A month ago I wrote an article about the last 33 games for the Leafs now I’ll update it with an article on the Buds’ final 18 games.
Being a diehard Nucks fan, I watch every game I can so I know how the team is shaping up. This team has really developed over the season, and it seems as though Vigneault can do nothing wrong. My first problem I’ve had with him is putting Santala on a line with the Sedins. I know they want to get their money out of him, but for God’s sake let him get back to game form on a different line.
The second period hit tonight dolled out on Tomas Kaberle by Devils goon Cam Janssen is another exampe of everything that is wrong with the game right now. I understand that some may say it’s part of the game, but come on!!!! There are almost always long term repercussions to these hits and players rarely come back the same after suffering extensive head injuries.
According to an article on Canoe.ca’s Slam Sports. Ryan Smyth was demanding 5.5million/yr for 5 yrs. Edmonton only saw Smyth as a 5million dollar player but by deadline day, they increased their offer to 5.4 million. But smyth and his refused to budge and it ultimately resulted in him being delt to the islanders. Personally, I now think Lowe is a complete idiot. If you are willing to go to 5.4, why the hell would you not dish out the extra 100G’s to keep your franchise player
So trade deadline is done, and this is the roster we’ll be seeing the rest of the way. But what is the roster of next year? Well, currently those under contract are:
Montreal is on the bubble for a playoff spot and everyone is pretty certain that they won’t get it. A lot of people are blaming Bob Gainey. I’m not sure why this is, because it’s not like he’s the one on the ice taking bad penalties. I’m pretty sure it’s also not him having trouble keeping the puck out of the net. Let’s just settle down a bit here. You’d think he were in a secluded castle being stalked by angry villagers with pitchforks and torches. Let’s just review some of what he’s done so we can see how ridiculous this is.
I usually give the benefit of the doubt, but many Canadians will say how Americans don’t know anything about hockey and sportsmanship. The americans say how this is BS, because they love hockey but when I saw this it pissed me right off.
In this very interesting article, Anaheim Ducks’ GM Brian Burke reveals what he did and tried to do in the month of February to help his team out.
What was once something kept secret by every GM in the NHL, Burke reveals names of players he went after and what other GM’s were asking for, keeping a diary of each day.
A must read for everyone who ever wonder how it’s like to be an NHL GM.
The booing of Raycroft and McCabe set me off the other night.
I liked Bob as a player but have my reservations about him as a GM.
Some moves by Bob:
Could this be the end of the Robert Esche era in Philly, I think so. With Esche right now being the third wheel after the Flyers opted to go out and get a solid number one goaltender in Martin Biron, it could get interesting to see what they decide to do. To me, it is obvious that Biron will be their number 1 and that Nitty will back him up. Even though Birons contract is up at the end of the season you can beat you Philly cheesesteaks that they are going to resign him.