Samsonov to have wrist surgery

Bostonbruins.com is reporting that bruins forward Sergei Samsonov will have wrist surgery on Christmas Eve, and will be out for approximately 3 months

Sabres May Fold Without Gov't Bailout

Sabres May Fold Without Gov’t Bailout

http://espn.go.com/nhl/news/2002/1220/1480087.html

ESPN.com is reporting that the troubled Buffalo Sabres franchise may fold or have to move from Buffalo if local and stats gov’ts don’t agree to fork over millions.

I am sick and tired of millionaires crying poor-mouth. If you can’t afford to buy the damn team and pay for it out of your own pocket then shut up and go home.

I realize that we Americans are so stupid that we allow this kind of subsidizing the rich but it has to stop. If the candidates for buying the team want it so bad they should not be asking for handouts.

If they need the taxpayers to cough up dough, it means they can’t afford a sports franchise and should quit. This goes for new arenas too!

What do you think?

Bring back NHL2NITE on espn2

Granted its not a hockey article, but with ESPN’s silly acquistion of the NBA, the NHL is all but forgotten on the network.

As a Hockey fan, I think ESPN needs to know that people are passionate about the game and it requires a statement.

NHL2Nite is one of the only shows I actually look forward to on ESPN and now it has taken a huge back seat because ESPN has to promote the NBA.

If you have the time, please hit this link and sign the petition and let our voices to be heard!

–MANTA

Coyotes Acquire Ranheim

(TheFourthPeriod.com) — The Phoenix Coyotes have acquired forward Paul Ranheim from the Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday for a conditional choice in next year’s draft.

“We’ve acquired a veteran NHL player whose versatility will help us in several areas,” Coyotes general manager Michael Barnett.

The 36-year-old left-winger has played in 28 games this season, registering 4 assists and 6 penalty minutes.

Avs Fire Harltey

According to ESPN, the Colorado Avalanche have fired head coach Bob Hartley. Assistant Tony Granato will take the reigns for now. Could Ted Nolan be knocking on Lacroix’s door if he doesn’t get the Flames job? Should be interesting.

Are one of the birds on its' way out of the nest?

The plight of the Pittsburgh Penguins has worsened in the last few weeks with their loosing streak reaching nine games last night against the Phoenix Coyotes.
With this streak showing no signs of ending soon, we all have to start wondering about the “Kovie watch”, where he may end up and what the penguins may get in return?

Who Does He Think He Is???

Jeremy Reonick gave Mike Modano probably the cheapest hit of the year…

Thrash Talk: 'Tis the Season

News: Injuries are beginning to take their toll on the Thrashers, although it isn’t as bad as previous years. A bit more depth and experience from their farm team has helped somewhat. That being said, they are still in the midst of yet another funk. Even the full 60 minute effort in a 1-0 win against the Leafs isn’t enough to convince many that the team has started to turn a corner (but any win is meet with enthusiasm by Thrasher fans). Reports from the game have both teams playing poorly, and the refs not helping out at all. At the least, it ended a six game losing streak. Andy Sutton and Mike Weaver continue to get better on the back line, and now other teams are really noticing it. Pasi Nurminen has given up only two goals in his last two starts, playing as if he really wants to be the number one keeper. For those that have seen him, you know his style is pretty much all over the place. As a fan, it’s kinda nerve-racking to watch but damn if it isn’t fun. He didn’t get the nickname “Spiderman” for nothing. Watch for him and Dafoe to have more of a balance in the number of games played, and hopefully they can push each other for the starting spot.

Rangers' Problems Over??

Yeah guys, finally I think the New York Rangers solved their problems today! I’m not talkin’ about the Bure’s comeback – No-No-No! I’m talkin’ about CORY CROSS!

Bure BACK in a month. Rangers Catch a break.

Newsday.com has updated reports that Pavel Bure’s surgery went fine this morning on 12/16/02

“Two arthroscopic procedures on each of Bure’s knees this morning found no damage to either anterior cruciate ligament, meaning the Rangers right wing will be back as early as the end of January.

