Rangers Update: 3 Rookies Sent Back to Hartford

by Brandon LeBourveau
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As I correctly predicted in my article yesterday, Vitali Yeremeyev was re-assigned to the minors today because of the pickup of veteran goaltender Guy Hebert. Hopefully Yeremeyev can continue his great success in the AHL and work on a few things in his game and improve while he is down there.

The move I didn’t see coming is that the Rangers sent down forward Jeff Ulmer, and called up Michal Grosek. Grosek was sent down in mid-February after the Rangers were unhappy with his lackluster play. Grosek has been on fire in the minors, registering 8 goals and 7 assists in 11 games for the Wolf Pack. I’m not sure whether the Rangers have plans to bring Ulmer back this season, but he sure did impress me in the 13 games that he played, tallying 3 goals. All his goals came from right in front of the net, a spot where the Rangers forwards have seemed to stay away from this season, aside from Adam Graves. I hope Ulmer gets re-called in a couple of games, but if he doesn’t, he’ll have a good opportunity to make the team full-time next season.

As for the Rangers also sending down defenseman Mike Mottau, this was expected. Mottau was called up because of some injuries on the blue-line, but he didn’t dress in any games. The Rangers want him to gain some experience in the AHL playoffs as the Wolf Pack try to win a second straight Calder cup.

These next few days will be interesting as the trade deadline approaches. I would like to see a couple of moves, but I’m gonna be one mad man if the Rangers deal any of their young gems for has-beens like Keith Tkachuk. Stay tuned..

The Blake Trade- Good for the System?

by Tony Calfo
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I am one of the many who did not like the Rob Blake trade. Rob Blake is a one-of-a-kind player who will never be replaced by another player. Even as the Kings prosper since his trade, that big force on the blue line is absent.

As time goes on and the trade is further dissected, it is becoming obvious that the Kings had two goals from this trade: 1- Make up for Blake with a solid defenseman and a forward who is defensively responsible. 2- Take a huge step towards resurrecting the farm system by adding as many as three top draft picks. All in all, it seems to be a good idea.

The Kings were faced with the fact that Blake would not resign. The blame may lie with both parties, but the fact was that Blake would not sign with the Kings. Most King fans thought that Taylor would use Blake to get a goaltender. When he didn’t, the Kings were left without their top defenseman and without a goalie who could keep them in games. The acquisition of the steady Aaron Miller and addition of an experienced goaltender in Felix Potvin has at worst put a band-aid on the problem. Potvin may not be as quick with the glove, but he is seldom out of position the way Fiset and Storr often are, and the Kings defensemen have made a commitment to protecting their zone. The result has been the best play by the Kings all season, and maybe even back to last season.

As for the system, it can really feel the effects of the Kings trade. If DT can select the right prospect and draft two more quality players in the first round, the Kings could add these picks to the ot Read more»

Stars prospects notebook

by Keith Riskey
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Notebook — 3/7/2001

Utah Grizzlies Notes

The Utah Grizzlies are presently mired in a long, so far winless, road trip (0-2-1) that

doesn’t end until three games from now in Chicago (on Sunday). Coach Bourne had publically stated that he expected a

big pick up from the team, given the recent seasoned NHL additions: Roman Lyashenko

and Tyler Bouck. Unfortunately, though Bouck and Lyashenko provided a little offense

in yesterday’s 5-4 loss to the Aeros, the Grizzlies continued their four game losing

streak.

In one interesting Hitchcock-esque move from the game, however, Coach Bourne placed

Richard Jackman (one of the hottest, most dominant players on the Grizzlies) at a

forward wing position for the 3rd period — sparking two additional Utah goals in the 3rd.

Jackman, though he has yet to make his mark as a solid NHL player, has been one of the best

Grizzlies this year in the 40 games he has played, averaging about a point every two games

as a defenseman. Furthermore, defensive coach Craig Ludwig continues to rave about how

solid Jackman has become behind his own blue line.
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Vaclav Nedorost – an avalanche of talent

by Robert Neuhauser
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It looks like the Czech great hockey prospect Vaclav Nedorost became a wrong surname. Nedorost,
meaning non-grown in Czech, has no signs of a small frame or a small talent. In fact, this
center is the future star of the Colorado Avalanche…
No doubt, Joe Sakic will depart or hang his skates sometimes. So will Peter Forsberg. After that
it’ll be time for Vaclav Nedorost to take over as the No.1 center for the Avs. Pierre Lacroix
knows which players are among the Colorado prospects and he can count on Vaclav already by this
time.
Vaclav started playing hockey as a small kid for Ceske Budejovice when he was five. He followed
the footsteps of his one year older brother David. The Nedorost guys went together to the rink
and competed in every hockey skill. Of course younger Vaclav wanted to skate faster, shoot more
accurate and be stronger than his older brother. And so they competed, besides the coaches
immediately recognized what a natural talent do these two have. This lasted till Vaclav was
nine. That year David suffered a very serious injury which prevented him from playing hockey
for years till he was eligible to play in the midget league. So Vaclav went to the rink alone.
Soon he played against guys older than him and he was able to dominate also at this level.
Vaclav wasn’t a kid who would love sitting at home and learning, instead of it he played sports.
Till midget age he played soccer besides hockey and is an accomplished player.

He is also a
huge NHL fan who is interested in the theoretical part of hockey. He likes the Read more»