So guess what? The NHL is talking about making the NHL NET LARGER. Can you actually believe the Bettman guys n New York are actually thinking of making the net larger to increase scoring!!! Could you imagine the NBA making their rims 3 inches bigger? Could you imagine FIFA expanding their nets by 2 feet on each side? Could you imagine an aluminum bat in MLB? Some things are just sacred to sport and the NHL Should just not expand the NHL nets.
The Lightning have been scoring at a great pace, but theyve let in just as many goals as theyve scored. Thus they find themselves sitting 13th in their conference. Yes they’re only 5 points out of a playoff spot, but the teams currently in the top 8 have been looking a heck of a lot better than Tampa. In order to sneak into the playoffs the Lightning will have to make a big trade. They simply don’t have the cap room to make trades unless Richards or Lecavalier is involved. And for one of those players they’re bound to get oodles.
Today Mario Lemieux took the Penguins off the market and he will investigate relocating outside Pennsylvania. But what are the options? The lead runners are Kansas City, Las Vegas, Houston, Portland and Winnipeg. So let’s break it down:
Rumor mill — The Toronto Sun speculated about a deal in which the Leafs would trade Darcy Tucker to Edmonton for Raffi Torres and a draft pick. But the NHL is in the midst of its annual holiday trading freeze, which lasts until Dec. 27. Thus, nothing is imminent. Then again, for all the talk about trades thus far this season, not much has happened. So don’t hold your breath on the Tucker-for-Torres deal even after the freeze melts.
So much has been written and said about the 2006-07 Maple Leafs and one thing is holding true: this team just isn’t going to make the playoffs. So, what does it do? Well, one needs to re-tool and rebuild, no matter how painful. What are the possibilities? Well, how about Sundin, Raycroft, McCabe and Antropov to the Ducks for McDonald, Brygalov, O’Brien and Penner. Another vision has the same Leafs package going to the Lightning for Richards, Holmqvist, Boyle and Craig. Other possibilities: McCabe to the Sharks for Carle. Sundin to the Panthers for Jokinen. And lastly, Sundin to the Canucks for Morrison and a first round draft choice.
This is almost more touting than anything but…
there is plenty of reason to expect a rash of trades early in the new year. Plenty of teams have needs.
The only team who’s been trading any significant players have been the Islanders and Flyers. Last week they exchanged Zhitnik for Meyer and a 3rd rdp. This week it was York for Robataille and a 5th rdp. Personally I think New York got the best of both trades, Meyer is a good speedy dman, Robataille is on his way to having his best nhl year (47pts) while playing for PHILI! Then there are the draft picks, which although low, are still very important in the new nhl. Meanwhile, York has been underperforming both in the offensive and defensive aspects of the game (led NYI with worst +/- with -9) and Zhitnik has the tendancy to only play half a season. Plus the Islanders freed up approximately $3.11 M in cap space.
On first glance it looks crazy that the Habs have sent rookie Maxime Lappierre back to Hamilton after he scored three goals and an assist in his first four NHL games, and looked great doing it.
However with Steve Begin coming back from injury, either Garth Murray or Aaron Downey would have had to go, except there is a holiday freeze on transactions. Meaning they stay temporarily with the team and the only guy who doesn’t have to clear waivers, Lappierre, goes down.
Worry not Habs fans, who drool at the chemistry Lappierre shows with Latendresse; as soon as the freeze is lifted, he will be swapped with Murray or Downey. Mark my words.
Changes could soon come in New York. Which team? Both of them.
Sorry Canada, no Crosby for you. The Penguins must stay in the Pittsburgh, Penn. USA.
New Year’s resolution for all 30 general managers in the NHL.
The New York Islanders have once again made a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers this month by sending center Mike York in exchange for Randy Robitaille. The roster freeze is currently in effect.
About 3 weeks ago was the anniversary of the Joe Thornton trade that sent him to the SJ Sharks in exchange for Wayne Primeau, Marco Sturm, and Brad Stuart. This, at the time was currently looked at as a HORRIBLE trade for the Boston Bruins. And this became an even stronger opinion after Thornton had a fantastic finish to the season, and walked away with the Art Ross, as well as the Hart Trophy, while the Boston Bruins had a year to forget. Well its now over a year later and most people’s opinion have not changed. ‘THE BRUINS GOT SCREWED!’ Well, this article is being used to give a detailed rebuttal on why, not only did they not ‘get screwed’, but it fact, the Bruins have WON THIS TRADE! (However so has SJ….)
It is time to clear things up when it comes to the Habs and what people think of them. Most of the hockey fans I know, pessimistic hab fans and Sens fans, maintain that the Habs will fight for a playoff spot. I just watched the Habs beat the top team in the east, 5-2 to come within 5 points of 1st overall in the east. Combine that with the fact that the Habs have top 2 special teams in both departments, clutch goaltending, exceptional coaching, you know what?