Rangers team physician Andrew Feldman performed the procedures, in which a torn meniscus was repaired in Bure’s left knee, which was injured Dec. 6 and has had two MRIs done.”

DG's Quick Hits- December 15, 2002

What happened to Colorado?

The luckless Rangers

On the radar screen: Barry Trotz, Eddie and Stanley, Mike Knuble, foreshadower?, ESPN and their stats, the Flyers and a question about Ted Nolan

Lamerillo looking for big deal

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello may be working on a trade to help the team’s struggling offense. Lamoriello did not accompany the team on the two-game road trip to Columbus and Ottawa, and it is believed he has been scouting the Phoenix Coyotes and Colorado Avalanche.

Although Lamoriello waits to deal suspended rookie Mike Danton, there have been talk that Joe Nieuwendyk may be on the block. Nieuwendyk, who hasn’t scored a goal in 19 straight games, may be difficult to trade because he can become an unrestricted free agent after this season.

http://www.nj.com/devils/ledger/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/103993684837640.xml

MantaRay Power Rankings for December 15th

Here it is: This weeks MantaRay Power rankings including games up to 12/14.

Cliffnotes:

Top Ten:

-Boston still #1 even with current struggles.

-While everyone was watching Vancouver, Ottawa has quietly been red hot.

-New Jersey pressing forwards make Devils descend into offensive hell.

Middle of the Pack:

-Lightning striking-out. Drop 3 spots and out of the elite for the first time this season.

-Kings, Hawks, Habs and Ducks starting to fly.

-Pens and Caps grounded.

Bottom of the Barrell:

-After leaving the lower tier for a week the Ranger$ return with a splash dropping 6 spots and not winning in 5 straight.

-Thrashers continue to be the worst team in the NHL.

Top goalies so far this season>>>Roy should step aside>>Possible Trades.

Top goalies in the league so far this season.

Patrick is the best goalie of all time, but should soon step aside and let another superb and younger goalie step in…also from Quebec.

Trades that could happen…Capitals in first gear to make one

Coaching Change in Denver?

A report coming from sportsline says that Avs coach Bob Hartley may be the next coach to be fired. It is true that the team has struggled but why blame the coach?

It’s not his fault that Tangauy and Blake aren’t scoring. He wasn’t the one who got rid of Drury. This team doesn’t need a new coach. It needs it’s poeple other than Sackic and Forsberg to contribute offensively.

But if Hartley was to leave it’s speculated that former Canadiens head coach Alain Vigneault would replace him.

Although coaching changes can help in some instances, I just don’t think it’s the answer here.

Slovakia – A top 5 hockey country

It is an outrage – plain and simple. To qualify for the round of 8 at the Olympics, Slovakia must first qualify by playing some of the weaker nations. Slovakia is 0-2 trying to qualify for the Olympics because the NHL is scamming them. The league wont let teams release their star Slovaks to help their nation qualify for the final round. Yet Mario can play for the Olympics but can sit out as many games as he wants for the Pens. It is total B.S.

Are the Caps too far behind to catch up…..again?

The Washington Capitals have a problem. In fact, they seem to have had this problem since their improbable (shall we say fluke?) run to the Cup finals in 1998. They can’t play hockey until after Christmas, and that is why they won’t be dancing in the post-season again unless major changes are made. Starting with overpaid whiner Jaromir Jagr.

Was the hit clean??

If you weren’t lucky enough to see it live, you should have seen it on the various Sports programs across the continent. Apparently the NHL is trying to look like the “Family Hockey League” that is run by Denis Leary in Slap Shot 2.

Away going white

TSN.ca is reporting that the National Hockey League’s board of governors has approved a major change for the league next year regarding teams’ uniforms.

Muckler Ready to Deal with old Friend Sather.

Senators GM John Muckler might be ready to deal with old friend Glen Sather reports the Ottawa sun. The New York Rangers GM had two scouts — assistant GM Don Maloney and pro scout Harry Howell — at the Senators’ 4-2 victory over the Sabres in Buffalo on Tuesday.

Maloney will also be on hand at the FleetCenter tonight to watch the Ottawa-Bruins game and he’s staying at the same Beantown hotel as the Senators.