The Fourth Period – According to the Toronto Sun, Carolina defenseman Glen Wesley appears to be willing to become a Maple Leaf. “If it arises that Toronto has some interest in me, it is something I am going to look at,” the Hurricanes defenceman said yesterday. “I think for any Canadian kid, to play in Toronto would be a thrill. I think it would be exciting for anyone to put on the Leafs uniform.”
With everyone’s opinion on what moves and players the Leafs need, I’m going to give my Expert analysis on what I know the Leafs need to fix their weakness and to give them that better shot at winning Lord Stanley…
Acording to TSN.ca Florida Panthers general manager Rick Dudley says he is “going to look at some options” to try and improve the team as the March 11 trade deadline approaches.
“We’ve got a couple of positions where we’ve got a lot of people,” Dudley tells the Palm Beach Post. “If we can be a better team through movement, we’re going to do that. We’re going to see if there’s anything that could put us over the hump.”
According to ESPN.com Bill Guerin is likely out for the rest of the regular season after undergoing emergency surgery Saturday to relieve blood buildup in his thigh. He suffered the injury Thursday at Ottawa.
Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting Flyers General Manager Bob Clarke “conceded” he was unable to pry defenceman Mathieu Schneider from the LA Kings, instead settling for adding depth by obtaining Dmitri Yushkevich yesterday. Clarke stated if another deal for a defenceman can be made by the deadline, he’ll do it.
Bruce Garrioch of the Sun gives his look on what all the teams in the NHL will be looking for and willing to give up….
This is coming from the FourthPeriod.com website:
We all know how shaky thefouthperiod.com is,but is there something brewing? Is Tuggy on the hot seat?
I am a die hard Flyers fan and want to know desperatly why Yushkevich is such a great pickup for the Flyers. Somebody please explain this one to me.
According to the Finnish STT news agency, Teemu Selanne who would exercise his 3rd year option would not be interested in returning to San Jose.
Unless the Sharks put together a series of wins, Selanne would be demanding a change of address soon.
At 6 million $ a year, Selanne is an expensive but welcome scoring threat on any contending team. As a Hab fan, I would love to see him play with one of his best friends, Saku Koivu and see what kind of chemistry would develop between the two of them.
Realistically, I see him ending up with Colorado or Detroit as a playoff rental. Imagine him with Forsberg and Hejduk.
Sigh, I can already hear the Toronto fans screaming his name but who could blame them?
Tim Panaccio of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports the Flyers may be interested in Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Phil Housley. ‘Hawks GM Mike Smith said he’s spoken to “every GM in the league” regarding the veteran, adding any deal involving Housley will involve draft picks coming to Chicago. The Flyers have 18 picks, including two in the first round, in the 2003 draft.
Is this the “powerplay fix” the Flyers need? With all the defensemen the Flyers have been rumored interested in Mathieu Schnieder, Alexi Zhitnik, Phil Housley in my mind at least would be a let down. This is of course all depends on what the Flyers have to give up. If the Flyers can get Housley and not give up alot in return, my tune would quickly change.
Housley is 39 years old. He’s been in the league since 1982. He has 6 goals and 23 assists in 57 games this year. Last year he scored 15 goals and 24 assists for the Blackhawks.
TSN.ca, TFP and Montreal radio station CKAC are reporting that Canadiens defenseman Patrice Brisebois will be headed to the Detroit Red Wings for defenseman Mathieu Dandenault.
After reading the thread about ESPN dumping on the senators, it really got me thinking about whether or not it is true that the American press are biased towards american teams. After reading the article entitled “These guys have been smarter than the average GM” by Wes Goldstein which can be found at http://www.sportsline.com/nhl/story/6216282 my opinion is yes, they are.
In Mr. Goldstein’s esteemted opinion the top five GM’s this year are Doug Armstrong (Dallas), Lou Lamoriello (jersey), George McPhee (Washington), Bryan Murray (anaheim) and David Poile (Nashville). He also gave honorable mentions to Rick Dudley (florida), Jay Feaster (Tampa Bay) and Pat Quinn (toronto)
Did anybody watch the Edmonton/St.Louis game tonight? Suprise, suprise, TC is talking about the Oilers! But seriously this was disgusting!
Is the Rangers defense really so horrible? A disease called Kasparaitis is no longer a disease, but a future cure.
The Canucks are facing injuries and the Oilers are facing injuries. WELCOME TO THE CLUB!!! But, why do I see whining and sorrow???
Penguins putting up a garage sale.
Should the powerful Senators be elected, and be given respect, for the Cup finals???
March Madness Starts Tomorrow at 12 am!!! Excited? Don’t care?
The Vancouver Canucks franchise 14 game winning streak was snapped at the hands of the SJ Sharks. Four regular canucks are now down with injury, the following article contains their statuses
After a pitiful loss to a much superior Red Wing team, it has become blatantly obvious that the Leafs need Nolan like they need a hole in the head.
The Red Wings completley undressed the Leafs defense corps in a 7-2 victory. The Leafs have proven that they do have great offense, but in order to make a deep playoff run this year, they need an extensive defensive upgrade.
Of course we have names such as Yuskevich, Marchement, Boughner…but knowing Quinn the way we do, he’s more apt to make a subtle deal and go with a lesser known player for minimal loss to his current roster and prospects.
Who should the Leafs target and who should they deal to get them? Should they target Zhitnik as it seems the Sabres may start a fire sale? Should they go hard after Yuskevich? Marchment? Boughner?
What do you think?
Rod Bryden loses backing for bid to repurchase the Ottawa Senators. Does this mean the Eugene Melnyk will step back into the fray and buy the team. Who knows.
Here is the story from TSN. There is a similar one from www.sportsnet.ca.
Follow the URL.
The Senators have already acquired one gritty left winger in Vaclav Varada, but don’t be surprised if Muckler picks up another one before March 11. He stated himself that he has deals brewing. Check out the possibilities.
“Big D just one of Ottawa’s obstacles”
I just got done reading this article on ESPN.com and thought that it was ridiculous that it was posted. Lately I’ve noticed awfully one-sided articles on espn.com, and it’s really starting to get to me. This one pits the Sens against the Stars in the finals and tells why Ottawa would basically get spanked and not win a game.