considering Toronto has the largest fan base, that they’ll have the most fans and the most enemies.

Slats Catches Cheater

Rangers GM Glen Sather catches Islander goalie Garth Snow with illegal equipment.

NYPost.com reports:

Booing the Anthem

This is not an indictment of Canada for not agreeing with the U.S. lead war against Iraq. As a U.S. citizen who believes in the freedom of speech, I believe citizens and fans have the right to express their opinion. I also believe that the heavy French population in Montreal and Quebec has vastly different opinions from those in Ottawa, Toronto, and Vancouver as shown by the attempts to become a separate country. However there is a time and place for everything and a hockey game is not the forum to express those opinions.

Lindros Might walk….Rangers might let him

Well, Lindros hasn’t had a great season this year, And With a neutral option for next season … he might not want to come back…… and the Rangers might not want him back either.

Lindros Didn’t really want to be in NY when he was traded … but realized it was his only way out from Philly. He Really wanted to be in Toronto … and may find himself playing in Canada next year were he wants to be.

Red Wings Team Report

There seems to be a lot of Red Wing fans out there that are itching to share their opinions about the team. I figured I’d provide that opportunity while sharing some of my opinions about the Wings, and their chances in this year’s playoff.

Fine makes McCabe Furious

Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe is among the first NHLers to be fined $1,000 by the league for diving.

Could The Crossover Work?

An article in the Windsor star states that the NHL would be better suited if a cross-over effect took place in the playoffs. Personally, I wouldn’t mind it either. The article says:

Ftorek Fired

After starting a good streak, Robbie Ftorek was fired today by the Boston Bruins. GM Mike O’Connel will take over behind the bench.

Various sources.

Lemieux begins cleaning house.

In surprise move on Tuesday, mario Lemieux and team president Tom Rooney, relative of popular Pittsburgh Steeler president and owner Dan Rooney, have decided to part ways.

In Other News!!!!!!

Freddie Brathwaite has been placed on waivers.

Who will pick him up? No one?

Oilers Fans Speak Out!!!

They will clinch the playoffs, most likely.

Where are all the ones that bashed the trade?

And Lowe’s lookin` good uh?

Da voodoo cycle done put de spell on Lo-ahd Stanley: Crazy superstition abounds!

With the Detroit Red Wings solidifying their place in the hockey elite, I can pretty safely say the cycle continues. Now, what cycle would that be? The one that established itself following the Devils Cup winning season in ’95.

Observe the past Cup winners:

1995 – New Jersey Devils

1996 – Colorado Avalanche

1997 – Detroit Red Wings

1998 – Detroit Red Wings

1999 – Dallas Stars

Now, the cycle remains intact:

2000 – New Jersey Devils

2001 – Colorado Avalanche

2002 – Detroit Red Wings

2003 -

Look familiar? It should. So, pull out your phony Jamaican accents, look in something crystal or spherical and see that, barring some tragedy, the Wings have no choice but to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup, even if they didn’t want to. And cheer up Stars fans: you have next year.

Sharks Fire Lombardi

www.thefourthperiod.com

Sharks fire Lombardi
TFP Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 18, 2003
The Fourth Period –

It was only a matter of time for San Jose general manager Dean Lombardi. The Sharks struggled all season and a team many picked to reach the Stanley Cup final will not even make the playoffs. Coach Daryl Sutter was fired by Lombardi two months into the season in hopes that the Sharks could turn things around and make the postseason.

San Jose continued to struggle and today Lombardi paid the price with his job. Lombardi’s last few weeks as GM were busy, as he dealt captain Owen Nolan and veteran Bryan Marchment, and was involved in very active talks regarding Vincent Damphousse and Teemu Selanne.

Lombardi may not be out of work for long if TFP’s sources are accurate. There are reports that Lombardi will be hired as the new GM in Chicago and current GM Mike Smith will be dismissed. Lombardi is the son-in-law of Hawks Senior VP Bob Pulford.

State of the NHL: Is Canada being caught up to?

Canada has long been the place where NHL-ers are bred, born, and brought in from. The game the Canadians made popular is, in the Canadians’ opinions, played best by Canadians.

However, is the rest of the world catching up to Canada? I point to the Detroit Red Wings as your answer- YES.

How about that call last night?

That Stars and Oilers game last night was a classic. The crowd was into it, the Oilers fed off it, the Stars played good, not great, and with a very depleated line up, and it was just a great game. Why the refs tried to ruin it boggles my mind!

What's going on in Tampa Bay?

Living on Canada’s west coast, Tampa is about as far away from me as the NHL gets. So perhaps that’s why I never really paid much attention to the league’s perennial losing franchise, the Tampa Bay Lightning.

The Battlefield of Leafs and Flyers Fans

Enough stories that will start a war between these fans of two great teams. Anyone who is not a fan of either team, sit back and enjoy!!!!

A Tough Time after the CBA Agreement?

There are big talks about the New York Rangers being “screwed” after the CBA agreement.

My problem with that is that people use their uninformed mind and express their opinions on that. Saying that the Rangers will have such a hard time once a CBA agreement will take part for the 2004-2005 regular season. I want to challenge that, and I will obviously say that will not be the case.