New York Islanders starting goaltender Rick DiPietro left with an apparent head injury when he collided with Steve Begin of the Montreal Canadiens in a 5-3 loss in Montreal on Tuesday night.
Larry Brooks of the NY Post reports that injured Rangers forward Brendan Shanahan skated on his own for the first time since a brutal collision with Flyers forward Mike Knuble on February 17th.
According to the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, the Penguins have reached an agreement with local and state officials for a new arena in Pittsburgh. The new building is reportedly to open for the 2009-10 season, and will be announced officially before the Pens-Sabres game Tuesday night.
Just to clear out something I’ve heard too often recently…
The Habs definitely aren’t and don’t need to go in a rebuilding phasis! The rebuilding has been done through a more than decent drafting by Savard & Gainey. The youth is good and is coming soon. Sure they should continue such decent drafting, but if by rebuilding they mean spending a few years in the League’s dump to scrounge a few high draft picks (in other words, “pull a Penguin”), by no mean I think it is necessary.
Here we are with 13 games remaining in this season. It’s a dog fight for the final couple of playoff spots in the East. Us Leaf fans have argued, discussed, and contemplated those moves that we individually have wished for our team, but with the trade deadline over there is nothing to contemplate except the remaining 13 games.
John Ferguson’s two trades of most consequence were on draft day, with his other trade acquisitions Ron Francis, Brian Leetch, Luke Richardson, and likely Yanic Perreault all left during the off season. Those trades of course being the acquisitions of Andrew Raycroft and Jeff O’Neill.
This is a great article I found on spectorshockey.net, so here it is:
Yes they should have traded him. I know i’m going to get critized for this, but why pay 5.5 million for a grinder, even if he is your leader. I would much rather have a very skilled two way player in Richards for 7.8 million then a aguy who stands in front of the net, which almost anyone can do if they have some size, and are willing too. He was the Oiler’s, but if you can get a few good prospects and a draft picks thats good. Smyth is not a good player, or even close to an elite player. He scored goals, and tried hard, but that does not mean your worth 5.5 million. Here’s an few a ideas that I have that would not only replace Smyth, but be a large improvement over him.
A STATEMENT FROM CHRIS SIMON
Courtesy of newyorkislanders.com
I’m sitting here in disgust at the end of the second period of the Maple Leafs-Senators game.
Just wanted everyone’s thoughts on Brodeur’s 40th “win” and Luongo now holding the canucks record with “39”, surpassing Captain Kirk’s previous record.
Brodeur is guaranteed to pass Patricks record, but is this fair?
Corey Johnson from Hockeyleaks.com takes a look at the current playoff races in the NHL, as well as his views on who will take 1st in each conference, as well as the other battles for position going on.
We’re into March now and the playoffs are creeping up on everyone, especially the teams battling for the last few spots in the Eastern Conference. I’d like to take this time to focus on 7 teams from the Eastern Conference vying for 2 spots (fighting for the honor to lose to Buffalo or New Jersey, but I digress…)