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The trade deadline is the passion that divides us all. The various NHL clubs are spit into Buyers and sellers. In theory the buyers get a short term jolt into their lineup for a stanely cup run (short term gain) while giving up picks and prospects to the sellers (long term gain).
However, I have always believed that buyers lose much more often then thay win.
There are many rumors talking about trading Kovalchuk of the Atlanta thrashers, to me that is a mistake. Even though some nights he is on and off, he is still an amazing player who yes could bring back alot with a trade, but there you loose kovalchuk.
There are tons of contracts, and trades around the league coming back to haunt teams. Which ones? Let’s discuss.
I know Jay Bowmeester is a very very good and complete D-man. But for teams interested, he is going to cost an arm and a leg. You are looking at a 1st round pick, a high end prospect, and a decent roster player. So if the Habs are interested it would cost them a 1st, someone like Pacioretty or Maxwell, and a Higgins or S.Kostitsyn. That is a high price to pay for a guy who could walk at the end of the season. Montreal also has to sign Komisarek long term and he will cost cost between 4-5 million per. To sign Bowmeester long term will cost over 6 million per, and with Markov, Hamrlik, soon to be Komisarek making over 5 million, The habs can’t afford Bowmeester long term.
The sharks are sitting top the western division by about 5 points but their recent play as been nothing more then pathetic. Ever since JR went down, they’ve been playing mediocre hockey. Therefore something needs to be done. I feel we have 4 main issues. They are
This is an evaluation that who I think will get traded and who will stay in Toronto:
Vesa Toskala- He gets paid $4M, he’s not showing he’s worth that right now. He’s not a goaltender who can steal games for the Leafs, he will most likely be traded.
Curtis Joseph- Rumors are he could retire, I dont think he will. He will probably play 1 more year with the Leafs and then retire.
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The New York Post speculates that Islanders veteran Doug Weight may be traded because of the Islanders present standing and the return that they could get prior to the trade deadline.
Andre Petersson and Erik Karlsson have been great the WJHC so far and their play is what Ottawa will need next season. Both are eligable to come over and play in the NHL.
There doesn’t seem to be a lot of serious trade talks so far this year and this may be because most teams don’t have compatible trade partners. But there are two teams out there that both have glaring needs and both have what the others would want, I’m talking about Pittsburgh and Columbus. Here are two teams that should be talking because they have what each other wants. In Columbus their needs are obvious, a number one center and a PP quarterback. Pittsburgh on the other hand is in desperate need of a scoring winger to help out Crosby on the top line. They also happen to be over stocked with number one centers and PP quarterbacks. With Crosby, Malkin and Stall all playing for this team it is painfully obvious that somebody has to be moved and the only logical choice is Stall. Sure he plays a solid checking role but he is destined for so much more and from what we’ve seen so far he isn’t a very good winger. Because of this, he will never find a role on the top two lines not to mention he is in line for a nice raise this summer. Pittsburgh also has four offensive defensemen roaming their back end when Gonchar comes back. Both Letang and Goligoski have shown that they have the tools to be contributors not only in the future but in the present as well. Now don’t get me wrong Whitney is an excellent D-man but the Pens have shown that in his absence they can still be a good team.
As per TSN:
“The Vancouver Canucks added some goaltending insurance Tuesday, acquiring Jason LaBarbera from the Los Angeles Kings for a seventh-round pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft.”
Jason is expected to take one Curtis Sanford’s job (holding the team together until Luongo returns) after Sanford sustained a groin injury Tuesday.
It seems likely that Kaberle will agree to be traded and if not he goes in the off season. Damien Cox feels Antropov will definitely go, he writes in his blog: “I agree Antropov is a good player. But right now, would you want to sign him for 5-7 years for between $5-6 million per season? That’s what it would take to get him to skip unrestricted free agency at this point. I just don’t see him as a player you would want to commet $30-40 million to, and the Leafs just can’t afford to lose yet another veteran asset without getting something significant in return. So Antropov has to go before the deadline
Anyone remember what I said about Cindy and AO Before they got into the NHL? Wasn’t a huge fan of either of them. AO I’m a fan of now. Still hate Cindy. He’s better than I expected, still don’t like him. In fact, I’m always skeptical of NHL prospects. But John Tavares is different