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Fantasy Hockey: Eastern Conference Scene
Written by Frank Mazzola, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer
October 16, 2008
HIGHLIGHTS: Frank Mazzola takes a look at the NHL’s Eastern Conference and keeps you up to date on the latest developments.
I had previously stated that I would announce who I felt was deserving of an Olympic Roster spot in 2010 exactly one year before the gold medal game. With Steve Yzerman taking the reigns, I feel if Hockey Canada believes it’s soon enough to start discussions, it is soon enough.
There is speculation that the Canadiens and Wild are talking trade. Marian Gaborik is not in the lineup for the tonight’s game against Florida. According to sources (http://blogs2.startribune.com/blogs/wildblog/) Gaborik didn’t seem to be injured although the team listed him as so with a lower body injury.
Tsn is reporting that Denis Savard has been let go by the Chicago Blackhawks. As expected, Joel Quennville will likely take over as the coach to get the highly skilled Blackhawks going.
According to “Spector” there are rumours going around that Cliff Fletcher has been trying to work out a deal with Don Maloney that could involve the Leafs acquiring a first round draft pick/draft picks. The other rumour is that their could be a deal in the works involving Ian White going to Phoenix.
Daniel Alfredsson skated at practise on Wednesday and he felt really good. His knee is apparently at 90% and it seems he will be ready for Friday night against the Coyotes.
Marek Malik finally found a home with Tampa.
After being a free agent for a while now, the 33 defensmen signed a reported 1 year contract worth 1.2-million.
A few things happened in the NHL this week, so I’m gonna regroup them in this article.
New York Ranger prospect Alexei Cherepanov collapsed on the bench at or near the end of Omsk’s Kontinental Hockey League game and died a short time later, he was 19. http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=252547&lid=headline&lpos=secStory_nhl . Absolutely horrible news. All the best to his family.
Drafting is anything but an exact science, some teams have shown a much better track record than others over the years. Some teams remain competitive due to good draft choices while others remain stagnant due to poor choices, both regardless of draft position. A teams minor league affiliate as well as scouting staff can have a huge impact on the NHL teams success, not necessarily instantly, but over a period of time. Teams with affiliates which have good coaching and a solid foundation can turn picks which may have gone on to be career minor leaguers to NHL players. Most of the credit however should be given to the scouting staff and the people responsible for the picks.
Ever since the Year the Sharks acquired Joe Thornton they have been predicted by many to win the cup, and every year they have been beaten out in the scond round. Last year Doug Wilson had enough and fired coach Ron Willson and brought in Todd McLenen and signed FA Rob Blake and then traded for Dan Boyle and Brad Luckawhich. Due to cap issues he traded away Craig Rivet for 2 2nd round picks. This is where I have a big issue. Could we not have at least gotten a 1st rounder? We had to give up a 1st and a good defence prospect to get him, the least we could of got in return was a 1st.
The Vancouver Canucks locked up a big piece of their blueline as the team announced that they have signed Alexander Edler to a four year contract. Edler, who will receive $550,000 this season, will receive $3.25 million per year starting next season.
TSN.ca is reporting that Daniel Alfredsson will have arthroscopic knee surgery on Friday (today) to remove a loose bone chip in his right knee.