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

http://espn.go.com/nhl/news/2003/0121/1496436.html

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

Tsn.ca/nhl

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…..

2003 ALL-STAR Team

Heres what the 2003 All-Star teams will look like:

Thrash Talk: A New Start

A New Start

The Thrashers start what will hopefully be a better era for the franchise. Certainly can’t be worse than before. The team started off very well under their new coach. The question now is will they keep up this type of play and learn from their coach, or will they fall back onto those very familiar bad habits. Time will tell, but at the very least Thrasher fans now have a bit of hope.

Call-ups and Speculation…

The Bruins recalled forward Martin Samuelsson and Defensman Rich Brennan from Providence of the AHL today according to BostonBruins.com. The team website reports that Samuelsson will make his NHL debut Wednesday night against the Panthers. He was Boston’s 2nd pick, 27th overall in 2000 NHL Entry Draft…Brennan is a 30 year old veteran with eight years of pro hockey experience with six different NHL franchises. Wednesday will be his Boston debut as well….

Therrien Canned by the Habs

Tsn.ca reports that the Montreal Canadiens have fired coach Michel Therrien.

Here is the article:

Canadiens fire Therrien

TSN.ca Staff

1/17/2003

The Montreal Canadians have fired head coach Michel Therrien, according to RDS.

There is a news conference scheduled for noon et today.

TSN has learned that Claude Julien will take his place behind the bench.

Julien was coaching the Hamilton Bulldogs, the top team in the American Hockey League. The Bulldogs are a joint farm team for the Canadiens and the Edmonton Oilers.

Details to follow….

Roy To Retire?

TSN’s Bob McKenzie states in a recent article appearing on TSN.CA “Don’t be surprised if this is Patrick Roy’s last season in the NHL.” McKenzie in no way states that this definatly will be Roy’s last season, but says that “those who know the Colorado Avalanche stopper have been getting the impression all season that he may be close to calling it a day on arguably the greatest goaltending career in NHL history.” Roy is playing in his 19th season in the NHL, tending Goal for the Canadiens and Avalanche, helping both to pairs of Stanley Cup Championships, while amassing a vast collection of NHL trophys and records allong with a respect that is unparalleled at his position.