Anaheim-Anaheim has a luxury of some sorts. They have 2 quality goalies in Bryzgalov and Giguere. Both are solid and have similar strengts. They are both positionally based goalies and play the angles well. Both are not fashy, but can make the big saves when needed. However, bothare questionable for the same reasons as well. Giguere has been streaky at times and has often had one good month followed by a bad one. Bryzgalov has proven that he can play under pressure in the playoffs, but has yet to show that he can take the full rigor of the regular season. They should split the time this year depending on who is playing better at the time, but it really doesn’t matter who is in goal since the ducks have Pronger and Neidermayer.
The Leafs seemed to struggle still 5 on 5. The signings of Kubina, Gill and Peca was supposed to improve Toronto’s even strength play, yet it seems this isn’t the case.
Atlanta- The Thrashers have who I consider one of the best young goaltenders in the league in Kari Lehtonen. He has all of the tools to succeed in the NHL. He has a massive buterfly and is excelent at controling rebounds. The questionmark here is his health. For the past few years, he has been injured every year and actually twice last year, only playing 38 games last year. This year the safety net is a bit better. Hedberg is a solid backup and he proved that last year in Dallas. They also picked up Brathwaite, who has played the last few years in Russia. Neither is a quality starter, but they are better than Dunham and Shields and are more experienced than Garnett. if Lehtonen is healthy, though, he can carry the team to the playoffs.
TEAM NAME: Tampa Bay Lightning
TEAM PAYROLL: $43.25 million
GENERAL MANAGER: Feaster, named General Manager on February 10, 2002, joined the Lightning on October 20, 1998,
HEAD COACH: John Tortorella became the fifth head coach in Lightning history on January 6, 2001, replacing Steve Ludzik.
Something I realized while responding to a post at another site is that, while the jury is still out on this trade, it give the habs something that any team with great asperations needs: Depth at Defence.
While Carbo ended the night juggling the lines, for the most part he seemed to be using set lines.
I love the all-star game, in every sport, I vote as many times as I can, and I get to as many computers as possible to vote more. And what I love most is making bias as hell picks! In 2004, my entire group of East picks were Leafs! Well, one was a future Leaf, ok. I voted for Sundin, Roberts, Nolan, Kaberle, Leetch, and Belfour. Now, I can’t wait till November when the voting starts!
TSN.ca is reporting: “The New Jersey Devils acquired left wing Alexander Korolyuk and defenceman Jim Fahey from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for defenseman Vladimir Malakhov, and a conditional first-round pick in the NHL Entry Draft.”
WOW! The Hockey News and many other people are pegging the Anaheim Ducks as this years Stanley Cup Champions, and I gotta say, that’s a load of bull. The Anaheim Ducks are seriously the most attrociously over rated team in the NHL.
Brenden Morrow got a new contract last week from the Dallas Stars. Now he has a new title: captain.
Team 1200 has just reported that the Habs have traded Mike Ribiero and a 6th round pick in 2007 to the Stars for Janne Niinimaa and a 5th round pick in 2008.
Mike Dunham has signed a one-year deal with the New York Islanders
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According to Canucks.com, the team has trimmed 10 more from their roster, leaving them with 25 players, going into Saturday nights game.
Assigned to Manitoba (AHL) are: