Is Gomez Available? Do the Hawks need a Back-up Goalie? McLeod on Block?

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(Dec. 31st) While the Devils continue to ride their defense and Martin Brodeur’s goaltending, another star forward is said to be the focus of yet more trade talk. According to the NY Post, Scott Gomez has joined Patrik Elias and Joe Nieuwendyk among those mentioned prominently this season as Devil trading material.

(Dec. 31st) The Blue Jackets have until June to sign center Kiel McLeod, one of the team’s touted, second-round picks in the 2001 draft. It appears, however, that the Jackets are done negotiating. According to a Faceoff.com article, word is the Blue Jackets have put McLeod on the trading block.

Are the Senators done?

An article on the TSN website is reporting that the Senators will run out on money within weeks.Here is the article:

GM's Playing Domino>>>A look at teams so far>>>Senators Forced to Trade>>>The Wa

Domino effect, coaches get canned, will Trottier be next?

My view on the 30 teams in the NHL as teams are approaching mid-way (alphabetically: Team A through C).

Senators to trade players with the Rangers?

Some hockey history to share.

My hockey novel, ENFORCER, has been published(!)

Hope you all don’t mind–but I just had to tell somebody!! A book I wrote, called ENFORCER, has been published in paperback and is now available at Amazon.com Barnes and Noble and the publisher’s site, 1st Books.com. Also, local bookstores should be able to order it within the next few weeks, as well.

There is info and a preview of the book at 1st Books – ENFORCER and I have a new website with the links and info at Official Website for ENFORCER .

The book just became available this past week — and I am hoping to hear back from hockey fans & fight fans about it. A friend of mine, Link Gaetz wrote the foreword for me. Please wish me luck in this!! :)

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What is with these new referees?!

I am not one that likes to blame goals and games on referee’s, but while watching this Kings game I am incredibly unimpressed with these young refs. There have been complaints about them all year. Stuff like, they are trying to show that they are cracking down on penalties and so they give out stupid penalties. Or, I have heard that they don’t see as much as the veterans. I thought these complaints were nothing more than silly until my experience with them today.

Thrash Talk: Auld Lang Syne

Expected to be a light report due to the holidays, there has been quite a bit of activity with the Thrashers in the past few days. The axe finally falls and Atlanta fans now hoping for a new start.

MantaRay Power Rankings for 12/29

Here is this weeks MantaRay Power Rankings for games ending 12/28/02.

Pace is starting to pick-up for a lot of teams.

A few comments for this weeks post were based on an informal poll of NHL GM’s from the Toronto Globe and Mail. ENJOY! and Happy New Year!!!

Cliffnotes:

Top ten-

-Wings and Blues move up.

-Much to Rushings chagrin, Stars drop.

-Leafs enter the elite.

Middle of the Pack-

-Caps move up

-Habs & Kings move down

-Pens exit the bottom of the barrel

Bottom of the Barrel:

-Panthers lose focus after last weeks lofty words.

-Pred & Thrashers move up

-Sabres reacquire worst team in NHL status

This is my first article Part 2

Hi Everybody! I decided ( finally ) to register again to this site. Since I don’t remember what my old user was it’s ok. I live near Ottawa and I’m a big fan of the Senators since the beginning. I’ve seen this team grow with awesome draft picks and some very bad.. do i need to say who?. I’ll try to write an article about the Sens every week since there’s nobody who writes about them.

Canucks looking to add that special someone

Burky said he can persue a good player to push us over the top, who might that be: (keep in mind, it seems like we have 2-3 million to spend)

Czerkawski in the minors ?

Czerkawski climb into the vehicle of the general manager André Savard to return to Montreal while the remainder of the team got into a bus in direction of the airport for the next game at Pittsburgh.

source: http://www.rds.ca/cgi-bin/nouvelles?site=rdw&action=4&SPODIR=information&sport=#72405

3 is a crowd

With the trade freeze ending, speculation is that the NY Islanders will not keep three goalies on their roster for much longer.

NHL: If it ain't broke, stop fixing it!

I have been watching the greatest game on earth (Ice Hockey) for a little over a decade now. Unfortunately, I feel the NHL has made many unnecessary changes over the last few years. For example, what is going on with OT?

New Year's Wish List

This idea is sort of taken from NHL.com, but I thought it would be fun to see what the fans think their team needs in the New Year.

I’ll start with the Habs.

A Sad Holiday for Fraser

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?ID=19411&hubName=nhl

Head Coach Fraser of the Atlanta Thrashers was fired.

My take: Some GM’s can be so heartless. He should have been fired a month before Christmas, or a few more days after Christmas. Seriously, what a nice guy to fire someone the day after Christmas. I hope Waddell gets fired during a special event too.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY HOLIDAYS

HTR WISHES YOU ALL A GREAT AND SAFE MERRY CHRISTMAS. HAPPY HOLIDAYS, AND HTR THANKS YOU FOR THE GREAT ARTICLES!!!

HTR Staff

Fan stay away in Droves |||| Sinking attendance: Who's to blame?

Some scary attendance figures are staring NHL accountants in the face. The Coyotes are averaging just over 12,000-and that’s announced attendance, not occupied seats. Also the Coyotes are building a new arena. The smallest crowd in Phoenix this season was the 9,639 announced for a visit by the Jackets.

Mantaray Power Rankings for the week of 12/21/02

The Holiday MantaRay report for games ending Saturday, December 21st.

Here they are your weekly power-rankings:

Cliffnotes:

Top Ten 10:

-Red hot Sens ascend over everyone to #1 spot.

-Killer B’s stung by poor play of recent

-St Louis singing the Blues this week dropping two spots.

Middle of the Pack:

-Av’s make scapegoat of Hartley and move up.

-Kolzig helps Caps regain

-Canes swept away four spots

-The Habs????

Bottom of the Barrel:

-Pens drop into bad team category

-Everyone else pretty much the same.

Did people seriously want to debate that the Rangers (#25) are as good as the Wings (#5) because they both have similiar payrolls???

Please tell I didn’t read that.

*DYK: Did you know.

Finally, I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy holiday and/or winter solstice! Enjoy!

Kovalev to New Jersey???

The most reliable, and the best, reporter in the hockey world Larry Brooks reports the following:

Who Will Be The Next Captain?

As we all know Detroit’s Steve Yzerman is one of the best captains in NHL history. Who is currently recovering from knee surgery and only has a 50/50 chance of coming back. When you look at what he did last year in the playoffs it only proves my point that he is a sensational captain. Who is loyal, brave, and, a marvelous hockey player and person. So the question I pose to everyone on the site is who do you think will be the next captain of the Detroit Red Wings?

Rumblings and Grumblings From Around The League – Dec. 21

It’s been a while since there has been enough minutiae out there in hockey cyberspace for me to put an article together. So, after culling all the newspapers and dotcoms this morning, here is what I have to bring to our HTR roundtable for discussion. Proceed at your own risk.