Archive for Rumours
The Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts are in a unique situation. With their signing of their new goalie Mark Yetman and the return of last years #1 goalie, Doug Jewer, the Cats have two solid goalies ready to tackle whatever the other teams throw their way.
This was quite evident recently when the Cataracts made the trip down the Trans Canada Highway to Corner Brook and squared off against the Corner Brook Royals in a two game series.
Yetman started the opener and looked stellar, making several amazing saves while facing shot after shot from the Royals. It was evident from the fans the Cats goalie stole the game and was the difference at the end of the day, picking up a “W” with a 5-4 win over the Royals.
In Sunday’s game, Jewer wasn’t going to be outdone by Yetman’s strong performance after returning from having surgery in the off-season.
While he didn’t face as many shots and was not tested as much as Yetman, Jewer came up with a solid 2-0 shutout win.
Some are questioning how the team is going to deal with these two goalies. There are many who feel there is only enough room on the team for one of these players and friction is bound to develop. Some feel the friction is good and these goalies can feed off one another, forcing each to perform at the top of their game when they are called upon to play.
Yet sources have indicated to Newfoundland Hockey Talk that Jewer is not happy with the signing of Yetman and has made it clear to the Cats’ executive he wants the starting position.
The Cataracts have built a solid organization and dealing with issues off the ice is one of their strengths. Newfoundland Hockey Talk is very confident the Cataracts can accommodate both goalies and offer them enough duty to satisfy them especially with the playoffs just around the corner and the Herder Championship clearly in the Cats’ sight this season.
Well, it looks like the WCSHL may be about to receive two additional teams as Hockey Newfoundland and Labrador has been asked for a ruling as to whether these teams will be allowed to play in the Western league.
There’s no secret that the players in the West are compensated for their play, some of them quite lucratively. Now the players in the AESHL want in on the action and want to come to the west, not only for the money but because the west is the league where all the action is.
Teams from the west have constantly gone looking for high calibre players, offering them positions on their rosters, paid for their travel, compensated them for their time and up untiil now, many of the eastern players stayed in the AESHL. Things are changing and this change can probably be attributed to the success of the Clarenville Caribous in the WCSHL. In fact, it is the Caribous entry into the west league that has probably made it possible for other teams to make the leap.
If the Cee Bees and Blades come into the Western league, it allows for two divisions, one that would probably include the Caribous, Cee Bees and Blades. The other would include the Cataracts, Wings and Royals. The bulk of the games would be played in your own division with some limted East vs West games througout the season. It also allows for the league to address what many fans seen as an injustice from last season’s Herder Championship where all the games were played in Mile One.
Newfoundland Hockey Talk has learned that should the Cee Bees and Blades come into the WCSHL, it will probably mean that the Herder Championship will be the league championship, with Corner Brook’s Pepsi Centre the west coast location for games and the Mile One Stadium the east coast location for the games. Playoffs would see an east and west championship, with the winners of each division playing for the Herder.
However, there appears to be some fight left in the AESHL executive. This league isn’t going away just yet and they are lobbying HNL to block the move of the Blades and the Cee Bees.
Interesting times are about to happen in provincial senior hockey.
After a dismal season, the Corner Brook Royals may have a ray of sunshine destined to return to the lineup in the upcoming West Coast Senior Hockey League in the 2009/2010 season. Terry Ryan is rumoured to have given the Corner Brook Royals his commitment to play next season if he plays in the WCSHL at all.
As one of the most consistent and positive players on the Corner Brook Royals, Ryan has continually put a positive spin on the pathetic season the Corner Brook Royals just finished. However, if rumour are true, Ryan wants to be a part of the rebuilding and wants to have his leadership influence the direction of the young talent being scouted by the Royals Management.
Newfoundland Hockey Talk does however, question the reliability of this rumour. Sources have indicated that Ryan was upset with the Corner Brook Royals’ performance in the just finished West Coast Senior Hockey League season. While on the ice and before media people, Ryan has been a consummate professional, always appearing positive. However, behind the scenes has many insiders telling different stories.
If Terry Ryan does return he will return with a mission and something to prove. The Corner Brook Royals could use his scoring punch and leadership in what will definitely be a rebuilding year.
Rumour on the street is that Corner Brook Royals star and team captain Morgan Warren is leaving the team.
In an email received today unnamed sources have indicated the following:
Royals are losing Morgan Warren, he’s apparently moving elsewhere and cannot commit to the team.
While this is all a rumour, it would not surprise Newfoundland Hockey Talk if in fact, Morgan Warren does leave. The Royals have struggled for the last two seasons and have done little clean up their mess behind the scenes. It would be an unfortunate loss for the Corner Brook Royals.