Rucinsky's Agent Might Face Reality

Larry Brooks from the NYPost states: “Though Sather yesterday said he didn’t think that Paul Kraus, who represents the unsigned Martin Rucinsky, “is that determined to get something done,” The Post has learned that the parties have agreed to a $1.6 million base for this season, though they’re still not at all close on the bonus package that would be included in the contract . . . The Rangers are talking to Vancouver about unsigned Group II Peter Schaefer, the 25-year-old winger who played in Finland last year after a negotiating impasse. Blueshirts are also chatting to Canucks about 27-year-old winger Jarkko Ruutuu, who’s been quietly shopped by Brian Burke.”

Though the NYPost is not a reliable source, I think those statements seem to be true.

Two Sources Claim Gomez Will Re-sign

TFP has learned that free agent Scott Gomez will reluctantly agree to a new contract with the New Jersey Devils this weekend.

The Anchorage Alaska native is expected to sign a two-year deal for well below the $2 million a year he was seeking. Details to follow.

Mark Everson from the NYPost: EXCLUSIVE Go-go Gomez is coming in, The Post has learned. Scott Gomez, the NHL’s 2000 Rookie of the Year, is expected to reluctantly agree to contract terms this weekend. The restricted free agent will then fly from Alaska to New Jersey today and tomorrow could join his teammates, who began their first workouts under new coach Pat Burns yesterday.

Flyers Mania

booty’s (no, not big_booty) take on the gigantic goalie Cechmanek, and flyersrule94 continues the judgement to be made on Bobby Clarke.

New Signees

Dvorak joins team in Vermont. Isle’s keep the spider Webb. Tkachuk planning to sing the Blues for the next five years. Brewer remains an Oiler.

Clarke Strikes Back!

New Philadelphia Flyers beat writer for the Philadelphia Daily News, Ed Moran, began the season with a bang, with a riveting interview with general manager Bob Clarke. In the interview Clarke took many direct shots at journalists in the city, took indirect shots at fans, and carried a profane, confrotational tone.

Here is my reponse

After being a Rangers fan for all 18 years of my life, I logged into HTR the other day, and I saw that another user decided to down play every Ranger move that they have made and disected the “negatives of the team”. All I have to say is MattNJD…I’m about to give you a good lesson in both Hockey and Geography..

Messier Finally Signs!

According to and, Mark Messier has signed a deal with the Rangers. Terms were not disclosed. According to published reports, it is a one-year deal worth $3 million with bonuses that could push the value to $5 million.

Here’s the article:

New Rules: Yay! Or Nay?

Colin Campbell, NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations, was interviewed regarding the new set of rules. Here is the interview:

Other News…

In courtesy of TFP.

Leafs will see 67 on ice. Sabres to declare bankruptcy. Osgood rejects long-term deal. Kravchuk coming to the Sunshine state.

Gagne Re-signs

(Sept. 11th) – As TFP first reported, the Philadelphia Flyers have signed rising star Simon Gagne to a 2-year contract. The deal is worth $2.1 million this year and $2.6 million in 2003-04.
“We think Simon is one of the better young players in the game,” said Flyers GM Bobby Clarke. “He has the chance to be a terrific player for the Flyers.”

Gagne, Gomez to Miss Training Camp? Fedorov Looking to Re-Wax His Wings

Leaf_Expert posts:

Remembering The Ace and Mark Bavis

The following was a story written last year on September 11, and, on the anniversary of the attacks, I’m again going to bring it to your attention, as a piece for reflection. I also impore you to read my article on my World Issues Page (a link also appears in the “Notes” section), September 11- A Year Later (NOTE: it is long), think about it and reflect. In the end, in doing your normal, everday things, use this day as a day of reflection and thought, but also as a day to celebrate life and forget about your problems: it’s the least we could do for those innocent victims who died last year.


Daniel Grasso

HTR Vice Administrator & Editor-In-Chief, DG’s World Issues Page

“Dedicated to preserving the memories of those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001″

Devils Go Back to 1995

The Devils got a new face lift these past months, and what could be more exciting to talk about a dominant team?

Rangers Nothing More Than an Extremely Expensive Question Mark

Laugh all you want Manhattan, laugh about how you have another “Mr. New Jersey Devil”. How you stole another Devils franchise player… Go ahead and add Bobby Holik the list that already includes Bruce Driver and John MacLean

Two Articles

Tom Hicks To Explore Possible Sale of Dallas Stars Hockey Club (rushing)

Panthers are champions! (pantherboy)

Tanguay Re-signs

Well, after all the predictions in having Tanguay traded, it comes down that he has resigned, source:

And Arnott, Kovalev, Burke, Reasoner, and possibly even future NHL leaguer Brian Gionta? Stick Around

No Predictions Will Be Posted

I think HTR members have seen so many predictions for the 2002-2003 standings that they would be sick of it if posted again.

We will let you decide, however, if you want to read predictions submitted this week. Use the poll on this article to decide if you would be interested in reading other predictions.

HTR will have a 2002-2003 Season Preview. If the plan goes well, it would be quite fancy. It should be posted by October 3rd. Why so late? Because all the magazines have done the previews already and they would be outdated if a team makes a blockbuster deal. So, we’re going to be as updated as possible after training camp and watching pre-season games.

Thank you,

HTR Staff


It’s hard to believe, but the 2002-2003 season is coming up faster than last season ended. Seeing the combines in the fields, and getting back into that good ole’ university routine, I have already started working on my pool. Like last season, I predict that there will be many break-out seasons and major league slumps this season. Here is a list of players who I think will be money in the pools, and the players that will make you broke.

Leafs Defend Their Defense


The season opener is a month away, but already it is open season on the Maple Leafs defence.

Home Improvements Part III

Yeah I can still see you all out there, salivating like a bunch of hungry wolves waiting to pounce on the one guy brave enough to speak his mind.