What Will the Losers Do? Round Two Discussions

How could the losers of round one react after Round One elimination?

Round Two Discussions….but no predictions from me. Maple Leafs

They were not 100% healthy and I still think that a little bit of tweaking will make the Leafs one of the scariest teams to play against next season and especially come playoffs. Of course, all Leafs fans should cross their fingers for a healthy squad next time. Pat Quinn must get a back-up. Trevor Kidd is not the right back-up goalie…and Schwab should have stayed as he was practically…a useless player on the Devils. Belfour must be rested before the playoffs are about to start. Get rid of Jerky Lumme….and why was he up against Leclair many times? I say they should also make room for Brian Marchment, I still see him in a Leafs uniform. Try to sign a key player as well in the off-season, maybe Klatt if available. Also, the Maple Leafs may also try and pull a trade on Draft Day to regain a 1st rounder.

St. Louis Blues

Also not a 100% healthy team, but this is when GM Pleau should be held responsible for landing a decent goalie in Chris Osgood and a useless player in Valeri Bure. A couple of things that Pleau must decide on. Will he make a last ‘big’ run at the Cup, or will he just let players go? I think that after seeing the weakness of the Western Big Guns, Pleau will go all the way. He may re-sign Keith Tkachuk, or he may let him go since he has been a no-show for the Blues. That should create just enough room to sign another big free agent. Sergei Fedorov? No….but maybe two players that will come at the price of $10M. Stealing Zhamnov and Sullivan from the Hawks is an upgrade over just Keith Tkachuk. Then, I think that the Coyotes will aggressively shop Sean Burke to the Blues to regain (what they stupidly gave away *11th overall*) a 1st round pick in this year’s draft. It may very well happen.

Red Wings

They came in and lost all four games in a row. That is just unacceptable, regardless how well they played. Lucky Luc, most likely gone. Fedorov is the main factor and I think that GM Holland will do just about anything to re-sign Fedorov. It is just up to Sergei himself if he wants to stay. Cujo may rebound quite well next season. Overall, I think that Holland must add more players to this team…and players with character, and more energy overall. They have all the skills, but they need more jump to their game. They will most likely sign a free agent this summer. The Red Wings will show up next time, I am quite sure about it. And I’ll add a wild one…..they’ll show up big time next year with or without Fedorov.

Edmonton Oilers

It may be time to change the masked man. Salo did not look like the Salo I have seen in past seasons, and this season he was quite inconsistant. Where could he be traded to and who would be the next Oilers goalie? The Blues may once again go the cheap way and show more interest in Salo rather than Burke. Carolina Hurricanes may definitely show interest, and I’d give a shot at a healthy Weekes. Todd Marchant should be re-signed…there is no reason not to. Salary was trimmed, and it should be trimmed again by dealing Isbister. He was a complete ghost in every aspect of the game…and it came as no surprise to me, obviously. Isbister should be an automatic trade bait. I would also think that the Oilers should let Jason Smith go as well, and they should try to bring in younger and cheaper defensemen. Just look at the Wild’s defensemen. The Oilers should try and clear $3M and then sign a key UFA player around that price range. They are still a great young team that will only get better as seasons go by.

Colorado Avalanche

Wow, what a shocker!!!!! The Minnesot Wild deserved to win that series, and they won it. Congrats to them. Will Roy be back? You bet. Why should he not? There is at least one more season before the CBA. Lecroix should make some changes to this team though. I am quite positive that any Avs fan would have rather had Chris Drury in this series instead of Derek Morris. Hmm, Chris Drury in OT? Much needed. The Avs need a game breaker. Also, will Granato stay as coach? I think he did a pretty good job, but I am not sold on him yet. If Avs fans think that he should not be the coach next season, who should? I say Iron Mike Keenan. This is his type of team and he can lead it all the way. If not, then who else? Also, Lecroix should try to keep Brian Marchment as well. They need to keep defensemen, this time.

