Isles' Off-Season Inertia Spells Trouble for '02-'03

After one year of modest success following several abysmal seasons, the New York Islanders have raised ticket prices by a whopping $35 per seat. How, then, can they justify their utter inactivity in the free agent market this off-season?

The Canucks: Asleep Behind The Wheel

FOR the past three years, the Vancouver Canucks have been one of hockey’s fastest rising teams, going from cellar dwellers to Stanley Cup contenders in the process. Built patiently by General Manager Brian Burke, the Canucks have become a formidable opponent in the National Hockey League and should be formidable for many more years to come. However, of all the successes that Burke has achieved over the years, there is one area that his patient style has failed in, and that is the world of free agents. Where other teams have dived right in and fixed their teams instantly- or at least thought so- the Canucks sat back patiently, watching all of their targets get snapped up by more aggressive clubs. Fortunately for them, none of those free agents has ever been theirs- until now.

BIG-MARKET THEORY A BIG LIE

…AND so Pat Quinn was heavily fined by Gary Bettman, for last week publicly promising a 2004-2005 lockout, but that hardly matters, not when a lout like the Toronto GM and his buddies such as Vancouver GM Brian Burke continue to spread smoke under the NHL imprimatur that big- market teams such as the Rangers and Stars are imperiling the foundation of the league.

The TOP 25 future superstars of the NHL

As we see the superstars of toady approach their final years in the league, such as Roy, Sakic, Yzerman, Lemieux, their is a new generation of elite players who will take the torch and represent the new superstars of the league.

Amonte Signs 4 Year Deal With Phoenix

TSN.ca is reporting that Tony Amonte has signed with the Coyotes. The last of the upper tier unrestricted free agents, Tony Amonte, has found a home.

Senators re-sign Alfredsson!!!!

(Jul. 12th) — TFP has learned that the Ottawa Senators have re-sign team captain Daniel Alfredsson. The Ottawa Sun is reporting the two sides have agreed to a 2-year, $9.5 million contract, which could be worth as much as $10 million with bonuses.

The Senators would not confirm, nor deny these reports. A Senators representative told TFP, “We’ll announce it, when we announce it.”

Remain hooked to TheFourthPeriod.com for details as they happen…

Amonte Choice Soon?

The Team 1050 in Toronto is reporting that Tony Amonte Will make a decision on which team to join by Saturday. According to the report, Amonte has two offers and is expecting two more today. No word on which teams are involved, but the Rangers, Leafs and Islanders are all rumoured suitors for the Winger’s services.

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Donato signs with Blueshirts

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent left wing Ted Donato. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. (newyorkrangers.com)

Cory Schwab to NJ

The New Jersey Devils today signed free agent goaltender Corey Schwab to a contract. The announcement was made by Devils’ CEO/President/ General Manager Lou Lamoriello. As per club policy, no terms were disclosed.

Schwab, 31, spent the 2001-02 season with Toronto where he posted 12 wins, ten losses and five ties, with one shutout and a 2.73 goals-against average in 30 games played. The 6’0”, 180 lb. native of North Battleford, Sask. is looking to become the seventh player to be re-acquired and play for the Devils. He has career totals of 35 wins, 60 losses, and 11 ties with four shutouts and a 3.08 GAA in 133 games with New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Vancouver, and Toronto. Schwab was selected by the Devils in the tenth round of the 1990 Entry Draft.

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With some G talent gone to ducks Schwab is the solution ? Give a chance to Ahonen !

http://www.newjerseydevils.com/team_data/press_releases/PR20020708.html

What to do about Pat Quinn?

Over the last few days Toronto newspapers have been filled with articles calling for Pat Quinn’s head as GM. Its hard to find anyone in Toronto who is happy with the moves or lack there of that he has done this offseason. The question is does he need to be replaced?

What will the Avs do this offseason

Are the Avs being too complacent this offseason, or are they just lying in wait. Don’t worry too much Avs fans, I think there will be moves coming soon.

Islanders, Rangers are frontrunners for Amonte

Mike Gillis, Tony Amonte’s agent was quoted in the NY Times as saying that the Islanders and Rangers are the frontrunners for Tony Amonte’s services after Toronto pulled out when Amonte turned down their 5 year, 32 million dollar offer.

Overachievers and Underachievers In Today's NHL

Here is the final edition for 2001-02, covering the entire year. My list of everyone who deserves more attention and those who have more in common with what stinks (literally) currently in Toronto…anyhow, this is my list: again, feel free to comment and/or provide your own.

Source: ESPN.com

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The NHL Money Problem

Ok, I know I’ve sat here and defended the Red Wings spending spree until I was blue in the face. I still don’t think they’re overly guilty. However, I’m also an extreme homer and do recognize that there is an extreme money problem in the NHL. With the Rangers going out and spending about 25 million dollars on getting 4 of the top 10 free agents on the market, plus getting Bure for almost nothing at the deadline (up to 35 million dollars on 5 players who definately are not worth 35 million dollars), things have gotten out of control.

Coyotes Sign Buchburger

(Jul. 6th) — TFP has learned that the Phoenix Coyotes have signed winger Kelly Buchberger to a 2-year contract.
Details to follow…

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Sykora to Ducks

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To Anaheim : Petr Sykora , Igor Pohanka, Mike Commodore , Jean-François Damphousse.

To New Jersey : Oleg Tverdovsky, Jeff Friesen and Maxim Balmochnykh

Report: Amonte close to deal with Leafs

According to the Fan 590, a Toronto area sports radio station, who spoke with Amonte’s agent, Tony AMonte and the Toronto Maple Leafs are very close to a deal. They almost had it completed last night, but it didn’t evolve into a signing, but talks continue at the moment. Amonte’s agent said that Tony was excited about a chance to play for the Leafs, and is very close friends with Travis Green and Bryan McCabe.

Amontes' Future

Apparently according to sportsnet in Toronto. Dallas has cooled off on Amonte and that He was asking 7.5 million a season . This figure apparently was too high for toronto (big surprise) and that the islanders are interested but not at this price either .

Can Philly Bring Home the Gold?

Bob Clarke is making a big statement this year by not going after any big named free agents. Clarke seems to think that Philadelphia has what it takes to win the cup. Are the Flyers good enough to advance to the finals and win? Do they have what it takes to beat teams like Detroit and Colorado in a Seven games series? Are the making a mistake by standing idle while many of their rivals are improving.