With Leafs, Habs and Islanders fans still sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting the results of the Jersey/NYI game today, the question we’re left with is – do any of these three teams deserve to make the playoffs? I’d say no. Does Colorado? I’d say yes.
So, is it time for the NHL to become a 30 team league instead of two 15 team leagues?
Well, 5 minutes ago, Leafs’ players jumped on Aubin because they were still alive! Habs players were lookin’ at the sky asking themselves what the hell just happened… You want an answer? Justice was made!
The Team1040 is reporting that the Canuck’s have signed prospect Michael Grabner to a two way entry level contract.
Thrashers defeated the Hurricanes 4-1 to clinch the playoff berth with help from Florida defeating Tampa Bay 7-2 on Friday Night!
It is very easy (and fun) for us Leaf fans to get caught up in the short term. Especially when that short term sees the Leafs and Habs battle it out in a showdown on Hockey Night in Canada. There is no other word to describe then ‘fun.’ and maybe – ‘intense.’ But with both Leaf and Hab fans must realize (and many do) is that all of this – the playoff race, the showdown, the melodrama in Montreal, the inconsistency/injuries in Toronto – are all very much meaningless. [Note: this article, written on Friday April 6th, might be posted AFTER the results from the Habs/Leaf game]
Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk just signed a 7 year contract extension worth between 6 and 7 million per season!
Pitt’s winning percentage in 1 goal-games is .558%, Ottawa’s is .313%. This is a very telling stat. Pitt has won 24 1 goal-games, to Ottawa’s 10. This is the only that could tell you which way the series could go.
Ottawa has scored 282 goals, Pitt has 275.
Ottawa has given up 219 goals, Pitt 249.
Pitt has the 5th best Power-Play, Ottawa has the 14th.
Ottawa has the 7th best Penalty-Kill, Pitt the 17th.
Last night Martin Brodeur did what no goalie has ever done before and that is win his 48th game of the season. Brodeur can add this to his long list of accomplishments as well as reasons why he might just become the greatest goaltender of all time.
If you could pick any NHL players to be on your team right now, what 5 lines (plus taxi squad) would you make on offense, 4 lines on D (+ 2 on taxi) and what 3 starting goalies (+1) would you pick?
Would you bother with a ‘checking’ line or have all scoring?
There is a lot of talk that the leafs should part ways with Sundin and focus on the future. I am here to write that parting with Sundin at this moment will not help us but hurt us more at the present time and in the near future. Reason being we do not have that next star to take over the Maple Leafs, There is no clear or forseable star waitin or up and coming. Everytime since the 90s the leafs have traded a star player another one was ready to take over. Lets take a look.
Bryan McCabe is not worthh 5.75mill a season average and most certainly not worth 7.1 this season an next. So lets provide HOPEFULLY our new GM in the off-season with some ideas assuming jfj will (please god) be FIRED.
First things first, I have to point out some of the Leafs faults during this season.
First: Not being able to bounce back after a big win. Yes I know how much this frustrates you but it is true the leafs have a serious over confidence issue. Think about anytime beat someone by a 5 or more goal difference they lost the next game.
With Vancouver already locking up the “core” for next season, I wonder what is in store for the rest of the players?