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What went wrong? We all ask that at the end of the regular season. I’d like to give my opinion on a few teams. Anyone is welcome to leave their opinion of “What Went Wrong”.
The key players. The coach, general manager. In what kind of po$ition is this team in? A review of the Edmonton Oilers’ 2001-2002 regular season as the missed the playoffs, finishing the season with 92 points.
Which is the most exciting series to watch in the playoffs? How far can THN’s Stanley Cup winner favorite Flyers go? Can the Canucks ‘eh’ the Wings? This is HTR’s 2002 Playoff match-up preview.
Flyers go with Cechmanek for the playoffs
The Atlanta Thrashers earlier told a local newspaper they were ready to give up their first pick overall (they had the best % of winning-25%) for immediate help on the ice. They will probably be more than willing to give up the 2nd pick now that we know the order of the draft. Maybe the Florida Panthers that have 2 picks in the first 10 are preparing a big trade involving the 1st pick overall as well…
Head coach Ron Low has been fired after two seasons with Rangers
After a first half of the season whereby even some of their die-hard fans were writing them off as a team unable to make the playoffs, the Vancouver team has somehow managed to salvage their season, and is turning it on at the critical point…right before the playoffs begin.
The Rangers marked a career high of 5 straight seasons without entering the playoffs. Although this was a very disappointing and very frustrating season, it was different than the previous seasons where the Rangers never accomplished anything good. This is the review of the Rangers 2001-2002 season as there will be the reviews of the other non-playoff teams. A review of the players, coaches, GMs’ transactions, the positives and negatives that came out of this season, and what the team should do in the off-season.
There is a ton of talent that isnt going to be under contract at the end of the season, and many of them will leave their old teams. Where will they end up?
With three days to go in the National Hockey League regular season and one of the closest Conference play-off battles in recent memory, I’ve decided to compile the mathematical possibilities of what each team still in the Western Conference play-off chase needs to clinch a play-off spot, and the likelihood of such an event. Those teams are (in order): the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers (No. 10 Dallas Stars are officially eliminated).
The axe has yet to fall on Ron Low, however that hasn’t stopped CNNSI’s Kostya Kennedy from speculating that Ken Hitch***** is a shoe in to be named the next coach of the New York Rangers.
Continuing on with my awards predictions, let’s continue on with the Jack Adams for Coach of the Year. There are many candidates and each deserve strong consideration, but which coach will come out on top? Let’s look at the candidates:
The end of the year is usually left to positive reports on those who overachieve. In our zeal to extenuate the positive, we forget those who underachieve, fail, or just plain stick. Without further adieu, the NHL 2002 Bizarro Awards, exclusively on Hockeytraderumors.com.
The Theo Fluery saga has taken another twist today as Fleury has publically made an ultimatum, he will either play for the Rangers next year or play in Europe.
The Montreal Canadiens clinched a play-off berth yesterday in a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators, but the big story last night was the return of one of hockey’s best players, Saku Koivu, returning from seven months of chemotherapy to record 8:22 in game time and earn the first star of the game.
Jarome Iginla is going to be a RFA at the end of this season, and he is going to win the scoring race by a considerable margin. As a canidate for the Hart Trophy on a nonplayoff team, this guy is going to want a ton of cash for the next few seasons. Money, that the Calgary Flames probably won’t be able to put together.
While I am proud to say that I will soon have U.S citizenship, just some personal news, I want to say that the past article involving Brashear was a complete mess-up that went out of control. If I deeply irritated HTR members during that “brawl”, then I am sorry that I didn’t get my point across well enough to make you understand. But, I am glad to see that I have more HTR members to debate topics with for the summer, not that I did it on purpose to have that. Anyway, that’s in the past, gone, finished, over, done, terminado, finito.
Fleury out…Lundmark in? What has Fleury done to anger the Rangers organization? The NY Post reports of Fleury and his problems with the Rangers. Rangers attempt the offer they gave to Sakic years ago, but this time involving Iginla?
Brashear, was he really worth it? Can Forsberg power up the struggling Avs offense?
Yesterday, Andre Roy, Adam Foote and Rob Ray were all handed suspensions and Patrick Roy was fined by the National Hockey League for actions earlier in the week.
I know it seems a little late for the third quarter, but I’ve decided the fourth will come at the conclusion of the play-offs, so, techinically, I still have some room for this quarter. Anyway, here is this quarter’s list of those who are doing better than expected and those who would just be better off being rink rats.