Ratification, Crosby, Trade Rumors, HTR Plans

Will it be Ratified?

Where will Crosby end up? You make the guess.

The trade rumors are already getting on my nerves.

And…… HTR plans. A couple of things I want to tell HTR members regarding the site.So will the CBA be ratified by the players? A close source of mine says….

…. NO!

Naaah, just kidding. I made that up. I guess I read too much Larry Brooks and Garrioch already.

Of course it will be ratified. It’s now or never for the players and they finally got it into their heads that as time passes by without a CBA in place, then it will only get worse for everyone.

It’s funny how journalists, the pro NHLPA ones, are reporting how it’s not Goodenow’s fault, entirely. Why? Because he said it would take two years.

True, he did say that to the players, but how does that make it any better for Goodenow? First of all, the journalists who are basically blaming the players for the NHLPA’s loss (cough cough Al Strachan) are risking to be treated poorly by players. Second, this only makes Goodenow worse.

Look at what happened this whole year without a CBA. Things got so bad that the salary cap is lower than the last NHL offer. ESPN cut the NHL loose (thankfully in a way) a few months back. Thousands of jobs lost, many businesses were hurt, the fans were deeply hurt and worst of all is that the game lost respect and suffered a great deal.

So, imagine if this carried till next year as well under Goodenow’s plans. Would there have been an NHL? Who knows!? Most likely Blain Capital would have bought the NHL and go for replacement players with a salary cap no higher than $30M.

How does Goodenow’s second year of no cap stance make this situation any better? Goodenow underestimated not just the owners, but his own members, the players. It took a while for the players to get it, but thankfully they did and they ignored Goodenow.

How could any journalist come in defense for Bob Goodenow? It’s unthinkable and outright stupid. Goodenow was willing to risk the end of the NHL just so players could make a couple more millions of dollars. The players were not.

So, forget this bogus talk from the “cautious” players who say that it’s a 50/50 chance that the CBA will be ratified. If the union leaders (Linden, Saskin, Guerin etc…) knew it could be a deal that would not be ratified, then they would not have accepted it.

Still, there is no reason to sing victory as stranger things have happened before, and they were quite bad too. If the CBA does not get ratified, expect the “Cold War” to rise to a much serious level where the players will not be accepted by the fans and the owners, and the first step for the owners would be to call for replacements.

It just can’t happen, everyone knows it. This is it for the players, they unwillingly asked for it, and they got what they deserved.

What jersey will Crosby wear?

I am in great disagreement with the draft lottery system this year as it really does not fill its purpose, which is to allow the teams in need of talent to build by picking the best talent available.

No matter where Crosby will go, this year’s Entry Draft will always be remembered as controversial and quite unreal. No matter where Crosby will go, this year’s Entry Draft will simply make tons of fans furious, and rightfully so.

So, Friday night, but especially Saturday morning, expect to see many angered journalists. It could get as ugly as politics. Sad, but true.

I believe Crosby should end up on a team that has been failing for the past years, not on a team that has been succeeding. Besides Lightning fans, how would any hockey fan approve of Crosby being picked by the Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning?

Will that happen? I don’t think so, but the point is that there is that chance that it could happen, and that is unacceptable in my opinion. You cannot have successful teams like the Bolts, Avs, Stars, Wings, Devils, Flyers, Leafs, Canucks, Blues, and so on, getting a chance at Crosby, or even at the #2, #3, #4 overall picks.

There is no reasonable arguement to defend that case. People say that because of the lockout season, every team stands to have an equal chance. Absolutely not. There was no season in the first place, so what is there to say about a season where not one second was played on the ice? No team stood anywhere in the 2004-2005 season.

So, why should Stanley Cup teams have a chance to get a top overall pick? There is still no reason. That situation disregards the main purpose of the Etnry Drafts for the NHL.

It should be that the non-playoff teams of the past three seasons should be the only ones to get a shot at the top overall picks. Forget the Red Wings, forget the Avalanche and so on. They are not in need of a Sidney Crosby. They did not do anything to deserve a 1st overall pick, or a 2nd, or a 3rd.

