Thursday, September 12, 2002

Mark Messier gives NY one more chance... or is that NY giving Mess one more chance? He agreed to a one-year contract with the Rangers on Wednesday to return for his 24th NHL season -- ninth with New York. The deal, completed the night before the Rangers head to Vermont for training camp, also includes an option year that can be triggered if personal and team performance goals are reached.

As if! The Moose's best days are long gone. That doesn't mean the Rangers don't need him, it just means he's older than most piles of dust.

Tuesday, September 10, 2002

This day in hockey history: 1987 - Lou Lamoriello takes over as general manager for the New Jersey Devils.
Gary Suter retires: Four-time NHL All-Star defenseman Gary Suter retired on Tuesday. Suter, a two-time U.S. Olympic player, spent the past four seasons with the Sharks in a 17-year career that included stops in Calgary and Chicago. He won the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 1985-86 with the Flames. In 2001-02, Suter led the Sharks' defensemen in scoring for the second straight season, recording six goals and 27 assists while playing in all 82 games. The former Wisconsin star was the quarterback of San Jose's power play.

However, Suter is best known in Canada as the scumbag that highsticked Paul Kariya in the face in early 1998 - which put Kariya out of commission for a long time and prevented Team Canada from carrying one of its best offensive weapons into the Nagano Olympic Games.

Rot in hell, Gary.

Monday, September 09, 2002

Esposito Addresses the Nation

It is now a legendary piece of Canadian hockey folklore. Following a terrible game against the Soviets in game 4 in Vancouver, a game in which the Vancouver fans booed Team Canada loudly and routinely, Phil Esposito decided to speak his mind.

"For the people across Canada, we tried. We gave it our best. For the people who booed us, jeez, all of us guys are really disheartened and we're disillusioned and we're disappointed in some of the people. We cannot believe the bad press we've got, the booing we've gotten in our own buildings. If the Russian fans boo their players like some of the Canadian fans - I'm not saying all of them - some of them booed us, then I'll come back and apologize to each and every Canadian. But I don't they will. I'm really, really, I'm really disappointed. I am completely disappointed. I cannot believe it. Some of our guys are really really down in the dumps. We know - we're trying. What the hell, we're doing the best we can. They've got a good team and let's face facts. But it doesn't mean that we're not give it our 150 per cent because we certainly are...

Why is the NHL so quiet about the Summit Series?

The NHL is definitely guilty of not celebrating the glorious history of the game, be it the Summit Series or many other events. If you visit's, you'll see it is a very weak section with sporadic features.

One thing you will definitely see is the United States Miracle On Ice in 1980. It is heavily remembered on, while almost every other major international tournament is ignored - most specifically the Canada Cup tournaments and the 1972 Summit Series.

Even with the huge success of the 2002 Olympics it is not easy to find coverage anymore. One would suspect that this would not be the case had Team USA won.

And there-in lies the problem. caters to Americans, and not to Canadians or other puck loving nations with the same degree. Ever wonder why USA Hockey is closely partnered with while the Canadian Hockey Association doesn't even get a link to their website?

Come on NHL. It's time to celebrate hockey's incredible history. The hockey world, including many great American fans, is celebrating the 1972 Summit Series. So should the National Hockey League.
This day in hockey history: 1982 - Montreal trades Rod Langway, Doug Jarvis, Craig Laughlin and Brian Engblom to Washington for Ryan Walter and Rick Green.