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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!
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.
Doug Gilmour flew back to Toronto on Friday to get his injured left knee examined by doctors.
The Maple Leafs fan favourite didn’t have crutches when he got off the plane in Toronto but he did have a pronounced limp.
With a mere 10 games left on the schedule time is running out on the Rangers. They find themselves barely any closer to a playoff spot than they were 2 weeks ago with only 3 weeks remaining. With a third line that now boasts part of Edmonton’s old first line, they have more people who should be able to put the puck in the net than any team in the NHL. Their glaring problem after all these trades still seeems to be the same as the beginning of the season: lack of cohesiveness and defense. While Sather has gathered perhaps the most impressive collection of individual snipers in the league he ignored what the rangers really needed as evidenced by the keystone cops routine in OT that allowed a wide open game winner by Ottawa last night.
With an extremly tough schedule ahead of them can the Isle’s hold on to make the playoffs or will they fall short and let one of the oh so lucky 2 in instead.
According to radio station CKAC and newspaper LA PRESSE, Patrice Brisebois would have refuse to be traded to the New Jersey Devils on deadline day…
Billionaire B. Thomas Golisano has signed an asset purchase agreement to buy the bankrupt NHL Buffalo Sabres, all but securing the team’s future in Buffalo after eight months of uncertainty, a league source said Thursday.
Golisano now must seek final approval of the purchase from U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Buffalo. Golisano’s offer is scheduled to be presented to Judge Michael Kaplan at 10 a.m. Friday.
The source, who is familiar with the negotiations and spoke on condition of anonymity, said more details will emerge Friday afternoon. Golisano has scheduled a news conference for 1:30 p.m. Friday at HSBC Arena, the Sabres’ home, said Laura Saxby-Lynch, his spokeswoman.
I’d like to say thanks to the whole HTR staff for all of their hard work and research over the past week. This site has come along way since I’ve been a member and keeps getting better.
Pierre McGuire, TSN’s “hockey insider” and analyst, reported on the Mitch Melnyk Show on Team 990 in Montreal that a “high-profile” Leaf player will be put on waivers very soon.
He apparently got a call late last night, around 1 or 2am, from a reliable Leaf source.
I found this site by accident and I immediately signed up and really enjoyed checking it hourly to see what people thought about my team and all others in general.
San Jose Sharks centre Vincent Damphousse reportedly vetoed a trade that would’ve seen him become a Vancouver Canuck, several sources in both San Jose and Vancouver reported Tuesday.
Earlier in the day, Canucks GM Brian Burke claimed he had a “much bigger” deal (in comparison to the Brad May deal) worked out for an unidentified player, but it fell through.
Reasons why Burke didn’t make a big trade.
-need more prospects
-great draft this year
-didn’t want to mess up the chemistry.
-Save money for resigning players like Cloutier etc.
-save money to sign ufa’s.
-he believes in the team that he has. he knows that they are a stanley cup contender without making any trades.
First of all, I really appreciate all the messages and compliments I received for posting the trades. But, I would like to give credit to TSN.ca, they did an awesome job. TFP was very useful, helpful, and I would like to congratulate them for getting the Gilmour story up first. Also, Sportsnet.ca was helpful.
However, no one deserves bigger credit than Trademan. Never forget that he created this masterpiece of a site. Where would you be without it? Don’t thank me, thank him!
Also, HTR hit a record today. At one point, 1200 people were on the site all at once. Also, I kept this stat: 5308 members on 3.4.03 and on 3.11.03, HTR has 5432, and counting. Awesome!
Anyway, let’s take a look at this D-Day.
www.thefourhtperiod.com reports that Shawn McEarchen has signed a multi year extension. Click for more…
Isle’s trade Chris Osgood and an 03 3rd round pick to the St. Louis Blues for Justin Papineau and 03 2nd round pick.
Capitals acquire Berezin for a 03 4th rounder.
Rob Neidermeyer to the Duck for prospect Commodore, and JF Damphousse (both former Devs).
Dan McGillis traded from the San Jose Sharks to the Boston Bruins for a 2nd round pick. (He is not even worth that).
MacAmmond back to the Flames for a 5th rounder.
I am traded to the Penguins. No, Micki Dupont and Mattias Johansson are Penguins now, and going to the Flames is Shean Donovan.
Brad May traded to the Canucks for a 2nd or 3rd round pick.
The Penguins traded Ian Moran to the Boston Bruins for a 4th round pick in 2003.
The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired Blackhawks defenseman Phil Housely for a 4th and 9th round pick.
Penguins trade Marc Bergevin to the Lightning for Brian Holzinger.
TFP.com confirm that Doug Gilmour is a Maple Leaf for a conditional pick.
TSN.ca reports that Steve Thomas was acquired from the Mighty Ducks in exchange for a 5th rounder.
TSN.ca reports that the Oilers have traded Janne Niinima, a 2nd, and 4th round pick to the New York Islanders for Brad Isbister and Raffi Torres.