New York Islanders

GM Milbury is blaming his team and not himself. It’s not Peter Laviolette’s fault if he has a bust in Oleg Kvasha, an inconsistant Mark Parrish, an ineffective captain (this time he was of no help), an all-star player who slumped thorughout most of the season and was later shut down in the playoffs, and he does not have that much depth to use. Goaltending is fine, defense is fine…though Hamrlik will most likely be traded, but the Islanders need better wingers on the 1st and 2nd lines. Sullivan would be one heck of an acquisition, maybe even Zhamnov. Come on Mad Mike, you lost to the number one team in the NHL this season, and you blame the team? BLAME YOURSELF AND SAY THAT YOU WILL IMPROVE THIS TEAM!!!! It is your job, and do the best way you can to try and improve it. Hamrlik and Kvasha should most likely be moved.

Washington Capitals

Jaromir Jagr has been available for how long? I lost the number of months! Forget it, he is not going anywhere. Cassidy, the former 1st round bust as a player, did a great job in his rookie season. Calle Johansson will be lost, as well aa Ken Klee. Two defensemen down, aand defenseman was already in need prior to the deadline, and rumors have it that GM McPhee turned down the Oilers offer of Janne Niniimaa for Edmonton native Sutherby. So let me get this straight. McPhee was willing to trade 3 prospects for Jagr, to then just say that he is available. And then, he declines to trade one prospect for a much needed world class defenseman? Ouch….that’s not good. I would not expect the Capitals to be as active, but getting rid of some low profile names is a start (i.e. Berezin).

Boston Bruins

O’Connell, will he stay behind the bench? He may, but O’Reilly may come back as coach, which is a good move. Boston needs changes. Get rid of Grosek…that was the dumbest pick up ever. Dump Oliwa. Playing Oliwa and not PJ Stock? Hmm. And re-signing Hackett is an option….though Tommy Salo may draw some interest. The Bruins defense is pretty much set, and not much has to be changed in that area. O’Connell may also make an offer to Alexei Zhamnov, to create a Zhamnov-Samsonov line.


Senators vs. Flyers

Flyers are about to face a very skilled team that rolls 4 skilled lines, is capable of scoring goals on mostly 3 lines, but all 4 can score, a very organized and tough-to-beat defensive system (not founf against the Leafs), tough defensemen (Chara, Redden, Phillips, Rachunek, Volchenkov, Leschysyn), and the Senators are also physical now. Lalime is not that hard to beat, and Cechmanek can definitely out play him.

The Senators are facing a tough physical team that plays great offensively and defensively. The plus is that Amonte cannot score a goal even if you gave him an empty net, maybe he needs to get laid to fix his accuracy in scoring? DesJardins is still injured, and the Flyers are quite exhausted after a seven game series against the Maple Leafs. It took seven games to beat a Leafs team on wheelchairs, how many will it take to beat a healthy Senators team?

Devils vs. Lightning

The most boring match-up to watch in round two, but somehow the Devils appear to have a hard time defeating teams that have a good offense, an organized defensive trap-like system, and a superb goaltender. Khabibulin can definitely shut down the Devils minor offense. Brodeur can easily shut down the Lightning offense. The Devils defense can definitely shut down the Lightning offense. The Lightning defense will struggle shutting down the Devils husslers. These two teams fairly match-up against each other in the playoffs, since the Lightning can pull an upset just as Carolina did to the Devils, but the Devils have the edge in all areas. So did the Avs and Wings though.

Canucks vs. Wild

This one should be very exciting. The Wild defense will have a tough time stopping Bertuzzi and Naslund. Both teams are quite fast, and goaltending should be just about equal. I am not sure what to think of this series. Never underestimate Lemaire’s teams, and he is the best coach. The Wild come in strong with confidence, and so do the Canucks. It’s a draw from where I am standing, either team can win this match up. What a wild Cup Final it my be though, eh?

