Varada Traded to Sens for Prospect Reports:

The Ottawa Senators toughened up for the playoffs Tuesday by acquiring hard-nosed right-winger Vaclav Varada and a fifth-round pick in the 2003 draft from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for Jakub Klepis.

So What Was Wrong With the Red Wings?

Not recently, of course, as they’re something like 6-0-0-1 in their past 7 games, w/ the one OTL being a complete fluke.

Devils are Cheap

There have been multiple reports that the devils are chasing highly paid and highly touted snipers, checkers, and finesse players. I’m here to put these rumors to sleep. The Star-ledger dedicated a page to the Palffy rumor, and half to the Nolan rumors. These simply aren’t true.

Rheaume to Devils

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Thrashers traded veteran forward Pascal Rheaume to the New Jersey Devils on Monday for a conditional choice in the 2004 NHL entry draft.

Rheaume, who began his seven-year NHL career with New Jersey, has four goals, nine assists and 24 penalty minutes in 56 games this season. For his career, he has 34 goals and 48 assists in 242 games with New Jersey, St. Louis and Atlanta.

Not big, I’ll grant you. But at least a real trade to report.

Gratton to Colorado

The Denver Post reported today that the Avalanche are ‘mulling’ a trade for Gratton. No mention of who they would part with to obtain Gratton, although he was mentioned as taking Serge Aubin’s spot in the lineup. The Avs are apparently trying to fill a gap they perceive in third line scoring (and second line too most likely).

Could this be the real deal

The Toronto Star had this today to say about Owen Nolan possibly coming to the Leafs

New York Islanders News:

In Sunday’s (February 24th) sports section in New York’s Newsday there was some speculation about some Islanders trade rumors. Reporter Alan Hahn reports that while it was mascot day at Nassau Coliseum that there may have been more then just the Calgary Flames mascot in attendance. Two Calgary Flames scouts were in the stands observing the Isles and were also spotted in the sky box with Islanders General Manger Mike Milbury. Before the game Fox Sports announcer Howie Rose interviewed Milbury in a segment called ”Behind the Bench” and Mad-Mike suggested that the Islanders may not just sit back come the March 11th trade deadline. He also went on to add that he thinks with some added depth the Islanders could be a “dominate force” in the playoffs. The names that are most likely on all of your minds is Mr. Iginla. While that would be an amazing aquisition for not just the New York Islanders but any team, I would tend to say that it’s more about a player like Chris Drury….Should be fun to see who get’s dealt and who doesn’t…..GO ISLANDERS!!!

Borque next Bruins Head Coach???

O.K. this is from The Fourth (the same “source” that broke the Thrasher hiring Hartley story). Here’s the article than I’ll give you my take.

MantaRay PowerRankings for 2/23/03

Here we go again the MantaRay PR’s for games ending 2/22/03.

With an emphasis on playoff aspirations and picking the bones of the non-playoff teams carcass.

Manta Match up:

STARS vs SENS Thursday, Feb 27th


Top ten:

-Sens ascend again

-Strong team effort finds Leafs higher

-St. Louis singing the Blues

Middle of the Pack:

-Snow season good for Isles

-Bruins still hibernating

-Caps allow Lighting opportunity for playoffs

Bottom of the Barrel:

-Rangers and Pred’s contending or pretending?

-Jackets and Flames finished

-Sabres still claim the dishonor of #30

NHL's Top 20 Goalies

I am sure this story will be controversial, however I have decided to rank the NHL’s top 20 goaltenders for this season. I am sure not everyone will agree with my choices, but I believe these to be the fairest choices.

Dafoe Done for Season

Atlanta Thrashers goaltender Byron Dafoe has been diagnosed with a sports hernia and is likely to miss the remainder of the season, according to a published report.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution stated that the injured goaltender, who has been sidelined with groin injuries three times, is expected to have surgery. The 31-year-old Dafoe is 5-11-1 with a 4.36 goals-against average this season.

Nolan to Flyers for Williams?

According to Al Morganti,The Flyers are interested in Owen Nolan,and said that it would take “an injured(Knee)Justin Williams.”to get him.He goes on to say that “that Price would be too high for the Flyers.”Morganti said,however,that the Sharks can use other eastern conference teams for leverage,with thier other players such as “Selanne,and Thornton”

More on Iginla to Philly Rumors

TFP has a new look.

