Hartley Named Thrashers Head Coach


TFP was right all along about this, and they were the first. Not reliable? Think again…., these guys are more right than wrong.

(Jan. 14th) –- The Atlanta Thrashers have hired Bob Hartley as their new head coach Tuesday. Hartley, who replaces Curt Fraser, was fired less than a month ago by the Colorado Avalanche after a disappointing 10-8-9-4 start.

In just over 4 seasons with Colorado, the Thrashers new bench boss went 193-109-48 and he was the first NHL coach in 35 years to take a team to the conference final in his first four seasons

Hottest Recent Goalie||Goalie Back-ups||Surprise Play

A goalie that was never given a chance until rudely misused by his 1st team and put on the expansion draft.

Back up goalies don’t get much credit, and are never mentioned. HEY! They are still part of the team.

Surprise play:

A player with skills, is playing on his 12th season, and had seven 30+ goal seasons.

Darcy Tucker said it all Monday night.

Fedorov fires agents

The Detroit Free Press reports that Sergei Fedorov has fired his agents Octagon

Blame Owners, not Players

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Grahame To Make Another Trip?

(From Bob McKenzie, TSN.ca)

As if there weren’t enough Kyle McLaren trade speculation already, the Boston Bruins’ trading today of netminder John Grahame to Tampa Bay for a draft pick will fuel even more rumours that the B’s are on the verge of another big move.

Great article, you should all take a look at it…

TheFourthPeriod.com (Avent Media Group Inc.) and the Senators

(The Fourth Period.com) Avent Media Group Inc., owners and operators of The Fourth Period have announced their intention to bid for the Ottawa Senators. The Senators filed for bankruptcy protection January 9th and will be sold at auction on January 24th.

Avent Media will seek to purchase the restructured team and keep them in the city of Ottawa. The company has opened the bid to the public, and is seeking to raise CDN$60 million.

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Stars looking at McLaren?

In Dallas’s 6-3 win over Colorado on Saturday, Stars defenceman Richard Matvichuk suffered a fracture in his leg and will be out of action for 4-6 weeks, most likely.

This opens a new door for Dallas, who might be looking for additional help on the blueline. Is McLaren headed to Big D in exchange for a checking forward like Pellerin or Malhotra?

Best Free Agent Goalie of 2002-2003?

There isn’t a whole deal going on these days in the NHL, so what a great time to consider who won the free agent goaltending race of last summer.

Bruins shopping LaPointe?

According to Faceoff.com the Boston Bruins are dangling high priced, low scoring forward Martin LaPointe as trade bait along with Kyle McLaren. (ain’t he a Islander?)

LaPointe, a five million dollar a year forward has scored only one goal this year but is considered one of the few “leaders” on the Bruins. LaPointe and McLaren could bring the goalie the Bruins desperatly need as well as possibly a forward (Isbister and DiPietro?)

This rumor comes on the heels of Boston shipping goalie John Ghrame to the Tampa Bay Lightning for a fourth round pick, leaving a gap at the goalie position in Boston.

So what do you think? I believe that the Ghrame deal is opening a door for a bigger trade coming up. They need a goalie and they need offense.

Grahame to Bolts for a 4th rounder in 2004


Short story on it.

That is a horrible trade for the Bruins. Not like Shields was much better than Grahame, especially before Grahame was injured. That means that they might go after a real starter soon. As for Tampa, they give up a 4th for a back-up goalie. Not bad since a 4th round pick can always be re-acquired. Shows how much the Bruins goaltender was worth though….


It has been well documented that the Toronto Maple Leafs have been searching, among other things, a second line center. And if sports radio “THE TEAM” is correct. They may have found one in Nashville.

All-Star Starting Lineups…What A Joke.

The starting lineups for the NHL All-Star game were released Saturday. I like how the NHL is going back to the East/West format but there are some huge mitakes that the fans made in voting. Here are the lineups and my comments…

MantaRay report for 11/12/03

The MantaRay Powerrankings for the week ending 1/12/03.

As teams reach the midway point in the season here are the latest powerrankings.


Top ten:

-Philadelphia Flying up 4 spots with improved play

-Red Hot Stars move up to the #3 spot.

-Blues & Bruins drop

Middle of the Pack:

-Caps & Isles continue to make their moves

-Av’s snowed under

Bottom of the Barrel:

-Bluejackets & Pred’s climbing out?

-Canes winded and collapsing.

-Panthers get neutered by Caps and others.

Wickenheiser's Debut, the shape of things to come?

Ken Fidlin of the Toronto Sun wrote a recent article regarding Hayley Wickenheiser, the long time Canadian female hockey star playing her first professional hockey game in Finland.

Hartley's Atlanta's New Coach!!!

TheFourthPeriod.com reports:

Hartley to coach Atlanta

(Jan. 11th) As first reported by TFP on Thursday, Bob Hartley will be the Atlanta Thrashers new head coach. The two sides are currently finalizing contract details and the announcement is expected this weekend. Hartley is expected to be behind the bench possibly for the team’s next game Monday in Philadelphia, but no later than a home game Wednesday against Montreal.


McLaren Deal Done?????

McLaren Deal Done?

Various media sources are reporting that the deal involving Boston Bruins defenseman Kyle McLaren is complete, and an announcement is imminent. As discussed on TFP previously, the reports suggest McLaren is on his way to the New York Islanders in exchange for forward Brad Isbister and a draft pick. TFP has not been able to contact officials in either Boston or New York this morning.

McLaren, 25, has not played this season and requested a trade after turning down Boston’s qualifying offer of $1.755-million. He has 34 goals, 90 assists and 370 penalty minutes in 417 NHL games. Isbister, also 25, has 9 goals and 10 assists in 38 games with the Islanders


Coaching Changes

How serious are these rumors about fan favorite, Ted Nolan, coming back to coach the Sabres? Ruff’s contract ends after this year, and he has a friend in Columbus.

Habs trade rumors

Recent postings on the fourth period suggest that the Habs are trying to obtain Sami Kapanen from Carolina and are trying to deal Jeff Hackett to the Bruins. The Habs have demonstrated over the past year and a half that they do not know how to improve their team through trades.

****UPDATE**** Isles Hunt for McLaren

According to Newsday and TSN, the Isles have emerged as the leading candidate to land Kyle McLaren. Boston which has had goalie troubles recently asked for Rick DiPietro, but that was turned down by the Islanders. Boston also has interest in Brad Isbister, however Isbister has been nursing a sore ankle and will be sidelined for the next 10-14 days.

A 3 way deal that involved Tampa fell through. The newspaper reports the Bruins recently turned down an offer from the Tampa Bay Lightning of Fredrik Modin straight up for McLaren. The 3 way deal would have sent McClaren to the Isles, Roman Hamrlik to Tampa and Modin and possibly Kubina to Boston.


Couple of News from TheFourthPeriod.com


Turco a hero in his neighborhood. US needs to change drinking age law!!!

Waddell to hire a coach soon.

Gary Roberts’ status.