Over the season and especially in the playoff’s it became apparent that a little tinkering is needed to the roster. Veteren experience and reliability seems to be the new mantra coming out of the front office in Edmonton but not at the expenses of dismantling the core group. Finding a defenseman and a winger whom both have leadership qualities and Stanley Cup experience will weigh heavily on the minds of Kevin Lowe and his staff. Around draft day in June seems the most likely time a decision will be made since one way or another the Doug Weight contract scenerio will have been played out. The funds left over either way will determine who they can obtain to fill those roles and if the ownership group would be willing to spend an extra million or two to make it all come together.
Down the road the Calgary Flames spent more on thier rosters this season and perhaps they didn’t get the results they wanted, but if the ownership group and the fans and have a little give and take it could be accomplished. If in Edmonton the season tickets could be in the 16,000 area with only 1,100 to spare they could sell out 30-35 games a year the funds could be available. That essentially with the 5% increase in tickets prices could be allocated in signing Doug Weight to a three year contract and adding the two veterens needed.
Now barring if the money is available whom would be considered a good candidates for the veteren positions and what would be the cost. Now if someone were to mull over the current rosters in the NHL to see what is available they may find that Edmon Read more »
What does a NHL team do with their franchise goalie when his own teammates can barely score more than 2 goals with him in net? This was the problem that Florida management faced when assessing the teams play in front of Trevor Kidd and the back-up goalie at the time, Roberto Luongo.
In the early part of the season, The Panthers were decimated with injuries to their already thin defense, and at times this left the unfortunate burden on the two goalies to keep the Panthers in each game. Thrown into the fire was the confident and technically proficient Roberto, who struggled mightily in providing the necessary clutch goaltending. One of the early criticisms that he faced was the tendency of some teams to win or tie the game in the waning moments of the game.
Luongo started the season going 1-11-2, in which he got his first shut-out against Minnesota on Oct 22nd before he was able to get his first win against Tampa Bay on Dec 25th. At the time, he had a steady, but unspectacular .901 save percentage and 2.5 GAA. Clearly not good enough to put the Panthers in the win column when the offense rarely scored over 2 goals a game, and for the season Luongo had the unfortunate luck of being the starting goalie in 5 of the 6 games that the Panthers were shut out in.
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A perfect nickname for this towering Russian prodigy who has played his third season for the Sudbury
Wolves. Last season Alexei Semenov was named OHL defensive defenseman of the year and by all accounts this season should result with the same accolads.
A steady marked improvement in all aspects of his game will give him a legitimate chance of cracking the Oilers roster next season.
His most appealing attributes are a perfect fit for the needs of the present Oilers blueline. His best qualities include his devastating open ice hits and menacing presence in front of the net. Alexei also provides a excellent shot from the point and would be an excellant alternativeon the second powerplay unit along side Tom Poti. Whats even more appealing to the Oilers managemnt is his wing span and mobility will make it near impossible to beat him one on one.
A nice progression in his point total over the last two seasons give the coaching staff reason to believe some of that talent will come forth to the next level.
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Adding Semenov to the mix could allow the Oilers to have 3 solid units on defense and pair the two offense defense with a solid efensive partner without tearing up the Jason Smith and Igor Ulanov duo. By pairing Alexei Semenov and Tom Poti together it would allow Tom to be more offensivly creative without having to worry about the backend. Plus an added bonus is since both of them are young they wi Read more »
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Despite only playing for the second team last season Barkunov stepped right into the lineup of the first team this year and
played great hockey. He started out very good with two goals in his first two games and his offensive play and hard work
made up for his lack of experience. Faded a little after the WJC and was a healthy scratch in all but two playoff games.
Played in three tournaments with the Russian J20 team (1+3 in 14 games) including the WJC in Russia there he was one of
the better defencemen on a Russian team that finished 7th. With a senior-season under his belt he will hopefully be a factor
in both the regular season and the playoffs for Yaroslavl next year.
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Sorted by higher Total Points, Goals, Assists,Penalties In Minutes, lower number of Games Played and alphabetical order.
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U18-Worldchampionship in Finland
Before the championship starts, the U18-nationalteam plays in two exhibitiongames in Füssen, germany, against the U18-team from the czech republic. A 3-3 draw follows a 3-2 win (Goals from Goc(2), Schauer, Danner, Barz and Triller). So, the team was in a good form for the championships, but horable news reaches the team after the second game against the czechs’: the top defenseman, Alexander Sulzer has a shoulder-injury and can’t play in the championships. Very bad news for the team, Sulzer was the rookie of the year in the third league and a possibly draft-pick in this year or the next year. But, Alex Sulzer is just 16 years old and can play at the championships next year.
Two days before the championships started, coach Jim Setters named his squad (detailly informations about every player will follow in the next days) and set following players on the recall-list: Goalies Alexander Lerchner from Kaufbeuren and Patrick Ehelechner from Mannheim (born 1984, so he will play in the U18-championships next year). Defenders Florian Horvath from Kaufbeuren, Daniel Kirchberger from Augsburg and Sebastian Osterloh from Cologne. Forwards Manfred Eichber Read more »
The Bulls were ousted in the 6th game by the 67’s in a hard fought series, but need not hang their heads, they had an excellent year. Beating everyone’s expectations in taking the division title, this group of guys showed character and skill. After taking the Frontenacs down in 4 games the post-season looked promising, but it would be the 67’s year to beat out the Bulls after a few years of domination by Belleville.
