Nik Antropov if finally trying to play like everyone predicted him to play. THis is his 8th season with the leafs and he is truly fo rthe first time, making a name for himself throughout the NHL. He has 31 points in 31 games, on pace for 82. Although, the past few seasons, some would say he was injury prone, he looks as if he is starting to control that. He is more physical, he is working harder and he tries every second that he is on the ice. I think we all owe him a pat on the back for a job well done so far this season.
According to RDS’ commentators, the Oilers were scouting the Canadiens for the second game in a row in Philadelphia. Plus, they added tht the Anaheim Ducks were also attending the game.
It could be interesting to see what those two teams could offer to Montreal, especially the Ducks who have to clear some cap space for Niedermayer.
According to Helsingin Sanomat (the main newspaper in Finland), the Montreal Canadiens are in serious contract talks with Lukko forward Janis Sprukts. The article goes on to say that Ryder would head to Florida in order to obtain Sprukts’ rights.
In the first third of the season, many annalists and rumormongers were calling for the Sharks to be gutted, for lack of a better phrase. The team lacked a real backbone, they were inconsistant, and players werent meeting expectations; all reasons I had seen other people use to explain why we needed to restructure… This team is for real, and their only goal is to bring home a Cup.
Since the begining of December there have been a ton of Hab rumors floating around. Rumors are rumors after all but some tend to be true. Here are some of the rumors going around that I find wacky/crazy.
With the recent announcement of Fernandez being out for the season, and some of his salary being available towards cap space this year-
Blues have traded Doug Weight to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Andy Macdonald. Details to come shortly.
[Note: I just wanted to use 'Leaf Expert' to get a rise out of some on this site who would beg to differ. i dont think i am an expert and hate that description ... just poking some wounds thats all ...]
The final cuts have been made, the 22 players going to the Czech Republic are:
Erik Cole was a pen stroke away from being an Ottawa Senator in a proposed pre-lockout trade deal. The question now is should Ottawa take another stab at grabbing the high-scoring forward.