While it is obviously too early to begin making predictions, I’d like to take a look at the Eastern Conference.
Another week has past and still more free agents were on the move, and more signings took place. And very characteristically the Devils sat on their hands and watched other clubs shell out the big bucks.
“Why does everyone think Craig Patrick screwed Pittsburgh hockey over? He said at the beginning of the off-season that he was only going to look for top prospects in return for Jagr (that is what he got).”
Keith Tkachuk signed a one-year deal worth 8.3 million dollars with the St. Louis Blues. Tkachuk Stated he wants to stay in St. Louis and is seeking for a long-term contract after the 2001-2002 season.
Obvoiusly there have been tremendous changes made to nearly every team in the league, but does that mean that there will be drastic changes in the eight teams from each conference that will make the playoffs?
“After learning the specifics of the whole Jagr deal between the Rangers, Penguins and Washington, the New York Rangers might turn out to be the winners afterall, and the Penguins and Capitals, the losers.”
Goodbye Mr. Yashin
With Alexei Yashin being traded to the Islanders for Jason Spezza, the Sens will be benefiting in the long run. Yashin has been a distraction for the team and the fans dislike him. With the newly acquired and fresh Speeza, the Senators will have a super forward for years to come.
The list of the 2001 free agents is now out on hockeytraderumors.com.
Updated Sunday March 25th, 2001
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Well hockey fans this years trade deadline has now come and gone. There were several
blockbuster trades such as the Keith Tkachuk and Nikolai Khabibulin and many smaller deals
to add some depth for the playoff run. In any event it has been a fun and interesting year
for hockey trade rumors.