Monday, March 11 to Sunday, March 17
At the Deadline
The National Hockey League’s trade deadline will pass on Tuesday at 3:01
p.m. EST, not before putting a scare into the hearts of many players (and
their families) around the league.
“You wouldn’t be human if you didn’t think about it,” Wild defenseman Jason
Marshall told the Pioneer Press. “We all know it comes every year. It’s kind
of out of our control. We try to concentrate on playing the game.”
Marshall’s name has been included in several trade rumors, while goaltender
Jamie McLennan has had his name bounce around several times. McLennan has
been playing in the American Hockey League with the Houston Aeros all
season, and will be an unrestricted free agent come July. The chance of
finding a taker for McLennan is unlikely.
With only two years of existence in the NHL, the Wild could use help at
every position, unlike some of the top teams in the league, who are
well-padded in certain areas.
The addition of one or two experienced veterans will add some leadership and
much needed depth to the lineup, which is something Minnesota should seek
before the puck drops on the 2002-03 season.
By the Numbers
11 – Points Marian Gaborik has recorded in his last six games (nine
goals, two assists), powering the Wild to a 3-0-1-2 record in that span.
8 – Points the Wild have earned in their last five games, including
wins over St. Louis, Dallas and Columbus, a tie with Phoenix and an overtime
loss to Ottawa.
Welcome to the first installment of the Cub report, a weekly
look at the North American prospects of the Boston Bruins. In our first
installment, we’re going around the leagues to catch up on the young Bruin cubs.
Jiri Jakes has been hot as
of late. In the last 5 games, the rugged Czech winger has tallied 3 goals, 2
assists, and 14 penalty minutes. The Brandon Wheat Kings are currently tied with the Regina Pats for first place in the WHL’s eastern division heading into the final week of the regular season.
It looks as though the injury bug
has once again bitten Seattle Thunderbird winger Darren McLachlan. The rugged forward appears to be out for the remainder of the season with a
shoulder injury. The second last place Thunderbirds will oppose either the Portland Winter Hawks or Spokane Chiefs in a best-of-seven first round series in the WHL playoffs.
Shaone Morrisonn ended the Kamloops Blazers 0-29 Power play drought,scoring on a 5-on-3 opportunity against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Morrisonn,who
missed action with a concussion after taking a stiff check from Tri-City RW
Scott Kelman back in January, was selected to play in the WHL all-star game but
was replaced by Seattle Thunderbird rearguard Matt Spiller.
Blazers tough guy Colton Orr has yet to return to action after breaking his hand during his first game of the season. The Blazers have lost
four straight games for the first time this season.
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LAST FULL WEEKEND OF CHL REGULAR SEASON, PLAYOFFS START NEXT WEEK
The 2002 Canadian Hockey League regular season wraps up in the next few
days, with a full slate of games as the CHL playoffs draw near.
Playoff berths are still up for grabs in all three leagues as the Ontario
Hockey League ends regular season play Sunday, while the Quebec Major Junior
Hockey League and the Western Hockey League end their regular season
schedules on Tuesday.
Playoff action in all three leagues will begin late next week. The OHL is
scheduled to start March 21 while the WHL and the QMJHL will begin first
round games the next night. You can follow all of the playoff races at the
official website of the CHL, www.chl.ca.
Listed below are the full schedules of all remaining games in the three
leagues as we head into the final few days of the regular season. On Monday
the final Bank of Montreal MasterCard CHL Top 10 ranking will be announced,
as there will be just eight CHL games slated for Tuesday night and none on
The three league champions will join the host Guelph Storm at the 2002
MasterCard Memorial Cup, May 18-26, 2002, at the Guelph Sports and
Entertainment Centre. If Guelph wins the OHL title, then the OHL finalists
will also participate to ensure a four-team tournament.
Remember to follow all of the action leading up to the 2002 MasterCard
Memorial Cup at the official website of the CHL, www.chl.ca, with a new
MasterCard Memorial Cup section starting next week.
WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE
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Coming on Tuesday, March 19th, Hockey’s Future is proud to be part of a hosted chat with USA Hockey Asst. Coach Lou Vairo. To take part in this free chat, please follow the banner on the top of Hockey’s Future.
The chat will take place at noon Easter time, and will be moderated by the former NHL Sr. VP of Corporate Communications Arthur Pincus.
To take part, you will need speakers with your computer and any questions you may have. This is an exciting opportunity to get a behind the scenes look at the Olympics in Salt Lake City.