So the Devils have found themselves out on a limb… Where their options of blooming their roster gets thinner by the day.
According to Newsday, owner Charles Wang has given Mike Milbury the green light to shop around before this years deadline with the stipulation that top prospects not be given up. Apparently seeing Raffi Torres as well as others flourish around the league has convinced Wang to keep the kids at home.
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.
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?
According to TSN, they are reporting that the Leafs have tabled an offer to the Caps.
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.
The Avalanch pick up rugged defenseman Bob Boughner from the Hurricanes in exchange for A 2004 third round selection and Chris Bahen.
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:
Carolina potential available players: O’Neil, Hill, Boughner, Wesley, Irbe, Brind’Amour, Francis, Hedican.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
The Ottawa Senators have aquired RW Peter Bondra from the Washington Capitals in exchange for center Brooks Laich and a second-round selection in the 2005 Entry Draft.