Peca's Comeback>>Isle's. Lindros Slump>>Rangers. Obstruction Calls>>Refs Don't G

Peca so early? Yay….but not so yay to the 6-1 loss to a Blues team that misses Pronger, Tkachuck, and are playing with Brathwaite.

Lindros just ain’t doing the offensive job, but defensively he is. Not helping the Rangers, and after the seriously unlucky loss to the Bruins, who have a fan club at the Fleet Center of about 9,000 people.

Refs still don’t get it do they? Maybe the old timers should retire and let new refs come in. Obstruction is seen….(more)

Well, Michael Peca is back, and though he only played about a minute, the Isle’s still looked lost in a smothering attack from the Blues. Expecting to see more confidence in the players, the Isle’s don’t seem to have enough fire and talent to be as successful as last season. This is the Islanders team I was looking at last season when i ranked them put of the playoff seeds. Sure, it’s early in the season, Peca has yet to play 100%, but does this team’s success only rely on Michael Peca? Mad Mike ought to pull a trade.

Lindros is having a problem playing offense. Whatever the problem is, E-Train better get his choo choo going soon. His defensive play is good, but he can’t find the his offensive game that is hiding somewhere on the ice. With four minutes of PP, and about 19 minutes of ice time overall, Lindros only had one shot. And, that one shot was a confused breakway with Matt Barnaby right behind him by a few inches. His -2 is an unfortunate stat to look at in the game. One goal against was a shot that deflected on Bure’s stick and into the net, and the other was a goal that should have been aken care of by Sandy McCarthy who left his man open in front of Blackburn (who had a very solid game). So, where is his offense? Who knows…, but he must get it going soon.

Overall, the Rangers are slowly starting to come along, and they should have won that game, but the offense failed to support the team with goals (cough cough Lindros). The PK has greatly improved, the PP needs to score. The fore checking is working, the back checking is working, the defense is starting to play better (better than last season), the goaltending is becoming more than just solid, and it appears that it is just a matter of time for the Rangers to get it going.

Obstruction calls are re-inforced for plays that happen away from the puck. Now that I have NHL Center Ice, I get to watch more games. Refs have been less than mediocre, and the old timers appear to get away with most things. How about Mr. Marouelli. He declined GM Sather’s request to erase Lindros Game Misconduct back in Toronto. Why? The replay shows, the victim (Wade Belak) even apologized to Lindros, every paper says it….so why not cancel the misconduct?

Paul Stewart ought to retire. He calls a penalty when there isn’t one, and doesn’t call a penalty when there is one.

Hockey is supposed to be a physical game, especially when the players are battling with the puck. The refs are turning it into sissy hockey, a game where Brian Boitano would love to play, and fall in love with…..Fraser?!!!

Ok, the verbal abuse misconducts are also a bit out of hand. I was watching the game between the Bruins and the Ducks, and after Kariya sees the ref pointin gat him, he skates away and yells out “F-ing bastard”. Now that is a misconduct, and he only got 2 minutes. However, doing a bit of contesting with a call, and getting a penalty for that is ridiculous. Now you can’t say anything to the refs. The NHL is protecting their poorly skilled refs.

Teams that should trade:

1- Leafs

Ok, losing to the Canadiens (who are also struggling) will give Pat Quinn a message. MAKE A TRADE! Whether it is for offense or defense, the Leafs need a shake up, a change…and change is always good. I doubt Quinn should get Turgeon (whether or not the rumor is true), the old timer is losing his touch, and will do little for the Leafs. Quinn should seek a trade with the Predators, Thrashers, and especially the Panthers. For get about Kyle McLaren. He is not much better than Pilar, so why trade Pilar for McLaren? Won’t change a THING! Try to get Val Bure. The guy is not that good at all, but he has the skills and can score. He should help on the PP, and why not? Ho about getting younger, and trading for Patrick Stefan? This kid is so young, you have yet to see him play his game and has many years until he reaches his prime.

2- Thrashers

I still disagree that the Thrashers should get Dafoe, at least it should not be their number one task. They ought to get better defensemen. How about Kyle McLaren? Giving the Bruins a 2nd round pick would be great for O’Connell since 1) Entry Draft Class of 03 appears to be good. 2) It’s guranteed it’d be a 31st to 35th overall. Get defensemen, there is better coaching out there (cough cough Wilson), start making changes. First thing should be Waddell getting fired, but that won’t happen until the owner realizes (better yet told) that management needs change. (HIRE ME!!!)

3- Canadiens

It was just a matter of time for Jose Theodore to get in shape. I guarantee you he is not Jim Carey, because cable-guy had half the skills Jose has. With Theodore playing better every game, it puts Hackett closer to purchasing a plane ticket departing from Montreal. I wouldn’t try to improve the defense in Montreal, but seeking a better goal scorer would be best. Of course, whatever Andre` Savard can get best for Hackett is worth it. Mathieu Garon is ready for NHL action anyway. A scorer or a solid d-man would help the Canadiens significantly.

4- Islanders

Not much to trade with. Sure, who wants Kvasha? Snow? Bates? Mad Mike has to find a better way to improve his team. Hey, why not try and get Val Bure? Worth a shot, and he’d be playing with Yashin on the number one line.

5- Rangers

Weird to see the Rangers play well without Holik (!!!!????), but he has yet to play a game where he is 100% healthy. I do believe the Senators are intersted in Matt Barnaby, (needing a LW), and Barnaby’s solid games and popularity have been showded by waiver pick up Ronald Petrovicky. No need to press the panic button at all for the Rangers. However, Slats needs a LW to work with Lindros and Bure. Swapping Arvedson with Barnaby? I doubt it, but it could happen.

Thanks for reading,

Micki Peroni