Stars vs. Ducks

Cook those Ducks! Stars offense must find a way to defeat Giguere, since he is the key in the Ducks winnning plans. Defeat Giguere and you will most likely win. Stars have the offense to defeat the Ducks, and the defense is also tough to get around. Turco must step up, however. Giguere can very well outplay Turco and the Ducks may cause an upset, another one! Stars are the only ‘elite’ Western team left….and what do those cocky Western Conference fans have to say about that now? East still has the Senators, Devils, and Flyers. I would expect the Stars to beat the Ducks. No more lucky Ducks.

39 Responses to What Will the Losers Do? Round Two Discussions

  1. -Swizz- says:

    only nolan was playing hurt….


    yes, i strongly think marchment is the guy…i wanted him at the deadline, but..well..avs stole him damnit!

    i think try for marchment..and play him with colaiacovo…

    if they cant get march..i saw bring up pilar..give him another chance too…

    leave the forwards as is i think..get rid of hoglund (if he’s a ufa or trade him for nothing) and let healy and/or poni-kov (however u spell his name)…

    luckily for the leafs, after this year they’re wont be hockey, so they’ll have time to find a belfour replacement….but this will probably be his last year..

  2. Aetherial says:

    It is time for the Leafs to realize that “tweaking” their line up or adding another high priced FA or two is not going to get them there.

    I say let Pat Quinn take the GM job and get a new coach.

    This off-season I say nobody is untouchable except Kaberle and Colaiacovo).

    Don’t re-sign any veteran whose contract is up, except maybe Wesley.

    Lose Berg, Lumme, Hoglund, Reichel, Fitzgerald, Kidd at the very least.

  3. mikster says:

    “Lose Berg, Lumme, Hoglund, Reichel, Fitzgerald, Kidd”

    But you will have to repalce those guys.

  4. Tony says:

    Ok as a redwing fan this is what I would like to see done. They have all their Dmen returning except for Woolley so I wouldn’t do anything there. They look pretty good back on D.

    Lidstrom Schneider

    Chelios Fisher

    Dandy Bykov

    Up front I think its time for Larinov and Lucky to go. I think they will be replaced by Gringrinko (named best forward at the WJ’s and possibly another Datsyuk or Zetterberg) and Williams. McCarty will most likely get more money somewhere else which will mean the Wings will sign one free agent. Fedorov I think will stay a Wing and Yzerman has already stated he wants to come back. So up front they look pretty good.

    Shanny Fedorov Yzerman

    Zetterberg Datsyuk Hull

    Maltby Draper Holmstom

    Williams Gringrinko (FA)

    The real question is will they change their coach.

  5. mikster says:

    They should stick with Tellqvist, but i am not rating him as highly as i would have hoped to.

    Leafs do need to find their future goalie though, a lot of teams do.

  6. -momo- says:

    I’d keep Fitzgerald.

    Who are the UFA’s this year?

  7. mikster says:

    Grigorenko is not close to Datsyuk or Zetterberg, maybe Zetterberg, but Grigo is more of a two-way guy with 50 point potential. A great two-way guy.

  8. bender says:

    Have the playoffs started all over again for the Flyers, I am hearing the same crap that I heard before Flyers/Leafs series.

    I keep hearing the the Sens roll four lines. Well so do the Flyers, in all actually we have a Fifth line if we need to rest a few players. But who’s tired………the Flyers were full of energy in Game 7. The only thing that is scary is the Sens speed, But the FLyers improved there speed too. Kapanen is a prime example, he didnt have a great year but he sure showed up in against the Leafs, There other is their Defensemans ability to move the puck.

    But the Flyers are a completely different team with more confidence than the Flyers have had in a long time. We have a new coach, a new system, and renewed belief. This will be a another good series. But don’t count out the Flyers yet.

    Here we go Flyers fans, a whole new set of naysayers and ones that have changed colors.

