HULL, Quebec – The four-team 2001 NHL prospects tournament continued on Thursday at the Robert-Guertin Arena just outside of Ottawa with the Montreal Canadiens defeating the Florida Panthers 2-1. Florida attempted to rally from a 2-0 deficit and dominated play in the second half of the game. LW Josh Olson tallied the lone Panthers’ goal with 0:19 seconds remaining in the second period. He was assisted on the play by D Lucas Krajicek and D Paul Elliott. Florida registered 26 shots on net in the final 30 minutes of the game. Montreal goaltender Olivier Michaud was named the Player of the Game for the Canadiens as he stopped all but one of those shots.
Florida’s Player of Game G Billy Thompson made 27 saves. Florida killed off all seven Montreal power plays. The Panthers only had two power play chances. Florida outshot Montreal 35-29. With the loss, the Panthers record drops to 0-2-0 in the tourney. The round robin tournament will continue on Friday with the Panthers taking on Phoenix at 4:30 PM. Ottawa faces off against Montreal in the late game at 7:30 PM.
FIRST PERIOD: Montreal RW Marc-Andre Thinel scored the lone goal of the first period at the 15:29 mark. Florida’s Thompson was solid stopping 10 shots. The Panthers were outshot by the Canadiens, 11-7.
SECOND PERIOD: After falling behind 2-0, the Panthers battled back with a goal in the final minute of the period. Sustained pressure in the Montreal zone resulted in a goal with just 0:19 on the clock as Olson connected on a scramble in front. He was assisted o Read more »
Long Island’s “Big Valley”: Stephen Valiquette
Stephen Valiquette has been bounced around in the past, but this year he won’t be going anywhere but Bridgeport or Long Island.
Stephen Valiquette was not always Islander property. He was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 8th round (190th overall) of the 1996 Entry Draft. At the time of the draft, he had been playing for Sudbury of the OHL. Over a four-year period, he posted a record of 41-52-10 with 7 shutouts until he was traded midseason (1997-1998) to Erie. With a much better Erie squad in front of him, Valiquette was able to post a 16-7-3 record with 3 shutouts in 28 games.
Not taking into account the Sudbury team that Stephen played for, the Kings were not impressed enough by the young goaltender and chose not to new his entry-level contract. Seeing the potential in the lanky netminder, Mike Milbury and the Isles stepped in and signed Stephen to a 3 year contract in 1998.
Assigned for the 1998-1999 season to Hampton Roads of the ECHL, Valiquette posted 18 wins (including 1 shutout) in 31 games there. The combination of the trading of Tommy Salo, Felix Potvin being injured and Marcel Cousineau being called to Long Island to back up Wade Flaherty, necessitated the moving of Valiquette to Lowell of the AHL. At Lowell, Stephen absorbed a loss in his only appearance for the Lock Monsters.
During the 1999-2000 season, Stephen must have felt like a yo-yo. He bo Read more »
Plenty of New Faces for the Farm
The Islanders have recently signed or extended training camp invites to a number of players. In addition to looking at some of those players, I’d also like to take a quick look at Cory Stillman. Again I have to give credit to Islanders CEO Charles Wang for green-lighting Mike Milbury to increase payroll and organizational depth. It cannot be overstated how important it is for the Isles to have good depth on their farm teams. This affords them the ability to not rush youngsters into the NHL.
Having the Bridgeport SoundTigers as their primary affiliate and the Trenton Titans (shared with the Philadelphia Flyers) as their ECHL affiliate, the Isles will have two solid organizations to let their players develop. With the added responsibility of being the parent organization for a new AHL team, the Islanders and Mike Milbury have jumped right into stocking that team.
It is evident that some of the players signed or invited to camp are earmarked for the SoundTigers. In order to keep that franchise a healthy, viable and profitable organization many players are brought in to provide minor-league level experience and firepower. I am not saying that none of these players has a shot at making the Islanders team, I’m just saying that with the amount of quality talent available to the Isles, it is conceivable that many experienced players may end up on the Tigers or Titans. This isn’t a bad thing. These players can make the team very successful and everyone knows t Read more »
As Paul Lynch sat in the stands at the National Car Rental Center
during the 2001 NHL Entry Draft and listened to 137 names called
without hearing his own, he couldn’t help but feel a little despair.
