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Fantasy Hockey: Around the Western Conference
Written by Joe Cutroni, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer
November 7, 2008
Joe Cutroni provides an inside look at what’s happening around the Western Conference to give you the edge you need in your fantasy hockey league.
Disclaimer: This article contradicts many things I have recently posted and simply being put out for the purposes of speculation. I do not demand that the approach I’ll be suggesting need to be pursued or that it is the best solution.
After a dozen or so games, if the Habs keep playing this way, there won’t be a 25th cup in Montreal this year.
After signing Laraques, everyone thought the Habs would be a tough team to play against, well I guess not. No one is hitting, no one battles for the puck. Montreal has been a lazy team only relying on their talent. I am starting to think that there are too many so called talented players on this team and not enough grinders. It’s great to have skilled players, but if nobody wants to go into the corners and get the puck, you won’t have much sucess.
When Cliff Fletcher took over for the Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager position in late January of last year, he made one thing clear. That this team was going to be a young team and its primary focus is to grow as a team and build for future success, not short term gain. The rebuilding process started when the Leafs shipped out Hall Gill, Chad Kilger and Wade Belak. In exchange for these players, the Leafs got a 2nd, a 3rd and two fifth round draft picks. In May with no permanent General Manger found, Fletcher fired head coach Paul Maurice, and hired former San Jose coach Ron Wilson, who vowed to make the Leafs a much better team in the long run Then in June at the NHL entry draft Cliff Fletcher traded up to select standout CHL defenseman Luke Schenn 5th overall. Shortly after the Leafs bought out the contracts of both veterans Darcy Tucker and Andrew Raycroft. On July 1 Fletcher signed forward Niklas Hagman to a 4 year 12 million dollar deal, little known Jeff Finger to a 4 year 14 million dollar deal and fan favourite Curtis Joseph to a 1 year 750,000 deal. As well Fletcher acquired forward Ryan Holwegg from the New York Rangers, in exchange for a 5th round draft selection and as well acquired Mikhail Grabovski from Montreal in exchange for a 2nd round pick and prospect, Greg Patryn, also the Leafs signed defenseman Jonas Frogren out of Sweden to a 2 year deal. The Leafs also remained in the Mats Sundin sweepstakes by offering him a 1-year contract worth 7 million dollars.
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!