Avs acquire Sauer; part with Skoula

2/21/2004 – Tsn.ca reports

DENVER, Colo. – The Colorado Avalanche has acquired defenseman Kurt Sauer and a fourth round draft choice in the 2005 Entry Draft from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. In return, the Avalanche gave up the services of Martin Skoula.

What about Anaheim and Columbus?

For the past month or so we have heard over and over again how Gonchar is going to be traded to Toronto, New Jersey or Colorado. We have also heard that Boughner is definitely on his way out along with maybe O’Neill.

I was wondering why we haven’t heard anything about the Ducks or Columbus when it comes to trade rumors. Neither of these teams is going to make the playoffs and both have some assets that I am sure that they would like to get rid of. Do you think the names Richardson, Lachance, Salei, Ozolinsh, or Carney would interest anybody?

TSN is reporting the leafs have table an offer to the caps

According to TSN, they are reporting that the Leafs have tabled an offer to the Caps.

Would You Risk It

With so many rentals available at the deadline the choice of picking one up for a few draft picks occasionally can really help a squad out for the playoffs. However one name may be available yet the option to pick him up could be a huge risk for both player and GM.

Boughner dealt to Avs

The Avalanch pick up rugged defenseman Bob Boughner from the Hurricanes in exchange for A 2004 third round selection and Chris Bahen.

http://tsn.ca/nhl/news_story.asp?id=72973

Leafs Goaltending

With Ed Belfour still missing, and having been on and off injured all year, it has to be a concern to Leaf fans that the remaining goaltending is Trevor Kidd and Mikael Tellqvist:

Teams looking to upgrade for the playoffs should look to Carolina

Carolina potential available players: O’Neil, Hill, Boughner, Wesley, Irbe, Brind’Amour, Francis, Hedican.

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.