Already speaking of trades
Usually at this time of the year, we would wait before jumping on trade rumors. All teams needs time to evaluate their staff, but this year is so different that a few teams are in urgent need for specific style of players. Based on daily reports taken on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette website, same as for the Forecaster, here’s a list of teams and suggested needs. Some suggested by the staff, some added by me.
http://www.forecaster.info/post-gazette/hockey/index.cgiATLANTA: Need a goalie and stay-at-home defensemen. Lehtonen is coming back soon, but Dunham is not the solution, being injured also.
ANAHEIM: Fedorov is rumored to be on the trade block, but he’s very, very hard to trade being injured and with his salary. They are testing youngsters Perry and Getzlaf, so no move underway.
CALGARY: Give them time to adjust, and wait until Robyn Regehr gets back from his injury.
COLUMBUS: Bad start but they have Nash, Brulé, Fritsche and Klesla injured, leaving the team to veterans and players that doesn’t fit anywhere else in the league.
FLORIDA: Keenan can’t wait to ship Huselius and Krajitek elsewhere, but he has to show them to the other teams for a few weeks so they get value.
MONTREAL: An offensive defense would be welcomed to help Markov, since Souray is proving he was an offensive flop. But no urgency here and I don’t understand why so many fans are already trading Zednik. Damn, can’t they keep an offensive team for one full-year?
NEW JERSEY: Kozlov rumors won’t stop.
NEW YORK ISLANDERS: Niinimaa is on various trade rumors, but his numbers are bad.
EDMONTON: They need an offensive pivot. Now. Martin Havlat would be welcomed, but at which price? Wondering also if bringing Rob Schremp is a good or bad time to do it?
PHOENIX: Comrie has been scratched. His reputation is on a downward spiral. Ship him to Columbus as he deverses.
PITTSBURGH: Everybody knows they need defense, but they are stocked with 8 one-way contracts defensemen… They have to trade offensive D for defensive D. The Pens look like a Potatohead mounted by a 1 year-old baby.
TORONTO: Antropov, I know.
WASHINGTON: Brendan Witt is anxious to know where he’s going. For the rest, Washington is not a team as bad as people think. Kolzig can be traded to one of the various teams in need of solid goaltending. Edmonton among them.
On a different note, have you noticed how many goalies that are injured? Seems like a problem with the new rules, and there are no great goalies left on the market.