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Andy Strickland who covers the St. Louis Blues and blogs on Hockeybuzz is reporting that the sale of the team to Dave Checketts has hit a significant snag and may no longer be a certainty. Earlier this weekend he wrote in the same space that if the Checketts did not purchase the team it was possible the Blues would leave St. Louis. That got me wondering, where would the team end up?
So far in this early season, there are a number of players on pace to get 50 goals in 50 games…
Oh how the mighty have fallen, but all is not lost in St. Louis. Here is what I expect them to do to try and be competitive again.
Here’s an excerpt from Newsday today covering last nights Islanders/Bruins game:
“Niinimaa, who has another year on his contract at $2.5 million, is being showcased. The press box was filled with scouts again last night, with representatives of Minnesota and Detroit. The Edmonton Oilers are also believed to be interested.”
Following the Forsberg signing in Philly and the Foote signing in Columbus, many predictions for the Avs were down for the year even as far as saying they wouldnt make the playoffs for the first time in franchise history.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been branded an old, aging, over-the-hill team for years. They have also been a team that has been stereotyped as one that drafts poorly and one that never keeps it’s own. But that is certainly not the case this season. In an excellent development, their most recent game against the Washington Capitals boasted a lineup with 10 players drafted by the Leafs. Granted one of them was veteran Tie Domi but the rest certainly give much hope for this Leaf franchise in a state of transition. In the lineup, and drafted by the Leafs were:
The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed injured defenseman Rostislav Klesla on injured reserve.
There is only one word to describe this man… UNBELIEVABLE. I don’t know how many people have been watching the Canadiens play, but he clearly is the X-FACTOR for the Habs. He blocks shots, hits, kills penalties, and scores last second goals…
It’s time to talk about the good side of this “new NHL” and I would say that even though there are negatives, there is just as much, if not more, positives.
Rogers Sportsnet has reported that Leafs Centre/Winger Jason Allison has been openly complaining about his lack of ice time. This has lead to him starting as a winger as of last game against the Capitals.
So we’re a month into the season, the Habs are in first place, a point in front of Ottawa. Show me anyone who would have picked that when camps broke, and I’ll bet his name is Tommy Flanagan. But even with the success that the team has seen thus far, not all seems content amongst certain Habs fans. There’s some concern about the state of the netminding down at the Phone Booth. I think it has more to do with an off-season rumour mixed with the potential of what could happen next summer as much as anything else.