The Maple Leafs have not yet seen the final product that the National Hockey League expects them to wear next season, but some are already anticipating a public backlash if the Leaf logo is tinkered with.
When you look at the Eastern Conference Standings 14 of the remaining 15 teams still could make the playoffs. The 14th place Florida Panthers are only 6 points from the 8th spot, they are 3 wins away from making it to the playoffs, and 3 loses away from drafting first overall. Only the Philadelphia Flyers who have 3 home wins in 45 games, YES 3 TOTAL HOME WINS IN 45 GAMES can be considered officially eliminated.
there is speculation that Bulis had a conversation with Nonis and wants out of Vancouver. I hope Nonis grants him that wish.
Here is a trade possibility that benefits both teams. And one I hope could happen.
Which forwards have been good, and bad surprises.
According to TSN Sean Burke is going to be claimed off waivers by the L.A. Kings.
According to several sources, the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers are preparing a deal which could include up to 5-6 players. As reported by http://hockey-leaks.blogspot.com/ and www.hockeybuzz.com, (I KNOW THESE SITES AREN’T THAT CREDIBLE, THATS WHY ITS A RUMOR!), the HABS would sent D Rivet, G Aebischer, F Samsonov to the Philadelphia Flyers in return for D Pitkanen, G Esche and a 2nd round draft pick.
According the the New York Post, Marty Straka has had his contract extended another year through the 2007-08 season. Huge deal for the Rangers as he has probably been the most consistent player on the team. This deal comes a few weeks after Tom Renney said Straka epitomized what he wants out of a player.
I think every leaf fan can agree that Mats Sundin deserves to win a cup. Let’s be realistic, it looks like Toronto isn’t going to win the cup anytime soon. Soon meaning in the next 2 or 3 years. Sundin is on his last year of his contract, and is most likely going to re-sign with the leafs this offseason (all depending on the tucker situation that is) so why not trade him to a contender this trade deadline as a rent for a good prospect. This is what i was sort of thinking of
Just for fun, I am going to take a stab at predicting what will happen to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the next 6 months. (note: take your time reading this. get a cup of coffee and relax. Also, understand that i am fully aware that this is all wishful thinking, that there may be some errors (if anyone can correct any info in this I would appreciate it), and that i do NOT think Neil Smith is infallible.
I’ll talk about one of the good hockey players, Eric Dazé. Skilled player, always injured. He said that he wanted to play this year, but it seems that no team took the risk of signing the struggling forward these last years.
According to RDS, The Montreal Canadians have put Garth Murray on Waivers…Hopefully this is a sign that something is going to happen in MTL. With the way they have played in the last couple of games, Bob’s gotta do something…This is a good start..He’s a useful player so hopefully someone will pick him up…I guess that means Maxime Lapierre is going to say with Montreal…That would be great.
Well you know what they say, you can’t judge a draft until 10 years down the road. The 1996 draft wasn’t the best draft ever, Chris Phillips was the #1 selection to Ottawa. 11 total first round picks did not even play 82 games or a full NHL season. And there were some steals, big time late in the draft.