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Sorry for the delay: University work beckoned, and with the Olympic break there really wasn’t too much point talking trade. Anyhow, I’m back and this week it’s “Goaltender Week”: the searches/”shoppings” of the Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues and Carolina Hurricanes of netminders.
(Sources: Spector’s Rumours, ESPN.com, Toronto Star)
Contraction. It’s an issue that Major League Baseball is trying to deal with and has been hit with huge skepticism concerning it. Still, this contraction talk and the finishing of the Olympic hockey tournament made me think: Could the NHL contract nine teams to get it back to a competitive 21 teams?
To do this I’ll examine one-by-one each of the 30 NHL teams and put up my reasons for and against contracting each team.
Here are some suggestions on all 30 teams on what they need to do after the olympic break and before the trade deadline.
After hearing that HTR had a meltdown, I’d thought I’d run a Reader’s Digest version of what has happened so far at the men’s Olympic hockey tournament.
Sorry for the delay… I had to catch up on some University work, but no worry: the wait did wonders for the article. This week: the Brian Savage trade, the Buffalo Sabres’ latest rumours and the Tom Poti rumours.
Next Head Coach to call a time-out will be thrown out of the game?
Everybody is wondering what the Oilers are going to do with Tom Poti. Even our local sports man, Brian Hall, who usually sticks up for every Oiler on the roster, said that he would never want Poti on his team. So I think Kevin Lowe knows he has to trade this guy while his value is high, and besides that the defense is just fine, the second line needs somebody the centre it.
In Courtesy of Spector’s Rumors.
A source out of New York says the New Jersey Devils have contacted the Buffalo Sabres regarding the trade status of forward Miroslav Satan.
-After watching the Devils lose to the Thrashers, they need something. Their defense seems to be getting weaker, Rafalski is injured, and the Devils’ offense can’t put the puck in the net. Satan is a goal scorer, and is capable to score 30 goals a season, how much will the Devils have to give in order to aqcuire Miroslav Satan? Arnott, Gomez, or______?-
The Sabres and Flames have worked out a mutual aggreement to make a trade but…it hasn’t happened yet because the teams are working out draft picks and future considerations. The trade should go down within the next week or so like this:
Buffalo gets-Marc Savard and Bob Boughner
Calgary gets-Chris Gratton, Richard Smehlik, and future considerations
The Montreal Canadians acquired left winger Sergei Berezin from the Phoenix Coyotes for left winger Brian Savage, a third rounder in 2002 or 2003, and future considerations. Savage was set to become a UFA this summer. Should be interesting to see the reaction to this deal, considering Savage was one of the longest standing Canadians.
In other news, the Boston Bruins sent Andrei Nazarov to Phoenix for a fifth round pick.
Thrashers are closing in on franchise win number 50. Doesn’t seem all that great considering a few teams almost got that many last year alone, the Avs being the only team to actually cross that 50 win point last year with 52.
Just announced on ESPN.com. Rick Wilson, assistant coach, to take on coaching in the interim.
It was reported on Headline Sports in Toronto tonight, that Roman Cechmanek made a comment in a European paper stating that the Flyers managment, and the reporters in Philly, pushed the European players there to the side, and treat them like crap in Philly. I don’ t remember the exact quote, but that is the most of it! Kind of funny to hear that from a mouth of a guy who just signed a nice multi-million dollar deal!
With Mark Messier and Andreas Johansson out, the Rangers have finally made the right decision and allowed the young guys like Manny Malhotra and Jeff Toms to have more ice time. And they’ve proven their worth in these last two victories against the Bruins and Isles…
I just thought I would pass this along. I read it on www.letsgowings.com’s message board.
According to Larry Brooks (New York Daily News writer), New York Rangers’ star Theo Fleury could be shipped to the Pittsburgh Penguins for defenseman Darius Kaspuritus and a 2003 2nd round draft pick before the NHL trade deadline. Fleury, said he is unhappy playing in Broadway and wants out. Many other teams such as the Kings, Blues, Coyotes, Senators, and even his former team, the Calgary Flames are showing interest in the troubled star. Rangers GM, Glen Sather could not be reached for comment.
Well, we have all awaited the return of Mario Lemieux. Whether it be beacuse we are Pens fans or you have him on your fantasy hockey teams.
Does Boucher feel unloved in the City of Brotherly Love? Will the Bruins trade Guerin or Dafoe and become the Boston Ruins? Are the Devils and GM Lamoriello on the Highway to Hell? Hackett to become a Leaf?
Well, it was going to happen sooner or later. Sports net reported last night that Erikkson was put on waivers by the Leafs last night and will not be accompanying them on their western road trip, starting in Calgary.
Not suprising really, given his horrid performance lately, and all season. I’m wondering if they are starting a bit of a “Fire sale” to clear the way for some new additions before the trade deadline.
Well, I’m due for an article so I decided to post one on players to watch or forget in the second half of the season.