Scouts had predicted and Lynch himself expected to hear his name by
the third round, at the very latest. The young Massachusetts native
was forced to wait until the fifth round before hearing the words
every young hockey player dreams of: “With our pick we select…”
“I expected and was told I would go third, possibly higher, and when
it didn’t happen, it was hard,” Lynch explained. “I knew during the
season when I tore my knee, it would have a big effect on where I was
going to go.”
Now Lynch is a man on a mission. The mission: to prove his value. He
has spent the summer working out at Mike Boyle’s gym, where Tampa Bay
Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier has been diligently training
through out the off-season. He has also spent a good deal of time at
Lightning Special Skills Coach Paul Vincent’s camp. While Lynch’s
skating surely doesn’t need improvement, he is looking to fine-tune
other areas of his game.
Most young players growing up in Boston dream of being the hometown
hero at local schools, but not Lynch. He chose the University of
Maine over both Boston College and Merrimack.
“I didn’t want to get distracted by anything near the city,” Lynch
explained. The serious hockey atmosphere set by head coach Shawn
Walsh lured Lynch to Maine. “He is a great guy who tak Read more »
Name, Team, Height, Weight, Hometown, Birth Date
Jean-Sebastien Aubin, Pittsburgh, 5'11, 176 lbs., Montreal, PQ, 7/17/77
Nick Boucher, Dartmouth (ECAC), 5'11, 175 lbs., Cobble Hill, BC, 12/29/80
Sebastien Caron, Wilkes-Barre (AHL), 6'1, 160 lbs., Anqui, PQ, 6/25/80
Brandon Crawford-West, Texas (NAHL), 5'11, 185 lbs., San Diego, CA,
Tomas Duba, Sparta Praha (Cze. Jr.), 6'0, 176 lbs., Prague, Czech
Petr Hamerlik, Kingston (OHL), 6'2, 180 lbs., Skalica, Slovakia, 1/2/82
Johan Hedberg, Pittsburgh, 5'11, 180 lbs., Leksand, Sweden, 5/5/73
Craig Hillier, Wheeling (ECHL), 6'1, 183 lbs., Cole Harbour, NS, 2/28/78
Joel Laing, Wheeling (ECHL), 5'10, 185 lbs., Maryfield, SASK
Mika Lehto, JyP HT Jyvaskyla (Fin.), 5'11, 172 lbs., Vammala, Finland, 4/12/79
Brant Nicklin, Florida (ECHL), 6'0, 175 lbs., Salmon Arm, BC, 9/19/76
Robbie Tallas, Chicago, 6'0, 163 lbs., Edmonton, AL, 3/20/73
Brendan Buckley, Wilkes-Barre (AHL), 6'2, 196 lbs., Boston, MA, 2/26/77
Drew Fata, Toronto (OHL), 6'1, 211 lbs., Sault Ste. Marie, ON, 7/28/83
Andrew Ference, Pittsburgh, 5'10, 190 lbs., Edmonton, AL, 3/17/79
Brian Gaffaney, St. Cloud State (WCHA), 6'5, 205 lbs., Alexandria, MN, 10/4/77
Hans Jonsson, Pittsburgh, 6'1, 202 lbs., Jarved, Sweden, 8/2/73
Darius Kasparaitis, Pittsburgh, 5'11, 212 lbs., Elektrenai, Lithuania, 10/16/72
David Koci, Prince George (WHL), 6'6, 216 lbs., Prague, Czech Republic,
Janne Laukkanen, Pittsburgh, 6'1, 194 lbs., Lahti, Finland, 3/19/70, Y
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The Manitoba Moose announced that the Columbia Inferno will be Manitoba’s East Coast Hockey League affiliate for the 2001-2002 season. It is the first time in Moose history the club has had a ‘AA’ affiliate.
The Moose/ Canucks will supply up to four players to the Inferno. The agreement means that the Moose will have access to Columbia players for injury replacement and it is expected that the Moose will also invite a number of Columbia’s independently signed players to Moose training camp in September.
“We are thrilled to be affiliated with Vancouver Canucks and the Manitoba Moose,” said Inferno head coach Scott White through a Columbia press release. “Both clubs are top-notch organizations, and fans in Columbia will have the opportunity to see a number of future NHL prospects.”
The Inferno are an expansion franchise in the 29-team East Coast Hockey League. The team plays out of the Carolina Coliseum (6,231) in Columbia South Carolina. The Inferno will play in the ECHL’s Southeast Division in the Southern Conference.
