Have you been listening to some of these rumours lately? Players that were hardly even looked at are being thrown around in rumours, in packages including top prospects and good round-picks. I’m going to analyze some of the players that aren’t worth much and players that are good but aren’t given enough credit.
To start of with the Overrated Players, I think there are many who are being mentioned in trade talk. Some are good and some are having a good season but will that last?
It seems that with every trade I keep seeing how people are complaining about their General Managers. Now some I agree with. But I would like to rank them, not based on performance necessarily, but how they build a team, and the deals they make. Performance could be due to the coach. Not too many teams win the Cup with a crappy coach. So for Sutter, I am just looking at their front office moves. I am ranking the current 30 too. Some GMs inherited great teams.
With the Western edition completed, its time now to examine who will be the buyers and who will be the sellers out East come this deadline. I’ve noticed the East is a lot wishy-washier than the West, with a lot of uncertainty over teams like the Rangers and Hurricanes as to who will stay and who will go. With Buffalo gaining ground on the Habs and Isles, plus the craziness of the Rangers, the picture of who will buy and who will sell is not always as clear out East.
According to Aftonbladet.
Avalanches top forward Peter Forsberg finaly made up his mind and signed for Swedish team MoDo Örnsköldsvik. The deal starts at the 2004-05 season and the deal does not have a getaway clause and Forsberg is set to make 2million SEK aprox $400.000.
Forsberg whom have raged aganist the harder climate in the NHL does this for two resons…
1. He can no longer stand the NHL.
2. He still have not won the cup with MoDo.
So will we see the Avs start hunting?
OK Ok, yes I know that we are all sick of hearing more talk about Gonchar but you will definitely find this interesting…
Ok, since March 9 is coming fast what better time than now to tell what deal you would make if you were GM of your favorite team.
Tampa Bay has climbed up the playoff rankings with a vengance becoming the best offensive team in the league…….. but for how long?
Sources have told TSN there is an ”excellent chance” Gonchar will be scratched from tonight’s Washington Capital lineup as they play the Florida Panthers in Sunrise, Fla.
With the very recent acquisition of Kurt Sauer and Bob Boughner on defense and of depth player Darby Hendrickson, the Avs seemed to be good enough heading towards the playoffs.
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.