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Or will the Flyers be forced to rely on their future goaltender in Robert Eshe? Or even worse the OVERRATED Jeff Hackett? Lets face it, the Flyers need a goalie as bad as the Eagles need a Wide Receiver.
Well hockey fans time to pull the ratings away from the Super Bowl in February (who likes football really?) with the 20….04 NHL All-Star game. It’s a time when most hockey fans are happy. Usually cause their ‘model’ hockey player is going to show his madskillz. Or disgusted with their favorite teams record. Elated or not there a still some bones to pick with this years break.
At the end of every NHL there’s always both the good and the bad. The conclusion to a good run in the playoffs. The definitive Stanley Cup Champions decided (hopefully a team of your liking). And of the course the news of all the players coming and going.
The Capitals plan to trim their $50 million payroll by $24 million, and they took the first step toward achieving their goal yesterday. They traded a way super star Jaromir Jagr to the New York Rangers for ex-Oiler Anson Carter. This move is the first of many moves the Caps will be involved in. Bondra, Lang, and Gonchar are said to be on the market.
To start off, I would like to give the readers a short introduction. In my article, I will first go over what I think is the Maple Leafs best lines to use as of now(before any trades happen, and with all the injured players back), grading of players, then I will suggest a few trades that should be done, and a conclusion.
In between the clouded memories and twisted thoughts that float around in my head every day, there is the rare occasion that something clear and intelligent sneaks past the radar…….
Unfortunately that hasn’t happened today so if this actually gets posted you will all be subject to my manical rumblings.
The Leafs are tied with the Avs for first place overall. They are doing this without four of their best players. Rumors are swirling around this team, and players like Jeff O’Neil, Roman Hamerlik, Janne Ninamma, and Sergi Gonchar are being linked are said to be potential targets for the Leafs. And then there’s the media….
On 610 WIP this morning they were discussing the Flyers need for a goalie and it was said that “inside sources” in the Flyers organization stated that prior to the Markov deal the Flyers were “very close” to acquiring Kolzig and Gonchar and that Williams was part of that package that fell apart at the last minute.
It seems that Bobby Clarke has started my most favourite time of year. With the trade of Williams for Markov, Clarke has finally began the Gm’s battle for positioning. This year has seemed slower than most and we all know the CBA has been front and centre of all potential deals. No one has been willing to take that step to get GM’s to start wheeling and dealing.
According to many sources, The Score, RDA.Ca, spectorshockey.net and thefourthperiod.com, the Washington Capitals and the New York Rangers are in heavy discussions about a trade that includes Jaromir Jagr. While nothing yet is imminent, reports say the teams are in involved in trade talks. The Rangers coach/Gm/President Glen Sather said yesterday they made some calls regarding a trade yesterday, but mostly referring to defensemen. This gives reason to believe the Rangers are interested in possibly Sergei Gonchar or Brendon Witt.
Minor Hockey week just finished up in Edmonton. Though I was only able to see one game at West Edmonton Mall, I read an amazing story that I wanted to share.
With injuries to Darius Kasparaitis, Greg DeVries, and Tom Poti, and with the Rangers playoff hopes once again hanging on by a thread, Glen Sather is finally looking to deal for a defenseman.
You know, last week I wrote an article, and I had some strong opinions as to what I thought was going to happen in the next few weeks with this team. There were a few people that strongly disagreed with those opinions, and that’s fine too. I still believe that this Oiler team will bust out soon. The ONLY reason I still believe is because the schedule is about to get as easy as it can in this league up until the All-star break. 8 of the next 9 are at home. However, Dallas comes into the Drug store tonight on a roll, T-Bay on Thursday who seem to have things rolling again, then a rematch against the Preds on Saturday, which is a MUST win. Interesting times in Oiler land, plus, I want to let you all know about the latest in……Jets land.
Igor Larionov, aka “The Professor,” has apparently fallen out of favor with Pat Burns in New Jersey.
Aside from being a healthy scratch recently, Igor was kicked out of a Devils practice (well, not kicked out exactly, but more or less told to leave). He has struggled in the Devils boring crap *er* TRAP system and has no goals this season.
Nowhere in the NHL rulebook does it say that women cannot play in the National Hockey League. It has always been just understood that women do not play with men when it comes to hockey. Manon Rheaume became the first woman to play in the NHL on September twenty-third, 1992 for the Tampa Bay Lightning. Manon, sister of NHL forward Pascal Rheaume, did not do so good, giving up two goals in nine shots against the St. Louis Blues. Recently, Canadian Women’s Gold-Medal Winning Hockey team captain Hayley Wickenheiser joined the Finnish league in Europe. She came in with high expectations, but went down in flames. Can women really compete with men in hockey, or are these two instances just a fluke?
All of the following is from TSN.ca:
Florida Panthers General Manager Rick Dudley announced today that that defenceman Jay Bouwmeester would miss between two and six weeks with a fractured foot. The Panthers have recalled defenceman Lukas Krajicek from San Antonio (AHL) to help out on the blueline. Mean while….Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins will require surgery on a broken right forearm and is expected to be sidelined approximately eight weeks, the team announced Sunday. Desjardins suffered the injury in Saturday’s 4-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on an inadvertent body check from teammate Jeremy Roenick. Also, it get worse for the Coyotes as defenceman David Tanabe will be sidelined for at least three months after tearing a knee ligament and left-winger Tyson Nash will be out of the lineup for at least a week after spraining a knee.
Today New Jersey Devils Defensmen Scott Stevens announced he was out in definitely with “post concussion syndrome” This is a huge negative to for Devils how are having a rough time right now…..
After another loss at the hands of the Philadelphia Flyers, what more can be expected of the Toronto Maple Leafs against the top ranked teams. The answer nothing! The Maple Leafs will go no where in the playoffs if they keep getting beat by the top teams. This must be changed.
Jeff O’Neill has struggled to find his goal scoring touch all year and now has wound up as one of the big names in the rumour mills and the trading block.