AROUND THE AHL
The Utah Grizzlies have lost their home with the 2002 Winter Olympics in town. The Grizzlies will play their last game at home at the E Centre on January 19 and will not return home until Febuary 28th. The Grizzlies will play 17 consecutive road games in 40 days.
Center Bobby Brown and left wing Jason Shmyr have signed with the Houston Aeros. Brown had 25 points in 58 games for Houston last year, while Shmyr had 308 PIM in 57 games for Utah and the AHL’s Portland Pirates.
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No…. journeyman Lørenskog (Oslo-North) defender Anders Myrvold last evening came to agreement on a try out contract with the New York Rangers. Myrvold a 6-1 195lber defender who has played in such outposts as Laval, AIK, Quebec-Colorado, Boston, Providence, Springfield and Nassau, L.I. and so on… has decided to check out the bright lights and big city of New York…or perhaps the less bright lights of Hartford in the American League.
Myrvold who split time with the Islanders and their AHL affiliate in Springfield had originally spurned an offer from Mike Milbury`s Islanders and then the Montreal Canadiens with hopes of landing the “big” deal in Switzerland. However that deal was pulled and Myrvold was left without a club and trained with the Vålerenga club of the Norwegian Elite League along with NHLer Espen Knutsen.
Myrvold a solid skating defender who is not afraid of making the rush or taking the body has a decent shot at making the Rangers this season, espcially after seeing who is who on their list of “prospects” and “incumbents”.
Aftenposten of Oslo reported that Myrvold turned down a guaranteed contract with the St.Louis Blues in order to have a shot with Eric Lindros and Mark Messier. Myrvold`s deal is reportedly worth about 5 million Kroners or 550k USD if he makes the club.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Camp Primer
Here it is folks, the Toronto Maple Leafs Rookie Camp Roster and a short preview of what to expect. Keep in mind that the following list does not take into account the team physicals that each player must go through before being cleared to play.
J.F Racine, Sebastien Centomo, Jamie Hodson, Jan Chovan.
Keep an Eye On:
As the new kid on the goaltending block he can only go up. He’s already pushed aside Paulo Colaiacovo for the starting job in Belleville so he knows what it takes to move up the ladder.
Jonathon Zion, Carlo Colaiacovo, Christian Chartier, Brendan Bell, Jay Harrison, Lubos Velebny, J.P. Cote, Tomas Mojzis
Keep an Eye On:
The WHL’s best defenseman last year, he’ll be one of the oldest players in camp. He needs to dominate from start to finish in order to put his stamp on a defense that is going to be his for the taking on The Rock.
Luca Cereda, Brad Boyes, Kris Vernarsky, Miguel Delisle, Jaroslav Sklenar, Nicolas Corbeil, Kyle Wellwood, Jonathon Roy, Joe Talbot, Robb Palahnuk
Keep an Eye On:
This former Moncton Wildcat like many forwards coming out of the Q is a bit short on size and long on missability. With other more highly touted names like Cereda, Boyes, Corbeil, and Wellwood being bandied about, one shouldn’t forget Roy, who had 2 goals and 3 Read more »
Tomas Kaberle’s Contract Situation A Disaster Waiting To Happen?
He was one of the most underpaid and overworked players in the NHL last season and now Tomas Kaberle may choose to stay in Europe for 2001/2002 – that is if he can’t secure a new deal that would pay him something in excess of one million dollars per season. It is widely speculated that he is seeking a 2 year pact that would take him up arbitration eligibility after the deal expires. However, Leafs management is seemingly not willing to give him that opportunity and they would like to get Kaberle onto a long-term deal (perhaps lasting 3 or 4 years) that would effectively eliminate his first year or two of arbitration rights. Failing this, Toronto is offering the smooth Czech defender only the minimal 10 percent raise mandated by the current CBA. This arrangement would still leave Kaberle’s annual stipend just shy of $300,000 for the upcoming season.
If Kaberle chooses to stay home, maintaining a high level of conditioning and fitness will become a big concern – despite the fact that he intends to play for the Czech National Team and also in the Czech Elite League. The potential impact upon Tomas’ long-term development (bearing in mind that he is coming off a season during which he amassed 6 goals and 40 assists – leading all Leafs’ defensemen in scoring) is another serious concern. Consider similar holdouts from the past.
Fellow Maple Leaf blueliner Aki Berg held out in 1998-99 because of a contract dispute when he was still a member Read more »