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.

Experts Rumor Update:

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Adrian Aucoins recent groin injury may force the Isles to speed up trade talks with the Bruins about the services of Kyle McLaren.

Hartley Named Thrashers Head Coach

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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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