Rangers Change Personality Behind the Bench

It has been reported that the New York Rangers have hired Terry O’Reilly and Jim Schoenfeld as assistant coaches.

Thank You's and a Grand Opening

Since I’ve been working as a HockeyTradeRumors.com administrator for six months and have been a site regular for eight, I thought I’d pass along a list of “thank yous” as a reward for all those (and more) who’ve helped me out over the period. It has been the help and grace of HTR which has made me decide to become a writer, all of it self-less, and, thus, I’m happy to help make HTR the Site it is today. Anyway, today I open a new chapter, as I unveil the new look of my World Issues Page, created largely with the help of HTR’s own TradeMan (thanks a bunch!)

UFA's

Even though hockey season is still on, I thought an overview of all the teams UFA’s is a good topic before the season ends. This year has many quality players, some average, some not that good, and some that should just retire. I have my own thoughts as a LEAF fan on who I would like for Toronto Maple Leaf management to open up the wallet and get, since another year in futility has gone past. What are all you HTR readers thinking? Who do you want on your team? Who if any don’t you want back? Who should just retire? Below are all the teams with UFA’s. Titans: we need a new waterboy, minimum wage, and all the free pretzels you can handle!!! Interested???……

Captain Bertuzzi or Captain Naslund?

DEFINITELY the biggest concern surrounding the Vancouver Canucks this off-season concerns the status of Andrew Cassels, one of the National Hockey League’s most gifted passers and an unrestricted free agent this off-season. However, a new concern has been brought up that is equally as important, and that is the role of team captain.

Players re-entering & Rumors

Tsn.ca has reported that the Calgary Flames failed to come to terms with top prospect Jarrett Stoll before the June 1st deadline for 2000 draft picks, so he will be re-entring the draft. Stoll was captain of the silver medal-winning Canadian National junior team, as well as the Memorial Cup-winning Kootenay Ice. He was drafted in the second round, 46th overall.

DG's Quick Hits- June 2, 2002

This week:

Wings demolish Avs

Can fate lead the Carolina Hurricanes?

Sabres: cut from the NHL heap?

(Sources: ESPN.com)

(World Issues Page Announcement inside)

Speculation from Jeff Gordon

Here is some reports from St. Louis Post Dispatch writer Jeff Gordon:

DG's Hit List

IT’s almost June. The sun is shining, the year is half gone and the Stanley Cup Play-offs are winding down. I’ve also decided, with the year half gone, to compose a list of my picks for the ten best and worst movers and shakers in the hockey world, listed in no particular order. The list is divided in two groups: the “Best”, those hockey figures who have distinguished themselves as elite individuals, while the “Worst” are, predictably, those figures who need to give their heads a shake. For a list of the movers and shakers on a world scale, visit my Web Site at www.theranter.4dw.com or click on the link at the end of the article.

Without further adieu, here’s the list:

DG's Quick Hits- May 19, 2002

This week:

Cardiac Leafs can’t do it again

Trade bait deals Avs a blow

Why Marshall Johnston shouldn’t have quit

(World Issues Page Announcement inside)

Busy off-season for Philly?

The Philadelphia Flyers were one of the most talented teams (on paper) in the league. They were the natural favorites to win the eastern conference, and with good reason. They signed Jeremy Roenick (1,000 point scorer), John LeClair (50 goal scorer thrice), Simon Gagne (superb young talent, whose scoring numbers have improved each year), Roman Cechmanek (Vezina runner-up the year before), and after the deadline, they picked up Adam Oates, the best playmaer in the league. Now, the Flyers will be looking to add MORE talent, and I’ll look a the pros and cons of some of the rumored moves.

DG's Quick Hits- May 12, 2002

This week:

Tucker gone: what about Leafs?

