Puck Sight (Sept. 7)

The status of Jason Allison has been the subject of numerous submissions lately, I’ll outline a few of them for everyone. The pre-season schedule gets underway next weekend, I’ll point out a few of the more intresting locales for games. I’ll also throw out some more interesting stats from last year too.

How do get people to tune in?

Something that has always bothered me, is T.V. ratings for the NHL. In the U.S., hockey is a tough sell. It was reported that the XFL had higher ratings than the NHL last season. There is something wrong with this picture.

Caps may have issues.

With training camps set to open up next week one has to wonder what exactly Ron Wilson and the Caps have in mind for their squad.

Surprises and Disappointments

I’m not going to try and predict the final standings and points for every team in the league. Instead, I’m just going to give my opinions on who may surprise everybody and who could disappoint in the upcoming season based on their off-season moves.

Hurricane

The Carolina Hurricanes have locked up thier star center for six more years. Brind’Amour had 56 points last year good for 4th on the team, but he is better known for his leadership, tenacity and gritty play.

How will the standings go?

I’m sick of new people to the boards sending in these really off-the-wall standings and only giving one line to explain why they will end up that way. Let’s go in-depth about this and share our opinions and see how close we get.

Oates vs Caps, Poti Highly Tradable, Nucks Trust Cloots?, Potvin Won't Be King f

Oates makes Wilson look ridiculous. Poti learns from Allison. GM Burke seems undecided on the goaltending situation. Potvin displeased with the Kings. It is an unhappy day for some players, should it be?

Hedberg, Penguins Agree to Deal

The week did not start off well for Johan Hedberg. First, he was denied a working visa to enter the United States because he did not have a contract so he therefore did not have a job which is a qualification for a working visa.

Well, things got a bit easier today. Johan Hedberg, 28, signed a new deal with the Penguins. In accordance with club policy, the terms of the deal were not released but it is believed that the deal is a three year deal worth around $3 mil. The Penguins have invited six goaltenders to this years camp.

The Captain of the Montreal Canadiens has cancer.

What is happening with Saku is a tragedy. He is only 26, and fighting the biggest battle of his life.

What ever happens next is in the hands of God. Would he be strong enough to overcome this sickness. I like to say yes. Lance Arsmstrong is the perfect example. After, overcoming a cancer, and almost loosing his life, he came back to win the Tour de France 3 times. Wow!

I invite hockey fans, like or dislike the Habs, to do a little prayer for Saku, and hope he gets back his health.

As for the situation on the ice, Savard obviously is not thinking about that at the moment, but soon he will.

Does that mean that it is emminent that a keeper and a defensman should be traded in the intention of getting a power forward ???

RR

Canadiens Captain Out Already!

Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu is reportedly in a Montreal hospital suffering from abdominal pain. He is currently under examination to find out exactly what’s wrong.

"Potsie" is Ready to "Sit on it!"

Edmonton Oiler defenceman, Tom Poti, will likely be sitting on his couch at home in Massachusetts next week when training camp opens.

A Look At the New Coyotes

The Phoenix Coyotes without a doubt have made the most changes this summer. New management has made a lot of cost cutting deals to rebuild the franchise. Key players once thought to be vital parts of the team found new homes last season and this off-season.

Yashin Cashes IN

The Islanders will announce that they have signed Yashin to a 10 year $90-91 million deal.

This deal makes it the richest contract package in the NHL’s history.

He wont be the highest paid player per year but the sum of $90 is the highest ever in the league. The 27-year-old center had 218 goals and 273 assists in 504 regular-season games with Ottawa over his career.

Chandler

Waiver Draft

I’m interested to see who every one thinks the team’s will leave availabile when the Waiver Draft comes? And where do you think some of the players are going to go?

Forwards?

Defenders?

Goalies?

Reid

Puck Sight (Sept. 4th)

Todays column starts off with a look at the status of two careers, one that has ended too early, and one that may have run for too long. I’ll also touch on a waiver draft opinion and some thoughts about uniforms.

Theo Fleury Is Cleared

The NHL and the NHLPA announced that Theo Fleury is cleared to play with the New York Rangers for this up-coming season. Good job Fleury for getting through a tough moment and I wish him good luck for the 2001-2002 season.

Can the Pens still make a run?

Ok so now that camp is a week away lets dissect the Penguins and see if they truly can make a Cup run or not.

Canada Camp Opens, 2 Players Added.

Team Canada’s orientation camp opens today in Calgary. There are two players, who will attend but will not be able to partake in on-ice activities so 2 new players have been issued late invites.

Who will win the Jack Adams?

I recently wrote an article on who will win the Norris, but now the question poses as who will be the best coach this season?

Two Trade Rumors, One Just a Thought

Titles of Articles:

1)”Amonte To Leafs?”

written by: Anonymous

2)”Could Barnett Get Nedved if He Doanates to Sather?”

written by: Micki Peroni

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