After 3 games, the Sens are off to a rough 1-2-0 start to the season. Goaltending was solid for the first game, but since then Gerber has not been consistent in making saves. With that, the Sens are going with Emery on Thursday against Calgary… is this his chance to steal the number #1 spot?
After a tremendous performance against the Toronto Maple Leafs that resulted in a shootout victory for the Montreal Canadiens, it appears the team will ride the wave of good goaltending to their next game against the Philadelphia Flyers. As a result, number 1 goalie Cristobal Huet will sit and watch at least for now until Aebischer starts to falter.
What a difference a year makes. Last October at this time the Toronto Maple Leafs started out with 3 losses, including 2 in a shootout and garnered 2 of a possible 6 points in the standings. The outlook was not good as captain Mats Sundin lasted less than 2 periods before getting hurt, forcing him out of the lineup for over 6 weeks. The team struggled under the new rules looking slow and very undisciplined. Team defence was non-existent as the Leafs blew 3rd period leads in each of their first 3 games. Armed with the attitude that the league mandate would come and go like all others, the team looked unwilling to make the necessary adjustments with the expectation that the clutch and grab will return. Though the team finally won in their 4th game against Philadelphia, it took a great performance by the backup goalie to bail the Leafs out.
Yet another Toronto Maple Leafs defensemen has gotten hurt. According to TSN.ca, Pavel Kubina left the game with a knee injury, and did not return (wasn’t home, didn’t see the whole game), joining Colaiacovo, Bell, Wozniewsky, and Kronwall, as the Leafs injured players. This is going to lead to speculation of an impending deal or signing. Tellqvist will likely be gone to make room, and with Marchment and Leetch still available, there are still plenty of options for the Maple Leafs.
Apparently the Flyers are interested in signing Brian Leetch. Not sure if Ranger fans will be to happy seeing this(i won’t be), but if Leetch wants to play in the Atlantic Division Area it probably won’t be with the Rangers who knows…
According to Anaheimducks.com The Anaheim Ducks have resigned forward Zenon Konopka and extended Samuel Pahlsson’s contract
Chicago- The Hawks have a lot of depth in goal, but they all consist of players that lost starter jobs elsewhere. The true starter will be Khabibulin, and he struggled last year before getting injured. The Hawks also have Lalime, who was kicked out of the NHL last year with St. Louis, Caron, who I thought played well last year with the Pens but struggled with consistency, and Boucher, whos only highlight was being on every NHL film looking like a pee-wee goalie as Ovetchkin scored on his back. none really are NHL caliber players and unless Khabibulin recovers from last years fiasco, it will be a long year for the hawks.
Leaf fans must face the truth, that this team will fail, and they will be firing their General Manager John Ferguson Jr pretty soon. With the available GMs including Pat Quinn, Mike Keenan, Colin Campbell, Niel Smith, Dave Taylor, and many others, it would be stupid not to fire him unless this team surprises earlier. Whoever turns out being the next Maple Leafs GM, there are a few things I’d ask of him.
The Atlanta Thrashers reassigned goalie Fred Brathwaite to Chicago of the American Hockey League on Saturday.
Defenseman Mike Rathje is out indefinitely with an L5 herniated disk in his back it was announced Saturday by the Philadelphia Flyers. They also announced that defenseman Denis Gauthier head injury has improved and they expect him to play tonight (Saturday 10/7) against the New York Rangers in Philadelphia’s home opener.