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My Top 30 Prospects for the 2008 NHL Draft
1. Steven Stamkos
Trying to locate a flaw in Stamkos’ game is akin to finding a golf ball in a snowstorm. Stamkos does everything at high speed and elevates his game in more important contests. He took his game to another level in the playoffs.
Ok. So I tried to figure out just how the leafs could blow up their team. What kind of options do they really have. In a cap world things are so much harder to actually pull off. So I put a big list together. Now I am not nieve enough to believe that it could all happen this way. This was just something I was having fun with and I got caught up crunching numbers.
It looks like the search for the Leafs vacant head coaching job is nearing its end as Toronto has apparentley given Ron Wilson an offer to become the 27th coach in franchise history.
Sami Kapanen has announced his retirement from the NHL reports the Philadelphia Inquirer. Sami has demonstrated nothing but class during his time in the NHL and is highly respected among Flyer fans. He is on of those few players that brings his best every game and leaves nothing on the ice. He is exactly the kind of player that Philly fans have come to love over the years, a guy who plays with heart and determination. He will be missed! He has been one of my favorite Flyers since he arrived in 2003.
After spending a few seasons rebuilding the farm system and restocking the organization with young talent, the Colorado Avalanche went back to their tried and true ways of mortgaging the future for the present.
According to Lyle Richardson at spector’s hockey, Patrick Marleau is on his way out of San Jose.
A deal would send him and another player (unknown at this point) to Colombus, for winger Nikolai Zherdev and the 6th pick overall.
After reaching the cup final in 2007, instead of taking the next step forward, the Ottawa Senators have taken several steps back.
Yes the team was crippled with injuries at the absolute wrong time of the year with both Daniel Alfredsson and Mike Fisher falling to injury in the last week of the season. However, the team was in deep trouble well before that and everything blew up in their face in the playoffs getting swept with ease by the Penguins.
Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star reports that Maple Leafs captain Mats Sundin might be leaving Toronto.
“REALLY?” is what I hear, in the voice of Kyle Broflovski, when questioning the President about the validity of the official story about the September 11th terrorist attacks (hilarious episode by the way, if you’re to look it up, it’s “the Mystery of the Urinal Deuce”, www.allabout-sp.net has every episode, it’s season ten). This is what I thought of when I read Mike Toth in Sportsnet.ca’s “on-line playoff magazine”, whatever the hell that means.
Rumors from the Ottawa Sun have reported Alexei Yashin could be ready for the NHL. Which teams are interested in him though?? Why would Demitra want Vancouver? How much would it cost for edmonton to have Pitkanen back?
After watching my beloved Kitchener Rangers lose to a defensively dominant Spokane Chiefs in a winner take all championship, I could not help but wonder if the top ranked Rangers could not have won the cup in a series. Not to detract from the Chiefs who were the class of the tournament but when you only needed to win 4 games total against 3 other teams, was it because they were hot going into the tournament or were they really the best team?
Here we are at last. The Stanley Cup Finals. Analysts, fans and experts are going gaga over what they hope will be one of the best Finals ever.
Who will win and what factors will decide the Champion?
Both teams seem to boast enormous offensive talent, a resurgent goaltender, fantastic defensive play by their entire team, and an excellent PP and PK. The question to ask is what differentiates them from each other? A cursory glance concludes that the Penguins have the youth and size, whereas the Wings have the experience and poise. Which will prove to be more valuable?
The last 9 Stanley Cups have been won by the team with home ice, which Detroit holds. The Penguins haven’t lost at home in regulation since February 13th and Marc-Andre Fleury personally hasn’t lost in Pittsburgh since Thanksgiving 2007. The Penguins top the Red Wings on goals scored, goals against, goal differential, PP and are tied with them for PK. The Red Wings have players that have won a combined 23 Cups to the Penguins’ 4.