As you all know the New York Rangers were supposed to be one of the best teams in the NHL. I know it is still early, but if this team wants to be a Stanley Cup contender they definately need to have a better defense. The Rangers just had a three game road trip and it was good to see that Henrik Lundqvist was back at the top of his game. He played very well against Florida and Atlanta. He played a decent game against Washington but the Rangers could only manage to score one goal against Kolzig. But even though Lundqvist was back at his game some of the Rangers defenceman must go, whether it be a trade or they just release them. Two defenceman that must go are Michael Rozival and Marek Malik.
The Boston Herald reports that the B’s are shopping around defender Brad Stuart due to his impending UFA status.
Citing an unnamed “veteran player agent”, they also claim that the Isles are interested.
David Aebischer beat Edmonton in Montreal’s last game Tuesday and will be in net again Saturday at the Air Canada Centre against the Toronto Maple Leafs. However, if there’s any rivalry between him and fellow goaltender Cristobal Huet over who’s #1, they’re doing a good job of hiding it.
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Thats right ladies and gentlemen, the time has come. On Nov. 15th, we will have the opportunity to vote for or favourite players to represent the Eastern and Western conferences at the All-Star game in Dallas on January 24th.
The Arizona Republic has recently reported that the ‘Yotes discussed a trade with San Jose for G Evgeni Nabokov in exchange for D Nick Boynton, but the Sharks asked for D Ed Jovanoski in return and Phoenix refused. Today, the Republic reports that discussions with Buffalo for G Biron continue, but “the asking price is still too high”.
San Jose Sharks goalie Vesa Toskala is reportedly available, but with a 7-1 record and a 2.12 GAA, he would require a lot more in return than Robert Esche (1-3, 5.32 GAA). The Flyers might sweeten a deal for Toskala by offering R.J. Umberger. Or they could use Umberger in a trade with the Calgary Flames to get defenseman Roman Hamrlik.
Quietly, Holmgren investigated the availability of former captain Eric Desjardins, who retired after last season. While Holmgren floated the idea of Desjardins as returning as an assistant coach with the Phantoms, the conversation turned, too, to the veteran defenseman’s injured hip. “When I talked to him the other day about coaching,” Holmgren said, “I got the impression that he still was not 100 percent.” But should Desjardins be healthy and the Flyers be within range of the playoffs in, say, February ..why not?
The biggest story in Montreal is connected to Patrick Roy’s comments about Guillaume Latendresse (http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/news_story/?ID=183441&hubname=nhl).
I know it’s only 15 games or so for most teams in the NHL, but there is some talk going on. The three teams who will likely make are a deal are Philadelphia, Ottawa, and Calgary. Philly, and Ottawa, are underachieving, but Calgary has very disappointing, and for sure haven’t been playing like the Stanley cup contenders they were expected to be.
The once mighty Ottawa Senators follow up a blown 3 goal lead against the Caps with not one, but two blown 2 goal leads against the Thrashers last night, sending them on their first 5 game losing streak since 1996, the last season Ottawans didn’t get heartbroken in the playoffs (for lack of getting into the playoffs). Owner Eugene Melnyk can’t be happy, so look for changes to come if the Sens don’t turn it around by the end of this road trip.
I have been thinking about this interim GM label lately and find it very odd that Paul Holmgren would have that label. I mean look at it this way, Clarke has been Snider’s MAN for decades and now all of a sudden he steps down without giving the team any chance to find a replacement for him.
After a disappointing election night for me, (Did anyone else see the Whalers jersey at the Joe Lieberman rally???) I am back to the rumor mill, and deals are being discussed heavily.