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Rome, Harvey surprised by trade

by Jeff Bromley
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You never really ever can prepare yourself for it. Even players who know almost certainly know that they’re going to be moved are always taken a little off guard by the announcement. In the case of Jeff Harvey, Aaron Rome and Jason Jaffray, to say that the trade that saw them headed to Swift Current in exchange for B.J. Boxma and Duncan Milroy, surprise would be perhaps the understatement of the year.

Even Jeff Harvey, who had been the subject of trade rumors of late, didn’t see this one coming, at least not at this particular point in the season.

“I had no idea why they called me into the office,” said Harvey before the former ICE players left for their new surroundings on the Prairies. “I thought maybe it was that I was playing well after three wins. Then they tell me I was traded. I was speechless.”

By his own admittance Harvey had agreed that his season hadn’t gone the way he would’ve liked but of late he felt something was different, that his game was improving.

“I thought I’d turn the corner,” said Harvey. “I thought I’d started to turn it around here but obviously they felt different in that they want more experience in that position.”

Aaron Rome expressed that same shock but seemed somewhat more at ease with the transaction. He reasoned that being traded once before that landed him in Kootenay last season from Saskatoon had prepared him somewhat. That being said, the detection of sadness at leaving his former teammates was still glaringly evident.

“I didn’t really expect it but I guess you try and prepare yourself for it al Read more »

ICE, Broncos make blockbuster trade

by Jeff Bromley
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If it wasn’t the biggest trade ever made in the history of the Kootenay ICE, it will certainly go down as the most shocking. In a deal to address a perceived shortcoming between the pipes, Kootenay ICE G.M. Jeff Chynoweth did what many had thought unthinkable. He traded ICE captain and forward Jason Jaffray, 20 along with goaltender Jeff Harvey, 18 defenseman Aaron Rome, 18 and Kootenay’s first round draft pick in the 2002 Bantam Draft to the Swift Current Broncos for a familiar face in goaltender B.J. Boxma, 20 forward Duncan Milroy, 18 and the Broncos’ fifth round pick in the 2004 Bantam Draft. For Boxma, it is his second tour of duty with the ICE after being dealt to the Broncos just over thirteen months ago. In Milroy, a second round draft pick (37th overall) of the Montreal Canadiens in last June’s draft, the ICE receive a proven scorer who amassed 34 g and 54 a for 92 points last season.

Even though Harvey had played well in the club’s three wins over the weekend, Chynoweth said he had to make this deal to shore up the club’s biggest weakness, goaltending. “We felt we had to address the situation in goal,” said Chynoweth in his office shortly after the trade was announced. “Not that we were displeased with Bryan (Bridges) and Jeff but we felt we needed a proven number one guy.”

Chynoweth pointed out that the fact that the amount of proven, playoff goaltenders weren’t exactly in abundance in the WHL and that there were other clubs in the league that were in the market for a premier puckstopper as another reason for pulling the trigger on a trade of this Read more »

Czech Extraliga Prospect Report

by Jes Golbez
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Tracking the exploits of
selected prospects plying their trade in the Czech Extraliga.

We will monitor prospects already drafted by NHL teams, as well as 2002 and
2003 draft eligible prospects who have made their way onto Extraliga rosters.
The Czech Extraliga is one of the top European league
in terms of level of play and overall competitiveness. Although the Extraliga
lacks the physical play of the NHL, it takes a high level of skill to get
into the Extraliga and then succeed on top of that. As we monitor these
prospects, keep in mind that many of these prospects are kids playing among
men, gaining valuable game experience and developing the tools to
possibly succeed in the NHL.
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USHL Season Update

by Jason Shaner
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The 2001-2002 USHL season is already heading into December and getting towards the Christmas break. Most teams have played about a third of their games and position in the league standings is still undetermined at this point. Currently in the Eastern division the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders stand at the top of the mountain. A 14-6-1 records gives them 29 points to lead the way. However, the Des Moines Buccaneers are not far behind with 26. Des Moines has not played up to preseason expectations but remain in the hunt for the time being. The Green Bay Gamblers who year in and year out are tops in the Eastern division until this season, are tied with Des Moines for second place. Cedar Rapids has been rather impressive to start off the season. Cedar Rapids has posted a league high 10 wins on the road. What that means is that the RoughRiders are getting many of their road games out of the way early this season and they will have a favorable schedule the second half. If the Eastern division hopefuls do not get moving, Cedar Rapids may end up running away with the Division title.

In the Western division the Sioux City Musketeers have been magnificent. The Musketeers have experienced unprecedented success at home posting a 13-0 record so far en route to a Western division and league leading 37 points. Their rink is very small and their big forwards and defensemen use that to their advantage to make it quite difficult for a visiting team to come in and win a game. That advantage will be monumental heading into the playoffs should they end up with home ice adva Read more »

Game Misconduct: The Vincent Sweepstakes

by Tony Bryson
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Lightning Hope for a Princely Return on Investment

It’s not much fun working for the Tampa Bay Lightning right now. The boss isn’t in a very good mood. Rick Dudley is a little steamed right now and no one is sure what has put his mood in such a bad state. It could be the fact that his shopping of Vincent Lecavalier has gone public, or maybe just Vince’s (le) cavalier approach to the game since signing a fat new deal at the start of the season. What ever it is, Rick is not a happy camper.

