An interesting rumor struck my attention last night while listening to the Habs/Bruins game…
The Devils woes began after a 2-0 win on 12/13(or 14) against Philadelphia. That was about two weeks after Jamie Langenbrunner went down with his knee injury. The Devils survived until that point doing fairly well. Then reality came knocking. Without Jamie’s scoring, the Devils went into a funk (consider a Devils funk is losing a couple of games in a row) and then lost Stevens to his PCS in early January. The Devils have been above .500 w/o Stevens, but not playing Devils defense. Scotty is improving every day (the Devils org. keeps information IN the org. so its hard to really gauge his condition).
There is starting to be some major interest in Rangers defenseman Brian Leetch. More interest than I would have thought.
1) Detroit- When Hatcher gets back they will have one of the best if not the best, top 6 defensemen in the league. You add to that they have the second best offense, and a pretty good goaltending dual of Cujo and Legace, I think this team is the favorite to come out of the West. Lots of depth, experience and role players.
Just read an article out of the Philly Inquirer- this is not looking good at all for JR. Here is the quote:
Posted on Thu, Feb. 26, 2004 by Ed Moran
With Colorado making a bunch of moves it looks like the Wings are finally ready to make their moves.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have apperantly become the #1 contenders to land the services of defenseman Sergei Gonchar….
In the trade deadline period before the upcoming CBA, the dichotomy between teams who are buying (cashing in) and those who are selling (fire sale-ing) is more obvious than ever.
This article takes a brief look at who teams may go after, but doesn’t always speculate as to who or what might go the other ways, cause unless you’re a Leaf fan, you just apparently don’t know anymore.
The Bruins are making serious offers to shore up their blue line by inquiring for the for both Gonchar and Leetch.
Believe it or not the Dallas Stars actually appear as if they will be buyers and not sellers at this years trade deadline…
With the Buffalo Sabers steadily gaining pace on the Montreal Canadien, I think it’s time they make that “big deal”. Montreal has made it thus far, much like Minnesota did last year, with very little star power. Isn’t it funny how you never really see The Canadiens very active on trade deadline day? Well, I believe this year that trend is going to change.