Wings advance

Slovakians win world title

(World Issues Page Annoucement Inside)

Hitchc_ock denies Rangers, Senators strapped for cash

Where is Hitchhiker going this time? Might Brooks bring a “Miracle on Ice” in the NHL, specifically the Big Apple? Coaching search Burns Clarke’s brain? What is going on with the $enators’ financial terms?

The Lippy Leafs- Fact or Fiction?

ACCORDING to Toronto Star and The Hockey News writer Ken Campbell, the Toronto Maple Leafs have re-invented themselves more times than Madonna. In the transitions, Campbell argues, the Leafs have gone from sluggish (1998), to skilled and soft (1999-2000), to slow and plodding (2001) to this year’s mishmash, which Campbell declines to describe. That is, until now, where his report on the Leafs’ constant yapping yielded the headline “the Lippy Leafs”.

Fans May Soon Have a Voice in the NHL

I heard a story on The TEAM 1050 (radio station) in Canada last week where a fan out of New York has started up something similar to the Players Union only for fans!

DG's Quick Hits- May 5, 2002

This week:

Lumme on shelf

Anti-Clarke Site up

Canucks win “Spirit of Vancouver” Award

(Sources: TSN.ca, www.clarkemustgo.com, Canucks.com)

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Fighting in Hockey: Part of Culture or an Ugly stain?

(NOTE: This is NOT an anti-fighting rant. I want this to be an open argument)

WITH these play-offs some of the most violent on record, sportswriters and fans on both sides of the border are beginning to wonder where fighting stands as a part of the game of hockey. For some, fighting is as integral to the game as assists and hip checks are, while others see fighting as a disgraceful act that mars what should be a beautiful game. Personally, I’m not a huge fan of fighting, but, even so, I’m starting to have doubts that fighting should be taken away, as some writers suggest, as a “presentable” image of the “coolest game on Earth”.

Why the Devils went Sour

A fitting end to the weirdest season I have ever witnessed for the Devils

Colin Campbell = No balls

Once again the NHL disciplinary is a joke.

Colin Campbell takes four days to come up with a decision on Kyle McLaren brutal elbow to Richard Zednik’s head and comes up with only a three game suspension, and possibly only two if the Bruins are eliminated Monday night. From TSN.ca, Campbell says, “After a thorough review of the videotape as well as an in-person hearing with Mr. McLaren, and consideration of all the circumstances, I have determined that by extending his arm to impede the progress of Mr. Zednik, Mr. McLaren delivered a dangerous blow to the head of his opponent and caused significant injuries to the opposing player,” “Mr. McLaren clearly must be held accountable for his actions in this regard.”

Well Mr. Campbell, you surely held him accountable with the 3 games maximum suspension you gave him. These loose suspensions are why the league continues to have such incidents happening at increasing rates and has set a dangerous prescedent for future incidents of these types.

Now I know B’s fans are happy and the NHL braintrust again turns a blind eye to these events, and the rest of the hockey world just wonders what the hell is going on.

DG's Quick Hits- April 28, 2002

A weekly look at some of the stories rocking the hockey world and my take on each of them.

This week:

The demons are gone: Hurricanes advance

Booing at the rink: have we gone too far?

Canucks gone: Brian, have your phone ready

Robert and Tucker hits…

Regarding the Leaf and Islander game this Friday, what did you all think of the hits that Roberts and Tucker gave out?

Personally as a Leaf fan you might think I am a little bias, but seriously I did not think they were cheap or worth suspension.

Gary Roberts was in the middle of his check and could do little to avoid Jonnson, who saw him coming.

Besides didn’t Mike Peca do almost the exact same thing to a player earlier this year as well? (I forget who it was), but the guy was carried out on a strecher…

As for Tucker…once again clean. Mike carries out those types of hits all the time. There harsh, but clean.

It really sucks as that Jonnson is out and maybe Peca (as a Leaf fan, I know all about injuries). I wouldn’t count the Isle’s out at all though.

Anyway what’s your opinion…and I know there are a lot of Leaf haters on this site, but please try and remain as unbias as possible.

Jill