As Darcy Regier announced to the media during the 1st intermission of Saturday’s game between the Sabres and Flames, Buffalo center Paul Gaustad’s ankle injury was far worse than the team anticipated. Gaustad cut the tendon in his leg with a skate when he got tied up with an Ottawa player during the game vs Ottawa on Wednesday. An MRI revealed the bad news and Gaustad will need surgery to repair the damage.
Now that Mr. Aebischer is stepping up and starting more often than Cristobal, who will be our playoff goaltender?
As far as I have heard there are not just three teams in on Forsberg and Vancouver is definately interested. Apperantly there were Vancouver scouts in the crowd last night at the Flyers game and Forsberg would definately waive his no trade clause to play with his old friend Naslund. I am positive that the canucks would have to give up Sami Salo in this deal and most likely Cory Schneider as well. I am guessing one more player or draft pick but I don’t know, maybe Bulis.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Peter Forsberg is said to be down to 3 teams that would make him renounce his no-trade clause…
Saturday night in Canada, it’s all about hockey and making the playoffs.
The Canucks have recalled TWO centers from the Moose, their farm team in the AHL. Brad Moran and Brandon Reid have both been called up, leading to the conclusion that one of three things will be revealed in the next 24 hours: A center was hurt in Wednesday’s loss to Chicago (possible but not likely as there has not been any word of injuries besides D-Man Krajiceck); Alain Vigneault is going to issue some benchings, which is definately a possibility considering Vigneault’s approach and the BRUTAL showing vs. the ‘Hawks; OR… a trade is going down involving a current center on the roster.
I have to admit that this year has seen its ups and downs for the Canadian teams. It will be interesting to see what the trade deadline brings to these teams. Will they all be able to make the playoffs? Every team has been going through changes and some are rebuilding while others are making a name for themselves. Rate the six Canadian teams of the League based on how you think they will finish at the end of this regular season. Be realistic and don’t just base it on your favourites (I’m a leaf fan).
According to TSN.ca Denis Hamel has been put on waivers. This guy should be snatched up pretty fast.
These are hard times for the Montreal Canadiens and their fans. After a fairy tale 1ST half for rookie head coach Guy Carbonneau, one which saw the Habs competing for top seed in the eastern conference, the wheels seem to have completely fallen off. Now, the Canadiens find themselves fighting for their playoff lives and the way things are going, there’s no guarantee they will be among the top 8 come April. What has happened and what are the potential solutions?
I am a huge Oilers fan, but a realistic one. This team will not make the playoffs with the current roster. They need at least 2 more good d-men.That will make them good enough to get into 8th, and be swept………why bother.
The Edmonton Journal suggest that if the Edmonton Oilers were to fall out of playoff contention that star winger Ryan Smyth could be traded. Ryan Smyth who is turning 31 becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer and contract talks are still far apart for both the sides. Ryan Smyth is looking for a long term contract about 5 years and around 5 million a year.
For the second season in a row the Toronto Maple Leafs are about ready to make a mistake and hand out yet another no movement clause to one of their players. After handing not only a healthy 5.75 million salary to blueliner Bryan McCabe for each of the next 5 seasons but also a no movement clause, the talk now is that the team will likely hand forward Darcy Tucker the same special feature in his new contract along with millions of dollars attached to multiple seasons.