Jeremy Reonick gave Mike Modano probably the cheapest hit of the year…
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.
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!
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.”
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
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.
Here it is: This weeks MantaRay Power rankings including games up to 12/14.
-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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to ESPN.com:
The Nashville Predators traded goalie Mike Dunham to the New York Rangers for forward Rem Murray and defensemen Tomas Kloucek and Merek Zidlicky.
Also, the Rangers acquired Josh Green frmo the Edmonton Oilers for a conditional draft pick in 2004.
Ok, before everyone starts jumping down my throat for the title, I know they lead the league in scoring. However, if one watches their games closely, in the last two weeks they have been average at best offensively. The only spark they have other than Thornton and Murray comes from the back end in the form of Berard, Girard and Boynton. Jozef Stumpel is considered the second line center and yet he does not have much for wingers. I admit Huml is only 21 and he is playing well considering his age and experience. However, Michal Grozek cannot score and he plays the right side on that unit.
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At the moment, any team could, for instance, get Jaromir Jagr from the Washington Capitals. But accountants willing to add Jagr’s $10.7-million US salary to their team’s budget are few and far between. You have a better chance of not seeing me get into a fight!….
Igginla to Flyers was a false rumor. NO WAY!!! I had no idea….
Muckler looking to make a move, fishing some players on the Island?
Capitals worrying and attempting to make a trade, at any costs?
Gretzky says his Desert Dogs are not worth enough to make a trade.
Isle’s lose D, looking to make a trade soon before the roster freeze?
BoBo awaits a plane ticket to leave Chicago.
NY Post is reporting sources saying a possible move involving Elias for Tanguay and Skoula is brewing…
what a shocker as Elias is supposed to be their forward anchor. The article cites the Devils’ monetary problems which Lou Lamoriello denied in another interview last week.
Wow, one day you hear something and the other a totally diffirent story.
I, as a die hard Devils fan, think that we NEED some help scoring… with that being said who do we get and for what!?!?!?
As much as I love our defensive corps it maybe time to part with one of our commodities…. Scott Niedermayer. Other than Stevens and Rafalski (and Tverdovsky whom we just acquired) Niedermayer is the one pin we can bargain with and get a second line scoring punch person. I dont see much we can trade up fron without sacrificing therefore trading a dman might make sense.
I also think that if we cannot resign Niewendyk we should package him (along with Danton) to a playoff team and get that missing piece of the puzzle.
We also need to replenish Holik’s absence (McKenzie and Stevenson are not cutting it), someone who can be a regular 2nd/3rd liner and has the fire and grit…..ala Tucker, Harvey, Corson, etc…
Anyone have any comments?!?!?
On Wednesday there was 2 teams claiming players off waivers.
The Carolina Hurricanes lost reccently aquirred forward Harold Druken to the Toronto Maple Leafs. Druken has tallied one goal and two assists in 13 games with Carolina. Druken had one goal and one assists in three games with Vancouver prior to being traded.
Also the Chicago BlackHawks claimed vetren forward Mike Eastwood from the St. Louis Blues. Eastwood, a 6’3″, 216 pound center has appeared in 17 games this season with the St. Louis Blues recording one power play goal, three assists and eight penalty minutes while posting a +1 rating.
Stats from TSN.