Ottawa wore the Bulls down, who were visibly exhausted in the 5th game even though they managed to win it 4-3. The fourth game overtime loss in Ottawa after leading with 20 seconds to go in the 3rd coupled with a bout of the flu than was passed through the team, emotionally and physically drained the guys and Ottawa was able to close out the series with a 7-2 win in the Civic Centre.
Lance Galbraith led the way offensively for Ottawa and was his usual pesky self. In my opinion Jonathan Zion was the best player on the ice for either team showing great skating and puck handling ability. The Leafs have a very good prospect in Zion. Zenon Konopka was the 67’s clutch player scoring the tying goal in the 4th game to send it to overtime. The major difference between the two teams was in net. Seamus Kotyk (Bruins) was outstanding for Ottawa while both Jan Chovan and Paulo Colaiacovo did not play well when they needed to.
The entire Bulls lineup played well in their roles until the 5th game where they were dragging their buts for the aforementioned reasons. Andre Deveaux really picked up his game when calle Read more »
The Manitoba Moose are cashing in on the rise of former goaltender Johan Hedberg, who is making a name for himself – and the Moose – while guarding the nets for the Pittsburgh Penguins in their current NHL playoff battle with the Washington Capitals.
A career minor leaguer, Hedberg became an immediate fan favourite after posting a 7-1-1 record for the Penguins down the regular season stretch, then securing the starting role for the playoffs.
“They’re buying anything that has `Hedberg’ on it,” said Tim Scott, the Moose vice-president of marketing, communication and corporate development.
“They’re buying Moose antlers. They’re buying $300 US game jerseys. They’re buying Moose foam No. 1 hands. They’re looking for Moose-call horns.
“It’s turning out to be fun, that’s for sure.”
It’s also turning out to be profitable, while generating exposure for the Moose across North America.
That’s largely due to the fact that Hedberg is still wearing his Moose mask in Pittsburgh.
Scott believes the sale of Moose gear will grow exponentially in Pittsburgh – where the fans chant “Moose” every time Hedberg makes a big save – if the Penguins advance further in the NHL playoffs.
“It’ll continue because this Moose mania was created by the fans,” Scott noted. “It wasn’t created by the team or a marketing guy.”
For example, the Moose have just sent the Penguins 200 Hedberg playing cards in exchange of a game-worn, autographed Mario Lemieux jersey, which they will probably auction off for Read more »
A season worth remembering
Just before the puck was dropped on
game seven of the WHL semifinal series
between the Kootenay ICE and the
Swift Current Broncos this past week I
asked ICE minority owner Jim Stypula if
he was nervous as to the outcome of the
deciding game. “Win or lose,” he
replied. “The sun will still come up
tomorrow.” In the aftermath of a
heartbreaking seventh game loss by the
ICE at the hands of the Broncos, those
words of obvious truth were of little
consequence to fans, players, coaches,
management and even a partial media
that never seems to be able to put the
‘im’ in front of it as the curtain came
abruptly down on what was a season full
of incredibly entertaining highs and
lows. A wild ride that didn’t include that
dizzying climax that puts the end on the
story the way a league championship did
only one year earlier.
The end of a season enables everyone to
reflect on the year that was or perhaps,
wasn’t. Reflection is always a subjective
process. All the what ifs and the things
that could’ve been done differently come
to the forefront as most put on their
twenty-twenty hindsight glasses and
suddenly become experts at what is
becoming an increasingly perfect science
of looking back and saying ‘things would
be different if only…’
In fact the season could be deemed
overwhelmingly successful with the only
noted exception being that the club
failed to repeat as WHL champions, a
feat that most everyone would agree is
much harder than actually winning the
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The Curtain falls on Kootenay’s season
Signaling the finale of the 2000-01
season, the Kootenay ICE returned to
their Cranbrook Rec/Plex dressing room
this past Thursday to clean out their
stalls and attend individual departure
meetings with management before
scattering to their respective hometowns
for the summer. It is an arduous process
unless you happen to be the last team
taking part in the tedious task and for
some, it would be the last time in their
junior careers that they would do so.
For Dean Arsene, the last remaining
member of the club that came with the
club from Edmonton, the sun has set on
a long and prosperous junior career. A
career of which by his own admission
was chock full of successes,
disappointments and some incredible
memories. “It’s been the best time of my
life, playing five years for this team,”
said the popular ICE captain. “Even
though I’m an old guy and the guys joke
around about it, it’s been the best time of
my life playing in this league and
especially here in Cranbrook with the
teammates I’ve got and all the fans and
all the support I’ve gotten throughout
the years, it’s been quite unbelievable.”
Arsene, who along with Bret DeCecco
and Mike Lee will be graduating from
the WHL was quick to point out and
thank the fans of Cranbrook as was
evident during the goodbye skate Arsene
did after the seventh game loss against
Swift Current. Arsene, while receiving a
rousing ovation from the ICE faithful,
gave the fans themselves a round of
applause in return in recognition of their
support. “If Read more »