In this article (Part 1), we are going to take a look at some of the biggest questions surrounding the success of NHL teams. I will state the big question, and give you the info, but to prevent run-ins, I will allow you to draw the conclusions.
Goaltending will be key
Forget Kyle Wellwood’s injury or Simon Gamache’s strong training camp. These issues will be inconsequential in determining whether the Maple Leafs make the playoffs this year.
The key, as I’ve said in countless articles this summer, will be Toronto’s goaltending – the No. 1 reason they missed the playoffs last year.
Judging from last night’s game, looks like Andrew Raycroft is picking up where he left off last April.
As we close in on the opening night of the season there’s a few new issues that are rearing their ugly heads, without further adieu…
I did one of these around this time last year and it was pretty fun, so I’ll try it again…
According to LoHud.com the Rangers have now put Darius Kasparaitis and David Liffiton on Waivers. It is amazing how Kasparitis has fallen from grace as he was once a very highly touted defenseman in the NHL who was able to throw some powerful hits.
let;’s wait and see if anyone takes a chance on him
All the prospects at the habs training camp held their breathe today hoping that they’ll stay with the team just a little longer.
This is for the Leafs board. If it is on the main page i am sorry to the anti-Leaf fans, who will take offense for some reason.
So how do you replace a Kyle Wellwood? You can’t, but as the old cliche says, one mans misfortunes is another mans opportunity.
The Penguins pared their roster to 27 with their latest cuts, including sending Angelo Esposito back to his junior club.
With 20 players an almost definite to make the team, this leaves 3 spots up for grabs for: Ryan Stone, Tim Brent, Jonathan Filewich, Adam Hall on offense and Kris Letang, Mike Weaver and Alain Nasreddine on defense.
With Conklin being sent back, the goaltending tandem of Fleury-Sabourin is assured.
Take a deeper look for probable opening day lineups.