With the NHL 2001 entry draft slated to begin within weeks, the Jagr rumors have begun to intensify. The Pittsburgh franchise and specifically GM Craig Patrick will be the spotlight for what may prove to be one of the biggest trades in NHL history.
Critics liken the situation to that of Gretzky going to Los Angeles or Lindros going to Philadelphia. No doubt, Penguins fans will expect nothing less than fair market value. However, several key factors come into play. The Pens are looking to unload Jagr’s salary to free up budget room to re-sign all-star scorers Kovalev and Straka. So trading for a current legitimate NHLer is more than not likely in the cards.
The Penguins will most likely be looking to add inexpensive depth players to round out the roster and any combination of picks, prospects, and/or cash. Commissioner Gary Bettman will also be expected to monitor the move to insure that cash value does not violate league restrictions.
Sources for the team indicate that now would be the best time to make such a deal for many reasons, the most obvious is to solidify a core group of performers to afford Mario one more decent shot at a Cup before re-entering retirement. Mario has only committed to one more season and the Olympics, so the window of opportunity may be minute.
The teams rumored to be interested currently include the Tampa Bay Lightning, New York Islanders, and the San Jose Sharks. Teams that struggled this season and have the payroll also cannot be discounted which would bring the New York Ra Read more »
The Manitoba Moose unveiled Stan Smyl as their new head coach Tuesday, a day after joining the American Hockey League from the defunct International Hockey League.
The Moose also made official that their NHL affiliation would be the Vancouver Canucks.
“When looking at affiliation, it was important for us to be associated with a Canadian-based franchise and the Canucks are a quality, first-class organization,” said Moose owner Mark Chipman.
The teams agreed to a five-year partnership deal.
Randy Carlyle stays on as general manager for the Moose, who were among six former IHL teams to move to the AHL.
Smyl, has been with the Canucks organization since he was drafted as a player in 1978. He led the Kansas City Blades to a 37-42-3 record in the IHL last season.
“While our organization’s number one goal is to develop the future stars of the Vancouver Canucks, it is equally important to put a competitive team on the ice that Manitobans can be proud of,” said Smyl. “I look forward to working with Randy and taking a run at a Calder Cup championship.”
The Moose also re-styled their team jerseys. The new look features a Canucks shoulder patch with the colour scheme switching from purple, green and black, to a forest green, bronze and black.
“With the new affiliation with the Vancouver Canucks, and our entry into a new league, we thought it would be fitting to give our hockey club a new and more modern look,” said Moose vice-president Tim Scott. “We feel these new uniforms combine many of hockey’s traditions with an exciting look Read more »
They don’t come much bigger. They don’t come much stronger. And most
of all, they don’t have any worse tempers. Those 3 attributes will make Mike
Komisarek a high high selection in this years draft. There is a chance he
will be the first defensemen taken. It looks like he will be battling Dan
Hamhuis for that honor. Komisarek will remind you of any big big hard hitting
defenseman. Chris Pronger and Derian Hatcher come to mind. Maybe even a
bigger Scott Stevens. At 6’4, 225, Komisarek led a Michigan Wolverines team
that featured other top prospects like Andy Hilbert and Mike Cammalleri to
the NCAA Frozen Four.
Komisarek is also a average offensive player. Not great
or anything, but chances are he won’t hurt your team. Yet NHL teams will be
attracted to his strength and grit. Always willing to standup for teammates
and mix it up with the other teams top tough guys. What makes Komisarek a
special find, is that he has other tools besides his strength. You can get
goons anywhere. But to find a talented one is a task. He’d certainly be a
good look for a NHL team who needs a solid defensemen. We all know how many
of them are out there. His offensive game is good enough to get by. Yet his
grit, size, strength and desire is what will put him over the top.
him to possibly slide into the top 10 on draft day. Last year there wasn’t
really a player in the early first round like Komisarek. All the defenseman
last year like Klesla, were solid solid offensive players. Komisarek is a
little different. But different is Read more »
In the last few weeks Islander fans in cyberspace have been treated to every possible rumor regarding who they will draft, or who they will trade the pick for.
