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.
Head Coach Ivan Hlinka was fired today (Monday) by the Penguins after a winless start of the season, 0-4-0-0. Rick Kehoe will replace Hlinka’s position as head coach. Will this change the Penguins? Or should they seek another trade?
Ray Slover of The Sporting News speculates on the future homes of the following players;
Jason Allison – Washington Capitals
Tony Amonte – Detroit, Dallas, Colorado, or Boston
Bill Guerin – St. Louis, if the Bruins fall out of playoff contention
Darius Kasparaitis – Colorado
He also states that the Devils will not part with Bobby Holik unless he becomes a locker room distraction.
He gives no basis on his speculations so take this as you will. I have heard the mention of Allison landing with the Capitals but have not seen much on the others.
Jason Allison is soon to be traded to the St. Louis Blues for forwards Daniel Corso and Sergei Varlamov and two players from the Blues minor league team the Ice Cats: defenseman Mike Van Ryn and forward Justin Papineau. There is also talk to adding Blues forward Scott Mellanby to the deal while he recovers from his broken lower jaw. Boston Bruins general manager Mike O’Connell was at the Blues home opener scouting the young players (Corso is a promising center who O’Connell is looking at as a possible replacement for Allison) and will be back in St. Louis when the Blues host the Dallas Stars. St. Louis GM Larry Pleu was in Worcester for at least the past two games making sure he wants to deal the young players which he feels are some of the Blues future stars for Allison. Pleu wants a number 2 center that he can pair with Pavol Demitra.
ESPN the magazines E.J Hradek is reporting a deal for the four biggest free agents could happen with in the next couple of weeks. Rumors has the Toronto Maple Leafs will trade Tomas Kaberle to the San Jose Sharks for Mike Rathje. This would be a decent trade, not a great one. Kaberle is more of a goal-scoring type defenseman, and Rathje is more of an enforcer. Jason Allison has been rumored in a 3-way deal with the Oilers and the Kings. The Oilers would get Steve Heinze, Glen Murray and a prospect defenseman, the Bruins would get Anson Carter(again) or Ryan Smyth and Tom Poti, and the Kings would get Jason Allison. I think this would be the biggest trade to be made all year, and a fair. I also find this believable, becuase the Bruins and Oilers are “trading buddies” after last years Bill Guerin for Anson Carter and a prospect deal.
When in the world is Lemieux going to play a game, and is Colin Campbell doing a good job? How should the NHL regulate the suspensions?