  9. bender says:

    Then again Mikster wrote this, what am I worried about!!!!!!!!!!

  10. mikster says:

    You’re a good Flyers fan sticking up for your team, i like that!

    Flyesr roll four lines, i know that…and they had the advantage over the Leafs who rolled 3 lines (realistically 2 were really playing). That’s why i mentioned that the Sens roll 4 lines as well, it’s more of an even match up.

    Sens have the speed, which is scary….and they know how to put the puck in the back of the net.

    Certainly a fun series to watch, good luck.

  11. mikster says:

    Why would you even think of being worried?

  12. TML51 says:

    I was hoping that some time in St. John’s would have brought his confidence up. I get the feeling that the Leaf coaching staff still aren’t comfortable with bringing him to the Leafs.

  13. bender says:

    I actually think that the 3 lines the leafs were rolling were the saving grace for the Leafs otherwise it’s a blowout. That gave Mogilny and Sundin more ice time. They were the only two guys, besides Belfour, that would of/and did make a difference. Nolan is the only guy I feel for….

  14. TC_4 says:

    I said

    Ottawa in 5

    Boston in 7

    Tampa Bay in 7

    Philly in 7

    Dallas in 6

    Detroit in 4

    Minny in 7

    St.Louis in 6

    Obviously I didn’t do well on some, but to get the teams…and in some cases the games to is not bad. I’m so happy that the nucks won! But I can’t believe they won game 6. This team has a DAMN good chance to go all the way now! Now for my second round:

    Ottawa in 7

    New Jersey in 6

    (what a BORING East final that will be)

    Dallas in 6

    Vancouver in 7

    (what a GREAT West final that will be)

  15. defenestrate says:

    Stop feeling for Nolan, he’ll put a restraining order on you. If you keep writing lucid posts I’m not going to recognize you. Is someone else using your name?

  16. -Swizz- says:

    marchment and colaiacovo to replace lumme and berg…

    healy and ponikarovsky to replace reichel and hoglund…keep fitz

    backup goalies are easy to get..

    maybe hackett? might be too expensive tho..

    he said he might want to be with his family…london is about 2 hours from downtown t.o..

  17. -Swizz- says:

    ehh i dunno about tellqvist…

    DEFINETLY..they should put him as the back up next year..see what he can do..if he cant cut it…sign a new goalie once lockout ends…

  18. sumthingbruin says:

    The B’s defense improved immensely with the pick up of Dan Mcgillis. Otherwise, your saying that the B’s defense is fine would be baseless. As it is, their defense is still their biggest weakness. They scored plenty of goals all season long and only ran into trouble when they ran into brodeur in the post season.

    Their D has no multi-dimensional players except for Boynton and mcgillis. They’ve got the odonnells, gills and morans, and then they’ve got the berards and girards. They need more players like Mcgillis and Boynton who are at least adequate at both ends. Another way to balance it out would be to pick up a hitter like marchment or just someone who could scare the opposition…the player they gave away in mclaren.

    I like your idea about zhamnov though. He and sammy would look great together. The hawks aren’t shopping him though I don’t think…although his DUI couldn’t have helped his cause.

  19. burky says:

    I say Canucks will win in 5.

    The Wild will steal the first game then go down in 4.

  20. habs_88_4life says:

    Wild and Canucks….Wild in 7

    Lightning and New Jersey….Tampa in 5

    Dallas and Ducks….Dallas in 6

    Flyers and Sens…..Sens in 7

  21. Kroeter says:

    I don’t know about Marchment but I heard Hatcher might be avalible. He’s younger plus he’s bigger and someone who can clear the net. Something the Leafs D couldn’t do.

  22. Cyrax89 says:

    Stars/Ducks Stars in 6

    Canucks/Wild Wild in 6

    Devils/Lightning Devils in 5

    Senators/Flyers Flyers in 6

  23. defenestrate says:

    Avs do their damndest to re-sign Tanguay and / or get Selanne. They will also have to take a good hard look at the future of their goaltending, because Abby isn’t going to cut it.

