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Former 13 year owner of his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs Steve Stavro has passed away at the age of 78 of an apparant heart attack.
These days, they are only together during Devil power plays, but the EGG line is as productive as they have ever been, riding the momentum that they had to end the regular season right into game one of the postseason. Patrick Elias had 17 points in nine games to finish off the year, and by now everybody knows he began the NHL Stanley Cup Playoff with a six point performance in game one against the New York Rangers. His linemates during five-on-five are Jamie Langenbrunner and Sergei Brylin. Scott Gomez had 22 points in the last 14 games of the season, and picked up three points in the series opener, while the other member of the EGG line, Brian Gionta, also picked up three points in the game. Gionta was riding a 15 game point streak when the season ended (25 points). The Devils are employing a five-man power play unit that has the EGG line up front, with Langenbrunner and Brian Rafalski manning the point.
First off let me say this, If JFJ is serious about keeping his job and “bringing the cup home,” let me tell you he better do some serious moves and he better complete them too.
The Toronto star has reported that Leafs GM JFJ is expected to buy out Tie Domi for 1 million dollars and Re-sign Lindros to a one year deal worth 0.75 Million dollars.
Hockeyleaks.com Playoff Preview
By Corey Johnson
 Ottawa vs.  Tampa Bay
Ottawa once again comes heads into the playoffs as the favourite to win the Eastern Conference. In previous years, Ottawa’s weak goaltending (aka Patrick Lalime) has been blamed for earlier than expected playoff exits. This year, Ottawa brought in Dominik Hasek to transform their goaltending from a question, to unquestionable. That beings said, injuries are a part of the game, and the Sens will enter the playoffs, and possibly exit them, without the Dominator. A groin injury (that many of us predicted would happen at some point this year) will keep Dom on the sidelines for at least the start of the first round, and possibly longer. That being said, Ottawa’s offense should make up for Hasek’s absence. Heatley, Havlat, Alfredsson, and Spezza are all among the NHL’s best offensive players, while Redden and Chara have been known to add a touch of offense to the Senator lineup.
TSN reported that Coach Pat Quinn and Assistant Coach Rick Ley have been Fired.
Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting the penguins will announce at a 12:30 pm news conference that general manager Craig Patrick will not return.
The Playoffs are here, the Sens are in first in the East, playing well, and their road to the Cup starts with the defending Stanley Cup Champs.
Props to Buffalo for defeating Tampa and allowing the Sens Cup run to start with a chance at the Cup defenders. And all you gushy Devils fans can thank the Sens for defeating the Rangers and delivering you an Atlantic title in the last game of the season…. but i won’t wait for that one.
The last time the Leafs missed the playoffs was the 1997 season, that year the Leafs had Mike Murphy start the year as coach only to have him replaced mid season by Nick Beverly on an interim basis. The following summer news came down that the Toronto Maple Leafs had hired Pat Quinn as new coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs. In ’98 Quinn stepped a board the media juggernaut that is Toronto and guided a team of unknowns and misfits captained by the only sure shot NHL caliber offensive player the team had at the time in Mats Sundin. Two things were certain on that team Mats Sundin was a great player and goaltending was strong behind Curtis Joseph.
I have to call out LeafyMcLeaf for his recent Leaf article posted this past Sunday.
After reading several of the comments from the Western Conference playoff article, there seems to be an abundance of opinions regarding the outcome of the Flames/Ducks series. Many people believe that the Ducks’ offence will overpower the Flames, while other believe that the Flames’ defence will shut down the Ducks as they have with many teams this season. I will admit to being biast, however I fully believe that defence wins championships, and this series is no exception.
A couple of days ago, I made my predictions for the Western Conference First round matchups. Here’s what I think will happen first round in the East:
With the last two teams in the West clinching their playoff berths last night, it only seems appropriate for first round predictions to be made now. What with the jostling for position that will take place over the next 2 or so games, this is how I think the West will likely end up looking:
If momentum has anything to do with early playoff success, than wrap your hockey pool hopes around San Jose, Detroit, Calgary, and New Jersey. These teams are all white-hot, and there is little reason to think they will cool off any come playoff time.
The Detroit Red Wings have been at a clear disadvantage in the West, and are still perrenial contenders.
This will likely be my last Leaf article till October, I might write some news, or analysis of signings in July, but there won’t be any more Leaf articles by me for a few months at least.
According to TSN.ca the New York Rangers will add Marc Staal to their lineup as soon as his immigration situation is cleared up.
Essentially for the first time all season, injuries have caught up to them, and have hurt them. In tuesday’s matchup versus the Islanders, many key components were missing in action.
The current GM for the Pittsburgh Penguins is Craig Patrick, and it’s about time management finally let him go, for one thing, he’s the guy that’s run this team into debt, and assured that they have finished at the bottom of the division for many years now, still his bonehead decision and signings are hurting the team today. Ok he did help Pittsburgh win Stanley Cups in ’91 & ’92, but since then? They’ve made it to the playoffs 9 times out of 15, BUT they’ve never made it to the finals, and over the years this GM has ac¢umulated so much debt, even their highest paid player had to take over as part owner of the franchise. Let’s consider his decisions this year…