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season in the lower tier of Hockey East. The Hawks hope to end a two
year streak in which they haven’t made the Hockey East semifinals, after
having done it 7 years in a row. The young team is slowly starting to
age, as the large recruiting classes of the last three years head
further away from their rookie years. This is the first year in a while
that UML has a majority of players that are upperclassmen. Lowell
finished a Hockey East worst 5-16-3 in league play (9-22-3 overall) last
year, returns 20 lettermen after losing just 4 seniors last year. Gone
from a team that averaged less than 3 goals per game last year are
forwards Chris Bell (9 goals, 21 assists, 30 points), John Campbell
(4-13-17) and Craig Brown (4-5-9) along with defenseman Kevin Bertram
(10-8-18). Five other players left with eligibility still left,
including forwards Jeremy Kyte, Mark Fontas and Mike Sgroi (both of whom
left during the season last year), defenseman Andy Wozniewski and
goaltender Dan Weinreib. The Riverhawks bring in what for them is a small
class this year, including three forwards, a defenseman and one
goaltender. For a change, Lowell brings back a lot of experience, with
only 4 seniors, but 10 juniors and 6 sophomores as well. The best news
for the team was that sophomore blue liner Ron Hainsey would return to
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Jiri is really a rare talent who at the age of 16 makes an impression that can only be compared to “Number 68″ Jaromir Jagr when he was 16. Jiri plays regularly as a third-line center with the HC Slovnaft Vsetin of the Elite league and scored 4 points (1+3) in a single pre-season game! He was 0+2 after the first two games of the regular season schedule. And playing against men sometimes 20 years older than Jiri! It looks like it won’t take a lot of time before he’ll be nicknamed “Number 42″, the jersey he wears.
In the pregame skate he looks like a boy among men, he is just 5’9” and 155 lbs. That’s right now but the size may come as his body develops more. His parents aren’t smallish either so that bodes well.
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some more big news as well. Mike Mottau, Last year’s Hobey Baker winner,
finally came to terms on a contract with the Rangers according to ESPN. Terms
of the deal have not been disclosed. This is good news for the Rangers, as Mottau could have left as a
free agent if he stayed un-signed all season. He’ll stay with the Rangers
until Brian Leetch returns from his groin injury, and then he’ll be assigned
to Hartford of the AHL, unless he plays extremely well in the first few games
of the season.
has been put on waivers. The Rangers needed to get rid of Quintal to make room
for Jason Doig, Dale Purinton and Mottau on the pro club. Reports indicate that Quintal will be picked up by the Chicago Blackhawks, and the Rangers will get two players to be named from Chicago as future considerations.
a perfect 4-0-0 record vs. the Thrashers last season, and they’ll try and run
that number to 5 straight wins. The Rangers need to get off to a good start
or they’ll be playing catch up in the standings like the past 3 years..
New York Rangers. A couple of these are very surprising to me, as I really
thought most of these guys would make the team, but, I guess not. Well,
here’s the cuts and a few notes about each player.
Hartford of the AHL along with goaltender J-F Labbe. Forwards Pavel Brendl
and Jamie Lundmark were returned to their junior teams in the Western Hockey
Manny Malhotra: I thought he had a chance, but I guess the Rangers will keep
Jeff Ulmer: Him being cut doesn’t surprise me. He did play well, but from the
Derek Armstrong: Same goes for Armstrong. A possible trade to another team
J-F Labbe: This is the biggest surprise to me. I can’t believe he was cut.
Pavel Brendl: Darn it, Darn it, DARN IT! I really wanted to see this kid on Read more »
A harbinger of things to come?
the odysseys of this year’s NHL Draft hopefuls, it didn’t take
long for 17 year-old Mississauga Ice Dogs Captain Jason Spezza
to make an enormous impression.
One period to be exact.
the Sudbury Wolves 5-2 after 20 minutes, and the challenge in
describing Spezza’s play is to not become too redundant with the
dizzying array of skills put on display by Spezza as he set up
the first three Mississauga goals. His artistry with the puck
included undressing defencemen and putting himself into the
clear for a break-away, although he was stopped by goaltender
Jason Brown. With puck in tow, he was constantly finding and
creating open-ice for himself and for his teammates to whom he
would feed short, deft passes or medium-range passes that would
hit the tape, all the while displaying great vision,
anticipation, and hockey sense.
Sudbury blueline, Spezza eschewed the usual drawing back of the
puck and instead shot the puck forward into the corner of the
Sudbury zone. The Wolves defencemen had by this time shown an
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Pens set roster for opening night on Thursday at home against the Philadelphia Phantoms; send 6 to Wheeling
Among the cuts were veteran forwards Boris Protsenko and Alexei Kolkunov and goalie Craig Hiller. Others demoted were defensemen Mark Moore, Chris Newans, and Doug Schmidt.
Neither Protsenko or Kolkunov were impressive in camp and were demoted in favor of tryout candidates Jim Leger and Steve Parsons. Hillier had an impressive performance in his only appearance during the exhibition season, but is still paying for his dismal performance last year.
The Pens roster now stands at 22, which includes injured forward Martin Sonnenberg and injured defenseman Trent Cull.
Greg Crozier, Dylan Gyori, Tom Kostopoulos, Jim Leger,
Brendan Buckley, Sven Butenschon, Trent Cull, Andrew Ference, Chris Kelleher, John Slaney, JP Soucy
- Goalie Joel Laing was named the starting goalie for Thursday night’s opener.
- Scally, Soucy, Leger, and Parsons were signed to 25 game contracts
Luck in the lottery dropped the Hawks down into the top four picks for the 1999 draft.
Dmitri Mironov was put on the trading block and left exposed in the waiver draft, but there were no takers. His age, big contract, and lack of production over the last couple of years were the main reasons he was not taken. If they couldn’t find any teams that wanted Mironov, Washington would either play him as a seventh defenseman or send him to the minors. Washington would also have the option of buying his contract out, in a worst case scenario.
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