For the past two months, I’ve regularly done an article called “A different look on trade rumours.” Now, I’m still continuing it- don’t worry hockey fans- but I have to say the only rumours I seem to be getting are from the same teams. Not to say that the Canadian teams or the Detroit Red Wings or any other of the major contenders are not interesting, it’s just that I don’t think the little teams get much recognition.
He didn’t against the St. Louis Blues, who along with captain Chris Pronger are starting to find their stride now, but the question is can Mario Lemieux inspire his struggling Pittsburgh Penguins towards the playoffs, just how Pronger is doing with St. Louis?
Ok, after reading thru all the crap about Darren McCarty, Kirk Maltby and Drapes (Kris Draper) all being considered for trades to get “Kasper” (Pittsburgh Penguins defenceman Darius Kasparitus) to Hockeytown (the Detroit Red Wings), I should not have to remind you that the ‘Grind Line” no matter if they play together every night or not, is a killer marketing idea that the Wings will ride till those guys quit
After watching the Rangers flounder thru the motions against the Kings the other night ,I have reached the conclusion that Glenn Sather needs to do something quick.
This year has brought the most New Jersey Devils trade rumors I can remember!! But at the same time you still have Uncle Lou (Devils General Manager Lou Lamoriello) at the helm.
February is a short month and the superstars of this great game aren’t going to need much convincing by the end of it either. The month kicks off with the All-Star game on the 2nd in Los Angeles, before returning to club action for two weeks, and then the coveted Winter Olympics from Salt Lake City starts February 15th.
Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier has been working the phones the past week and a trade will be coming.
Reports from the Toronto Star, that contract extensions are in the works for goaltender Curtis Joseph, who is in the last year of his contract.
Canadian hockey is sadly dying in the NHL, as the only strong market teams are the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs. Why doesn’t the Canadian owners create a new league, with just Canadian teams: the CNHL (Canadian National Hockey League).
Winless in their last six, losing one in OT, is not what the Rangers are supposed to do. Sather, Low, and the Rangers suffered their “sixth straight concussion” losing to the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon. It was a fine game, although hearing the fans boo at their former team captain Lindros and seeing Roenick’s cocky personality on the ice was pretty annoying.
The Dallas Stars have traded Benoit Hogue to the Boston Bruins for Scott Pellerin.
Is everyone wondering how this game will go? Well, it is better if the game is discussed first. Rangers are winless in their last 5 games only scoring 4 goals, and the Flyers are the hot team here. Rangers cold, Flyers hot, my guess is a 5-2 game for the Flyers. Then, there is the discussion on Lindros.
Well it looks like after days of speculation, Forsberg had indeed arrived in Denver. But this was apparently NOT to return to the Avalanche.
In this week’s edition: the proposed trade of the New Jersey Devils with the San Jose Sharks, the mess that is the Buffalo Sabres and Chris Gratton, and the “on again, off again” Vancouver Canucks.
I now have a total of 10 teams with player Mid Term Grades. Where are the Flyers fans out there? I might as well grade the players myself if you Flyers fans can’t do it. I already received grades for the Panthers, Leafs, Penguins, Islanders, Capitals, Senators, Canadiens, Bruins, and obviously Rangers and Devils. Try to email me the other teams by Sunday night. All I can say is that so far I received awesome reviews, which is great to see from members of HTR.
Jiri Dopita scored 4 goals yesterday- admittedly against the Atlanta Thrashers- nonetheless his season may be facing a huge turnaround for the better as his Philadelphia Flyers begin their ascendency to the top. One probably shouldn’t read too much into it though: wait and see if things continue this way for Dopita.
I am a loyal Vancouver Canucks fan and I am happy with the trades General Manager Brian Burke has thus far done. Now all he has to do to make the team as best as they can be.
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).
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.