Panthers Rookie Tournament and Camp Preview
The light at the end of the non-hockey tunnel is coming into view, and for those lucky enough to live close to Hull, they have the pleasure of watching four team’s rookies compete in a round-robin tournament. Taking part in the tourney are the Florida Panthers, Phoenix Coyotes (replacing the Lightning after they pulled out due to the brawls last year), Montreal Canadiens, and Ottawa Senators. A schedule can be found at the end of this article.
For Panther fans, this will be an opportunity to preview Stephen Weiss, who will given the opportunity of competing for the second-line center spot on the Panthers, and also get a glimpse of several promising prospects who will be pushing veterans for spots within a few years. Players such as Lukas Krajicek, Davis Parley, Tomas Malec, and Niklas Hagman are all being counted on to provide future depth and ensure a smooth turnover as the veterans retire or are traded away.
Florida Panther Rosters
Centers: Stephen Weiss, Plymouth; Dustin Johner, Seattle; Janis Sprukts, Lukko Rauma; Mike Green, Knoxville; Jordan Walker (Amatuer Try-Out), Acadia Univ.; Jonathan Labelle (ATO), Hull.
Of all the players here, Stephen Weiss is the one to watch as his performance here will earn him the flight to South Florida for the NHL Training camp. Panther brass will also be looking at Janis Sprukts making his first North American training camp after playing a few years in Europe, as well as looking at recent Read more»
HF’s Germany writer Gerd Hahn interviewed Martin Hyun
As Germany`s National team is preparing for Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympic Games – German National Team Coach Hans Zach has many players to choose from. Despite giving chances to younger players of the German Hockey League ( DEL ), German players in north american Colleges or Juniors have not yet been given a chance. Oliver Jonas of Harvard University, Nils Antons of the University of British Columbia, Paul Weismann of Bowling Green State University and last but not least St. Michael`s College Martin Hyun. I had a chance to meet Martin Hyun at the Duesseldorf International Airport and talked with him about his future.
HF: Welcome to Germany Martin ! Did you have a long flight ?
MH: Thank you, my flight was not bad. It usually takes up to 10 hours pure flying excluding the waiting.
HF: Let`s talk hockey – How was your season last year ?
MH: Generally I would say it was okay but there is still room for improvement. I ended up fourth in scoring but you can never be satisfied. During our Air Force tourney in Colorado I had a severe shoulder injury and was not able to play Read more»
Tomas Kaberle’s Contract Situation A Disaster Waiting To Happen?
He was one of the most underpaid and overworked players in the NHL last season and now Tomas Kaberle may choose to stay in Europe for 2001/2002 – that is if he can’t secure a new deal that would pay him something in excess of one million dollars per season. It is widely speculated that he is seeking a 2 year pact that would take him up arbitration eligibility after the deal expires. However, Leafs management is seemingly not willing to give him that opportunity and they would like to get Kaberle onto a long-term deal (perhaps lasting 3 or 4 years) that would effectively eliminate his first year or two of arbitration rights. Failing this, Toronto is offering the smooth Czech defender only the minimal 10 percent raise mandated by the current CBA. This arrangement would still leave Kaberle’s annual stipend just shy of $300,000 for the upcoming season.
If Kaberle chooses to stay home, maintaining a high level of conditioning and fitness will become a big concern – despite the fact that he intends to play for the Czech National Team and also in the Czech Elite League. The potential impact upon Tomas’ long-term development (bearing in mind that he is coming off a season during which he amassed 6 goals and 40 assists – leading all Leafs’ defensemen in scoring) is another serious concern. Consider similar holdouts from the past.
Fellow Maple Leaf blueliner Aki Berg held out in 1998-99 because of a contract dispute when he was still a member Read more»