As promised, here are my thoughts on the West in continuation from my earlier post.
Enough with all the posting SPECULATING who will be traded for who. I decided to take a more objective approach at what teams need to make changes to have a shot at the post season, or a true shot at the cup.
Let’s start by looking at the East (West to come soon)
TSN reports that maybe the Pens could have made a deal for a new Arena.
But some sources tell it might have some setbacks…
The risk-reward ratio is too high for the New York Rangers to take a stab at Peter Forsberg, but St. Louis’ Keith Tkachuk may fit the bill perfectly in Broadway.
According to the New York Post, the Rangers have had discussions to bring the forward to New York. It’s believed Tkachuk would waive his no-trade clause to play for the Rangers.
Ok, it’s early in the morning and not much new on this site, so here is something just for fun, if anyone can fill in blank years or correct me that would be appreciated. I was talking with a friend and we realized that as far back as we could remember, excluding when Dallas won the cup that the Stanely Cup winner has always had a Canadian captain as of late. Now I am a fan of Montreal and we do not have a Canadian captain as well as the Leafs, Canucks and Sens, does this have an effect on us winning the cup? Who knows, likely not, but this is for fun.
Vladislav Tretiak is reportedly raising the idea of another summit series. Of course we’ll have the nay sayers say “you can’t duplicate history”. Did they say that in 1939? Anyways, Vlad has a great idea, that would certainly be a close one.
The Leafs look like a playoff fringe team again and its going to look this way for a while if we dont change anything quick i no i might get bashed for saying we should trade sundin but look at the clark trade way back when .
There are a number of rumors that are flying around the leafs this time of year (like always). First off JFJ is a below average GM with below average talent.
At last years draft the Ducks would of taken a Stajan or Steen and a 1st round pick for Giguere as Bryzgalov was at that point going to be the number one guy. They overpaid for Kubina because they didn’t want him going to Ottawa or any other main rival.
As for there defence core. Kaberle is by far the best defensman on that team, Kubina is playing good enough to keep him out of the press as being trade bait. McCabe is just terrible, everyone thinks he is great because of his numbers, anyone can have those numbers by playing as much PP time as he gets. McCabe 5 on 5 is one of the worst in the league just like Jason Allison and look where he is now.
According to WEEI 1030 AM Boston, the Bruins are trying to move Brad Boyes and Brad Stuart. Boyes has been dissapointing this year and has been expected to be traded for a while, but Brad Stuart? Brad Stuart has been the Bruins best defenscemen this year for the Bruins by far.
The Forsberg story, no longer an interesting one since it has become a soap opera. Once again the Flyers organization creates these dramas that just annoy me. GM Holmgren, I hope that if you are surfing the net you come across this article. Rangers may possibly get Forsberg, but hesitation takes place for Rangers fans; maybe they need some persuasion? By the way, how much can Forsberg really give to the Flyers if traded?
In defense of Gary Bettman. Sounds crazy, does it not? That’s why you must read!
I recall Darren Dreger titling one of his pieces on TSN.ca “What Could Have Been”; in regards to Sidney Crosby possibly breaking (or was it tying?) a record had coach Therrien kept him on the ice. Whatever the heck it was, I have a bigger picture with the same title of “What Could Have Been”. What is it about? Crosby is involved, but with the horrific ratings of the All-Star, the NHL keeps losing popularity. Now, this segment may stir up some heat as some hockey fans may call it “controversial”, but maybe not. I don’t know. We have had this discussion once before, but it’s been over a year since and I feel it is important to look back and say “what could have been (had Crosby ___________)”. Find out what I filled in the blank.
The Craig Conroy trade, will it finally get teams to speed up things and make trades?
The All-Star festivities have come and gone with most of the United States not having a clue the NHL played it’s All Star game Wednesday night.
Hey what channel is the game on?
The Versus network had terrible coverage of the skills competition and they didn’t fare any better the following night. Something about that station irks me.
Where has all the heart gone from this team? One of the best leaders in all the N.H.L. Saku Koivu has done little of late, Michael Ryder less than nothing he’s actually been a detriment to this team, Francis bouillion once the hardest working, hardest hitting player on this team and rewarded for it with a nice contract no longer hits or plays with any heart should be back in Hamilton the way he’s been playing, Sergei Samsonov well there’s nothing here I can say that hasn’t been said already, Chris Higgins where are you?