To start off the New Year, here is this weeks MantaRay Power Rankings for games ending 1/4/03.
-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:
-Flames getting hot.
Flyers to acquire scorer?
Hackett to don orange & black?
Not just because i saw this link from ESPN,
The Flyers really ARE interested in Jagr!
(i have a reliable “friend of a friend inside source”)
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???
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:
Newsday is reporting that sources inside the organization have told it that coach Peter Laviolette’s option for a 3rd year was picked up by the team. “I am truly grateful for that,” Laviolette said, acknowledging it only when told the secretive move on his contract had been revealed to Newsday. “There’s no place I’d rather be.”
(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.
An article on the TSN website is reporting that the Senators will run out on money within weeks.Here is the article:
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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!!!
-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
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.
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 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.
With the trade freeze ending, speculation is that the NY Islanders will not keep three goalies on their roster for much longer.
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?
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.
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.