Then again, who could really blame a guy for being in a surly mood when he’s contemplating dealing away a guy that was called, “the Michael Jordan of hockey” by previous team owner Art Williams? Especially when he’s completely unsure of what he can, or should, expect back in return. There have been a number of high profile players change teams in the past nine months, and Dudley wants to be sure he makes a good deal. So what is a good deal for Tampa? Should they go after one guy, or try and scramble for as many guys as they can get? It’s an interesting conundrum, one worth examining and picking apart.

There are those that look at the player movement in the past year to point to a trend of players not returning what they traditionally have in trade. Jaromir Jagr going to Washington for three unproven prospects is usually the first example that is trotted out to defend this stance. If one of the best players in the world were to garner such a poor return, why would an unproven pup like Lecavalier return more? Well, those that use that a Read more »

Canadiens’ Weekly Prospects Update (AHL edition)

by Chris Boucher
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Ron Hainsey -D (Drafted-00(1/13))

Hainsey returned to action Monday night against Manitoba. He was shutout during the contest, and finished the game with a -1 rating. Overall, the 6’3″, 200-lbs defenseman has played 8 games. He has 6 points (3-3-6), and is +2 with 6 minutes in penalties. All 3 of his goals were scored on the powerplay.

Mike Ribeiro -C (Drafted-98(2/45))

Ribeiro was recalled by the Canadiens on December 2nd. He registered 2 assists in his first game back with the big club. Overall, the shifty center has played 14 AHL games. He has 14 points (6-8-14), and is +9 with 20 minutes in penalties. One of his goals was scored on the powerplay, while 2 others were scored shorthanded.

Eric Chouinard -F (Drafted-98(1/16))

Chouinard was shutout through 3 games this week. He’s currently on a season-high 7 game scoreless streak. Overall, the 6’3″, 207-lbs forward has played 21 games. He has 18 points (7-11-18) with 2 minutes in penalties. His plus/minus is currently even, despite a onetime +8 rating. He also has 59 shots on goal.

Francois Beauchemin -D (Drafted-98(3/75))

Beauchemin was shutout through 3 games this week. Overall, the 6’0″, 201-lbs defenseman has played 10 games. He has 4 points (2-2-4), and is -3 with 10 minutes in penalties. Beauchemin has also played 7 ECHL games with Mississippi. He has 4 points (1-3-4), and is -1 with 2 minutes in penalties. He’s directed 13 shots on goal.

Marc-Andre Thinel -F (Drafted-99(5/145))

Thinel was shutout through 3 games since our l Read more »

Stone and Harding are WHL Players of the Month

by HF Staff
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Calgary – The Western Hockey League today announced the Players of the Month
for November in both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference.

In the Eastern Conference, which includes the East and Central Divisions,
the Player of the Month is rookie goaltender Josh Harding of the Regina
Pats.

The 17 year old from Regina, Saskatchewan, recorded a 1.70 goals against
average and a 0.934 save percentage in eight games during the Month of
November. He recorded seven wins and one loss.

Harding was also named Player of the Week for the week of November 4th,
2001. He is eligible for the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

Josh Harding is a deserving choice as the Eastern Conference Player of the
Month for November.

In the Western Conference, which includes the B.C. and U.S. Divisions, the
Player of the Month is goaltender Jason Stone of the Kelowna Rockets.

Stone, a 19-year-old from Duncan, British Columbia recorded a 1.70 goals
against average and a 0.928 save percentage in ten games including two
shutouts during the Month of November. He recorded seven wins, one loss and
a tie. Stone is a free agent.

Jason Stone is also a deserving choice as the Western Conference Player of
the Month for November.

Lecavalier on his way out?

by Chad Schnarr
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For many Lightning fans, the unthinkable is becoming expected. The future “Michael Jordan of Hockey,” and Lightning franchise player could be dealt within the coming days or weeks.

There was a time when both the Jordan comparison and trade idea was looked at as absurd.

Vincent Lecavalier has struggled with confidence and injuries the last two years, and after some over-publicized spats with coach John Tortorella, Tampa Bay GM Rick Dudley is no longer hanging up the phone when Vinny’s name is mentioned in trade talks. This is due in part to the rumors of Lecavalier’s camp demanding a trade, not the Lightning’s unhappiness with the young star, nor its siding with the unproven coach over the player.

This potential trade has armchair GM’s from Mexico to the North Pole (we think Santa has a separate list of picks and prospects he thinks are fair value for Lecavalier) working out deals.

A lot of thought has gone into thinking up what could be given up (or held onto) for the 1998 #1 overall pick.

What is the Lightning looking for?

Well, that’s the question most seem to ignore.

There are two sides to every deal, and you can bet whomever gets Lecavalier is going to have to give. Core players are no longer safe.

The Lightning is currently among the league leaders in save percentage and goals against. The goaltending is fine. If you’re thinking about dealing a ready for prime-time ‘tender to Tampa as the deal’s centerpiece, forget it. The top-four, no-name defense, has also played well, at least by the nu Read more »

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