Hossa vs. Heatley a season and a half later, A trade that shocked hockey fans. At the time of the trade the many people felt it was an equal trade, but in the end the Sens won the deal. But a season and a half later the votes are swinging the other way with Hossa having an early season MVP type season.(with all due respect to Greg De Vries)
The Montreal Canadiens recent woes (4-7 in their last 11 games) have served only to magnify a couple of problem areas that Bob Gainey will soon have to address. Although the Canadiens put together a strong first half of the 2006-07 season, it has been largely due to outstanding goaltending by Christobal Huet and phenominal special teams play which currently sees the Habs rank 2nd in the league in powerplay proficiency and 4th on the penalty kill. Unfortunately, when Huet is merely mortal and when the powerplay isn’t clicking, the Habs are a very ordinary team.
After that embarassing loss against the Sens on saturday, Montreal needs to shake something up. It seems that alot of players aren’t playing with much heart. Give Samsonov one more chance and put him on a line with Koivu and Latendresse. If that doesn’t work after 2-3 games I say put him on waivers and hope someone picks him and his contract up. Try Bonk with Kovalev and Ryder. Dandenault seems to be in a daze. Rivet is giving the puck up too much and Bouillon isin’t playing physical anymore. Somethings gotta give.
I’m not saying Raycroft is the best goalie in the league, but he’s also not the worst. I must voice my opinion on the distasteful treatment of Raycroft at home games. I believe that Raycroft can be and will be a solid goalie if he’s behind a solid team. Booing him at the end of the games will not help this players development, nor will it make the players in front of him really want to perform on home ice. It will also lead to second-guessing of potential F.A. signings.
Yeah, it’s true no Jagr, or Kariya, or either Sedin, or Afinogenov, or Vanek, or Langkow, or Bergeron, or Jokinen, or Frolov, Malkin, or Mcdonald or Savard, or Straka, or even Rod Brind’Amour, but hey atleast we get to watch Bill Guerin, Johnathan Cheechoo (fans fault on that one), Rick Nash (who accually is good, but shouldn’t be at the game), and Henrik Zetterberg (same thing as Nash).
Being that we are mid-season, it is a good time to talk about all that has been good and bad for the Penguins so far this season, and related Penguins subjects that have been touched upon on this site, but with a general focus on how players and the team have performed. I originally thought of leaving anything related to the arena away, but I decided to put a footnote, although it is not anything that people are used to reading about the subject. And without further do, here we go…
The good news:
Okat why do they call it “Hockey night in Canada”? Let’s look at some facts, and find out why it should be called “Hockey night in Toronto”.
Colorado, to me, looked like a good team before the season started. But then there was Konowalchuk’s retirement, Turgeon’s injury, Leopold’s injury and Theodore’s below average play. Halfway through the season and things still don’t look good. Turgeon is back, Leopold is still out, Theodore is the backup, Liles is injured. I propose Colorado makes some HUGE trades; I think I’m being extremely fair. You be the judge.
At Trade Deadline:
To Columbus: White, Stajan, Williams, Suglobov
To Toronto: Nikolai Zherdev
According to www.rds.ca, the Wild could trade the left winger Pascal Dupuis.
NO! I know the Leafs won 4-2 against the Sabres Thursday night, but thats not what I meen! What I meen is that it seems Wellwood, Tucker, Poni, Antropov, White, Peca, and Wozniewski r injured. WOW! 7 of the Leafs players are out. 4 of them r returning soon, but 3 are not even close to coming back.
The recent play of the New York Rangers is completely unacceptable for a team that should be a top notch contender. The most frustrating thing for the fans is to have to just sit here and watch when the problems holding this team back are fixable…
The New York Rangers had better expectations this season, but have failed to meet them. Inconsistency is a disease for this franchise, will Slats, Maloney, and Renney deal with it now or later? By the way, anyone have some Prozac for Renney?
Another 1st round bust? But, not all is lost as he could actually be used effectively for the ….. (find out who)
Still related to the Rangers, last night’s loss to the Ottawa Senators was a major disappointment, not just for the team, but for the officials. It’s one thing if officials make bad calls, but it is quite something else when they are just rude and unprofessional; find out why.
People have been feeling bored with this season as far as trades, but with the way the season has gone thus far, the Trade Deadline could be a fun week/day.