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.

Cliffnotes:

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.

Islanders News

In a recent article in New York’s Newsday, reporter Alan Hahn writes the Islanders are still very much interested in Zigmund Palffy. “I’m sure fans would love to see us make a move for a player like him or any other player of great talent,” Milbury said. “We’re always wanting to get better. But it’s not easy to make trades, especially now, with fiscal awareness. Every trade involves money. And not many teams are looking to take on a lot. And that includes us.” If a deal isn’t struck between the Islanders and Kings for Ziggy, Milbury and the Islanders may turn to some other interesting options. One has winger Geoff Sanderson from the Blue Jackets coming to the Islanders and another exciting option involves Florida Panthers young star winger Kristian Huselius. Right now the biggest problem with the Islanders is the same problem every other team has(except the Rangers) the unwillingness to spend money. If the Islanders can find it in the budget to make a trade and pick up a player with the talent of Palffy that does two things for them. First of all, being a season ticket holder myself for the Islanders, the Coliseum will be packed out with people who WANT Ziggy back and second of all with the Islanders adding a nasty scoring threat they finally have that first line. Hopefully Yashin will start puting up some numbers. It should be fun these last few weeks until the trade deadline to see what happens. The Islanders are one of the teams that would really benefit from a trade right now!

Burke to Blues?|| My take on Iginla to NYR|| Leafs should go for it!||March MADn

Like I mentioned before, Burke should be heading to the St. Louis Blues.

Media exaggerates Iginla to Rangers rumor.

MARCH MADNESS COMING SOON!!! And no, not college basketball.

Yashin on the FOURTH line? Yikes!

Funny news of the day!!!

Islander's on lookout for Winger

Numerous reports from most New York papers report that the Islanders are on the lookout for a winger to pair with Yashin. The Islanders NEED some more scoring to become a true contender! Owner Charles Wang has stated in reports from Newsday that he is not opposed to adding to the bottom line if the player is the right guy.

Colossal Rumors

TSN still discussing Iginla to New York, aetherial adds his opinion.

Leafs looking at Nolan…..

….or

maybe not! leafs looking at Brazilian born defenseman.

habs_88_4life says no way jose` on Iginla to NYR.

NEWS AND RUMOURS FLYING AROUND

IGINLA

For the last two months, Jerome Iginla has been almost traded to Toronto, Colorado, NY Rangers, New Jersey…and the list goes on and on.

Devils target Iginla, Drury…and more

According to Tom Gulitti of the Bergen Record Lou Lamerillo is one of the many GM’s inquiring about Flames power forward Jarome Iginla. The article states that the Flames want D Colin White who is a punishing top 4 dman F Jamie Langenbrunner who played for Button when he was director of player personale in Dallas, and highly touted Goalie Prospect Ari Ahonen. In my opinion this asking price is ridiculously high for a player who is good, but not great, if the Flames want they can have a couple defensive prospects plus NHL ready players like Berglund, Bicek, Guolla, Gionta, Rupp which I do not believe they will accept for their “franchise player”

-Devilsfanatic

Sather Strikes Back

After completing a heavily lopsided deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins to acquire Alexi Kovalev, many GMs/Personnel in the NHL decided to voice their opinion on the trade and how it “destroys the system.” Glen Sather came out and has told the people of Toronto to stop whining.

Source:http://www.faceoff.com/home/news/story.html?f=/news/20030214/030214News1201134.html

Flyers Give Ragnarsson Two Extension

Flyers And Defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson

Agree To Two-Year Contract Extension

The Philadelphia Flyers announced today that they have agreed to terms with 6’1”, 215-pound defenseman Marcus Ragnarsson on a new two-year contract extension, according to club President and General Manager Bob Clarke.

HAPPY HOCKEY DAY EVERYONE

Just wanted to wish you guys a Happy Hockey Day from up North. It is a pretty kick ass holiday- everyone’s out playing hockey and all the NHL Canadian teams are playing each other so it is going to be a great night.

All the news is from nhl.com.

Sens trade rumours

Today, on Canoe.ca (slam Sports) there is an article speculating on some potential moves by the Ottawa Senators. Owen Nolan (who seems to be going to just about every team in contention these days) and Bates Bataglia.

And now for something completely different…..

This is ludicrous: I personally don’t think the Rangers have the personnell to pull this one off. But when it comes to the Broadway blueshirts and Glen Sather you just never know.

Experts Rumor Update: (Trades Are All About Salary, Nothing Else)

HTML:TSN.ca, SPORTSNET.ca

Lasts nights game between the Oilers and Leafs added speculation that the Leafs are considering persuing scoring forward Anson Carter.

