Mad Mike: A man with an itch and… NO CORTIZONE!!!

Well last season was nice, The isles break the long playoff draught, start to sell out games again. The old barn haden’t been so loud in years and years. This year these virtually same Isles are skating to vastly diffrent results in the standings and the cheers of a year ago have become a cascade of boo’s raining down from the disgruntled fans.

Islanders rumors

According to Tuesday’s Newsday, 14 NHL teams were scouting the Islanders-Flames game Monday evening to scout the Isles. 2 of the more prominent ones were Florida GM Rick Dudley who is quietly shopping Valeri Bure and members of the San Jose Sharks staff who have an unsigned 22-year-old dynamo defenseman in Brad Stuart and the rights to 26-year-old winger Alexander Korolyuk.

Mclarren to be packaged with Kultanen???

Many Bruins fans noticed that Don Sweeney was a healthy scratch in a few games recently. The seasoned Boston blue liner made the following comment in the Boston Globe on November 1st:

The great advantage of Goalie Masks

The one great thing about the NHL is that they still give the Goalies the advantage of their selection or choice/wish of their very own mask. Unlike baseball catchers or soccer goalies with thier different color clothing our NHL Goalies still have that wonder advantage of their free choice.

I have to say that I do like Turco’s mask and I do like Roy’s as well. I also rather like Hackett’s too. Patrick Lalime has a rather interesting one as well.

Here is a site that has a lot of goalies with their current and past masks. It isn’t up to date as far as having this years Rookies listed. Turco isn’t listed here but again, I do like his mask quite a bit.

http://users.aol.com/maskman31/nhlpicsnf.html

Best Small Players

Being a under-average sized player myself, I’ve always looked up (err, sorta) to the other small players that have made an impact in a so-called big mans game, hopefully in the future there wont be such a prejudice against under-sized players, and an emphasis on lumberjacks like Zdeno Chara who have no real skill other than their massive size.

Tradedude's Weekly Rumors

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(Nov. 3rd) With Mike Ribeiro set to return from injury next week, La Presse reports winger Donald Audette may be on his way out of Montreal in order to make room, while goalie Jeff Hackett and forward Bill Lindsay may also be dealt shortly. More on that & other rumors.

Peca's Comeback>>Isle's. Lindros Slump>>Rangers. Obstruction Calls>>Refs Don't G

Peca so early? Yay….but not so yay to the 6-1 loss to a Blues team that misses Pronger, Tkachuck, and are playing with Brathwaite.

Lindros just ain’t doing the offensive job, but defensively he is. Not helping the Rangers, and after the seriously unlucky loss to the Bruins, who have a fan club at the Fleet Center of about 9,000 people.

Refs still don’t get it do they? Maybe the old timers should retire and let new refs come in. Obstruction is seen….(more)

DG's Quick Hits- November 2, 2002

Toronto rivaling the entire NHL

NHL: Watch Out For 2004

On the radar screen: the San Jose Sharks, Dave Babych, fleecing Brian Burke, Michael Peca, Dave Andreychuck, the Ottawa Senators and a lot more.

Rumors have Rangers in mist of deal…..

Ottawa supposedly has been interested in gritty winger Matthew Barnaby of the NY Rangers…..

Muckler likes what he sees in Barnaby, who could be packaged away with Klouck and Dvorak….

While Sather has his eye on what he believes is his LW 1st Line Tough guy…..Magnus Arvedson, and Jarko Ruutu. But Sather hasn’t forgotten the D needs help and is also trying to land defensive-men Karel Rachunek from Ottawa.

Keith Tkachuk sidelined at least for a month

St. luis blues winger will be out for 4 weeks to six weeks with a broken left foot. Blues genarl manager Lary Pleau said Thachuk was injured in the third period of Wednesday night 7-0 victory over Nashvill. When a puck hit his foot. He limped off the ice but returned for a few shifts. After the game, Thachuk’s wife gave birth to the couples third child, a girl. That delayed an MRI for Tkachuk until thursday when a fracture was discovered. Tkachuk had a team-high 38 goals last season and finished with 75 points

Got it from http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl

Leafs SHOULD Have Their Eye On Turgeon

No matter what die hard Leaf fans may say the Leafs do not have an established 2nd line center.

Desperate Thrashers Interested In Dafoe

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It’s not what Byron Dafoe had in mind on July 1 when unrestricted free agency beckoned but the Atlanta Thrashers could end up being his salvation.

Capitals Send Simon, Nikolishin To Chicago

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The Washington Capitals have traded forwards Chris Simon and unsigned restricted free agent Andrei Nikolishin to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Van Trades Druken, Hlavac to Canes for Malik, Langdon

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SLAM Sports! is reporting that the Vancouver Cannucks dealt Harold Druken and Jan Hlavac to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for D Marek Malik and tough-guy Darren Langdon today.

2003 FREE AGENTS

OK, I know that it’s early in the season, but does anybody know who are going to be the unrestricted free agents this summer?

Leafs Ready To Deal For McLaren

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As mentioned by TFP, the Leafs are attempting to Bloster their defense and the Star suggests they can do so with the likes of Kyle McLaren.

LA lose Allison for season.

Los Angeles Kings centre Jason Allison has a torn MCL and may have a torn ACL. He is out for the rest of the season, thus really hurting the Kings chance for the playoffs.

The Leafs….10 Games that they should get back

The Leafs have played there first 10 games of the 2002-2003 season, and should ask to have those games back. All but 1 or 2 games did the Leafs show what they could do. while all other games played like a bunch of unorganized Pee-Wee players. I think that I have kind of figured out what some of the problems are, and how they could rectify them. There really is no quick fix to solve there woes but if you have watched all there games like I have, you will notice that there are some really big problems screaming at you when you watch.

Early Stanley Cup Pool Info…

OK, here we are 7-10 games into the season. So let’s evaluate our current playoff picture.

Blockbuster Summer: who made the smartest moves?

This summer was full of big trades and huge free agent signings. This seems to be a reocurring theme in the NHL, come summertime, 25-30 players swap jerseys. The question is, which moves appear to be working out best and for who?