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


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:


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


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.

For more information, visit www.thefourthperiod.com

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.