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.

Even More Rumblings and Grumblings from Around the League

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.

Devils in Dire Straits?

NJ.com: “Wanted: Investors to bail out Devils”

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“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.”

Islanders 3rd Jersey's are out

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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.

MantaRay Power rankings games ending 11/23/02

The MantaRay report for games ending Saturday, November 23rd.

Cliff notes:

Top Ten:

-Wild week:Minny capapults into #2 slot

-Canucks still climbing

-Sens enter the elite

MOP

-Pens flying up to #11

-Washington losing Capital drop

-Leafs & Belfour skyrocket out of cellar

CELLER DWELLERS

-Bluejackets swatted 6 spots

-Isles making progress

Experts Rumor Update:

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Eric Lindros may not last much longer as a New York Ranger.

The Avs make a move to acquire some grit

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.