Flyers in hot pursuit of Iggy
February 21, 2003
The Fourth Period –

If you thought that bringing in Eric Chouinard and Sami Kapanen were going to be the end of the Philadelphia Flyers’ player moves, you may have been mistaken. TFP has learned that the Flyers have stepped up their efforts in trying to bring Jarome Iginla to the City of Brotherly Love.

According to a source in Philadelphia, the Flames, who are highly interested in Flyers GM Bob Clarke’s untouchable Simon Gagne, would instead settle for a package that would include injured forward Justin Williams and highly-touted defense prospect and Alberta native, Jeff Woywitka. The names of Flames defenseman Bob Boughner and Philly forward Micael Handzus have also come up as well. When asked if the Flyers had any interest in Iginla, Clarke refused to discuss trade speculation. Philadelphia would like to add some scoring punch before the deadline, and Iginla would obviously fill that void. Before scoring five goals last night, the Flyers had just 16 goals in their previous 12 games.

The price for Iginla according to K. Jones & Morganti

The price for Iginla has finally been revealed… and in my opinion, its *WAY* too high.

Keith Jones and Al Morganti have a feature that airs locally here in Philadelphia on the SportsNet channel called “Facing Off”. Today’s primary topic was what it would take to get Iginla here.

According to Morganti, it would take: Gagne AND Williams AND either Woywitka or Pitkanen (the hot defensive prospects).

That’s way too high… but Morganti said the Flyers should go for it anyway. The salaries would benefit Calgary, so it makes sense from a financial standpoint, but the Flyers would be mortgaging their entire future for one player. When their old weight gets a little older, they’d be back to the doldrums instead of a maturing, good team.

Over and out from Philly,


Palffy Wants To Remain A King

Ziggy Palffy is among one of the players most mentioned as the NHL trade deadline approaches. But Palffy’s agent says he has begun talks on a long-term contract extension with the Los Angeles Kings….

Do I detect a little hatred?

Now, to any of who know Lehtinen, once you have read this, you will know that this has to be BS! Why, Lehtinen hardly ever gets any penalties nor has ever been known to. He isn’t the type of guy that is known to do anything of the sort or will he ever. Second, these excuses are just so lame that it’s pure pathetic. Downey don’t need to be on the ice at the time? Downey isn’t a “great” player so what’s it going to hurt? Pleeeeeeeease!!!

Voice of the Rangers-Jim Gordon–RIP

For those of you who grew up in the New York area and learned about hockey watching the Rangers on WOR-TV Channel 9 (when they were a competitive team and not the Ranger$ that we know today) Monday marked a very sad day.

Iginla, Palffy, Nolan, and some other stuff

Where are these’s bumb’s heading?

Iginla afer having a terrible year with the Calgary Flames will most likely be on the market. The flames will miss the playoffs for the sixith or seventh straight year, it’s hard to remember the last time they were there. Anyways, expect the NYR to make a dive into another decent player so that they can over pay them for under production. Iginla is not worth the money he makes and Calgary should have signed him to a short deal with less money. Therefore if he would have performed again he may deserve the money he’s making now.


With all the problems surounding the Penguis of late. Mostly regarding questionable trades. There may be one more deal that may raise a few eyebrows around the NHL.

“CTV SPORTNET” is reporting that Penguins owner and star forward Mario Lemieux may consider moving himself out of Pittsburgh. In order to improve his first love, the Penguins, he may trade himself to a contender in order to acquire two or three good players.

MantaRay Power Rankings 2/17/03

With apologies for last week, here are the MantaRay powerrankings for games concluded on Sunday, Feb 16, 2003.

In light of the Kovalev giveaway last week I decided to put a Craig Patrick trade evaluation for some of his past deals. Patrick was once hailed as a trade genius, but in light of recent deals it seems that his star has faded.

Please note that previous rankings are from two weeks ago.


Top Ten:

-Rushings prayers answered: the Stars finally earn the #1 spot finally.

-Sens also move to #2,Devs drop in light of recent play.

-Av’s go from #20 a few months ago to #10 and break into the elite with some impressive play.

Middle of the Pack:

-Bruins drop out of the elite for the first time all season.

-Oilers jeopardizing playoff spot

-Long live the Kings?

Bottom of the Barrel:

-Patrick has lost his trade touch, Pens fall

-Canes drained

-Watch the Yotes.