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:

Something Big Comin' Up in Philly…. + Other News

(Source: Les Amateurs De Sports, AM 550)

According to ”Les Amateurs De Sports”, Bobby Clarke is planning something really big that might take place as soon as in the next few days…

Race For The Vezina

In previous NHL seasons the formidable quest for the Vezina has been one of the most honorable and prestigious awards to receive. The winner of this will forever be marked as an elite goaltender and will forever be considered to be one of the best. As we approach the halfway point of the 2002/2003 campaign it is a race between four goalies, Belfour, Brodeur, Thibault

and Turco. The outcome still uncertain, it is anyone’s hand.

MantaRay Power Rankings for 1/5/03

To start off the New Year, here is this weeks MantaRay Power Rankings for games ending 1/4/03.

Cliffnotes:

Top ten:

-B’s descend two more spots to #6.

-Stars & Blues move up

-everyone else status quo.

Middle of the Pack:

-Av’s & Isles making some impressive strides.

-Kings are conquered and depleted

-Tampa Bay playing more like Lightning Bugs

Bottom of the Barrel:

-Sabres winning?

-Yotes winning

-Flames getting hot.

Flyers shopping for Goalie and/or scorer?

Flyers to acquire scorer?

Hackett to don orange & black?

a trade rumor that might actually be true!

Not just because i saw this link from ESPN,

http://nhl.com/columns/wigge/shopping123102.html

The Flyers really ARE interested in Jagr!

(i have a reliable “friend of a friend inside source”)

Anson Carter to the Hurricanes???

ESPN was speculating the rumor that Anson Carter would be headed to Carolina. I didn’t think much of it, but every time his goal from tonight is shown, they mention trade speculation. I guess it’s curiosity that drives me to post this. I’ll give my speculation, but I’d like to hear from you.

To Carolina: Carter, 3rd rounder

To Edmonton: O’Neill, Wallin, late pick…

What do you think???

Follow up on the Senators (***Corrected***)

It is being reported now that the Senators did not pay their players yesterday.TSN.ca and local papers are saying the players instead of a paycheque got a letter.Here is the update: