Rangers' Problems Over??

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!

Bure BACK in a month. Rangers Catch a break.

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.”

DG's Quick Hits- December 15, 2002

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

Lamerillo looking for big deal

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.

http://www.nj.com/devils/ledger/index.ssf?/base/sports-0/103993684837640.xml

MantaRay Power Rankings for December 15th

Here it is: This weeks MantaRay Power rankings including games up to 12/14.

Cliffnotes:

Top Ten:

-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 so far this season>>>Roy should step aside>>Possible Trades.

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

Coaching Change in Denver?

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.

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.

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