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However it ends, record miracle or three-month tease, Jacques Lemaire will deserve consideration for a second Jack Adams Award as NHL Coach of the Year (the first in 1993-94). That wouldn’t do it, by itself, but don’t be surprised if the Devils’ Preposterous Dream is enough to bring him back next season.
Sean Avery has played 70 games this season, the most appearances he has made in any of the five campaigns he’s been with the Rangers, but it appears more and more that the one-time Broadway sparkplug no longer fits into the Blueshirts’ plans.
Would the Edmonton Oilers make an offer-sheet raid on Nashville Predators defenceman Shea Weber if Nashville can’t sign him? Why not? They’ve done it twice with Thomas Vanek and Dustin Penner, have tons of cap room and the requisite two first-round draft picks, a second and a third rounder, to give up. Now, would Weber sign it to play on a rebuilding team? Iffy.
James Reimer has had a terrific little run. He stepped into the breach when the Leafs needed somebody – anybody – who could stop the puck with consistency, and turned the club from a team wallowing in the depths of the Eastern Conference into a squad that has at least been able to make the final weeks of the season interesting.
It’s clear Reimer has a chance to be a good NHL goalie, or maybe more.
The story since the All star break has been yes the Toronto Maple Leafs, going 10-3-5 since then, and playing great hockey with players eager to stay in the Leafs line up and showing they can play in the NHL, which is helping them out greatly; names like Reimer, Crabb, Aulie, and few others. Most of all has been the production of Kessel and Lupul, and Bozak stepping up a bit after hes been struggling most of the year, and most consideration goes to the second line of Kulemin-Grabovski-MaCarthur.