Even the chance at moving up to draft first has been in the headlines. Mike Milbury has openly talked about what the pick could bring and has even hinted that next year’s pick could be traded as well in an interview on Wfan.
What Mike Milbury, the Islanders Owners, and the Scouting Staff should do is take a step back in the remaining time before June 23rd and look at all the players on other teams that have been drafted by this organization and understand it’s time to keep the core group of players here that began with the 1999 draft and let them finish what they started even if it means some Unrestricted Free Agents decide not to come here. NHL General Managers always talk about using the Devils as models as to how to put together a winning franchise long term, the Islanders now can do just that.
Some credit to the New Islanders owners has to be given because very quietly among the criticism for keeping Mike Milbury they have signed many of their drafted prospects in: Rick DiPietro, Juraj Kolnik, Taylor Pyatt, Raffi Torres, Branislav Mezei and now Justin Mapletoft to go with their brand new AHL franchise in Bridgeport.
I can only speak for myself in this article, but from what I have read from many fans what they want is for the franchise to stick to a plan, keep the kids and close down the Mad Mike Show on draft day. It’s old, tired, and it’s not working. It’s time for Read more »
Although it has been preached at nausea, the Flames do have a tremendous core of young players of which to build around. Today’s crop of prospects is very encouraging; the blueline is stacked. Calgary has one of the best young groups of D-men in the NHL. The only problem is inexperience. Robyn Regehr and Denis Gauthier are similar players who are on top of their respective games when they have a chip on their shoulder, and are playing mean, assertive hockey. They let up, however, when, their play becomes apathetic. However, with time comes experience, which will see these two blossom. Toni Lydman had a promising rookie year.
Although he was a little shaky to being the campaign, he improved greatly towards the end of the season. He played as well as could be expect from a rookie at the beginning of the year, but his defensive game really improved toward the final games when he began initiating physical contact. Also, his offensive game improved dramatically towards the end of the year. For a team that had only about 12 or so goals from the point, Lydman is god-sent. Like Gauthier and Regehr, he will only improve with time.
With these three under the tutelage of Brad ‘Sarge’ MacRimmon, they will improve. Derek Morris is the key to this group. This young man is outstanding in nearly all facets of the game. He’s responsible defensively, initiates offense, works the power play, plays physically, logs mammoth ice time, and has character. He will emerge as an all-star soon enough. However, he would have been even better had he started the year in Read more »
There is no doubt Tim Gleason has the skills to become a very
very solid NHL defenseman. Smooth skating and quick passing are Gleason’s top
2 strengths. Yet Gleason is missing something. It might delay his arrival to
the NHL. Gleason doesn’t have the hockey smarts a NHL d-man should. Now there
are varying reports from scouts, but most feel Gleason needs to improve his
hockey smarts in order to be a successful NHL player. Stephen Weiss hands
down is the smartest player in this years draft. If Gleason had the smarts of
Weiss he would probably be a top 5 selection. Yet this will cause him to most
likely be a mid to late first round pick. At 6’0, 200 pounds Gleason is a
two way player. He has above average offensive skills and is very good in his
own zone. Sometimes he gets out of control and starts running around in his
own zone. If he can harness his ability and make quicker and smarter
decisions he can be a very very solid player. Yet between now and draft time
there isn’t any more chances to change his game. It looks like Tim Gleason
will have to develop on the pro level, which is the hardest level of all to
develop your game.
At the deadline, the Pittsburgh Penguins scouting staff felt that 19 year old defenseman Jeremy Van Hoof had not developed significantly enough over the past couple of seasons to warrant a contract.
It is also surmised that Van Hoof’s agent was asking for a contract dollar figure that the Pens balked at as not even close to reasonable for what the 6-2 208lbs. blueliner has showed thus far. Van Hoof anchored the Ottawa 67’s defense corp this season on it’s way to the Ontario Hockey League Championship. In 65 regular season tilts, the youngster recorded an uninspiring 1 goal and 11 assists. The physical rear guard also picked up 49 penalty minutes in those appearances.
