In their first playoff game since the 2000-2001 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins came out flat and sluggish against the Ottawa Senators. The Sens came out with more enthusiasm, physical play, and desire than the Pens did. The Sens deserved to win that game. Here are a few reasons why the Pens will win the series.
I know that most Oiler fans are wanting the franchise to go ahead in the off season and re-sign Smyth to the contract that he wants however, I personally don’t think that he will want to come back. Therefore Plan B for Oiler fans is to sign a big name free agent defenseman (Brad Stuart) and a big name free agent forward (Daniel Brierre). Although both would be nice acquisitions for this year, I do not believe that it would be the best course of action for years to come. The Oilers should rather trade for a defensemen like Joni Pitkanen this year and then in the following year put all of their efforts into signing a guy like Jerome Iginla.
Spring 2007 will go down as a particularly long season for Hab fans everywhere, not only for the ugly finish but also for the overall roller-coaster season. The team certainly did not finish within expectations. Through December, they clearly showed they were capable of skating with the better teams in the NHL until inconsistency, individualism and bad coaching moves happened. The team started off the year as a tightly knit group, some players even mentioned how they were getting dinner tables for 20 instead of several groups of 4-5 guys. That stopped after a few months when rookie coach Carbonneau made the wrong moves at the wrong times. I will admit that he has a bright future as a coach but he mishandled a couple of situations with some of his better players including Kovalev, Samsonov and Rivet. As he pressured them on, the individualists in each one of them shone out. They tried to play harder, to produce more, but in the end they hindered the team’s success more than help it.
So here we are no playoffs again and yet another article about the Leafs and their off-season. As a major Leaf fan i am infact very upset about the Leafs not making the post season for the 2nd straight year. At the same time i couldnt be more excited about what lies ahead this summer. The Leafs will have the 12th overall pick in this years draft while some say Esposito wont be available at 11th overall pick, i believe he might. Over every scouting top 15 esposito name is creeping around 11th and 13th. Theres no doubt hes going to have a great future in hockey with his size, speed and skill but he may take a while to become that dominent player which is why scouts have him around 11th to 13th.
Gm Mike Barnett has been fired, along with executive vice-president cliff Fletcher. Also fired was assistant GM Laurence Gilman. Wayne Gretzky will stay behind the bench for next season.
After a great first few months of the year where the team had fans talking Stanley Cup contender, the Montreal Canadiens fell off the map and right out of the playoffs.
Ottawa has locked up Chris Phillips to a 4 year, 14 million dollar deal. It includes a no-trade clause. This comes a day after the Sens resigned his partner, Anton Volchenkov, to a 3 year deal
So, I figured that I’d make my personal playoff predictions and allow you guys (and gals) to flame me a little. Remember, it’s all my opinions and I don’t care if you agree or disagree, just give a reason for your arguments. Also, feel free to post your own predictions (and prepare for others to flame you as well).
Oh, by the way, GO OILERS GO!!! 2008 Stanley Cup Champions!!! Greatest Franchise EVER!!!
The Chicago Blackhawks will get first pick in the upcoming entry draft. Source: http://sports.espn.go.com/nhl/news/story?id=2832267
It’s now time for the Official HTR PLAYOFFS POOL.
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Prime Time Sports with Bob McCown
Featuring: Toronto Maple Leafs GM John Ferguson Jr.
Monday, April 9th, 2007
Time: 5:00 P.M. EST
The playoffs are up, regular season is over and everyone is talking about the playoff teams. Well, I like to be different! I like this place to be different than other Web sites. Everyone is talking playoffs hockey so what is the point for me to do the same and saying not much different, right?