When Rangers prospect Jamie Lundmark was returned to the WHL earlier this fall after failing to make the parent squad on Broadway, the highly touted center refused to return to his former Moose Jaw Warriors, instead demanding to be traded to a more competitive team. While rumors had him moving to the Calgary Hitmen to center fellow Ranger prospect Pavel Brendl, or to the Kootenay Ice to play with friend and former teammate Mike Comrie, his ultimate destination turned out to be the Seattle Thunderbirds, former stomping grounds of Peter Nedved, Chris Osgood, and Turner Stevenson. After 15 games with the T-Birds it seems pertinent to ask whether this is really the type of team Lundmark was asking to be traded to, and to assess his emerging role in his new environs.
One has to approach the first issue with a hint of skepticism. The T-Birds are a respected team with a collection of good players, but have been known to the region as traditional under-achievers. Witness last year’s local pre-season hype of a team destined to make a run at the league championship, but that was eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by Prince George. Note also, at the time of the trade, Moose Jaw’s slightly better record (6-3-1-1) than that of the T-Birds (5-4-1-1). Furthermore, the Seattle squad that Lundmark was traded to was quite different from last year’s team, and is still adjusting to changes that have occurred since Lundmark’s acquisition one month ago. In particular, the T-Birds have been known for their offensive potential, a reputation that was garnered last s Read more»
Myrvold is expected to see action againt Tampa Bay tonight as the team will dress seven defenseman.
Some Background on Anders Myrvold:
The Islanders signed Myrvold in August and was part of a few early preseason games. He was sent to Springfield of the AHL, which is a Phoenix Coyote affiliate.
PLAYER TEAM GP G A PTS PIM PP SH GW GT
ANDERS MYRVOLD SPR 19 2 3 5 23 1 1 0 0
Myrvold played last season with AIK, posting one goal, four points and 87 penalty minutes in 49 games. Originally the Quebec Nordiques’ sixth choice in the 1993 draft, Myrvold made his NHL debut with the Colorado Avalanche in 1995-96. The next season, he was dealt along with Landon Wilson to the Boston for the Bruins’ first round pick in the 1998 Draft.
Known for his aggressive playing style, Myrvold played one season of major junior in 1994-95 with the Laval Titan of the Quebec League after coming over from Europe. In 64 games, he posted 14 goals, 64 points and 173 penalty minutes. In his three full seasons in the AHL between 1995-1998, the defenseman posted penalty minute totals of 125,107 and 91.
In other team news:
D Branislav Mezei was returned to Lowell (AHL)
The evening was a celebration of 25 years of Hartford hockey, with guests of honor (in person and in video messages) spanning the quarter-century since the New England Whalers came to Connecticut in 1975. Banners commemorating the 1974-75 Eastern Division championship and 1986-87 Adams Division crown were returned to the rafters, as were the three retired numbers of Gordie Howe, Rick Ley, and John McKenzie.
All but Gordie Howe`s #9 were re-issued to Carolina Hurricanes players by Peter Karmanos in an effort to distance himself from the stormy relationship of Hartford, it`s Whalers and his relocated Carolina Hurricanes. More than 10,000 fans packed the aging Hartford Civic Center, many Whaler and Ranger fans alike joined in the celebration. There is talk of a Connecticut/New England Hockey Hall of Fame/Museum perhaps being as part of the new Adriens Landing Re-Development project.
Hartford, the home of the Calder Champion Wolf Pack has received only luke warm reception by the community and new GM Al Coates hopes this will help the healing. Although not NHL quality the Pack offers hockey in the states capital and hopefully for the good people of Connecticut and Western Massachusetts… a new arena and NHL hockey will find itself in the vacant lot at the Adriens Landing Site.
Although the Whalers were viewed as the little bothersome brother of the Rangers and Boston Bruins… many hardcore faithful packed the arena…the Whalers became the Green Bay Packers of the NHL and due to modern day sports economics or as I like to coin them “Bettmano Read more»
The following is the roster for the Norwegian National Team to play in Landsberg and Fussen, Germany in the start of December.(Dec.10)
Halvor Haarstad Evje (Frisk Asker)
Mats Johansen (NTG/Lillehammer)
Petter Bart Hansen (Stjernen)
Kim Brandvold (Manglerud Star)
Marius Fredriksen (Stjernen)
Erik Haugom (NTG/Lillehammer)
André Høibyhagen (Vålerenga)
Anders Helgesen (Stjernen)
Ola Johannessen (Lillehammer)
Petter Skolla (Manglerud Star)
Morten Bakkene (Frisk Asker),
Bjarte Bjønnes (Sparta Sarpsborg),
Anders Fredriksen (Tingsryd, SWE),
Lasse Fredriksen (Furuset),
Lars Peder Nagel (Manglerud Star),
Truls Navestad (Stjernen),
René Sethereng (Frisk Asker),
Eirik Skadsdammen (Storhamar),
Knut Henrik Spets (NTG/Lillehammer),
Inge Stokvik (Trondheim),
Patrick Thoresen (Storhamar),
Christian Thygesen (Vålerenga)
Norway will play Poland, Austria and the Ukraine in hopes of making the final round.
The Colorado Avalanche have eight starters out with injuries including Peter
Forsberg, Chris Drury, Adam Deadmarsh, Adam Foote, and Stephane Yelle.
Colorado still has the best record in the NHL mainly because of the emergence
of two young guns. Alex Tanguay and Martin Skoula. Both have made large
strides in their development from last year. Both have been counted on to
play on the top 2 forward and defensive lines for the Avs, and they have
looked stellar, not out of place like most 21 year olds would.
First lets take a look at the progression of Alex Tanguay. Ever since
Colorado took Tanguay with the 12th pick in the ’98 draft, they knew they had
a kid with star potential. They may have even more than that, as Tanguay is
dominating out on the ice with a vast array of plays such as perfect tape to
tape backhand saucer passes, blistering slapshots, and serious moves one on
one. Last season as a 20 year old, Alex put up very respectable numbers with
51 points and led the team in shooting percentage (23.0), and was also second
in rookie scoring to Scott Gomez. This season, Tanguay has 25 points in 23
games including an NHL best 11 game point streak. One reason for his success
is his improved skating. Last year, he didn’t have that breakaway speed that
is necessary in the NHL today. Now, his skating is much more fluid, and he
can really fly. Another reason Alex is on the verge of superstardom is his
hockey sense. Tanguay anticipates the play as well as anyone is in the NHL
right now. He has taken full advanta Read more»