Ripe for a new WHA?

With regards to the many complaints of the referees, I’ve begun to ask myself a new question: if a new league, committed to providing clean and enjoyable hockey, sprang up against the National Hockey League, would it outdraw and eventually dethrone the NHL? With the NHL’s poor ratings and even worse attendance, at least south of the Canadian border, I’m guessing that the new league does stand a chance, not like the doomed XFL against the National Football League, since the NHL isn’t very strong on the North American scale (at least when compared to the NFL).

All is not well in the Sports World

Over the past few years, considerable mention has been made regarding hockey’s continuing losing battle in the United States with football, baseball and basketball, and the debate has led me to speculate: how are the other sports doing? Is hockey clearly the only inept sport or are the other sports in a state of mismanagement? Also, if the sports have problems, how are they staying ahead of hockey? My research and observations have shown that the whole sports world needs a new direction, not just hockey.

****NOTE****

Hello HTR members. I received an article from MantaRay as his Mid Term grades for the Devils players. I already posted mine for the Rangers on a different site and obviously I would only get bashed and little reads on it if I posted it on here. BUT I have an idea.

I would like to post an article with every teams’ players’ Mid Term Grades written by YOU. Since I don’t want this site’s Submitted Articles section to overload, e-mail me your Mid Term Grades for your team’s players. I will pick out the best and most reasonable ones. So, I know I will receive more than one Flyers Mid term Grades, and I will pick out the best. Here is a lay-out:

Player’s Name: Grade (A+ to F) and a very brief comment, two sentences or three, but not too long.

Here is my e-mail: mikda1@go.com

Winnipeg will have a new NHL team

Winnipeg “the center of Canada and probably the best hockey city in the country” may once again showcase a National Hockey League franchise. Sources (very good ones) have told myself that local intrests from Winnipeg Goldeyes tycoon Sam Katz and old Winnipeg Jets owner Barry Shenkarow have thrown together enough money, along with a new downtown arena, to potentially bring the NHL back to Winnipeg. This should bring joy to Winnipeg fans angry at the loss of the Jets since the original team left for Phoenix in 1996.

Ottawa majority owner sells his share

Faceoff.com today is reporting that Ottawa Senators majority owner Rod Bryden has sold his share of the Ottawa Senators to a limited partnership group for $186.65 million. Bryden, however, will remain on to run the Senators as he had been doing prior to the sale.

He also holds a 10-year option under the sales agreement to buy the team back and stated that he plans to use that option.

How will this help the Senators? Well, the most important part for their fans is that it gaurantees that the Senators will remain in Ottawa. The rest is just speculation.

Faceoff.com Story

Forsberg Rportedly to Return to Avs Before Olympics

SportsLine.com wire reports

DENVER — Peter Forsberg is expected to return to the Colorado Avalanche before the start of the Olympics, which begin Feb. 8, the Denver Post reported on its website Tuesday morning.

Disrespect or Respect Theo Fleury?

Theo Fleury is the shortest player in the NHL, yet one of the toughest and most aggressive. He is a gritty player who shows his emotions during a game. When Fleury is on fire, he could be dominant and lethal to teams. He can change the momentum of the game by drawing penalties and aggravating his opponents. But, Fleury could as well hurt his own teammates and cost them a win. He is the type of player who referees hate to handle situations with. What is worse of all though, is Fleury’s personal problems conflicting with his game and team. What will happen this season?

Checkmanek or Boucher who will go?

Many people are talking about trading one of the flyers 2 co-starting goalies. The question is which one should go? And in my mind i think there is no doubt that it should be Cechmanek. I realize everbody will have there own opinion(which i would like to hear). But here is why i choose Cechmanek

Lindros Has Seventh Concussion

Eric Lindros sustained his 7th concussion, but a very mild and minor concussion.

Free Agents – 2002

Here is a list of all the free agents that will be avaliable after this season. All courtesy of “The Hockey News” – January 4th edition.

Mid-Term Grades

First half of the season is finally over, for the most part. I tried to be as reasonable as possible giving the grades out to the teams, ad explaining why. Obviously I will get negative and positive comments. If you have a negative comment, then discuss and tell me why you disagree. I rather have that than an immature comment. Thank you.

