Kariya Crowned??

Spector is reporting that there is a rumor circulating that Paul Kariya will become a Los Angeles King very soon. The report states a defenceman and Bryan Smolinski would go the other way. This comes after the Anahiem Mighty Ducks announced they were lowering certain ticket prices and haulting the increase on others. I think with the announcement of ticket prices in Anaheim signals Kariya will soon be leaving the Duck Pond for bigger and better things. The Kings would make a good fit, they will be looking for a complement to their two strong forwards, Jason Allison and Zigmund Palffy. That would make a great line.

Are we as smart as we think we are, the playoffs

Well the playoffs are over and I decided to bring out my list of what we said as the season ended and we geared up for the playoffs. There were not as many predictions as I would have expected from people and I tried to limit my quotes to comments made before the playoffs began, however one or two did slip into the mix, however they were not later than game two of the 1st round. I thought everyone might enjoy these, so here goes. (Any misspellings, typos or omissions are the original authors work.)

Svelha to Retire

Tsn.ca has just reported that veteran Panther D-man Robert Svehla will retire citing a contract disput. Looks like Dudley chose not to honor Fletcher’s previous agreement with Svelha regarding a scouting job and financial support for his former European team. The down side is that he will be missed. The Panthers are weak on defense even if they do pick up Boumeester. The upside is that it will free up around 3 million for ufa’s. Maybe they will go after Kasperitis as rumuored. Who else do you all think could fit in there?

Burns Devils new coach

After stints with three ‘Original Six’ teams, Pat Burns returns in the swamp. TSN has learned that the New Jersey Devils have named the three-time Jack Adams Award winner as their new head coach.

Burns replaces Kevin Constantine. Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said he and Constantine would hold talks about a possible future role in the organization.

Your Journey

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Here you will go on a journey starting from an amazing European-like city called Montreal. There you will discover what the future could be for these Canadiens. From there, you will pass by a city that burns in Flames. You’re blinded by smoke as you then find yourself in the city of Edmonton, and roll down a mountain with an Avalanche. And final, you will find yourself on a deserted island with a tribe called the Islanders.

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)

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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

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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

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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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