Best Eastern Race in Years

2003-2004 has done something that no one really could have predicted- given us huge excitement out of the Eastern Conference. In years past, New Jersey was the dominant team, with minor challenges from the likes of Philly, Toronto, and Ottawa. Now, The typically “phone it in” Devils stand small, at the 6 seed. Now, I am not fooled by this, as they are still considered the class of the east, until someone proves otherwise; however, the 5 teams above them are for real, for a nice change. A quick breakdown, from an unbiased perspective:

Zhamnov Traded To Philly

“From Tsn.ca”

The Chicago Blackhawks, sitting near the bottom of the NHL cellar, have traded forward Alexei Zhamnov AND a 4th to the Flyers in exchange for Jim Vandermeer and a Grade C level prospect Colin Fraser, projected nothing more as a checking forward, and a 2nd round pick.

Yes, GM Pulford is worse than former GM Mike Smith at this very point.

Trades, Trades, Trades….and…….Trades. ***UPDATE***

Ottawa getting Bondra…..is McPhee really smoking weed?

Trade Rumors….brought to you by Spector, and is Arturs Irbe about to become a Ranger?

Some HockeyTradeRumors.com talk for all you members. It concerns the service of the site for you, so we really hope to get your feedback. (very important)

My take on why the NHL is being so tough on its players.

hairdesign tells what Nik Kepryos said on TV regarding Pronger…..maybe wearing a Leafs jersey?

Definitely the best die hard hockey game of the year, it MUST BE.

Projected Team Finland

With both Canada and USA roster forecasts up, I’ve decided to do one on Team Finland. There probably aren’t that many Finns here but I believe this gives everyone another point of view on the World Cup competition. All players are listed in no particular order. I am using the correct roster sizes of 3 goalies and 23 skaters, with 2 goalies and 18 skaters dressed for each game, as announced by the World Cup of Hockey 2004 Organizing Committee.

Will JFJ Keep Pace in the East?

With the Senators bolstering their lineup yesterday, acquiring proven sniper Peter Bondra, and the Flyers, who’ve stocked up, but lost Roenick for the season, and the Bruins coming on as the NHL’s hottest team of 2004, the Maple Leafs are still holding a spot at the top of the East, however, if they don’t make a few changes soon, they could find themselves on the outside looking in quicker than most think.

Latest Rumors from around the League…

Here are the latest rumors from around the league…

Waaahhhhhhh!

Okay, I was going to submit the next article in the CBA series, but I gotta say this –

Hey, Vancouver – “Buck up, ya Mary! Grow a spine and a sack!”

Detroit had a better case for boo-hooing when Foote smashed Stevie Y in the mouth, and it’s really sad when Wings fans have more class than you do….

Could Pronger Be Dealt By Deadline.

Over the past few weeks, a few names more then others have been mentioned in trades. We have all heard the Gonchar, or Wesley, Boughner even Smith and Brewer. But one name has recently come up and even if just a rumour would be the biggest name around. Chris Pronger.

Koivu and Ribeiro fight at morning practice

According to RDS.ca, Montreal Canadiens captains Saku Koivu and Mike Ribeiro got into an intense fight at the morning skate at the Bell center. The two of them shared a rivalry since the beginning of the season for the top center spot. That rivalry turned sour this morning.

The Monthy BJ's

Well after a few people saying how they loved Weekly BJ’s, I’ve decided to write a monthly version of the Columbus Blue Jackets. Come trade deadline, GM Doug MacLean might be busy unloading the couple of names he has.