Top 15 Teams So Far

With about 25 games into the season some teams really suprised the league and alot of fans. Heres the Top 15 right now in my opinion:

1/3rd season complete. Atlantic and Central divisions are tops.

Last year, the only division to send 4 teams to the playoffs was the Atlantic. To date, this trend looks to continue, which shouldn’t surprise many. What is surprising, perhaps, is the fact that the Central division also currently holds 4 playoff spots.

In fact, the Atlantic and Central divisions are the only two divisions where each team has a winning record (defined here as more wins in regulation than loses in regulation, and also more total points than games played).

What do you think are the best divisions?
Does it surprise anyone how well these two divisions are doing? Or how poorly the Northwest (with only 2 teams playoff-bound) is doing?

Niedermayer rejoining the Ducks

TSN.ca and Sportsnet.ca are reporting that the Anaheim Ducks have announced the return of Scott Niedermayer to the team for the remainder of the season.

USA Hockey names WJC Team

NHL.com reported that USA Hockey has named its 22 man team, they didnt make a clear list so i figured id do it myself althogh i am short a man and i dont know who it is. So here is the lineup.

Lapierre and O,Byrne recalled

RDS.ca and Cyberpresse.ca are reporting that the Habs have recalled Maxim Lapierre and Ryan O’Byrne from Hamilton and have sent Grabovski back to the Bulldogs.

The If Only's from the 2007 offseason

Free agents, Trades, and aquisitions that haven’t turned out the way some teams would like.

Gainey Carbo on the go??

It seems like Ground Hog Day the movie. It was at this time last year when Montreal played the Wings in Detroit. It was just as embarassing as yesterday. After the game Carbonneau says « Muller and I can’t lace up the skates and play!!! Our goalies have to be better!!!» Well maybe its time to teach Carbo new tricks because his methods have not given any results.

Higgins not untouchable

Carbonneau mentioned something very interesting about Higgins when interviewed before the game. He said he’s not proving to be the guy who should be playing with Koivu. Personally, I see it the other way around, but Higgins would be way more interesting to other teams than guys like Ryder or Koivu. Nobody ever talks about Higgins in these trade rumors but a guy with his potential and with his contract could be worked into a deal to get the team somebody better.

A goalie for Colorado

According to The Fourth Period, the Colorado Avalanche are looking for a netminder.
Joel Quenneville is starting to have headaches with the inconsistency of Jose Theodore and Peter Budaj. He (Quenneville) started of the year with the idea of splitting the games between the 2 goaltenders hoping for someone to step up but his plan is not working out.

Edmonton/Nashville Specualtion

I feel I should start out this thread by saying that this is JUST a rumor, and I have no source, other than my friend, who heard it from some one else. Very reliable source, I know. =/

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