Rangers/Flyers game a wake up call for Boardstreetbullies

The Rangers/Flyers game was like a show to bob clarke that eric lindros is worth more then he got for him, but that wasn’t the real issue Wednesday night.

Rumors, Rumors and more Rumors !

Latest rumor was heard on the Montreal sports station CKAC, that sent Martin Rucinsky to New York in return of tough guy Sandy McCarthy.

I have absolutly no comments concerning this rumor but one thing I don’t get :  why the hell would André Savard be looking for a tough guy up front when the main problem of the Habs is a lack of goal scoring ???

One is for sure, the Canadiens are not going to make the playoffs with the team they have right now.  And people here in Montreal realize that and ARE VERY OKOTA!!!

So look for trades very soon !

 

Richter Steals the Show, Along With Lindros

This was one of the best games so far this season. I know I should not write about games on HTR, but this deserves to be posted, mostly for “A True Hockey Story” for the Eric Lindros saga. Flyers showed a lot of good signs, they had a lot of chances, but Richter shut them down and for the most part, controlled the whole game. The Rangers did win the physical battles however, but this is only the end of the first chapter of the Lindros saga.

Injury Report

ESPN online is reporting that Washington Capitals veteran defensemen Calle Johansson is out for the rest of the season.  He is having surgery on his right rotator cuff on Monday.  This story was originally reported in Sunday’s Washington Post.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

“It’s remarkable that he’s been playing for the last two or three weeks with that kind of injury,” general manager George McPhee told the Washington Post. “He’s one of our best all-around players and it’s a kick in the stomach, but we can’t control that part of the game and we’ll give other people opportunities and hopefully we’ll be pleasantly surprised.”

Another report online states that the Flyers rugged defensemen Luke Richardson may miss four to six weeks with a broken foot.  The Philadelphia Daily News also reported that he will be out indefinitely and is hoping the foot is not displaced. 

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Early season statistical surprises on Defense.

As requested, I have looked into the early defensive player performances and came up with this followup to the previous “surprises” article

Damn! Another Rumor… :)

Here’s another rumor for you guys….This time, coming from the mouth of Jacques Demers (former TB coach) not some sort of video games trade as we can see regularly post here…Anyways.

 

Here’s the rumor: New Jersey Devils are very interrested in T.B. Vincent LeCavalier and apparently, they already made an offer to Tampa’s Rick Dudley… Seems like there’s no trade yet, but it would include Bobby Holik. Now listen carefully…I’m not sayin’ it would be a 1:1 trade, just that it would INCLUDE Bobby Holik in a Lecavalier deal…Thought it was interresting, it would give Tampa Bay’s the grit they need… Post Comments if you like… 

Rangers Still Rule New York; FLY Line on Fire; York Getting Recognition

The New York Rangers are showing big signs that the team does have chemistry. Richter is on fire, Fleury, Lindros, York are becoming a threat every night, Leetch is playing with comfort from Malakhov, Berard is starting to skate well, and just about every player is showing what they got. The best player on the Rangers, who is still not recognized by the league, is Mike York.

Tales From Around the League

Team Payroll lists we’re released this past week and some staggering numbers can be seen on it.  After a look at some notable stories from several teams around the NHL, I want to pass on a nice Gretzky story that I just read.

Officiating a Serious Problem

After watching tonights FlyersHawks game, and I know this has been said a few times before, but the officials this year are brutal. They might as well have the coaches call the penalties from the bench. I’m not going to blame the whole game on officiating, but it was awful tonight. Apparently it is ok for Primeau to have to take on two guys at the same time. Maybe these guys didn’t see a third man in, but they were obviously both going after Primeau. And after this the Hawks still managed to come away with a powerplay. Only 6 minutes of penalties were handed out when at least 4 pairs of gloves were on the ice. After the Flyers killed the powerplay, the refs must have been threatened by Coach Barber, and called a weak make-up call against the Hawks’ Spacek, for a great hit on Williams, I believe. I was just wondering if the officiating is this terrible all the way around the league. It’s kinda tough to watch them all. I think that the NHL needs to take another close look at the current 4 man system.

Trades will be minimal until post christmas

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. 

Devil$ A$k Stevens…"Do You Accept…..'Cha-Ching'…CA$H?"

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?

Three way trade happening….

A Three way trade will be accomplished before November 13th, 2001. The involving teams are Ottawa, San Jose and Toronto….

1/8 Of Teams Season Review

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.

Puck Sight Oct 31

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.

LECAVALIER In the Blue, White And Red !

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.

Keenan to Return to the Rangers?

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.

San Jose and Ottawa Senator trade rumor………

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………….

Competition Tight to Make Team

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.

Oilers Roll Through October

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.

League and Olympic Thoughts

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.