Around the League – January 20, 2003

Ever notice how in the dead of winter, the greatest sport on earth is played on ice indoors? My fiancee posed that little Seinfeldism to me last night as I tried (yet again) to explain the nuances of the sport. Trying to define “butterfly style” to an architechture student proved to be an interesting philosophical discussion. Her favorite question of the night was: “Who’s the cute hockey player in that Toyota commercial?” Nevertheless, here we are in the dead of winter, and there’s lots to discuss – trade winds blowing, great games being played, coaches on the hot seat, etc. No time for love, Dr. Jones.

Fleury! A Strip Club This Time…?

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Blackhawks officials are investigating the circumstances of an altercation at an Ohio strip club that allegedly involved Theo Fleury and two other players, team sources said Tuesday.

Yzerman Ready For Action

Last Night “The Detroit Sports Report” (Fox Sports) reported that the Wings captain is ready for action. They went on to say not to get too excited yet though, because Yzerman doesn’t know yet how effective he would be come game time. “I’m participating in just about everything in practice, but I dont know how well that would carry over to the game” Yzerman said.

Expect Stevie to return to action sometime in the next month.

Experts Rumor Update: Leafs Want Kovalev(Almost did)

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I’m just giving an update to the fans that aren’t aware of the trade plans the Leafs have this season:

Trade Looming in Philly

Clarke had a few comments for the Philly Inquirere today regarding future moves and big named players who may be available:

Schedule Changes for Next Year

The way the schedules are set up now, teams play their division rivals five times each per season, and usually face teams from the other conference no more than once a year.

Brind'Amour out for 3 months, possibly the rest of the season

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Carolina Hurricanes leading scorer Rod Brind’Amour will need surgery and could miss three months after tearing a tendon in his right hand.

Roberts Back Soon, but Problems Loom Large, Those Forgotten Players

Two articles here:

leafazoid29: Roberts Back Soon, but Problems Loom Large

matrix2003: Those Forgotten Players

Wings chasing Teppo?

Rumors in Detroit are reaching fire-like intensity in regards to the Wings and Coyotes making a trade.

The subject of such a deal would be veteran Phoenix defenseman Teppo Numminen, 34, in his 14th season with the ‘Yotes franchise.

This trade rumor has been reported by Spector, as well as www.letsgowings.com.

In addition, Scotty Bowman said on Hotstove that the Wings were “working hard to acquire a veteran defenseman.”

Finally, the story broke on 2 separate Detroit radio stations yesterday, with both WDFN-1130 and WXYT-1270 reporting on it. Art Regner, of WXYT, said the deal “could be completed as early as next week.”

No site or station suggested what would be going to Phoenix in return, though.

Justin Williams done for the season

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TSN Reports:

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Philadelphia Flyers forward Justin Williams will have reconstructive knee surgery that is expected to keep him out the rest of the season.

Hayley Wickenheiser given contract in Finland

Hayley Wickenheiser, the first female to earn a point in a men’s league hockey game, has earned a contract for the rest of the year with Kirkkonummi Salamat, a tier-two team in Finland.

Milbury shoots down trade rumors

On the Islanders web site, Mike Milbury commented on the state of the Islanders as well as the “ludicrous” trade tumors as he calls them. Here are his comments.

More on Fedorov

You know it, the journalist that gets every trade rumor right writes again…

Larry Brooks!!! Also, some interesting stuff…

Dunham was supposed to be an Oiler?

More troubles between Bettman and Goodenow.

Troubles in Cat Country.

Also, a little dramatic preview of Rangers vs Flyers.

The Bird is on its' Way Out of the Nest…Soon…

Dejan Kovacevic, of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports the penguins are “working aggressively to trade right winger Alexei Kovalev…”

MantaRay PowerRank for 1/19/03

Here are the MantaRay power rankings for games ending Saturday, 1/18/03.

Mantarumination: Can you image the team the Isles could have had with the proper patience in the GM position?

The Cliffnotes:

Top ten:

-Red Hot Devils move up to #2 in conference and in PR’s.

Middle of the Road Teams:

-Pens & Ducks flying!!

-Lightning and Habs frying

Bottom of the barrel:

-$75 million dollar Wolfpack/Ranger$ showing heart.

-Sabres & Kats climb

-Preds drop to dead last.

Enjoy!

Bure, Yzerman, Leclair….. Big Impact.

With these players, Bure, Leclair, and Yzerman on the Return….. it adds a big impact for all 3 of these teams….. Not to mention all of these teams could use a boost………

Here are the status of these players.

Report: Firing Therrien Was ''PLAN B''

We all know that the Montréal Canadiens were struggling, with only 2 wins at their 12 last games (including losses to Atlanta & Buffalo recently) and something had to be done to shake this team.

We all heard that coach Michel Therrien has been fired and replaced by Hamilton Bulldogs’ coach Claude Julien, but according to ”Les Amateurs De Sports, AM 550” André Savard only took the decision after the loss against Philadelphia. And if Montréal had won the game, Therrien would still be behind the bench today. The source also stated that firing Therrien was the ”PLAN B”…

The Perfect Player

Rather than bore people to death with a biography on Darcy Tucker, or stating obvious facts that can’t be argued, I wanted to post an article that could involve everyone’s opinion in a fun way. This article will simply revolve around building the “perfect player”. Everyone has their own opinion on this and can state so without ridiculous argument, so to start it off, here is my version of the perfect player.

Robitaille On His Way Out???……..To The Leafs!?

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Left winger Luc Robitaille was a healthy scratch for Thursday’s game against the Avalanche. And has left the question: Are Lucky Luc’s days in Hockeytown numbered?

Dirty Darcy….?

Gotta love/hate that Darcy…..