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For those who haven’t paid attention to the standings at all this year, the Pittsburgh Penguins are sitting in last place. Fast foward from 2004 to 2006 and… the story doesn’t change.
Finland’s state television network YLE reported on their website yesterday that Toronto Maple Leafs has confirmed rumours that Aki Berg won’t be returning to the NHL next season. He instead will return to Finland, where he might play for TPS.
With the recent string of jersey’s being retired by the Montreal Canadiens it’s time for the management and ownership to consider retiring Ken Dryden’s jersey.
First off i want to say Pat Quinn’s resume speaks for it self. However, watching the new NHL its clear that Quinn and the his staff are not quit cut for this type of hockey. Watching them play you can clearly see that the Leafs have no style of play.
The main focus for the GM of the Leafs if it remains fregason or someone else should be the defence. Leafs defence has never been on of the top D-groups in the league and this off-season is an opportunity to change that. The amount of quailty defenceman that are free agents this year is a lot. First off if the Leafs can sign McCabe anywhere between 4.5 to 5 million they should. Second priority should be defenceman Kubina in the range of 3.5 to 4 mill. Then get a soild #4 defencman like Van ryan or Salei in the range of 2 to 2.5 mill. Then you have coliacovo and then finishing off with a young guy like harrison or vet like Careny or Richardson. Here’s a look at the D then
There are a more than a few measuring sticks for fantasy hockey team owners to evaluate their players, but this is a real solid indicator – minutes per point. This statistic gives you some quick insight with regards to whether or not a player is taking advantage of the ice time he is given. It is fair to say that a player who is counted upon for offense and given lots of ice time to do so, had better have a low minutes per point ratio or said ice time can be expected to decrease. By the same token, a player who is being underused, but is picking up the points when he plays, will likely see an increase in their ice time. This is a very general indicator, as some players bring more than just offense to the table, some players are used a lot on the penalty kill, etc.
If you’re a baseball fan, you’ve heard the references to my beloved New York Yankees as “the evil empire”, but something that never really occured to anyone, is that the Toronto Maple Leafs are more like the evil empire in the movie then any sports franchise.
With the playoffs fast approaching, the fans of the teams fighting for the last spots are sitting on the edge of their seats hoping their team can make one last push to secure a chance to compete for Lord Stanley’s Cup.
While those of us who have been eliminated (in my case since Halloween) sit and stew over what changes need to be made to our teams…
Today I got my computer back and am putting the season preview into high gear. We may not be able to make opening day but I won’t let all the work I did go down the drain.
NEW YORK POST: Mark Everson today reported on the Devils woeful offensive production and with the trade deadline past, suggested it may be time for GM Lou Lamoriello to recall veteran forward Alexander Mogilny from their farm club. Lamoriello sent Mogilny down earlier this season as a payroll cutting measure.
Scott Stevens was selected 5th overall by the
Washington Capitals in the 1982 draft. Over the
years he has had two other destinations other
than Washington. 1 year with St. Louis in 1990-91
and 13 years with New Jersey since.
Finally after all this time the Blues have a new owner and they can finally start being a little more active the rebuilding process.
The Philadelphia Flyers anounced today that they have signed defenseman Denis Gauthier to a three year extension.
According to TSN.CA Belfour is done for the year. This is great news for all Maple Leaf fans as Telqvist is having a much stronger year and has better numbers in every goalie stat. Jean Sebastian Aubin will be called up as his backup for the rest of the year.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have once again established themselves as the worst team in the NHL. There was plenty of hope in Steeltown when the team won the draft lottery and ultimately the rights to Sidney Crosby. The team then added several talented veterans to surround the young phenom. Playoff aspirations were in the air. But the wheels fell off as players got hurt, retired or performed well below expectations and the Pens returned to their last place standing.
The final 4 spots for the Western conference playoffs are very tight and will come down to the the last few games:
5th Colorado 82 pts.
6th Anaheim 80 pts.
7th Vancouver 80 pts.
8th Edmonton 79 pts.
9th Los Angeles 79 pts.
10th San Jose 78 pts.
Well with 15 games left I think its pretty clear as to whom the MVP candidates are…..
Sportsnet.ca and hockey central are reporting the LA kings have fired head coach Andy Murray.
Prepare for an exsessively long article about the relatively short team future of the Leafs.