    While they’re at it, they need a big body for the front of the net, and another quality “stay at home” defenseman.

    And Nicky Fotiu will be the new coach.

    FOTIU! (and you, too).

  24. TC_4 says:

    To add to my previous comment…..the Blues should unload now! It’s clear there not going to get it done with this group, so why not keep building around Pronger, you got Jackman, you would keep some guys up front, but just Weight or Tkachuck, not both. Take your pick. But it’s defintly time for the Blues to overhaul this team. Al MacInnis won’t be traded, but if I was rebuilding, I would deal him because you need to get something for him now. He’ll be around for two more years I’m guessing. Not that I don’t love MacInnis, but you could get A LOT for him. A top rate goaltender is a must this offseason for the Blues. If they don’t land one, Pleau should be fired. How bout Maxim Oullet??? Or maybe Marc Denis, because Columbus may go with Leclaire next season. Of course this is just speculation. I know that Columbus obviously doesn’t need this move, but if the Blues gave them some awesome deal, they COULD go to Leclaire. I also think you’ll see Yzerman, Chelios, and Larionov retire this offseason, and Federov will leave.

  25. calflyers says:

    well said!

  26. titans says:

    They’ll golf!

  27. aaron says:

    Flyers in seven.

    Too big and physical for the Sens, though I’ll be rooting for the Sens anyway.

    Devils in five.

    They should manhandle the Bolts. Lightening will play hard, but they’re too small to challenge the Devils. Stevens vs. St. Louis…*shudders* That’s going to be ugly.

    Stars in five.

    Forget Giguere a second. The reason the Wings lost is b/c they played slow and skill and didn’t get any real good chances/shots. Stars will push the puck up the ice all night long, and punch holes through the Ducks defense Detroit wasn’t creating w/ all their fancy passing and dipsy-doodling. Ducks will bow out rather quickly.

    Canucks in six.

    If it goes to Game Seven, the Wild will win. Otherwise…its a tough pick to make, b/c the Canucks are basically a watered down version of the Avs, but I don’t think Minnesota can pull off two upsets in a row. Canucks looked good in coming back from their deficet (so did the Wild though). I dunno, this series could go either way.

  28. defenestrate says:

    Actually, I’ve seen Parker and Messier bowling….

  29. JohnFlan22 says:

    Leafs…. considering I hate this team with a passion they should stay as they are but if they want to improve then the exisles Green and Riechel must go.

    Caps…. Teetering on the edge of a good team. Any team with Jagr is gonna be good, the guy can score you four points a night when he wants to. Need a top Center and they will be good, I don’t know why but i can see Lindros playing there and turning it around.

    Bruins…. Need to get Hasek out of retirement, then they can run and gun all day and win a round. Need a number one D-man as well or a strong number two alla Hamrlik.

    Isles…. Need to cut out some deadwood. Trade Yashin and give his Money to fedorov. Or at least get ONE FRICK’N FIRST LINE WINGER!

    Detroit… keep Fedorov, dump Luc try again next year.

    Blues… rebuild, it aint gonna happen with this group.

    Avs… Why did you trade Mr. F*CK’n Playoffs Drury in the first place dip-shit?

    Oilers… Are they gonna still be a team next year? They look to be taking a step backwards. Salo should be gone.


  30. JeffBurnz09 says:

    Leafs have to decide if their in it to win or not. This group of players have had chances, and shown they go no farther than the 3rd round. That might be good, but don’t they really want to win? After this years pathetic game 7, and their worst playoff performance in years, its time for change. Belfour is fine. Nolan should become a bigger part of the team. They need more youth, and have to stop relying on veteran players. They sign these old guys who have 1 or 2 good playoff runs in them, and then suddenly have nothing. Every year they get worn down and eliminated. “We lost because we had injuries and we were worn down” is yearly playoff excuse.

