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Fantasy Hockey: Eastern Conference Scene

Written by Frank Mazzola, Staff Writer

December 11, 2008

HIGHLIGHTS: Frank Mazzola takes a look at the NHL’s Eastern Conference and keeps you up to date on the latest developments.

Should Ottawa start to rebuild?

The question is simple: should the senators make a trade for a puck moving defenseman (and possibly others) to make the playoffs, or become sellers? Over the years, Ottawa’s success in the regular season diminished their prospect pool, not only with poor draft positioning but buying at the deadline. (2nd rounder for arnason, 2nd rounder for saprykin, 2 2nd rounders for bondra). Not only that, but their scouting and development has become increasingly poor. With the exception of (possibly) Zubov in the minors, there arent many jewels for ottawa drafted past the second round.
Now, salary cap reality has shown us that you can’t win without youth. Youth are enthusiastic, energetic, built for the new NHL, but most of all, they are cheaper than veterans. Getzlaf and Perry in anaheim were underpaid given their contributions. Zetterberg was paid 2.7 million last year (he’s not as young, but you get the picture). Heatley and Spezza were paid 4.5 million 2 years ago. Lets not forget Staal in carolina, crosby and malkin in pittsburgh, etc.

Habs Minor/Major Adjustments

Here is just a thought as to what the HABS could do to changing things up by the numbers with 1.550 Cap space.
If they were to try to sign Sundin

Is Havlat on his way out ???

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is reporting that the Black Hawks may be looking to deal Martin Havlat.

Problems brewing in SJ

San Jose is a solid team. They do have one glaring weakness. There 3rd line. Now my suggestion? Very simple. TRADE CHEECHOO!!! I dont care what his value is get rid of him. Dump him to another team. He should not be in SJ any more. Sure he won a Rocket Richard with 56 goals. He hasnt scored more then 30 in 2 years! He is injury prone lazy and frankly could cost us the cup. Trade him to a team desperate for scoring. Say Ottawa as a possibility. I say get a 2nd and maybe a 4th. Remember this team is desperate and would be willing to take a chance on him.