The Red Wings have done it again. TSN has learned that Detroit has acquired centre Robert Lang from the Washington Capitals for Tomas Fleischmann, a first round pick in 2004 and a fourth round pick in 2006.
An interesting rumor struck my attention last night while listening to the Habs/Bruins game…
The Devils woes began after a 2-0 win on 12/13(or 14) against Philadelphia. That was about two weeks after Jamie Langenbrunner went down with his knee injury. The Devils survived until that point doing fairly well. Then reality came knocking. Without Jamie’s scoring, the Devils went into a funk (consider a Devils funk is losing a couple of games in a row) and then lost Stevens to his PCS in early January. The Devils have been above .500 w/o Stevens, but not playing Devils defense. Scotty is improving every day (the Devils org. keeps information IN the org. so its hard to really gauge his condition).
There is starting to be some major interest in Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch. More interest than I would have thought.
1) Detroit- When Hatcher gets back they will have one of the best if not the best, top 6 defensemen in the league. You add to that they have the second best offense, and a pretty good goaltending dual of Cujo and Legace, I think this team is the favorite to come out of the West. Lots of depth, experience and role players.
Just read an article out of the Philly Inquirer- this is not looking good at all for JR. Here is the quote:
Posted on Thu, Feb. 26, 2004 by Ed Moran
With Colorado making a bunch of moves it looks like the Wings are finally ready to make their moves.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have apperantly become the #1 contenders to land the services of defenseman Sergei Gonchar….
In the trade deadline period before the upcoming CBA, the dichotomy between teams who are buying (cashing in) and those who are selling (fire sale-ing) is more obvious than ever.
This article takes a brief look at who teams may go after, but doesn’t always speculate as to who or what might go the other ways, cause unless you’re a Leaf fan, you just apparently don’t know anymore.
The Bruins are making serious offers to shore up their blue line by inquiring for the for both Gonchar and Leetch.
Believe it or not the Dallas Stars actually appear as if they will be buyers and not sellers at this years trade deadline…
With the Buffalo Sabers steadily gaining pace on the Montreal Canadien, I think it’s time they make that “big deal”. Montreal has made it thus far, much like Minnesota did last year, with very little star power. Isn’t it funny how you never really see The Canadiens very active on trade deadline day? Well, I believe this year that trend is going to change.
According to the NY Post Rangers coach Glen Sather will step down as coach today. He will break the news to his team at practice today. Sather was the 3rd coach the Rangers have used since he took over as GM four years ago. The other coaches were Ron Low and Bryan Trottier.
Assistant coaches Terry O’Reilly and Tom Renney are possible replacements as interim coaches.
Sportsnet.ca reports that Blues Head Coach Joel Quenneville has been fired. Assistant coach Mike Kitchen will be the interim coach for the rest of the season.
TSN.ca reports that Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Barnett has fired Bobby Francis and replaced him with Rick Bowness as interim coach.
Bobby Francis had a 165-144-60-21 record as head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Well many people here have been talking about the possibility (although slim) of the St. Louis Blues trading Chris Pronger come the trade deadline due to financial issues. I would like to take this opportunity to shed some light on their current situation and evaluate the likelihood (if any) of the Blues trading any one of their key players.
Spector’s Hockey lists a report, from the Ottawa Sun, that the Flyers may be one of three teams expressing interest in Washington Center Robert Lang. The other teams mentioned were the Islanders and Red Wings.