With three days to go in the National Hockey League regular season and one of the closest Conference play-off battles in recent memory, I’ve decided to compile the mathematical possibilities of what each team still in the Western Conference play-off chase needs to clinch a play-off spot, and the likelihood of such an event. Those teams are (in order): the Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Phoenix Coyotes and Edmonton Oilers (No. 10 Dallas Stars are officially eliminated).
The axe has yet to fall on Ron Low, however that hasn’t stopped CNNSI’s Kostya Kennedy from speculating that Ken Hitch***** is a shoe in to be named the next coach of the New York Rangers.
Continuing on with my awards predictions, let’s continue on with the Jack Adams for Coach of the Year. There are many candidates and each deserve strong consideration, but which coach will come out on top? Let’s look at the candidates:
The end of the year is usually left to positive reports on those who overachieve. In our zeal to extenuate the positive, we forget those who underachieve, fail, or just plain stick. Without further adieu, the NHL 2002 Bizarro Awards, exclusively on Hockeytraderumors.com.
The Theo Fluery saga has taken another twist today as Fleury has publically made an ultimatum, he will either play for the Rangers next year or play in Europe.
The Montreal Canadiens clinched a play-off berth yesterday in a thrilling 4-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators, but the big story last night was the return of one of hockey’s best players, Saku Koivu, returning from seven months of chemotherapy to record 8:22 in game time and earn the first star of the game.
Jarome Iginla is going to be a RFA at the end of this season, and he is going to win the scoring race by a considerable margin. As a canidate for the Hart Trophy on a nonplayoff team, this guy is going to want a ton of cash for the next few seasons. Money, that the Calgary Flames probably won’t be able to put together.
While I am proud to say that I will soon have U.S citizenship, just some personal news, I want to say that the past article involving Brashear was a complete mess-up that went out of control. If I deeply irritated HTR members during that “brawl”, then I am sorry that I didn’t get my point across well enough to make you understand. But, I am glad to see that I have more HTR members to debate topics with for the summer, not that I did it on purpose to have that. Anyway, that’s in the past, gone, finished, over, done, terminado, finito.
Fleury out…Lundmark in? What has Fleury done to anger the Rangers organization? The NY Post reports of Fleury and his problems with the Rangers. Rangers attempt the offer they gave to Sakic years ago, but this time involving Iginla?
Brashear, was he really worth it? Can Forsberg power up the struggling Avs offense?
Yesterday, Andre Roy, Adam Foote and Rob Ray were all handed suspensions and Patrick Roy was fined by the National Hockey League for actions earlier in the week.
I know it seems a little late for the third quarter, but I’ve decided the fourth will come at the conclusion of the play-offs, so, techinically, I still have some room for this quarter. Anyway, here is this quarter’s list of those who are doing better than expected and those who would just be better off being rink rats.
Alexander Daigle was expected to be a player full of talents that would dominate the NHL. Yesterday afternoon, Wolfgang Von Holfensteiner had a meeting with the former NHL player who disappointed the fans and the league. Daigle is willing to make a come back.
While the HTR staff should really give a lot of credit to titans for waking us up, TradeMan and I have come up with a few good plans for this summer with DG. I have a few good ideas for the site’s future, and I would appreciate it if HTR members would contribute to this and share opinions, suggestions, and comments.
I’ve been a participant at HTR for a while now. I’m not sure exactly when I joined. Anyway, I’ve gotten to know a lot a folks by their “handle.” We’ve got DJ, Mikster, Aaron, Jonathane, Titans, CaptainSteve, etc, etc, etc…… There’s a real long list.
“New York Rangers goaltender Mike Richter will miss the remainder of the season with a slight fracture of his skull, according to broadcast reports.”
The Rumour Rule
1. All trade rumours MUST have a source.
2. If you think up a trade, say so and defend you stance legitimately.
3. Sources have to be named, not “I heard this yesterday”. You can say your source is “anonymous” if the source doesn’t want to give out their name (like team officials), but you can’t post without permission. Radio, newspapers and T.V. automatically assume permission because they are reporting “for all to hear and see”.
4. Opinions are OKAY as long as you legitimately back them up, and you can ask for others’ opinions as long as you back up your own.
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p.s. This message will be posted every month as a reminder, and also for new comers.
According to RDS.ca, source that is very close to Montréal Canadiens organization, Donald Audette and Saku Koivu WILL be both back this season AND EARLIER than first thought…
Rangers goaltender Mike Richter suffered a concussion during Friday’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers. Mike Richter will not play tonight against the New York Islanders, and it is unknown when Richter will start playing.
Dan Blackburn will get his chance to carry the Rangers until Richter comes back. God Bless this kid if the Rangers win tonight against the Islanders.
It seems as though with Pavel Bure, Eric Lindros, Thereon Fleury, Brian Leetch, Mark Messier and Mike Richter (amongst others) that the New York Rangers still believe they can buy Stanley Cup success. The fact of the matter is that this team who has a payroll well in excess of most (if not all) is still many points behind teams like the Phoenix Coyotes who have only half the payroll and apparent talent? So why is it that despite having about 5 or 6 all-stars/internationals that the Rangers are going to miss the playoffs for the fifth straight year?
A few days ago, Toronto Star columnist Jim Coyle wrote a piece on the issue of road hockey, debating it’s merits and wondering why politicians are considering banning the great Canadian tradition. Even though it’s not an ice hockey story, I felt this is an important subject to bring up with the HockeyTradeRumours.com community, because I’m sure many of us had played road hockey (like I did) and because so many of our hockey heroes played the game to get better at their ice game.