Wilson to coach Sharks

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(Dec. 4th) –- Two days after the San Jose Sharks fired coach Darryl Sutter, it appears they’ve found a replacement.

Ron Wilson, who led the Washington Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1998, will reportedly be named the next bench boss of the Sharks.

Flyers to get Iginla???

A recent trade rumor has the Philadelphia flyers trading Simon Gagne, Pavel Brendl, Roman Cechmanek and another player for Jarome Iginla and Roman Turek.

http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/story/5973953

I think this trade is good for both teams even though i think just gagne and cechmanek for ignla and turek is good enough. Unless the flames add in Saprikin or Regher or gauthier. Even though i disagree with trading Gagne JUST because he is struggling this season because he is going to become an unbelievable player in this league, however so is iginla so we’ll have to see what happens. What do you guys think about this?

Mariusz Czerkawski placed on Waivers

It didn’t take long for Montreal Canadien’s GM Andre Savard to satisfy Mariusz Czerkawski wishes, placing the Polish winger on waivers on Tuesday. Czerkawski had recently asked for a trade a from Montreal on Monday. So far this season, Czerkawski has had 9 points, 2 goals and 7 assists. Other NHL teams have until Wednesday to claim the forward.

In 605 career games in the NHL, Czerkawski has scored 179 goals with 192 assists.

Comments Taken from RDS.ca (2002).

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(In french)

Calgary and San Jose Coaching Jobs allready filled?

Tsn.ca’s Bob McKenzie is reporting the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks may have allready filled there coaching jobs.

McKenzie is reporting the Flames will name Saint John Flames coach Jim Playfair as coach of the Flames.Playfair 38 has been the coach of the AHL Flames for the last 3 years, and led the team to the calder cup in his first year behind the bench.Some arrangements have to be made, but its expected that he will be the new coach of the team.

As for the Sharks, McKenzie is reporting that they have only spoken to 1 man former Capitals coach Ron Wilson for the job. And that sources are reporting that Wilson is in San Jose, and talking to Sharks GM Dean Lombardi, and if it goes well he will be named coach by the end of the week if not sooner.

The Panther Report

The Florida Panthers (7-8-6-4)are off to a surprising start this year by staying around the .500 mark and near or in a spot for the playoffs for the first quater of the season. This is due to a number of reasons.

Habs Czerkawski DEMANDS Trade

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Canadiens’ forward Mariusz Czerkawski has asked the team for a trade.

What is wrong with Jason Spezza?? Look at Joe Thornton…

I am far from being a Senators fan, in fact I really hate them but I am really puzzled why on earth they keep demoting this guy. Talk about taking all the energy, confidence and drive out of this kid. With his character I wouldn’t be surprised to see him ask for a trade and quite frankly I don’t blame him.

Atlanta and Columbus Trade

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(TheFourthPeriod.com) — The Atlanta Thrashers have traded right winger Tomi Kallio and defenseman Pauli Levokari to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for right wing Chris Nielsen and the rights to defenseman Petteri Nummelin.
Kallio, 25, had 3 assists and 4 penalty minutes in 5 games with the Thrashers this season. In 121 career games, the Finland native has collected 22 goals and 29 assists.

Levokari, 24, has yet to play in the NHL. He has registered 1 assist and 12 penalty minutes while playing for Chicago of the AHL this season.

B's sign the captain

“The Boston Bruins have signed center Joe Thornton (left) to a one-year contract extension through the 2003-04 season, it was announced on Monday by Bruins General Manager Mike O’Connell. In keeping with club policy, terms of the contract were not released.”

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Maple Leafs Turn Things Around

After the first 14 games this season, Leaf fans were losing all hope and hiding, few remained to defend what looked like to be an ugly season ahead. As for those fatefull Hab fans and the rest of the NHL, they rejoiced as what they wished to be true was finally happening: the downfall of the Leafs. However, as the dust settled the Leafs have now came together and playing some great hockey. In the last two weekes they have one of the better NHL teams and left the Rangers the job of being laughed.

MantaRay Power Rankings 12/1/02

First Quarter of the season MantaRay Power rankings (all games up to 11/30/02):

Cliffnotes:

The top 10:

-Red Hot Canucks march their way up 5 spots to #2

-Equally hot Sens march up 6 spots to #4

-overmatched Wild drop 5 spots to #7

-Southern draught dashes Lightning

-Pens regain elite status

Middle of the Pack:

-Flyers drop out of elite

-Hope for Canadian teams: Leafs & Oilers soar

-But not for Canadiens

Bottom of the Barrel:

-Keenan’s Kittys playing tough

-Yotes yield

-Pred’s move out of the Cellar, Rattled Sabres move in.

Preds Lose Leading Scorer (May Force Trade)

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The Nashville Predators, who have the least wins and fewest goals in the NHL, will be without leading scorer Andreas Johansson for the next two to four weeks.

Bonk to Los Angeles?

It is said that the Ottowa Senators are looking to shop with center Radek Bonk. Earlier titan wrote that Kings scouts (and others) where spoted at a Senator game. Ottowa is not happy with Bonk’s performance this year. They are hoping to find a good trade soon.I really think that it makes a lot of sense for Radek to move to the Kings. There many mutual offers.

Danton is cut loose by Devils

For those of you outside the NY Metro area here is another article about a fourth line rookie and his agent screwing up their careers.

Mike Danton, nee Jefferson made the team, whined about being scratched from a game, and after playing an undisciplined and sloppy game against the Red Wings Wednesday cried about his playing time.

I loved this kids on-ice demeanor, but it appears he and his useless agent have a lot to learn about being professionals in the NHL.

I usually don’t like to take out other people press pieces but I thought this was the perfect example of how agents are ruining the game of hockey.

Please read and let me know if you agree:

–Manta

Time To Consider Professional Female Players

FOR the past few years, the National Women’s Hockey League has been operating as an arena for the best female hockey players to showcase their hockey talents. It’s been, more or less, a success, providing a springboard to the Canadian national team, but now the NWHL was faced with a boatload of new problems, not the least of which is the issue of lucrative National Collegiate Athletic Association scholarships.

Teams that let UFA's walk are cashing in

As the season draws near the quarter pole, the teams who most suggested as the “big losers” in the off season, are all looking down from the top.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING FOR U.S.A CITIZENS

Have a great and safe Thanksgiving, eat those turkeys!

HTR Staff

'Get Carter' Coming To A Rink Near You?

Pretty soon the phrase “Get Carter” might be more than the title to a bad movie to GM’s around the NHL. Once again, Anson Carter has put together an early season hot streak and is driving the Oilers’ offense. Usually Carter cools off with a major slump (last year) or a significant injury (every other year) but this is a critical contract year for him and it could be different this time. Last year, Carter almost made the Canadian Olympic Team with a roaring start, but then his game went colder than Martha Stewart’s personality and his hands got stiffer than her facelift. As a result, he was forced to sign a one year – $2.4 million deal this past offseason. (managed to cash in like Martha too) This will make him an RFA at the end of the year just like fellow Oiler top guns, Comrie and Smyth.

Belak, Simpson Suspended

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Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Wade Belak was suspended for two games Wednesday for elbowing while Phoenix defenceman Todd Simpson received a three-game ban for high-sticking

Linden scores most goals as a Canuck

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Trevor Linden passed an old friend Monday night the with His Canucks.