I want to start by saying how happy I am that the NHL finally remedied their atrocious schedule for next year. Having said that, I did an interesting study of the Penguins and how well they would be doing if they didn’t have to play in their own division. I used Montreal, a team that’s been neck-in-neck with the Penguins all season, as a foil.
There are some interesting numbers in there, I suggest you check it out!
The Daily Herard is suggesting that the Black Hawks and Martin Havlat may soon part company.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are is search of a new number one goalie.
The Leaf trade deadline situation has the Leafs against a fence forcing them to make a trade. This is because the Toronto Maple Leafs are one of the largest fan based NHL teams in the league. Not having a monster scoring first line up like the top contenders have the leafs looking very small. The Leafs Need a fix but are in rough shape to make it no matter how desperate they are. If the leafs were to make a move and possibly trade Sundin it would not be enough alone. trading an older player near retirement is not worth a Top player and draft pick, which the leafs would expect and nothing less.
Hey Listen, it’s me Gretzkin, and I know that nobody wants another Maple Leafs article and I’d rather discuss how hot Garon is in in the shootouts, how I’m really enjoying the Oilers this year as their living up to their marginal expectations, yet remaining competitive and putting on a good show, but…
It’s about 26 days until the NHL trade deadline, and alot of rumors have been going around Leafs land that Sundin will be traded.
Heres a list of some players who make around 3 mil per so lets see who the best is.
In Atlanta’s 4-1 victory over the Penguins, Ilya Kovalchuk was injured by a knee from none other than Jarkko Ruutu. Kovalchuk went down midway through the second period, tried to return for a Thrashers’ powerplay, only to skate extremely gingerly, and leave the game again. The Thrashers said only that Kovalchuk had a leg injury and wouldn’t return.
If I had to guess I’d say he’d be out 1-2 weeks, but it could be much much longer. The Thrashers, especially their PP, looked lost without Kovalchuk, and one has to wonder if they have a realistic shot of winning their division without their All-Star forward.
Various sources are reporting that Darren McCarty may on his way back to the Red Wings.
So a quick look a which Canadian teams have a legitimate shot at being a contender come playoff time…
Studs or Duds!
(Yes TSN uses the same term…)