Another week has passed and we are now passing the one quarter-mark of this 2002-03 season. As always, there are lots of issues to discuss and I’m sure everyone out there in HTR land has an opinion about one or all of them. Trades, rumors, firings, and off-ice happenings are the meat and potatoes of this website, and I am all to happy to throw some scraps out to the starving poor – especially on a slow day like today.
NJ.com: “Wanted: Investors to bail out Devils”
“The Devils hockey franchise faces a financial crisis and is looking for investors to pump in as much as $50 million so the team can pay its bills and cover projected losses.
The cash crunch, described to The Star-Ledger by three members of the YankeeNets sports company, has rekindled turmoil within an ownership group that appeared on the cusp of security when it found funding lastmonth for a new arena in downtown Newark.”
The Islanders will debut their 3rd jersey against Ottawa on Wednesday. Today’s Newsday has Peter Laviolettes wife and kids modelling the jersey. Looks pretty cool. Definitely better than the fisherman from a few years abck.
The MantaRay report for games ending Saturday, November 23rd.
-Wild week:Minny capapults into #2 slot
-Canucks still climbing
-Sens enter the elite
-Pens flying up to #11
-Washington losing Capital drop
-Leafs & Belfour skyrocket out of cellar
-Bluejackets swatted 6 spots
-Isles making progress
Eric Lindros may not last much longer as a New York Ranger.
The Avalanche looking for a little grit to go with their finesse have made an offer to the Boston Bruins for forward Martin Lapointe. On saturday accoring to the Denver Post www.denverpost.com the Avanlache offered Martin Skoula and Alex Tanguay to the Bruins for Martin Lapointe and Kyle Mclaren.
Ya, ya, some of you might already be fuming at the fact that I would even consider the Canucks a dynasty team, but if you break down the roster, there is a special vibe which it gives off.
According to The Fourth Period.com the Ottawa Senators are shopping star forward Radek Bonk around the league. Apparently the Sens. are unhappy with Bonk’s production after winning a two year 6.7 million dollar contract in arbitration last year.
Sources of TFP say the Isles, Rangers, Kings, Phoenix, Calgary and the Blue Jackets which had three scouts at the Senators game against Montreal last night.
So what do you think it would take to get a forward of Bonk’s caliber? What teams do you believe are really in the running? I gotta believe Bonk’s most likely destination is Los Angeles. They are a star forward away from being a team that can compete for it all, and they have to know it.
Week 2: Period by Period Scoring Stats
Part II of my collective series of interesting facts will include each team’s 1st, 2nd, and 3rd period goal totals as of Nov. 13. It will also include who I think is on hot so far this previous week. Not physically of ofcourse. lol.
Rogers Sportsnet reports that the Atlanta Thrashers have put Milan Hnilicka on waivers.
I guess this leaves Dafoe as Da-Man and Pasi Nurminen as his back-up. Good move by Waddell.
I have never been that high on Hnilicka who was the Recycled from the Rangers a few years ago. If he is so good how come he couldnt crack the lineup with New York years ago. To me the Thrashers were just wasting their time with Hnilicka.
How have the Pens done since Straka stepped in?
Can Dafoe really help Atlanta to Thrash?
A 19 year old kid carrying a $70M team?
Burns, are ya nuts!!!? Brodeur played all Devils games, but here’s why…
Who am I?
I was the first player ever to be drafted by the Avalanche.
The L.A fans unrest with monarchy rule when King Allison is ill.
Sports Illustrated the most pathetic sports magazine, and Michael Farber the most unprofessional and small-brained loser in the hockey world.
Both Foxsports.com and a local radio station (WNSA 107.7 FM) are reporting that the NHL has decided on a new owner for the Buffalo Sabres. Apparently the decision will be announced sometime in the next week.
And the winner is……
It’s done finally!! TSN.ca is reporting that former Boston Bruins goalie Byron Dafoe has accepted a two year deal from the Atlanta Thrashers.
The Buffalo News is reporting that the Coyotes may be interested in Buffalo’s leading scorer Chris Gratton. Also, the Sabres have called up goaltending prospect Ryan Miller from Rochester. Could they be shopping one of their goaltenders?
My favorite reporter (not) Larry Brooks “has learned” that many of the problems that the Islanders are having this year stems from a rift between certain core players and head coach Peter Laviolette. According to Brooks, the rift began last year during the Toronto playoff series when Laviolette scolded many of his high profile players in front of reporters and higher ups in Isles management.
The Canadian Press says the struggling Thrashers will pick up the former Bruin and either try to trade Milan Hnilicka or demote Pasi Nurminen.
Are the NY Rangers the Bermuda Triangle of Hockey? It seems talented players go there never to be seen or heard from again.
In this age of ridiculous contracts and overpaid stiffs there are still a few bargains out there in the NHL. The Hockey News recently published the salaries of each and every player in the NHL and I was surprised to see how many underpaid (as well as overpaid players there were out there).
The battle Leafs fans have been talking about since early July. The Detroit Red Wings make their only visit to Air Canada Centre Saturday night and everyone wants to see Ed Belfour face Curtis Joseph in net.