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.

Cliffnotes:

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.

www.thefourthperiod.com

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

www.thefourthperiod.com

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.

http://www.newsday.com/sports/hockey/islanders/ny-inotes103082124jan10,0,5577532.story?coll=ny%2Dislanders%2Dheadlines

Couple of News from TheFourthPeriod.com

http://www.thefourthperiod.com/rumors.html

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

Waddell to hire a coach soon.

Gary Roberts’ status.

Sens vs Canucks Game>>>Devils to Deal Rafalski>>>Philly's Old Kids on the Block>

Mantaray jinxed what was supposed to be the best game of the week. Just kidding Manta!

Rafalski to be dealt for a scorer? Mironov almost a New Jersey Devil.

Desjardins and Primeau are the old kids on the block, what’s their worth?

Bruins weaknesses starting to show.

Coyotes to change their look for 2003-2004…

ESPN had Mike Barnett, GM of the Coyotes in for an interview during Wednesday nights game again the Blackhawks and he revealed that along with the new building, the Coyotes will portray a new logo and new jerseys. Personally, I feel this is a damn good move! The current style is……ummm…..well, put it this way, the Canucks jerseys with the hockey stick on it were better! Watch for an outburst in jersey sales whether they come out next year or the year after. Jersey sales will go towards Amonte’s salary.

Barrasso To Retire A Penguin

ESPN.COM is reporting that Tom Barrasso, recently released goaltender of the St. Louis Blues, will sign a contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins so that he can retire a member of the team he played 12 seasons for. As a member of the Penguins Barraso captured back-to-back stanley cup championships in 1991 and 1992. It is not reported whether Barraso will play considering that the Penguins have a formidable goaltending tandem all ready in place with Johan Hedberg as a #1 goaltender and the up and coming J.S Aubin as a #2. But if Barrasso is planning on playing the signing will come at opportune time as Hedberg has recently suffered a shoulder injury that has led to the call up of Sebastien Caron. Hedbergs injury is not reported as serious so the margin of time for return would be slim. Barraso probably sees a signing with Pittsburgh as a good oppurtunity to end his illustrious NHL career on a positive note.

Controversial Goal Wins For Devils

Habs’ skid continues: http://www.faceoff.com/nhl/teams/canadiens/news/story.html?f=/news/20030107/030107News2203822.html

Sens Bankrupt!

It has been reported by TSN that the Ottawa Senators will be filling for Bankruptcy prtection, which basically means they will be given 30 days to come up with a long term business plan to keep the team viable. However at any time within that 30 day window a portion of the team can be bought if a judge deems that a sale is good for the creditors and the company (team in this case). It is however important to understand that filing for bankruptcy does not negate contracts which are currently enforced with the union (such as the NHLPA).

Fedorov out of Detroit???????

Foxsports and Msgnetwork.com’s Stan Fischler, is reporting the Detroit RedWings center and soon to be fa Sergei Fedorov will not resign with the team, and the club will trade him before the march deadline.

Fischler reports the team will/would not deal him to a western conference team, but to a eastern team. And the catch is finding a club that can afford to sign him to a long term contract, and give what the wings need (young defensive depth)

Now there is only a couple of teams in the east that can take on a contract that he would want Flyers,Rangers,Leafs.Can you imagine him a Ranger? a Flyer? Or even wearing a Leaf’s jersey?

I highly doubt the Wings would deal him, but im sure people will talk about this one.

Mironov Traded to Rangers

Disgruntled Chicago Black Hawk defenseman Boris Mironov was traded today to the New York Rangers for a 4th round 2004 draft pick.

The 30-year-old Mironov has been suspended without pay since Dec. 5 after leaving the team two days earlier and demanding a trade. He asked for reinstatement on Dec. 31 and has been in a conditioning program since. The Rangers will pick up $1.5 million of his $3.3 million salary, adding to a sky high team payroll of $69 million – tops in the NHL.

The Blackhawks compiled a 9-2-4-1 record after Mironov left the team.

It’s odd how the Black Hawks got so much better after Mironov left the team. I’m not sure why Mironov asked to be traded. What was his gripe? Nathan Dempsey and Steve McCarthy played very well in Mironov’s absence, making him expendable. This move should help the Rangers somewhat – a team that is desperate for help on defense.

What do you think of this trade?

Another Coach Canned!

According to ESPN.com Dave King has been fired by Columbus. Apparently GM Doug MacLean will take over in the interim.

Could this finally be the iopportunity for Ted Nolan to step in and coach…I’d like to say yes but somehow I doubt it!

Cory

Russia is 2003 World Jr Champs

Yuri Trubachev scored the winner midway through the third period as Russia beat Canada 3-2 to win their second consecutive world junior title.

Finland held off the United States 3-2 in an earlier game to win its second consecutive bronze medal.

The 2004 world championship will be held in Finland at Helsinki and Hameenlinna.

Thrash Talk: More of the Same

Another tough stretch of games for Thrashers fans to endure, not exactly new territory. It’s always been tough to be a Thrasher fan but we somehow trudge along. All we ask for is a bit of hope, and hopefully some will be coming in the next week or two.

Expert's Look: Who Is On The Block?

Just a list of of players that have been rumored to be on the Trading Block for the Maple Leafs, and what they could bring in return…..

Oliwa traded to the Bruins

ESPN.com reports Kristof Oliwa has been traded to the Bruins. Here is the press release: