Early on Montreal could perhaps be called a pleasant surprise. They have looked much better than most people expected, myself included. Here is my analysis of the Habs six game into the season…
I have been so pleasantly surprised by different players, that i was compelled to make a list.
A loss to Atlanta will set off alarm bells
Anton Stralman will likely make his NHL debut tonight for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their game against the Atlanta Thrashers at the ACC. Meanwhile, Vesa Toskala will start in goal, replacing Andrew Raycroft.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have talked the right talk thus far.mBut it really has been all talk.
Paul Maurice comes into training camp saying the Leafs need to work on 2 things:
1. Playing a better team defense
2. Staying out of the penalty box
That was over a month ago.
I watched the Bruins & Habs game last night, in which Boston was smoked 6-1. I don’t want to get all over the Bruins again this year because this is just one bad loss. However it reminds me of some of the painful ones last year. They are playing with some grit and passion, and that should make them competitive every game. They should be battling for that 8th spot all year long.
Slam sports is reporting that the Ottawa Senators are at the top of Peter Forsberg’s “wish list.”
The LA Times is reporting that that Kings may be willing to entertain a number of different offers for Frolov or Brown in an effort to get a quality goalie.
Marc-André Fleury drafted 1st overall in 2003 by the Pittsburgh Penguins ahead of Canes star Eric Staal, at the moment Staal seems to be the better and smarter choice from an offensive point a view, it is also said that Goalie take a much longer time to develop in to a Star player. So, let me ask you all a question, if you were the Pittsburgh Penguins draft day 2003, you had Johan Hedberg as your starter the last season he was ready to walk as an FA.
The current CBA seems to mark a breakpoint as we’ve seen last summer with those monstruous offer sheets submitted to Vanek and Penner. According to next summer’s list, this trend will surely continue with such big names. If Vanek can earn an average of 7.1m and Penner 4.25m, how much can Ovechkin, Spezza, Phaneuf, Bouwmeester or Lundqvist get if they remain unsigned!?!
This guy has been playing his heart out, scoring, passing, hitting, doing everything he can to help this team win, if every player on this team had the same level of the energy as simon gomache for every shift that they hit the ice, the leafs would undoubtedly be fighting for the first place. I don’t know why, Leafs Players lack passion and enthusiasm that they should have for the game.
being up 3-1 and then losing 6-4 to bunch of 17-1nd 18 year old kids is absolutely unacceptable.