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> - Brian Rafalski has injured his right leg. The extent of the
injury isn't yet known, but it appears not to be a knee injury. I'll
say this, he is one of the most capable and exciting defensemen in
hockey and is an excellent all-round player. Losing him in addition
to Stevens could be MONUMENTAL to seeing the Devils flame
out this year.>>>
No doubt about it. Lou Lamoriello will have to put on his trading
shoes. I would not be shocked if he got another team to trade for
Leetch, then made them an offer to bring him to the Devils.
Ari Ahonen has been waiting behind Brodeur long enough.
> - Speaking of the Devils, it appears the Elias-Gomez-Gionta
line has found its rythym. They've combined for over 40 points
in the last 8 games!>>>
They have. I'm shocked they had a real poor game against Toronto
but Belfour was back. We'll get our own look on Thursday.
> - Is Chicago's Tuomu Ruutu truly the star in the making Chitown
thinks he is? Well, he only has 26 points and a - 25 rating in
64 games, but consider that he's gotten a lot of ice time lately
and only had 1-1-2 in his first 17 games! That says a lot I think.
Watch this kid eventually be similar to what Roenick was when
he came into the league.>>>
> - Another interesting Blackhawks note, Berard currently has
12-22-34 this year...... but that has come in ... are you ready
for this .... only 40 games. It's a career year for someone
that no-one wanted to sign to 2.5 million a year. He's
also on the trading block.>>>
He was considered a great offensive defender when he was drafted,
he's done well on a team with little pressure.
He deserves the credit for all he has done. I'm just not sure he is
a good defender.
> - Boy, Lang goes to Detroit and promptly gets 3 assists.
I'm goin' go out on a limb here (ya whatever)... and say
he'll end the season as the NHL's leading scorer. I mean
really, with that line-up, anything short of the league lead
in scoring would be a disgrace.>>>
For all the complaining about the Rangers they are
just as bad. Did the Wings payroll go over 80 million too, real good
example Mike Illich sends because that building is as old as CAA and
could not make the Tiger payroll in a new stadium.
> But hats off to M. St. Louis as well, who pound for pound is
> currently the NHL's best player.>>
Jason Blake with better hands, speed and offensive skill.
> - Man, for anyone who might think scoring is going up, just
look at the Carolina roster. Their leading scorer is M. Vasicek
with 16-18-34. He might not even get 40 points this year.>>
> - Calgary' top two centers have (Conroy) 3-27-30 and
(Reinprecht) 5-21-26 respectively. Boy, with stats like
that it's a good thing these guys aren't pitchers!>>>
Where's Steinbrenner to buy them? LOL
Look at the Isles with their two or three forty point players.
Still the answer is not restricting a goalies ability to play a
puck, IMO. Balance the team payroll, so teams can play a more open
game and entertain. Shootouts, three point games? Fan do not need
slamball or the arena football league for hockey.
> - San Jose already has 7 double-digit goalscorers with
Ricci, Damphousse and Primeau all within range
for #10. In addition, they have 16 guys with double-digit
number in assists, and winger Korolyuk currently has
nine. Six defensemen have 12 or more points.>>>
And unlike the game they played last year which was a total no-show
by San Jose, Isles have to go play them in a week or so.
> - Toronto has 5 defensemen with 17 or more points...
> and they desperately want Gonchar to add to that
> blueline! Yikes! ?>>>
The Detroit, Colorado, Sather strategy, need hitting, get scoring.
> - I wonder if MM would be interested in Pittsburgh
winger Alexei Morozov??? A speedy leftshooting
RW with youth might be an asset next to Yashin or
Kvasha. Just a thought.>>>
Not a bad one, how much does he make?
> - I must say, I am VERY surprised that Cory
Stillman has had the season he has had. TB is
rumored as wanting to get Prospal back from
Anaheim at this point, but Stillman has VERY
quietly stacked up 61 points in 63 games.
Meanwhile, Richards continues to outplay
former junior teammate and first rounder Vince
Lecavalier with yet ANOTHER 20 goal, 60 point
season. He still has time to top his 74 points of
last season. By the way, Tampa has 8 guys
with double-digits in goals, 5 of which with more
That's a very good team that really has no pressure the last month
of the season. They will finish no lower than third and maybe do make
a move because I think after they gave the Devils a tough series last
year they know what it takes.
>>- By the way, our Isles also have 7 guys with 10
or more goals. Interestingly enough, we have
6 others with 7 or more goals. If they reach that
10 goal-plateau, we'd probably have the most
double-digit goalscorers in the NHL! Our first
line is currently on pace for.
Not bad. I want to see Ronning and Yashin together with Czerkawski
for a game or two.
> -As for the playoffs:
To be honest, I don't think we're making it past the first round one
way or another. Fact is, unless Yashin and Parrish somehow start
tearing things up, we just do not have the necessary ingredients to
Let's start with if the Isles make the playoffs and not jinx it, but
I Disagree completely.
