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.
Goaltender Martin Brodeur has signed a 5 year deal extension with the Devils, worth $40 million dollars. Brodeur’s salary for this season is just $4.8 million dollars, and next season’s salary will largely increase to $8 million dollars. Although the contract does not include bonuses, Brodeur does have the choice of earning $8.9 million dollars in any of the 5 seasons.
Goalie Dan Blackburn, a rookie in Rangers camp, has signed a deal with the club. After and impressive pre season, it appears that Blackburn will be splitting back up time with Peter Skudra behind Mike Richter. Terms of the deal were not announced by the Rangers.
Just enough time left for me to get in my last licks before the regular season is finally underway. I noticed some noteworthy roster cuts, there’s already an injury or two, and perhaps I’ll throw out a prediction or two.
A bit of a surprise to the Pens organization and fans present at the Icoplex, the Pens pratice facility, on Monday.
The final cuts have just been announced and the roster is down to the required 23 players. The final decisions were the toughest and 6 NHL level players were cut, players that would have made the rosters of several teams in the league.
As expected, the rumors of either (or both) Jason Allison and Tony Amonte to the Rangers continue. Allison, an unsigned restricted free agent has claimed to be unhappy with Boston and wants out bad after an ongoing contract squabble. Amonte has been rumored from everywhere to N.Y. to Detroit to Colorado to Nashville, and it appears (again) he may be on the move.
A few more days until the new season starts! Teams are beginning to narrow down their rosters. The Flyers have reportedly reduced theirs and now the Boston Bruins have narrowed down the size of their roster.
Here are the odds, out of Vegas, for the 2002 Stanley Cup Championship.
Berard again played well on Sunday night’s game against the Bruins, finished 3-0 win for New York Rangers. Berard played 22 shifts, about 17:41 minutes of ice time, 4 hits, 2 blocked shots, 1 shot and a +1. Seems as if he will just get better and make a good comeback, a decent one.
These were Sunday night’s Line Ups of the Rangers:
Nedved – Messier – Dvorak
Ciger – Lindros – Fleury
Johansson – York – McCarthy
Heisten – Malhotra – Grosek
Leetch – Berard
Ulanov – Malakhov
Van Impe – Karpa
Take a look at how Bryan performed in his first game back, and is the media acting immature about Berard not coming back with the Leafs? Will Sather decide to play Blackburn as back-up? How will Coach Ron Low set the line-ups for the regular season?
The Edmonton Oilers have two more games to play before the new season begins, and yesterday they made another wave of roster cuts. The Oilers go into Cowtown tomorrow with only 29 players left on the preseason team.
Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News reports that Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood, who was left unprotected in the upcoming waiver draft, doubts he’ll be selected by another club. Osgood points to his high salary as the reason why he may still be a Red Wing after the waiver draft.
The Washington Capitals today signed center Jeff Halpern, a restricted free agent, to a two-year contract. Financial terms were not disclosed. The deal also includes a club option for a third year.
I read on the ESPN.com Canucks messageboard the the deal is almost complete and will be anounced in the next few days. The Canucks would trade a 2nd or 3rd round pick and future considerations to the Penguins for J.S. Aubin.