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Eastern Conference All-Stars

Frank Mazzola, Staff Writer January 22, 2009

Frank Mazzola takes a look at the Eastern Conference All-Stars from a fantasy perspective, the players enjoying a breakout season and the ones that have disappointed their owners on a grand scale.

2008-09 Fantasy Hockey Eastern Conference All-Star Roster:


Alexander Ovechkin (LW, WAS) – Current statistics: 31 goals, 28 assists, plus-13, 58 penalty minutes, 24 power play points, 305 shots on goal – It’s a surprise to no one that Ovechkin is having the season that he is. He is arguably the World’s Greatest Player and will continue to produce in this fashion until further notice.

Leafs linked to Pronger

There is more information Saturday on Chris Pronger and the possibility that he might be traded before the deadline.

According to The Sun’s Bruce Garrioch, there are all sorts of whispers this weekend that Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke might be trying to acquire Pronger from Anaheim.

NYR Solutions

The trade deadline is approaching and although it’s going to be tough, the rangers have a lot of problems they need to address. First off they need to find a way to shed some salary to help the team now and also in the future as key young assets are in their contract years. Secondly, within doing that they need to better their offensive production and solve at the very least either getting a dman that can run the powerplay or a dman can can actually play their position and help shut teams down. In order to have a legit shot at making any of this happening trades may have to include receiving players that will be free after this season or including prospects or draft picks. So here’s a few reasonable possible trades that may work.

Tons of Leaf Speculation from is reporting on the players that Brian Burks is most likely to trade. Some of the players include Antropov, Ponikarovsky, Kaberle, Kubina, Blake and Toskala.

Ducks to Shop Chris Pronger?

On Hockey Central yesterday Nick Kypreos reported that the Ducks may look at trading defenseman Chris Pronger if they begin to fall out of playoff contention.

Gerber on the outs and Flyers talking to Forsberg

In the latest NHL news martin Gerber has been placed on Waivers and it appears that the Flyers are talking to unrestricted free agent Peter Forsberg.

Possible Trades

As the trade deadline approaches, teams are in desperate need for that extra push to get into the post season. Here’s a couple of trades in my opinion that could happen..

Ducks Last Call, Stars Coming Back, Yotes In Desperate Times

Here is a quick look at 3 Western Conference Teams as the Trade Deadline approaches.

Anaheim Ducks

This could be the last hurrah for this flock of Ducks. With only 9 players under contract, the team is likely going to try and take one last run and pretty much start fresh next season.

The following are due to be UFAs: Brendan Morrison, Todd Marchant, Rob Niedermayer, Sammy Pahlsson, Travis Moen, George Parros, Brad Larsen, Scott Niedermayer, Kent Huskins, Francois Beauchemin, Bret Hedican, Steve Montador

Best Players in the League

Ok… I want to start some debate with this one. This might have already been done before but I haven’t seen anything like it so here goes: ranking the top ten players in the league. This includes not only this season’s performance but the overall prestige behind the player. For example: Martin St. Louis, despite having a worse season than David Krejci would still be ranked ahead based on past performance. I know, not the most concrete formula, but this is all subjective and meant to stir arguments.

NHL Exploring Hartford for a NHL Team?

The Hartford Courant is reporting that city officials have met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss plans for a new area in an attempt to lure an NHL team back to Hartford.

Early Predictions

Yes I realize this is way too early to be doing predictions but I am putting them up anyways.

Eastern Conference

1. Boston Bruins – Despite losing Sturm for the year and Kessel for an extended period of time, the Bruins have way too much depth to squander a 9 point lead with two games in hand to washington. expect 110-115 points easily.

Predators News – Trotz Safe + Speculation

The Tennessean is reporting that Predators head coach Barry Trotz is not in danger of being fired despite the teams recent poor play.

Rangers' Report

Now that the 21 of the Rangers are done for the week, and the King is off the MontrĂ©al, I’d like to take some time to review where they are at, what’s gone wrong, what has to improve, playoff outlook, draft situation, Sean Avery speculation, and brief look at 09-10.