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?
Thought I’d come on again and give your the latest from the Boston Globe and FoxSportsNet…………..
Who is that goalie in net? Not Richter. His mask looks very fancy though. Is it Skudra? Playing against the Washington Capitals? No? Who the heck is that goalie!?
Unfortunately, ESPN does not hire people who have brains of hockey. It is a shame, because all the articles and comments the media has done in general, especially ESPN, made them look foolish. Jeff Bradley is a writer for ESPN MAG. He wrote an article on Lindros and the Rangers. If a hockey analyst who writes articles wants to comment on a subject (i.e. trade, player, or team), he or she has to support both the positive side and the negative side. Bradley has zero knowledge on this Lindros trade, which made him write a useless article pointing out his opinion only, an incorrect opinion. Plus, find out what really happened between Sather and Patrick, along with what the circumstances would have been with any of Sather’s decisions. I know this subject has been written so many times, but if you really want to look smart in front of other hockey fans, then it is worthwhile reading this.
Richter came back way before he was scheduled to play, and has put a great performance in the pre-season and his first two games. Unfortunately, a total of 3 goals already have passed Richter, deflected off the legs/skates of Malakhov, Karpa, and Malakhov again.
Kloucek is also way ahead of schedule. He is scheduled to play in mid-November, yet he could be just as ready to play on the 19th or 20th of October. Will he make a great comeback from his injury? Most likely since there is a high possibility for him to be one of the toughest defensemen in the league.
In case anyone saw the report that ESPN put out stating that Jiri Dopita would be out for the entire season, that news is incorrect. He has a strained MCL and a hairline fracture in his knee and is estimated to be out from 4-6 weeks. This time is still very questionable, but he will not be out all season. He is already riding a stationary bike with no pain. What a break for the guy though, changes his whole lifestyle to come to the US while they are at war plays 2 periods and tears up his knee from a cheapshot, that’s gotta be frustrating.
Mario Lemieux who has been bothered by a hip flexor the past two weeks or so, will sit out tonight against the Anaheim Mighty Ducks the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The lines will remain the same except for the fact that Kevin Stevens will move from the 4th line to the 1st line to replace Lemieux, and Krzysztof Oliwa will replace Stevens on line 4.
Now that the season has begun, HTR will expect many submitted articles during this season, probably too many. HTR will only post SIX articles a day as the maximum. Follow this short guideline:
1)-Avoid writing articles on a game.
2)-Avoid writing articles based on your predictions, ie. standings, trophy winners…etc.
3)-If an important and interesting event occured in a game, then you are free to write an article about it.
4)-Injury updates are acceptable, (someone say something about Dopita).
5)-Analysis of your team is acceptable.
Try to not overload the sent submitted articles.
TradeMan & HTR Staff
Today the Lightning re-signed Lecavalier to a four-year contract. Terms were not disclosed. Lecavalier has been holding out since the start of the season. He will not join the team for their opener against the Islanders. He will likely join the team for their game on Sunday.
“Nothing really new” was Tom Poti’s answer when he was asked if there had been any progress in negotiations between his agent, Jay Fee, and Oiler GM Kevin Lowe. Eventually this situation will rectify itself one way or the other, and quite possibly sooner rather than later.
Since the Board has been slow lately I thought I would pass the following rumours along. (One trade the other UFA news)
The panthers opening night roster is set for their game Thursday against the Flyers.