Van Hoof, much to the dismay of his agent, will re-enter the draft pool and more than likely be picked in later rounds as is usually the case for older draft entries. Jeremy’s agent was surprised that the Pens were no longer interested in the prospect, especially since the Penguins lack size and toughness on D. The Pens cited Van Hoofs minimal improvement and inconsistent play as factors in the decision.
Earlier, the Penguins signed another ’99 pick, defenseman Darcy Robinson. Van Hoof and his agent noted that they have recieved attention from other NHL clubs.
This is the second part in my look back on Red Wings prospects in Europé.
1. Pavel Datsyuk
Team: AK Bars Kazan
Drafted: 6th round in the 1998 draft (171 overall)
Rating: 6.5 / 10
Last season: 40 games 9 goals 17 assists 26 points 6 pim
The now 23 -year old late rounder from Sverdlovsk in Russia has emerged
as one of the best prospects in the Red Wings organization during the
He has had a career season in Russia with 26 points (9 goals and 17
assists) in 40 games. Datsyuk has played an essential role in Kazan (one
of the best clubs in Russia), he is playing on powerplay, boxplay,
everything. He has played so good that he has been a regular all year
long on the National Team. In the first tournaments with the national
team he was center on the 3rd and 4th lines, but in the WC in Germany he
played so good that he become 1st line center between Valeri Karpov
(left) and Alexei Yashin (right). He maid a terrific tournament even
dough he didn`t register a goal, he had 4 helpers in 7 games , was +5
(best on team), won 58% of the face-offs (best on team). He played a
great two-way game, lots of great passes, moves in high speed, and very
good backchecks. He didn`t behave like Russians do, but he played a very
good Russian hockey. In my opinion he was the best player on the team.
During the year he played in 19 games with the national team and
registered 2 goals and 5 assists and 2 pim.
Datsyuk is a great talent that has developed into a very good all-round
Read more »
At last year’s NHL Entry Draft, a number of Brandon Wheat Kings headed into the event with high hopes. The likes of Colin McRae, Ryan Craig, Brett Thurston, Mike Wirll, and even Robert McVicar sat anxiously by the phone hoping it would ring with the news that they had been drafted. Unfortunately, that season brought nothing but heartache. For only the second time in Wheat Kings history, no players off the team were selected in the draft.
Fortunately, the misery of 2000 has turned to promise for 2001. Two Wheat Kings figure prominently on the CSB lists. Jiri Jakes and Jordin Tootoo are listed in the top 65 on the CSB final lists and both have the scouts drooling. Here’s a breakdown on the players that figure to help put some shine back into the golden wheat shafts on the Wheat Kings logo.
Jiri Jakes is a 6’4, 210 Lb. right winger from Praha, Czech Republic. However, that’s the only indication that you’ll find about Jakes’s European background. Jakes’s style of play is completely opposite that of the traditional European. While most players trained on the other side of the pond tend to focus their attention on puckhandling, skating and one-on-one offensive skills, Jakes displays an obvious deficiency in these areas. Jakes plays a more up-and-down style, going into the corners, banging the body, digging for loose pucks, going to the front of the net and hoping for a rebound. He isn’t afraid to get his nose dirty or take a hit to make a play. He also has a good wrist shot, though most of his goals come of loose rebounds in fron Read more »
The Pittsburgh Penguins have reportedly come to terms with 20 year old Canadian native Darcy Robinson. Robinson, a 1999 draft pick, stands at an impressive 6’5″ 222lbs.
He played 71 regular season games with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League. He posted 3 goals and 11 assists while ringing up 150 penalty minutes. His plus/minus rating was a dismal -18, the worst on the squad.
Darcy rebounded in the playoffs, recording 1 goal and 1 assist with 20 penalty minutes in 20 contests. He improved his plus/minus ratio to +3.
The specifics of the contract were not released.