    Oilers are stuck in a repeating cycle. Build young stars, become a threat, trade stars for new young stars, build them up, trade them, etc. They’ll always be a rebuilding team, because once they get built, they trade them away and rebuild again.

    Its over for the Red Wings. They’re alot like Toronto, only their old, veteran team was actually very good at a time. Older players get tired, worn down, and don’t have the hunger to win anymore. Hull, Shanny, Yzerman, Chelios…They could all be valued parts of other teams, but together are just an aging team of all stars.

    St.Louis is a strange situation. They should have won, but why didn’t they? Osgood was solid early, but weak in the later games. Did he have that Blue Flu? Or is he just unable to be consistantly on top of his game these days? McInnis being hurt was huge, but he was hurt early, and they sure won without him. They just never seem to get their big guns firing at the same time. If Weight is in a slump, Dimitra scores. If Dimitra doesnt score, Tkachuk scores, etc… They need everyone scoring in the playoffs. Tkachuk should gone. If for no other reason than to send a message to the rest of the team who’s be coasting. This team should be a true contender, but seem intent to just make the playoffs.

    Boston can look behind the bench and see why they blew it. Their wonderful GM lets go their top goal scorer, defenceman, and goaltender, and doesnt feel the need to get them a true number 1 goalie until february. Even then, he gets Jeff Hackett, who is brilliant at times, but has never really been a true starter. They go into a huge slump, and when they finally get back on the winning track, he fires the coach out of nowhere, and replaces him with himself! In the playoffs o`Connell looked completely out of his league, and you have to wonder what the point was in firing Fitorek (sp?) if they didn’t have anyone to coach them through the playoffs?

    I think the teams what were expected to win (Colorado,Toronto, Detroit,) need to realize the party might be over. Colorado is basically the same team they were in 1996, with the same 3 star players. Toronto have basically the same players they’ve always had, and any new additions are old players. Detroit are an older team, with almost the same core of players, with, again, veterans added on. Time to phase some youth into these teams.

  31. eddie6971 says:

    Round 2 will be fun to watch now that Det. and Co. aren’t there.Here’s my guess.

    Ott. vs. Phi.:

    Alfredsson still hasn’t produced, he’s definitely due. Can they play as they should after the week off even after Philly went 7 physical games? I still think they weren’t the same team they were during reg. season when they beat my Isles.

    But Philly has more big time players than my team. J.R., Recchi,Amonte(he’s due for his 15 minutes),LeClair,Primeau, that kid Williams, all are capable of killing you for your mistakes. My old favorite Lapointe had a 3 point night in game 7. But, I don’t trust in G Roman. Ott. is a quick team and if they get in close on a breakaway with guys like Havlat and Hossa, I think Ott. can win. Volchenkov, Neil,Varada and Ray(if he plays) give the Sens the grit they needed last year.The other factor is the Sens power play, if the Flyers don’t play it cool, Ott. will burn them with the extra man.

    Ott. in 7.

    NJ. vs TB.

    I probably won’t watch this series much unless I need sleep. Tampa is good, I like Vinnie and St. Loius but I doubt this team is good enough to exorcise the Devils. It will come down to the Bulin Wall and Brodeur. I feel Boston had a better offense than TB has and they couldn’t do a damn thing. TB’s blueline aside from Boyle don’t contribute pointwise. After Vinnie L.,Richards,Prospal and St Louis, they can’t score. Modin and Andreychuk aren’t that great either. If they can manage to score first, TB has a shot. Brodeur is coming off another 40 win year and is still playing excellent, even if TB gets the puck in through the trap, they can’t dump it too often because Brodeur is great in fielding the puck behind the net. They need to play a seamless passing game to keep Brodeurs stickhandling ability out of the game. Once NJ gets a 2 goal lead, it’s all over and time to hit the sack.

    NJ. in 5

    Van. vs Min.