This Bashing Of Clarke Has Got To Stop

In recent weeks (and months, for that matter) on this site I have read countless articles and comments that continually criticize Bob Clarke and the job he does for the Philadelphia Flyers.

Trade Rumors

When will Amonte leave the Windy City? Ulanov-Mironov tradenovs? Blue Jackets not willing to turn the team around? Is GM Burke doing post Christmas shopping?

Correction on Previous Rangers Article

Dissatisfaction is unaccepted, so since I only received negative comments, I will try to satisfy my fellow HTR members. So, I will make this clear, simple, and easy to understand what my main points were in my previous article.

Senators Update

The Ottawa Senators have played a very inconsistent season so far. They have had many winning streaks, but also many losing streaks. Most fans in Ottawa are used to the team being in the top three in Conference at this point in the season, but right now, they are in 7th place. This has caused many Sens fans to panick and point fingers at players. They are blaming players such as Wade Redden, Patrick Lalime, and Radek Bonk. Maybe it is time to make some more serious changes in Ottawa. At a press conference after the Leafs ousted the Sens in the playoffs, Roy Mlakar promised the fans some serious changes in Ottawa. So far, there has been one. The Yashin deal is the only big change that the Sens have made. They have made some small changes, but none of them have had a serious impact.

Canucks long-term winners of Hlavac trade

Needless to say, last season’s pleasant surprise, Team Vancouver of the National Hockey League, is, like its teenagers Twins Sedins, unable to eschew the infamous ‘sophomore jinx’. Thus, Canucks GM Mr. Burke, who was known largely for his favouritsm on players and his support to complete blockbuster deals, pulled the trigger recently, dealing constant criminal Brashear, one of the most intimidating enforcers of all time, and a sixth-round selection, in exchange for younger forward Jan Hlavac and a third-round draft pick

Time for Theodore to be the #1

Jose Theodore is young and is showing to everybody that he can be the #1 goalie in Montreal. Only Patrick Roy and Nikolai Khabibulin have better stats than him this year in the NHL.

Habs have won a lot of games this year thanks to Theo. Unfortunately, Hackett has not been able to save/win games since his return from his injury. The Habs can’t loose games with Hackett in the goal, but they play him only to show other teams, or in hope, that he will be as good as two years ago.

They need to be in the playoffs this year, and only Theo is able to bring them to the playoffs. In anyway, Hackett has absolutely no trade-in value, and the more he plays, the lower his value is on the market. Even though Hackett is paid twice more than Theo, the best goalie has to play. Michel Therrien and Andre Savard should understand that.

If the Canadiens have only one player in the all-star game, Theodore should be the one. Don’t you think?

What hockey stuff I got for Christmas

Merry Christmas everyone!! And Happy Boxing Day to you holiday impaired Canadiens! (hehe just kiddin’) Santa brought me all kind cool hockey related goodies for Christmas! So I figured I’d tell ya’ what I got and find out what cool hockey junk came in your stocking!

I gotta Temmu Selanne official Team Finland olympic hockey jersey, and matching hat. A Toronto Maple Leafs third jersey! (laugh it up Leafs fans) Although I’m still deciding what player to get on the back (any suggestions?) plus a Flyers pull over.

But this isn’t about me! What hockey stuff did Santa bring you?

Again Happy Holidays everyone!

GM Burke, Hlavac, Bertuzzi, Brashear, Dvorak, and GM Sather; Behind the Scenes

Many of you heard of Bertuzzi rumors to the Rangers, and they all sounded false. Many of you are still confused about the Hlavac deal for Brashear. Many of you wonder why Dvorak is having a slumpy 1st half of the season. Many of you are now wondering, where am I going with this.

Will the Rangers reunite the Czech Line?

Will Glen Sather make a trade and reunite the Czech Line? I hope so. If he does the Rangers will have 2 of the best lines in hockey. The Rangers will become true competitors if a trade takes place. Possible trade: Jan Hlavac for Manny Malhotra,Petr Smrek, and/or a draft pick. Vancouver may have to add a draft pickor player themselves. Please feel free to comment.