Rangers Cut 6 Players

by Brandon LeBourveau
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Today General Manager Glen Sather announced 6 more cuts for the 2000-01
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.

Forwards Manny Malhotra, Jeff Ulmer and Derek Armstrong were sent to
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
League.

Manny Malhotra: I thought he had a chance, but I guess the Rangers will keep
Taylor as their 4th line center for now. However, Sather may try and trade
Taylor so he can bring up Manny from the minors later in the season.

Jeff Ulmer: Him being cut doesn’t surprise me. He did play well, but from the
start of camp I knew he was going to be sent to the AHL.

Derek Armstrong: Same goes for Armstrong. A possible trade to another team
could be the best for Armstrong, as it doesn’t appear he will ever be an
NHLer as long as he’s Rangers property.

J-F Labbe: This is the biggest surprise to me. I can’t believe he was cut.
When Holmqvist was sent down I was almost 100% sure Labbe would be the
backup, but now it appears that Jason Labarbera has won the job. I’m very
excited to see Labarbera strut his stuff.

Pavel Brendl: Darn it, Darn it, DARN IT! I really wanted to see this kid on Read more»

Return on the 1999 #4 Pick Shifts Once More

by Bill Placzek
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Today the downward spiral of the S.S. Blackhawk continued with the dispatching of Byran McCabe to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Alexander Karpovtsev and a 4th round pick.

This trade makes the Blackhawks older,and in my estimation, further away from G.M. Mike Smith’s goal of becoming one of the leagues upper third teams.
Luck in the lottery dropped the Hawks down into the top four picks for the 1999 draft.

The 1999 draft was one of the stronger drafts in years, boasting four almost can’t miss NHLers and a dozen and a half players who are destined to solid NHL careers.

The Sedin twins, who wanted to start in the NHL together. Would making a move to acquire another top three pick be too closely for the wealthy Hawk management both in terms of money and players?

Why would this franchise, with a dwindling fan base want to bring two of the most publicized promising young players to town?

What if the failed? With this #4 pick, there was the chance to acquire a possible first line centre, something lacking in Chicago since Jeremy Roenick departed.

Hawk fan faithful bombarded the Hawk website with requests to keep and use the pick. (I pleaded that same case in articles you can read below prior to the McCabe trade.) Read more»

Karpovtsev Saga Ends

by Randy Nicholson
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Those mysterious forces that have moved so many from Toronto to the Windy City during the past several months have now borne Alexander Karpovtsev away. In truth, Potsie’s fate was all but sealed when he announced to the assembled Leafs’ brass last spring that he intended to become an unrestricted free agent at the conclusion of the 2000/2001 season. Several reasonably generous multi-year offers from the club in the ensuing months failed to alter the big Russian’s mindset. Thus, it was certainly no surprise when the Maple Leafs dealt Karpovtsev to Chicago today, bringing to an end a very long and sometimes acrimonious impasse. It has been reported that the Black Hawks have already agreed on a new 4 year, 12 million dollar deal with their new blueliner.

With the regular season fast approaching and the team’s other defenders performing at something less than top form of late, Toronto clearly was not in a mood to wait much longer. That being the case, it is rather amazing that the Leafs were able to engineer such a useful trade. In exchange for a 30 year old, free agency bound, often injured, slow footed, stay-at-home defenseman Toronto receives a highly regarded 25 year-old replacement.
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Flyers Early Season European Prospect Updates

by Bill Meltzer
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The European regular seasons start up to a month earlier than the North American leagues. Here are current updates on the performances of some Flyers prospects playing in Europe.

Finland Report:

Antero Niittymäki- One of the frustrating aspects of European hockey is that young players typically have difficulty getting ice time over veterans unless the vet is injured or plays himself out of the job. By all rights, the TPS Turku starting goaltending job should have belonged to Antero Niittymäki at the start of this season. After winning the league rookie of the year honors and backstopping his team to the Finnish championship last season, there was scarcely more that Niittymäki could have done to prove his worthiness of being the full-time TPS starter. Instead, veteran Fredrik Norrena has once again resumed duties as the #1 goalie for TPS. Niittymäki only played one full game coming into this past week, looking poor in a TPS loss. However, Niittymäki finally got the nod for his second start of the season and put up a 20 save shutout. He has played 140 minutes so far on the season.

Marko Kauppinen- Kauppinen has started 7 of Jokerit’s 8 games so far. He scored a goal in the first week of the season, his only point to date. Kauppinen has been getting steadier ice time but still does not play heavy minutes. He has only been on the ice for one goal against so far.

Sweden Report:

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Florida Stocks Louisville’s Roster Following Preseason Game

by Mark Fischel
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Florida Panthers Vice President and General Manager
Bryan Murray announced this evening that goaltender Sean Gauthier, defensemen
Peter Ratchuk and Lance Ward and forwards Serge Payer, Dave Duerden, Rocky
Thompson and Ivan Novoseltsev have been assigned to the Louisville Panthers,
Florida’s top minor league affiliate.

The moves come following the Florida Panthers 4-3 loss at Freedom Hall to the
Columbus Blue Jackets. The game was the final preseason game for Florida.

Novoseltsev scored 35 points in 47 games for Louisville last season and was
third on the Florida squad with seven points in as many preseason games. His
five goals were just one shy of teammate Pavel Bure for the top spot in the NHL
during preseason games.

Thompson was tied for third on the Panthers with 34 penalty minutes, while
Ratchuk and Ward each had two points, Payer and Thompson one point apiece and
Duerden was scoreless.

Gauthier won both games he started for Florida during the preseason and
posted a solid 1.91 goals against average.

The seven players will join Louisville immediately and practice with the team
on Monday morning.

The Panthers open the season on October 6th in Hamilton against
the Bulldogs. The home opener for Louisville is on October 20th
against the Hershey Bears.

All credit for this article must go to the Panthers communication office

Mark Fischel