The Rangers made a bid for the questionably healthy Pat Lafontaine
yesterday, offering Christian Dube plus a draft pick. Buffalo rejected
the offer, saying “Dube is just too small”.
It looks like Jason Muzatti could well be the backup goalie, leaving Dan
Cloutier and Robb Stauber for Binghamton or elsewhere. Marc Savard
continues to score and get assists, leading the Rangers in pre-season
scoring. He deserves that 2nd line center spot. Sorry, Christian Dube.
There is a litttle rumour that Ulf Samuelsson and Jeff Beukeboom could be
on the block, perhaps to Vancouver for Pavel Bure and Bret Hedican. Eric
Cairns would become a regular on D to fill the void. Vladimir Vorobiev
doesn’t look like he’ll be playing for now. Is he still in Russia with Visa
problems? It’s certainly been a long time.
This summer brought a lot of changes to the New York team who was able to
beat the Eastern Conference leaders, the New Jersey Devils, in the
playoffs. Mark Messier has left a big hole in New York that seems almost
irreplaceable. Mike Keane and Brian Skrudland were brought in to help
Gretzky and Leetch with the leadership and provide good checking. Geoff
Smith has resurfaced in the Big Apple to provide the Rangers with much
needed defensive depth. Glenn Healy was signed away by the Leafs, and Dan
Cloutier figures to be the backup. They decided to trade the underachieving Read more»
News from Whistler
Ask the players and they will tell you that there is a different
feeling around the Canuck camp this year. Sure, the same old issues are
rearing their ugly heads but this will be one exciting hockey team once
those issues resolve themselves.
Pat Quinn and Pavel
Bure speak it is difficult to sift through the bullshit. These
guys enjoy messing with the media and the media, in turn, enjoys making up
stories when none are offered. The fact is Bure has looked incredible in
camp. He will start the season in Vancouver and Quinn will decide whether
the team will be better off with him or with what they can get for him.
Despite what you may hear, Bure will be happy in Vancouver if Quinn can
work out a reasonable arrangement for payment of the $1.8 million he is
owed from the lockout.
We have not heard much lately about Alexander
Mogilny but word is he is in Malibu and the parties are still
about $1 million apart. Worse case scenario for the Canucks would be a
lengthy holdout. Watch for Quinn to attempt to get him playing before the
season starts. More on this later.
Bret Hedican is not enjoying his Read more»
The Oilers have some good up and coming prospects, so let me get on with it, and show you how each is doing in camp, and there chances of sticking with the Oilers this year:
Kelly looks like he’s earned a spot for sure. He’s been displaying the same great combination of speed, skill, and grittiness that got him into some playoff action last season with the big club.
It looks as though Mike Watt may start the season in Hamilton. He could stick, but will probably be one of the last players to be sent down to the AHL. He could be a call-up this season, however.
Boyd has been improving each day of camp and looks like he may win a spot. Devereaux really bulked up since being drafted 6th overall in the ’96 draft. He is now listed at 6’2″, 200 lbs. Look for him to be battling with Kelly between the 3rd and 4th line center positions.
Descoteax has been suprising a lot of people so far. He has really filled out (6’3, 220 lbs) and is steady both offensively and defensively. Although almost every defenseman can benefit from a season in the AHL first, Descoteaux could make the team right out of junior.