Interview with Craig Button

by William Charlton

The following is the brief interview with Flames GM, Craig Button. This is the first of what will become a quarterly interview with Mr. Button asking him the most up to date questions confronting fans – particularily Flames fans today.

Mr. Button;

First of all I would like to report that the web site I write for Hockeysfuture has been tremendously surprised by the early success as a result of your trades. On behalf of the Flames fans on that site I would like to say “Thank-you for sticking to your guns and doing what you knew was right even though times were tough.”

I have a few questions I woudl like to ask you. Read more»

Dempsey’s agent draws line

by Stephen J. Holodinsky

Art Shoots the Breeze

In case you haven’t heard, Art Breeze is at it again. Breeze, Nathan Dempsey’s agent, has communicated a ‘play me in the NHL or trade me’ request to Leaf management. He’s gone so far to say on the FAN 590, a local radio station in Toronto that if he isn’t traded “he will play (in the NHL) next year and well beyond and come back to haunt some people.”

Without a doubt, there are many who would support Dempsey’s promotion to the ACC among followers of the Blue and White. In limited duty, he has impressed. But let’s be clear here, we are talking about ‘limited duty’. Ripping apart the blueliner’s game it’s fairly easy to add up the pluses and minuses. He’s a puckmoving defenseman who makes a snappy first pass, knows when to shoot, and can fill the role of powerplay quarterback on the second unit. On the downside is an utter lack of size as he is whisper thin at 6’0″ and 170 pounds. Despite good effort, this leaves him vulnerable in the corners and in front of the net.

Compare him to Tomas Kaberle, who is an inch taller, 8 pounds heavier, and five years younger. Kaberle fits the bill almost to a ‘T’ with the exception of a reluctance to shoot at this point in his career. However, more importantly that that is the age difference. Whereas Dempsey is always going to be 170 pounds, the Czech is still young enough to pack on some pounds and get up towards 200 where he will be better able to handle the action near the blue ice in his own zone. And for Dempsey’s value within the Leaf organization, Read more»

Hockey’s Future New Column: Game Misconduct

by Tony Bryson

It has become a yearly tradition for the marketing
wizards at the NHL offices. No, I’m not talking about
the introduction of another series of extremely horrid
third jerseys by several of the member clubs. I’m
talking the fall release of fan selection ballot for
the mid-season All Star game. Every year the league
releases the ballot, and every year there is some
controversy surrounding those names available for
selection. Why should this year’s game be any
different? Well maybe because the controversy
surrounding this year’s ballot is such an obvious
blunder that it really makes the league look bad.

Normally the NHL has a leg to stand on when it comes
to omissions in the All Star ballot. There is a
surprise player or two who come out of the gate hot
and lead the league in several categories, or the
unknown rookie who makes a big splash and comes out of
no-where, or the aging veteran who has a career year
while he winds down towards retirement. All of these
situations are ones where the league office can be
excused for its short sightedness. But this year the
league really left itself open for criticism by
leaving Calgary Flame poster-boy, and rising star
player, Jarome Iginla, off the ballot.

When you scan the list of leading scorers a few names
jump out at you. Mark Parrish and his twelve goals in
thirteen games is a surprise. Iginla’s team mate
Craig Conroy, and his sixteen points in fourteen games
is a surprise. And perched up at the top of the
scoring race is a surprising Jarome Iginla.
Surprising? To be sitting a Read more»

Predators news and notes

by Brian Roe

Line of Erat, Orszagh, Arkhipov

Prospects Martin Erat, Vladimir Orszagh, and Denis Arkhipov are
making some serious noise in the National Hockey League this year. Erat
leads the Nashville Predators in assists (8) and points (10). He is
also second among rookies in scoring in the NHL. Orszagh, the former
New York Islander, has 3 goals and 6 assists this season while playing
in 14 contests. Arkhipov has 3 goals and 3 assists while centering this
new, exciting line.

Martin Erat, 20, was the biggest surprise out of training camp this
season. The winger has given the
Predators a very nice offensive boost early on in the season. Vladimir
Orszagh, who played last season in the Swedish hockey league, has also
become an offensive force. Orszagh has shown very high intensity and is
not afraid to shoot the puck. Denis Arkhipov played 40 games last
season with Nashville, scoring 6 goals and 7 assists. However, this
year he is getting increased ice time, has moved from winger to the
center position and already has half the points that he had all of last

This line has thrown in almost one-third of the team’s offense and is
giving Nashville fans some exciting hockey to watch. Orszagh is
considered the veteran of line at 23. The
future of the Predators organization could be on the sticks of these
three young players. Orszagh is on pace for
53 points, Arkhipov is on pace for 33 points and Erat on pace for 60

Missing Hartnell

The future captain of the Predators, Scotty Hart Read more»

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