Deals in the National Hockey League have become few and far between. This is especially the case early in the season. Many people neglect to acknowledge the fact that we are not even 20 games into the 2001-2002 season and every team ‘supposedly’ wants to pull the trigger on a deal.
The New Jersey Devils might soon reach an agreement with 37 year old defenseman, Scott Stevens. Stevens is currently under a contract, and is receiving 4.2$ million dollars. The new contract should largely increase his salary almost double, 7$ million dollars a year. Stevens states that he feels “optomistic” about the contract.
Is GM Lou Lamoriello spending too much for a 37 year old veteran? Not only that, he is just a stay at home defenseman as well. Will the Devils become a high salary team?
A Three way trade will be accomplished before November 13th, 2001. The involving teams are Ottawa, San Jose and Toronto….
This season, after most of the teams played 10 games, there will be 8 reviews on every team in the NHL, and how each one is performing. This is the first review out of 8 in total, every ten games.
There’s trouble and discention in the ranks of the Dallas Stars… Team USA has some new candidates to consider… Some rookies have impressed this season… and more diving into the stats stories of the week.
I recently wrote an article intitled ”Look for changes if the Habs don’t win” in which I mentionned that the administration will not tolerate another season without making it in the playoffs.
There was a report last week in a Canadian paper that suggested Mike Keenan and Glen Sather had introductory discussions about “Iron Mike” returning to coach the team he abondoned after the 1994 Stanley Cup Championship season.
There is a rumor that the San Jose Sharks are looking at dealing left winger ALEX KOROLYUK to the Ottawa senators in exchange for defenceman CHRIS PHILLIPS. This was according to a report out of an Otawa Daily News paper………….
Back at the summer mini-camp, Gretzky confessed that there were plenty of absent players who would still be in the running for the Olympic squad. A month into the season, the picture isn’t any clearer, in fact, choices may be even tougher now.
Edmonton could tie a team record on Tuesday with a win over the visiting Montreal Canadiens. Only two times before has an Oiler team had 9 wins in October, in ’81 and ’83. This year’s team could do the same by beating the Habs tomorrow night and it would cap off a pretty decent month for the Oil.
One big trade this week, is it a sign of things to come? Team Canada’s top dogs are on the prowl scouting a handful of teams this week, who’s Gretzky got his eye on? Plus more notes on the season so far.
TSN is reporting that Montreal goaltender Jeff Hackett will be out a minimum of 6 weeks due to a separated shoulder suffered in the game against Buffalo on Oct 20/2001.
Currently watching two games, Canadiens against the Sabres, and the Rangers against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
“Playing the Thrashers…..hahaha….that should be a win…”
I’ve been absent for the past two or three weeks but return now with comments about the start of the NHL season.
The Capitals signed $uper $tar Jaromir Jagr to an 8 year $88 million dollar deal. No comments from me.
Besides the ridiculous game suspensions handed out recently, the officials on the ice temselves are ruining the games.
I just tuned in the Bruins game and found 2nd line forward PJ Axelson a healthy scratch. Could this be a sign that a trade involving him and Jason Allison be going down tonight? I know there is an unwritten rule if a player to be traded he is either scrathed or benched if it happens during a game. It just doesnt make sense that he is scratched. If anything is announced during the game, I will come back and post it. If anyone hears anything on the Anaheim broadcast please post it.
So many big name players, so little time. So many big names were either traded or signed this summer, like Roenick, Jagr, Lindros, Turgeon and others, that we will go through the same thing again for next summer, or who might be traded before or by the trading deadline?
On espn.com they reported 2 possible trades a three team trade between LA, Edmonton, and Boston and another trade between just la and Boston. The first rumour consisted of Jason Allison going to la, glen Murray & Vishnovski going to Edmonton, and Tom Poti and Ryan Smyth going to Boston. This would obviously be a cost cutting idea on Edmonton’s payroll and a large increase in la’s payroll.