Anyway, it’s all too late to really have an arguement about this debate as it’s all said and done. The NHL Entry Draft lottery will take place this Friday with a weighted lottery system for all 30 teams.

Where do I want Crosby to be? I think Crosby could be a new “Messiah” for the NHL, as he can become a mix breed of Wayne Gretzky and Mark Messier. I do not mean that by talent, though.

What I mean by that is that Crosby can become the NHL’s next Wayne Gretzky as far as hockey skills and popularity, but if he ends up in a place like New York City, then he can make the same impact that Messier did back in the early 90’s.

Back in 1994 Messier revolutionized hockey in the USA. Newspapers put him on the front page and the New York media simply voice their opinion nationally. A large media outlet such as the St. Petersburgh Times cannot even grab the nation’s attention even after its scandal.

So, yes…. in a way Sidney Crosby “logical fit” is in the Big Apple. Do I approve of that? Yes and no, and I am a Rangers fan. I approve of it in a way that the NHL is in desperate need to have a marketing player, and I believe with the new rule changes of a more “wide open” hockey, Crosby could flourish quite well and be impressive. Impressive enough to make people remember Wayne Gretzky back in the 80’s.

I do not approve it in a sense that it could be an obvious “fix”. Not a “logical fit”, but a “logical fix”. Am I for that? No. I believe the NHL must keep its traditions and play this fairly to other teams that are in major need of a Sydney Crosby.

Of course I’d agree with Jeremy Roenick who just publicly said to give Sidney Crosby to the Rangers. This guy is quite a riot, and he also just said that Goodenow would quit and go someplace else.

Anyway, moving on….

I’d like to see Crosby in a Rangers jersey, but I would not complain if that does not happen and the Rangers get a top four overall pick. I think other than the Rangers, Crosby would look good with the Buffalo Sabres. The Sabres have had their history, had some great players, and they got a great young group of players, starting from Vanek.

I would also say that if this lottery system, unfortunately, gives a chance to successful teams over the past few seasons, that Crosby would also look good in an Oilers jersey. Why not bring back memories in Edmonton?

As much as fans want Crosby on their respective teams, this one Entry Draft has to be controversial where people will get upset and call it “logically fixed”. If Crosby ends up in Columbus Ohio, for the Blue Jackets, then I would be quite upset with the NHL for giving Crosby to a team that has not even come close to playoff success after years of drafting top talent, and messing up with two top picks (Leclaire and Klesla), however, it is still justified as it stays traditionally accurate that the #1 picks goes to the team with the most need.

So now it’s time for all of us to make a guess here.

Here is what I want you to do.

Reply to this article by making your guess for which team will get the #1 pick. You can only pick ONE team. Will you win anything? No, but In my next article this weekend I will post the names of the members who guessed correctly.

It’s also a way to do some sort of poll since I cannot include 30 choices for you to pick from. I would like to know which team gets the most votes, and the best way to do it is if you post your vote in this article.

I’ll start off. Since I do not want to jinx my team, my guess of the NHL that will receive the 1st overall pick in the 2005 Entry Draft is…

……

Pittsburgh Penguins.

I am not going to say why, but that is my guess.

The last thing I want to talk about are the plans for HockeyTradeRumors.com. It’s nothing too important, but worth mentioning.

Right now, we are just about to enter a short period of time of total mayhem as far as trade rumors and other types of rumors. Is it exciting? YES! Very much so, and yesterday evening I started reading the submitted articles with were 17, and today there 5 new ones.

I am glad that you members are participating and submitting articles for this great web site, and I enjoy reading them. But, we need a better “pace”.

I read about 6 Maple Leafs articles, and 4 of them were actually quite good, and some got posted. The only problem is that many submitted articles are too similar.

Right now, rumors are quite a crapshoot from journalists. Aside from Scotty Neidermeyer and Jeff O’Neill who both expressed their feelings about possible destinations in their future careers, right now it’s pretty much up in the air.

Allow teams to organize themselves with the buy outs, and then take rumors seriously.

The other thing is HTR’s Season Preview. I will be looking for writers to write up season previews of teams, and maybe other writers for other sorts of columns, but that will not be until the teams are close to completing their own rosters.

Still, just a heads up.

Thanks for reading,

Micki Peroni