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Fantasy Hockey: Eastern Conference Scene
Written by Frank Mazzola, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer
November 7, 2008
Frank Mazzola takes a look at the NHL’s Eastern Conference and keeps you up to date on the latest developments.
The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have acquired 6’0”, 205-pound defenseman Matt Carle and the San Jose Sharks’ third round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for Steve Eminger, Steve Downie and Tampa Bay’s fourth round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, according to club General Manager Paul Holmgren.
The Ottawa Sun is reporting that the end is finally in sight for the Mats Sundin saga.
Darren Dreger of tsn.ca speculates that the Canucks are actively shopping Ohlund and that the Tampa Bay Lightning are eager to shed some salary.
The Brendan Shanahan sweepstakes is beginning to feel a little like the Sundin saga, a lot of team interest with no action as of yet. According to various reports both the Black Hawks and the Bruins have contacted Shanahan’s agent in an attempt to lure him to their cities.
The SunSentinel.com is reporting that the Florida Panthers are considering trading some of their veteran players who are not producing due to their poor start to the hockey season.
The Courier Post is reporting that the Flyers are showing heavy interest in veteran free agent Brendan Shanahan. The Flyers are apparently so interested that they met with Shanahan at their practice facility.
Some recent events have prompted talk of some rule changes needed to not only improve the game itself but the safety of the players.
The decline in scoring has been of concern to the league. The big boost in offence soon after the lockout has gone by the wayside and a lack of goals and offence continues to succumb to air tight defence.
Also of concern is the rash of serious head injuries. Hitting from behind, dangerous headshots and just an overall lack of respect is something that the league seems resistant to solve to avoid, as Mike Milbury puts it, “pansyfication” of the game.
So far the 2008-09 season has seen the avalanche start the season with an abysmal 5-7-0 record. For avs fans this record simply isn’t good enough and an arguably be attributed to the lack lusting performance of their “goalies”. For God’s sake, even the Toronto make-me-laughs are doing better!
Very, very bad news for the New Jersey Devils. In the 6-1 victory against the Atlanta Trashers, a few days ago, Brodeur injured himself while sliding on the ice. He has a torn ligament in the left elbow. He’s going under surgery later this week. It’s a huge blow to the Devils. Brodeur is really the masterpiece of this team. Kevin Weekes is a fine goaltender, but can he carry the team on his shoulders until Brodeur return for the playoffs?
The Edmonton Sun is reporting that veteran goalie Dwayne Roloson has gone from expendable trade bait to a guy on a roll.
Tsn.ca is reporting that the Anaheim Ducks have been meeting with Mats Sundin in an attempt to lure the aging star to their team.
STLtoday.com is reporting that the Blues have made contact with Brendan Shanahan. Although it is reported that the Blues have not made an offer to the former 50 goal scorer one can only imagine that the Blues would love to have their former fan favourite back in the fold this season.