While I live in Ottawa, and like watching the Senators my heart is with the Devils. I’ve been a Devils fan since they were in Kansas City, so squash the wagon jumper jargon.
I agree that Ottawa has a great defense, in fact probably the best in the NHL. While their top 4 might not be the best, all around their top 6 are and when you couple in that their bottom 4 are Leschyshyn, Hnidy, Volchenkov, and Kwiatkowski, they are probably the most solid core in the NHL. They also have Pothier in the AHL who is ready to step in.
While I love the Devils, you cannot compare the two sets of defense. Ottawa’s is far superior, (It hurts me to say that), Jersey’s is far too old, with 2 40+ with Stevens and Daneyko. Don’t confuse great goaltending with good defense and Ottawa has great defense with good goaltending, while Jersey has mediocre defense and fantastic goaltending.
The real problem I have with your notes is that you mention trading Bonk and Arvedson for a gritty Centre to replace Bonk. While I’m not the biggest Bonk fan, I have to admit that while Arvedson wont finish the year in Ottawa, probably being traded before end of February, you’re not going to find a #1 Centre to take Bonk’s place as a price that Ottawa can afford.
Plus they already have too many centre’s in their organization with Van Allen, Fisher, White, Spezza, and Martins, they have 5 not counting bonk. There are few people on Ottawa with Bonk’s size, and when he is so inclined can be as physical as Holik.
Don’t be too surprised if the team does make moves while they are winning. My sources tell me that Muckler is actively trying to make room for Spezza, and many teams are interested in what there is to offer. The west is rapidly running out of quality defensemen, and the Rangers are quickly approaching the do or die time for the playoffs. Those two things could give Muckler the environment to make a trade. GM’s desperate to keep their jobs will make deals and Muckler feeds off of those guys the best. Need I remind you about Hasek, Peca, and Satan. All pulled from teams desperately trying to stay in the playoff hunt.
Muckler is shrewd and an apt GM. He’ll stay the course with the Senators. Just wondering how I can get him to join the Devils.]]>