Despite winning back to back World Junior Titles, the pressure will be on Team Canada to win yet again. The World’s preminent hockey nation will not accept anything less than gold. With 10 returnees from last year’s gold medal team, there should be plenty of leadership and experience around to help the team get through what is always a difficult tournament.
If the All-Star votes were done as of today (November 29th) The Eastern And Western All-Star teasm would look like this (Assuming you have 13 forwards, 6 defensman, and 2 goalies)
When the blockbuster Luongo/ Bertuzzi trade went down, fans finally saw the Vancouver Canucks as Division leaders. Last time I checked they were below 500. The problem with the Canucks is, well… everything. All Vancouver fans expected the scoring to be less with the loss of Bert and Carter, but no one could have seen this. Currently, there are only 4 teams who have scored less in the entire league.
I think it is time to consider that the Leafs are not (or at least should not) be able to afford Darcy Tucker this off-season. Barring injury, or a total collapse, he is in for a BIG pay raise this summer.
I don’t for a second believe that JFJ has any autonomy running this team. How else can we explain the McCabe fiasco from last year’s trade deadline? MLSE is less concerned with winning than perhaps ANY ownership group.
According to TSN, goaltender Mikael Tellqvist got traded to the Coyotes Phoenix for LW Tyson Nash and a draft pick.
The Canuck’s need to make some move’s and quickly. If you like high scoring game’s then now you can’t go watch a game in Vancouver or a Calgary game (Vancouver only played them once this year so I don’t know if they still lack as much offensivly). Vancouver is terrible defensivly (if you watch Sabourin’s last game then Luongo value just doubled). Honestly there just a one line team that has an amazing goalie. Morrison, Kesler, Ohlund, Bourdon (who didn’t even make the team), Burrows, Chouinard, Cooke, and especially Bulis have struggled this season. Even Naslund hasn’t live up to expectation’s. Henrik and Daniel Sedin are absolutly amazing. Two of the best hockey player’s in the NHL, and for only 3.5 million a year (i don’t know that exact number, but it’s like 3.66 or something). Luongo has been great, but not best goalie in the NHL great.
The big question for all habs fans is, wich defencemen will the keep, Markov , Souray , Rivet, or Ninnimaa who are all unrestricted free-agent at the end of the season . One of them says puts himself in the shoes of general manager Bob Gainey, and says he knows with whom he’d begin talking.
And it wouldn’t be with himself.
“Bob’s got to start with (Andrei) Markov,” Sheldon Souray said of the player regarded to be the Canadiens’ best rearguard, also its youngest and best free-agency-eligible bargain at $2 million (U.S.) this season , Rivs (Craig Rivet) has been here a long time, loves playing here and I’m sure he wants to retire a Hab. Whatever he gets, he’s going to deserve. That leaves me and Janne (Niinimaa), so we’ll see. It’s hard to predict.”
I wanna know who would you keep?
I Would Keep Markov And Rivet .
The Chicago Blackhawks continue their search for a running mate for Martin Havlat due to the loss of Michael Handzus, reports the Boston Globe.
The Chicago Blackhawks have fired coach Trent Yawney.
Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon has announced that Blackhawks legend Denis Savard will replace Yawney behind the bench. Savard had been an assistant with the Blackhawks since retiring from the NHL following the 1996-1997 season.
The Blackhawks have a 7-12-2 record this season and sit fourth in the Central Division
Slow news day, so I came up with a quick quiz for every one. Just match the quote with who said it.
The Tennessean reported that there were two Maple leafs scouts in attendence at recent Predators games. With Vokoun out 6 weeks with a hand injury its believed Nashville is shopping for an affordable temporary back up to Chris Mason and Mikael Tellqvist would certainly fit.
According to TSN, young defencemen Jay Harrison has been put on waivers…
“The Leafs have placed defenceman Jay Harrison on waivers to make room for captain Mats Sundin….
Harrison won’t officially be on waivers until noon on Sunday according to general manager John Ferguson Jr.”
The return of Mats Sundin poses a problem that Paul Maurice wishes he had more often. Where does Mats fit in?