HTR Talk, Playoffs Hockey **UPDATED**

Good day hockey fans, it’s a nice Sunday as a we got a bunch of hockey talk to discuss.

First, some HockeyTradeRumors.com talk. Which fans are so dedicated and just a note for members submitting articles.

Second, playoffs hockey….all the way.

Markov deal soon ?

According to rds.ca Don Meehan(Markov agent) told to the gazette that Markov want to stay in Montreal and a deal could be done before the end of May.

Good news for all the habs fans

Source: http://www.rds.ca/

Penguins looking to acquire a scoring winger and a competent defenseman.

It came as no surprise that the Sens beat the Pens in the first round of the playoffs. After all, when your only goal scorers are two teenagers (Staal-18 and Crosby-19) and an over-40-year-old (Roberts), plus a PP goal each from the top defensemen (Gonchar and Whitney), and you get no production from any of your wingers (Recchi, Malone, Ouellet, Armstrong, Christensen) your team is bound to lose.

So what does Pitty have to do to become a true Cup contender?

What could come of Chubarov, King, and Noronen?

We haven’t heard much about Chubby the last while, except his car is still parked at GM Place, rotting away like the chances that he’s coming back. What could Van get for his rights? anything? I thought he was going to be a regular on the roster, but he’s still holds out for more money than he’s worth. He’s big, strong, and when he played with Mogilny in Van, Mogilny had a lot of praise for him. I’ve always liked his size, but do we need another center?

Calgary Crosses the Line

Iginla and the Flames crossed the line today in the important game 5 of the series. How the players reacted to how they got dominated was irrehensible. There is no excuse for what they were doing going into the game, because they lost to themselves. They had a plethora of calls to score powerplay goals off of. Instead their inability to beat Detroit’s hard-nosed Canadien (yes i know their Euros) forechecking style and defensive wall resulted in them acting in a cheap, unsportmanslike manner.

The Leafs 2007-08 Team, with a good GM

The leafs have 12 players (including Belak) under contract for next year with a cap hit of $27.55 Million. We would all expect to see Antropov and Poni resigned as well as Colaiacovo and White. So lets say together they’ll be making about $5 mill. So this brings the salary up to $32.55 million.

The Leafs want Sundin back, and they also want their scoring winger and some depth on the second line. In this day of the salary cap, where buying you team is no longer possible it takes a shrewd GM to swallow his pride and make some important and sly moves.

CROSBY PLAYED WITH BROKEN FOOT?!?!

A somewhat reliable penguins source, penguinsbuzz.com is reporting that Sidney Crosby played the final month of the season with a broken foot?!?!

Credit Muckler and Murray

First off – Full marks to the Pens and Sidney Crosby in the emerging dynasty’s first playoff series. For all the Crosby haters on this site, wait until he plays your team in the playoffs, you’ll have a level of respect and admiration for the way Crosby plays that will make you a fan of his for life. If you don’ t like the way Sid plays hockey, you should maybe try being a basketball fan.
As Ottawa disposed of the Penguins in 5 games, it was hard not to notice how all the new arrivals in Ottawa played such a huge part in the Sens victory, full marks should go to the coach and GM for rebuilding the blueline and adding the missing pieces to make the Senators playoff ready.



What the Leafs should do…this one's nice and long.

So I am in complete understanding that people are probably tired of reading these but don’t worry, I’m better than all those other idiots who want to trade Kubina and McCabe for Brad Richards or whatever….I’m good.

So anyways I first want to go through the people who we have to sign.

Potential Retirees

Last season, the NHL lost players such as Mario Lemeiux, Brett Hull and Luc Robitaille. While there are not any greats such as these, there will probably be more good players lost to the speed of the game

Worth the Cost?

Now that the massacre is over, it’s now safe to analyze Atlanta’s roster moves for the postseason. Namely Keith Tkachuk and Alexei Zhitnik.

Blue Jackets Fire Maclean

The Columbus Blue Jackets fired their GM and President Doug Maclean. Of course, this is what every columbus fan wanted and expected.

Who will advance in the west

So coming to the near end of the 2007 conference quarter finals round. I was taking a look at who look promising to make it thru to next round and who has a better chance at beating who and moving on the the conference finals. Then of course to the final dance for the drink from greatest trophy in sports. Here are series sums and how they look to finish. I am only focusing on western for one my team is in that conference and it is the most entertaining i think.


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