Battaglia to Ottawa, Irbe's future, and other notes…

The Raleigh News and Observer reports:

With Sami Kapanen gone and Irbe on his way out, more changes could follow before the March 11 trade deadline.

The New York Rangers’ deal for Alexei Kovalev makes it less likely they will be interested in Jan Hlavac, but the Ottawa Senators have been poking around the Canes lately and may be pursuing Bates Battaglia.

While Battaglia has had a miserable season, the Canes are still enamored of his long-term potential and would want a similar caliber player back in any deal.

Defensemen Aaron Ward and Sean Hill could also be made available to a contender for the right price.

Other Canes’ News:

The Canes are really trying to get a deal done for Arturs Irbe. Although he is willing to go to the minors, assistant GM Jason Karmanos said late yesterday: “The fact that he cleared is a pretty good indication there are 29 other teams that don’t want to pick up his contract. Hopefully, somewhere down the line for Arturs’ sake there’s something that can be changed so another team is interested in picking him up.” The Canes are not planning to renig on their previous plans of recalling Patrick DesRochers and sending Irbe to Lowell, but I would look for an Irbe deal to be worked out before the March 11 deadline.

Take Care,

Tom Gidlow (stevemcconnell2003)

The top five things you do after dumping salary…

On the heels of trading the 4th leading scorer in the National Hockey League to the NY Rangers, for what appears to be a bag of pucks and a few pairs of skates, the Pittsburgh Penguins have continued the rebuilding process that began with the trade of Jaromir Jagr almost two years ago.

What next?? Here is what I believe the Penguins should do…

Irbe Clears Waivers and sent to Minors!!!

Arturs Irbe has cleared waivers and will be sent to the Lowel Lock Monsters of the AHL after tonites game in Dallas!!! Here is the source:

http://www.newsobserver.com/hurricanes/story/2193596p-2074911c.html

This article states that the Canes are going to continue to try to trade Irbe before the March 11th trade deadline, Jason Karamanos also stated that Irbe will not be a part of the Hurricanes future.

Will Irbe even report to Lowel? And if he does, will he end up like Jim Carey did in Providence/ Boston. I do not know for sure, but Irbe certainly must have a one way deal with the Canes.

If Irbe is traded before the deadline, would any of the teams that could be interested in him also have potential interest in either Wesley, Ward or Hill, all of whom are rumored to be available? As we saw with Pittsburgh, teams trying to dump salery might be more likely to send alot of guys off at once. This last part is purely speculation on my part of coarse.

Where do the Leafs look now? Leaf_Expert Says.."Still Plenty of Fish Left"

With the trade of Alexei Kovalev to the Rangers the Maple Leafs are now forced to accept it and move on, and look for another player that can be obtain in their hopes to win the Cup. Following is a list of the best of the potential FORWARDS that could be traded, either to the Leafs or somewhere else, by this years trading deadline, along with my predictions on the odds (out of ten) that it will happen.

Ottawa out of trouble?

While everybody called the Rangers/Penquins deal the end of hockey, why don’t we look at a possibility of new life for another team. The Ottawa Senators and their recent (pending) purchase by Rod Bryden.

Have a look

From the Globe and Mail

Flyers Looking for Blueline Depth

“Tim Panaccio reports the Flyers want to add another veteran defenceman to their blueline. Potential acquistions include the Kings Mathieu Schneider or Dmitry Yushkevich, the Sabres Alexei Zhitnik or the Coyotes Teppo Numinnen, with “lesser options” being the Sharks Bryan Marchment or the Flames Bob Boughner. The NHL would have to ok a trade of Zhitnik, as the league is running the club while it searches for a buyer. Panaccio notes the Flyers have the Coyotes first round pick this year and they might want it back after their disapointing season. Also both clubs have made deals with each other in the past. Coyotes GM Mike Barnett said he won’t trade Numminen, but Panaccio believes that could be a bluff to raise the asking price.

Chuck Gormley reports the Flyers could ship defenceman Marcus Ragnarsson, an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, to the LA Kings, along with a first round pick, to obtain Schneider. He also claims the Flyers could go after Zhitnik and Chicago’s Phil Housley. The only way this could happen if the Flyers are interested in acquiring another defensemen some where else.”

Flyers-Sabres Deal Iminent??

It was reported on SpectorsHockey.com that a deal between the Flyers & Sabres could waiting final approval by the league. The source of the rumor is said to be Bob MacKenzie reporting between periods of a Habs-Capital game last night. The deal was reported as follows: