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With the new speedy NHL and the one year break some players have been able to recuperate into the stars they once were while others have seized the opprutinity and stunned the rest of the hockey nation. Here’s my top ten……..
According to Montreal’s sports channel RDS, a trade could be done within the next few hours between Montreal and Colorado. Usually, they don’t report rumors on their site but this time they put it and took it off right away… However no names were mentionned.
TEAM: Pittsburgh Penguins
Place in Conference: 15th
The Montreal Canadiens are pretty much where everybody thought they would be after 40 games, however, the path they followed to get there took a lot of fans by surprise.
29-09-03 – Ottawa Senators
27-13-02 – Buffalo Sabres
24-15-03 – Toronto Maple Leafs
19-15-06 – Montreal Canadiens
16-20-06 – Boston Bruins
Currently ranked 10th in the Eastern Conference, 1 point away from the 8th spot, with 3 games in hands on Tampa Bay (8th) and New Jersey (9th).
Team: New York Islanders
Place in Conference: 12th
TEAM: Dallas Stars
Place in Conference: 3rd
According to Sportsnet News, Mark Recchi is apparantly being shopped by the struggling Pens. Rumor is that he is being pursued by his former team the Philadelphia Flyers…
According to Bertrand Raymond, a very well known journalist covering the Canadiens in Montreal, Bob Gainey is in Colorado this week along with Julien Brisebois, the team’s legal advisor.
TEAM: Philadelphia Flyers
1st in Atlantic – 7 points ahead of NYR
1st in East – 1 point ahead of OTT
1st in NHL – 1 point ahead of OTT/DET
Stars Acquire Janne Niinimaa and a 5th round pick in a move that sees the Stars send John Erskine and a 2nd round pick to the Islanders.
As reported here last week Tampa Bay Lightning Captain Dave Andreychuk has now officially been put on waivers.
Newsday is reporting that within 24 hours Mike Milbury will pull the trigger…
TEAM: Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Place in Conference: 10th in the conference (43 points) 6 points out of the playoffs.
Injured Players: Rob Niedermayer (concussion out indefinitely)
Sandis Ozolinsh (NHL-NHLPA substance abuse/behavioral health program Out indefinitely)