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.

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.