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.

Dunham traded to the Rangers for Murray, Kloucek

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.

Bruins in need of scoring???

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.

Experts Rumor Update:(Jagr Available)

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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!….

Iginla a Flyer Rumor, Not even Close. Senators Looking at..||Other news..

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.

Elias on the move ?!?!?

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?!?!?

Waiver Wire

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.

Satan To Be A Leaf???

Its been reported by numerous Experts and sources that the Buffalo Sabres are interested in trading star forward Miroslav Satan, and the Leafs might just get him!….

McLaren to Bolts???

The Boston Globe reports that Tampa has offered forward Fredrik Modin straight up for holdout defenseman Kyle Mclaren.

Kolzing up for grabs?

Howard Eskin of NBC 10 reported Saturday that reliable sources have told him that the Flyers had contacted the Washington Capitals about the availability of goalie Olaf Kolzig. So far there has been no sign as to the Capitals willingness to part with Kolzig, and it is not known what players Bob Clarke offered in return.

Bure Torn ACL. Rumors Start to Fly.

Bure had an MRI on his Left knee and it is clear that Bure has a torn ACL. He is gone for the season. This will be his First Surgery on his Left Knee.

(It sounds dumb but……….)

Rumor has it that the Rangers have picked up all trade talk’s since Bure went down and out.

An inside source has it, that Sather is looking to make a move that could come in a week or 2. Maybe sooner.

IF I COULD RUN THE NHL

Every hockey fan has an opinion about how to run the NHL. There is no question that the league is really hurting right now. Something needs to be done, and fast. Here are a few ideas that I have to make the league more profitable for its teams, and more enjoyable for it’s fans.

The Slow Death Of The NHL

The Slow Death Of The NHL

“The Coolest Game On Earth”, so the saying goes. It’s a catchy saying, but it may soon need to be revised to “The Coldest Game On Earth”. The NHL is failing, and not just a little bit. Recent reports claim that only 4 of 30 NHL teams are actually making a profit (Toronto, Philly, Detroit, Colorado). It’s a sad time for the NHL as the current collective bargaining agreement is about to expire in the summer of 2004 and a bitter, long, and cold war is going to being staged that will either reshape the NHL or destroy it.

WHAT ARE YOU DOING CLARKE????

Bob Clarke does it again. Pulling off a blockbuster trade that will turn things around for the flyers and put them over the top in the NHL. Ragnarsson. That its. The scoring woes are over. They got Ragnarrsson. Because you know it was all McGillis’s fault right?? BOB CLARKE STINKS AS A GM AND HAS TO GO.

How far are they from the playoffs??????

The Atlanta Thrashers are abetter than their record, that is for sure but just how much better?

Here are the top five reasons the Thrashers could be in the playoffs this spring.

Full Team still not together…….

The fullest Ranger team has still not been seen…..

In the first few games Bure was out with his knee. By the time he came back Holik was out with his hip. By the time Holik came back Richter was out with a concussion. And by the time Richter was feeling a little better Leetch went out with an Ankle. Now With Leetch coming back in a week or so… and maybe Richter in a few weeks…. Bure goes down with his knee again……


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