They are big underdogs only against Ottawa or New Jersey let's only
hope we can talk about the West because we know what that means.
Lot's of things have to happen but DiPietro showed signs he can steal
a series this season and this defense when it's on is very solid.
Scoring seems to be good enough in terms of goals scored, don't ask
me how they are doing that.
These kids have won games against Ottawa, Devils, Toronto
and the Lightning. If the defense and goaltending hold, I think if
there are no cheapshots (Isles are badly outmanned here) they have a
As for teams like Philadephia, I think they have a very good shot.
> Some will argue that and good for them, but if teams like Toronto,
Boston, Ottawa, etc. are stronger than us now, just wait until they
load up a bit more at the trade deadline. Look at what Philly,
Colorado and Detroit have been doing recently. This team is not
ready to play against these clubs when they also have the Leetchs,
Gonchars, Kolzigs, Kovalevs and all the other semi-potent players on
the market. It's ridiculous to think otherwise.....>>>
Gotta disagree with you. It's ridiculous to think a team without
Yashin, Scatchard and Parrish for twenty games with Peca playing hurt
could be 0-6 against a team with Jagr, Lindros, Kovalev, Leetch,
Holik yet trail the Isles by fourteen points on this bright sunny day
Up is down and down is up.
Hockey is about chemistry and teamwork, not rotissary names. Some
times too many stars spoil things because for every thing added to a
team somthing else is lost. Look at Detroit, Dallas and Colorado as
they struggled against the no-names after they loaded up.
The Devils teach us that every single year as they add players like
Pascal Rheaume and everyone says's they have no chance, they did
nothing to get better and laugh. In the end he does things to win for
New Jersey and when the Devils discard him he signs with the Rangers
and is a complete non-factor because they think he can do likewise on
a team of all-stars. Does not work.
It's all about team and how players fit.
> .... unless of course Milbury is allowed to join the bidders.>>>
I hope for some grit and a defender, I expect nothing.
> Rumors such as:
The Islanders....have apparently contacted the
Senators regarding defenceman Shane Hnidy, who
isn't available at the moment but could be by
> may be legit, but what is Hnidy gonna help us
do against the top clubs in this conference,
the weaker of the two conferences I might add?>>
Says something too that Ottawa would hand him to help a potential
first or second round opponent.
> I'm a positive thinker and the game is played
on the ice, but we do not have a goaltender who
has been a successful playoff goalie (well,
way back when Snow had a nice run with Philly),
our defense is too homogenic and easily dismantled
by physical teams, our offense is supposedly
spread out but contains too many players who
don't produce regularly and our top-paid player
is gonna come back from an injury that might
have changed his stickhandling ability forever.>>>
I want to see the finished Islander product, this is not last year
where they had a brutal March schedule and no rest. All these season
series say they have a shot, not a great shot, but a shot.
Only goalie who scares me is Brodeur. Isles would not play Theodore
until the semi-finals and he's the only other goalie who concerns me.
Patrick Lalime, Ed Belfour, Esche-Burke, Khabibulin-Grahame?
None of those combos scare me.
Raycroft-DiPietro I think it's fair to call even aside from potential
which is all on DiPietro's side.
> We're just not built to play against teams that
can physically roll over us, and everyone knows
that now.... simply by watching the last two
pathetic Rag$ games.>>
I disagree, teams do not play the Islanders and follow the Ranger
blueprint or we would see it every single game.
Toronto is 4-0 against the Rangers and manhandled them, Isles won
both Coliseum games against the Leafs. Philadelphia manhandled the
Rangers, Isles have a win against a much different Flyers team than
they will see in the playoffs with these injuries.
> All that said, I still hope we face up against
Philly. AND I bet Philly sure as hell would
rather play Montreal or Boston than us!>>>
We agree on that one. About time. LOL
> At this point, the players rumored to be moved
are a plenty. Witt tops the list for our interests,
but there are others out there like Minnesota's
Brad Bombardir that could be of great interest to
us. Sanderson is available. Smith (EDM) is available.
Brunette, Nylander... hell even Satan might be for
Who can the Islanders win a bidding war against, the kids are no
longer available to include in deals. Will they take on salary?
Possible with Yashin's insurance money, but they did with Ronning
already and need it more on defense.
> Whatever happens, I'm counting on Milbury getting
us that necessary tough Dman, one way or another.
There are some to be had and looking at all thes
recent trades of big names for prospects and picks
has me thinking it MUST BE RELATIVELY EASY to get
a banging Dman here without giving up much.>>>
Every team wants banging defenders. I look at teams looking to deal
and everywhere, get a banger, someone to protect the crease.
> Marc Bergevin might even do???>>>
That's former Islander Marc Bergevin to you...LOL