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With Vancouver dropping 9 of their last 10 games, a major change is needed. Vigneault’s name has been mentioned endlessly, and could easily find himself out of a job if Vancouver doesn’t turn it around A.S.A.P. But management has said that it’s the players that need to turn it around. On paper the Canucks should be better than they are. They have arguably the best goalie in the NHL, they have a great defense corp (when healthy), and with the addition of Sundin they should have a decent forwards group. So what can be done to change things around?
As the trade deadline gets closer speculation always ramps up in the rumor world. Players are linked to one team, in exchange for another. Anything from incredibly lopsided deals and fantasy rumors to really good and fair trades get tossed around. Now many will say that rumors are pointless and almost 99% of the time are wrong (which is true, rarely have i ever seen a single rumor that comes true with the exception of the lucky person who guesses that Boumeester is going wherever he goes) but I see the deadline in a different light. It is Christmas for fans everywhere and rumors make things that more exciting. Today im not here to suggest that Montreal is gonna get Vinny or Kaberle is going to bring back a first, a prospect and a good RFA, or to suggest that the Penguins are going to grab a first line winger (like Havlat) to play with Crosby but rather to suggest players that could be moved or teams that will likely make trades to shore up issues they have. Speculation or correction that comes from this article would be great but this article is not rumor but rather an educated look at possible moves.
The Toronto Sun is reporting that the trade talks with regard to the Maple Leafs are heating up .. although nothing is imminent.
Spectors Hockey and Sport Bladet (based in Sweden) are reporting that Peter Forsberg has agreed to a deal with Modo of the Swedish Elite League.
The Toronto Sun is reporting that all of the trade talk is beginning to get to Antropov. According to the article the trade talk is in the back of his mind and it is noted that if he is going to be moved before the March 4th trade deadline the amount of time that he has left with the Leafs is ticking by quite quickly.
The Fourth Period is reporting that the Penguins are interested in Milan Hedjuk or Marty St. Louis. They’d be willing to part with Ryan Whitney and Jordan Staal, depending on the deal.
Tsn’s Darren Dreger provides a list of who he believes are 10 players to watch at the trade deadline. Some of the names on the list include Scottie Upshall, Tomas Kaberle, Ryan Whitney, Michael Nylander and others.
The Daily Herald is reporting that the Chicago Black Hawks may now be interested in resigning Martin Havlat to a contract extension.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a grand opportunity in the next few weeks to start righting some of the wrongs they’ve displayed the last several years.
The team practically has a blank canvas to begin retooling and reshaping the entire organization. In fact they can start taking small steps to correcting decades of mismanagement, misguided direction and futility by making some key moves in the next few weeks and months.
Its going to take time and patience on everyone’s part, from ownership, to management, to the coaching staff and even from the fans in order to see something good over the next little while.
Five years out of the playoffs and 42 years of losing however has led to patience being worn thin. But in very short order, the team can start the process of doing what it takes to build a successful franchise.
Slam Sports is reporting that the Senators are not looking to blow up their team however it is noted that they may be open to dealing some of their players who are set to become unrestricted free agents.
Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun speculates on what will happen to Mike Cammalleri.
Mlive.com is reporting a bunch of RedWing news including the fact that the Wings have just signed Zetterberg to a amazing 12 year 72 million dollar contract … WOW.
A big reason for the success of the San Jose Sharks this season and in recent years has been due to the team’s ability to build within via the draft.
Currently the team has 13 players on the roster that came via the draft:
1994 – Evgeny Nabokov
1997 – Patrick Marleau
1998 – Jonathan Cheechoo
1999 – Doug Murray
2001 – Marcel Goc, Christian Ehrhoff, Ryan Clowe, Tomas Pilhal
2003 – Milan Michalek, Joe Pavelski
2004 – Torrey Mitchell
2005 – Devin Setogutchi, Marc Eduoard Vlasic
Obviously some of their 1st round selections have pulled their weight. Marleau and Setogutchi are two-thirds of arguably the best line in hockey. Michalek anchors the team’s 2nd unit. But they’ve really succeeded in other rounds finding gems like Vlasic, Clowe, Pavelski, Cheechoo, Nabokov, who are key core players. The first round, especially the high picks bring the foundation, the other rounds form the team. Having success in both regards gives a team a great chance to be as successful as the Sharks are today (6 regulation losses in 45 games).