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Without a doubt the two teams that are underachieving the worst thus far are perenial powers Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators, who currently sit 25th and 26th in league standings respectively.
The Stars came into the season as a Cup contender building on a superb playoff drive that saw them defeat the powerful Ducks and Sharks only to fall to the Red Wings.
The Senators are 16 months removed from a Stanley Cup final appearance and despite their late season struggles last year, were still billed as a playoff team.
Both of these teams return virtually the same rosters they had from their respective highpoints so might still feel they have a shot at the playoffs and are looking to shake things up rather then liquidate assets and rebuild. This is where they could help each other.
Bruce Garrioch of Slam Sports is reporting that Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish could be in trouble.
When rebuilding a team it is better to have a competitive team atmosphere for incoming players. So you will see moves but not the whole team.
Kaberle is there best asset and he will be dealt before the trade deadline as he is already reportedly looking at other teams. Toskala may get dealt but only if his stock rises before the trade deadline. Antropov may be dealt but don’t count out him being signed.
When you look at the Leafs roster, you can tell that it is not a Brian Burke type team yet. Not big, not physical, they don’t have his skilled guys in the top 6, hard hat guys in bottom 6, etc. Here is a look at the Leafs current roster, and who qualifies as a “Brian Burke” type player, and who will likely be traded.
These types of articles are always fun and we haven’t had one in a while. So here are a series of opinion questions for a fun poll and hopefully fun discussion(s) for HTR Christmas season time:
(Includes Crosby or Ovechkin, Hasek in his prime or Brodeur in his prime, Wayne or Mario, Tavares or Hedman, and many more!)
‘Tis the season to be jolly, even if us Sens fans don’t quite feel it… ‘Tis also the season to review the year that was. While some may chose to review the best players and teams of the year, I shall examine those teams that will find coal rather then goals under their christmas trees. So who’s new year’s resolution should be to lose less? Without furthur ado here is 2008’s worst!
Written by Joe Cutroni, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer
December 19, 2008
Joe Cutroni provides an inside look at who’s hot and who’s not around the Western Conference to give you the edge you need in your fantasy hockey league.
Written by Frank Mazzola, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer
December 18, 2008
Frank Mazzola takes a look at the NHL’s Eastern Conference and keeps you up to date on the latest developments.
I got snowed in today, so I thought I could do something productive and write a hockey article.
As we approach the New Year, we have reached a point in the season where we can begin to identify the teams that are playing fairly well from those that are struggling, over-achieving, or not playing as well as their talent.
So now that the Sundin ball has finally dropped and Leaf fans further get the impression that this ship is only weeks from sinking, let’s take a look at what some of the moves the Leafs can make and some of the players that they will be letting lose.
To start, Brian Burke made a statement that similar to how he did it in Anaheim with the Ducks, he wants to build a strong defensive team, with a great goaltender. He also likes the idea of two strong scoring lines and two checking lines.
Ohhhhhh someone looks stupid. But come on… Sundin picks the Canucks? I mean… the Canucks? after he lied to everyone and says “money isn’t a factor?” wow… WOOOWWW who would have seen this coming. Sad way to come back to the NHL. He’ll be lost up in Vancouver.
Rangers are mostly to blame, but out of all players…
SUNDIN FOLLOWED THE MONEY, NOT HIS HEART…. and that’s just sad to see.
Poor Dallas Stars. 14th in the Western Conference, 30 points in 31 games (although only 3 points out of 8th seed). It’s disappointing for a team tagged as a potential Stanley Cup contender. After learning that their captain Brendan Morrow was out for the year with a torn knee ligament, Sergei Zubov is just going under hip surgery and will miss 6 months. The 2 best players of this team are now out for the year, so it’s obviously a huge blow. But it’s maybe not as bad as it seems. By putting these 2 players on the LITR, Dallas frees up to 10 million dollars on the cap. That’s a lot of money, and it will allow them to make a couple moves to get some assets needed to take them to the other level.
The frenzy has begun for University of Denver centre-man Tyler Bozak. According to Bozak’s advisor 26 NHL teams have expressed interest in signing the 22 year old including all 6 Canadian teams.