    Who are these guys? Min. has a roster full of players no one wanted or heard of before. Yet, they listen to their genius coach, follow their gameplan to the letter and here they are. I will not bet a penny on this series. Too big an X-factor here. The X being Min. Naslund and Bertuzzi woke up late for St. Louis series. And they still won. I think Cloutier is the only real weakness for the Nucks. I don’t think he’s really as great(Nuck fans: I didn’t say he sucked, just not great) as everyone claims him to be. If he get’s yanked, they have Skudra who isn’t that great either. I was amazed how well Wes Walz(Who the hell is he anyway?) did against Forsberg. But can he do it to Naslund or Bertuzzi? On paper, the Canucks should beat the crap out of the Wild. After watching them beat the Av’s I just don’t know. Fernandez looked great in net. If he keeps it up and some no-name like Willie Mitchell or Pascal Dupuis plays hero for a day, the Wild have a chance. Who would’ve picked the Canes last year? Every year needs a Cinderella story, this time, it’s the Wild.

    Min. in 7 (With divine intervention)

    Dal. vs. ANA.

    Another team nobody figured to arrive. This is Kariya’s best chance to drink from the cup. But, against the deepest team in the league right now. I like the Ducks, but they would’ve been better off facing someone else. Giguere will have to stand on his head repeatedly for them to win. They did beat Dallas twice this year but doubt they have enough to win four. Then again, no one thought they’d beat Det. let alone sweeping them. But. Dal is just too good. They’re playing great as is and they have Turgeon and Guerin coming back into the line up. They’ll have guys like Stu Barnes, C. Lemieux, R. Dimaio, N. Kapanen playing on the 4th line. That’s a pretty decent scrub line. The Ducks have decent scoring. That Chistov kid is fun to watch. Kariya is still the man for them, Sykora, Oates, Ozolinsh,Rucchin, and Thomas are good. Their defensemen aren’t too good. Dallas has Zubov playing awesome, Hatcher being his bulldog self(I wish the Isles got him), Boucher is becoming and all round player and guys like Matvichuk, Odelien, and Sydor playing well. Ozolinsh and Havelid are good, but after you get to Salei and Carney, it drops off alot. Turco is a great goalie just as Giguere is. Giguere is just going to have to improve on his already stellar play for the Duckies to win. And they better pray Modano and Zubov cool off.

    Dal. in 5

    Well, that was my half assed guess. I only pray the Cup finals don’t turn out to be the Wild vs. Devils. I’d have to stock up on caffeine pills to watch it!

  32. ocptmycpt says:

    Ott vs. Phi – Phi in 5

    Tam vs. NJ – NJ in 5

    Van vs. Min – Van in 6

    Ana vs. Dal – Ana in 7

    Ana vs. Van – Ana in 6

    NJ vs. Phi – Phi in 7

    Ana vs. Phi – Ana in 5

  33. TC_4 says:

    I understand your a Stars fan, and that’s fine, but do you even pay attention to the other teams?

  34. NemiNA says:

    FLYERS IN 5!!

    we still have some hard-pumping adrenaline from that amazing leaf series, so we can carry that over to the well restes senators and f*ck them up!


  35. devfanman4 says:

    Here’s my predictions for round 2….

    Ott/Phil – This series is going the distance. It’s hard to pick a winner, but I think Ottawa will come out on top. The bottom line is goaltending and I still think Cechmanek has to roam less than he does and prove to the world that he can be a great goaltender. His numbers prove it, but his style is so unorthodox it’s hard to give him credit. I’m sure we were saying this about Hasek too up til the late 90s. Look where he ended up. There’s still hope Philly fans. Ott in 7

    NJ/TB – Tampa Bay’s a great young team, but they really only have one offensive line. Look at what the Devils did to Boston with one offensive line. This is where Madden is better to have than Holik. Madden is so fast he can probably keep up with St. Louis and Lecavlier (sp?). Stevens will play physical against them too and the rest of the team will not take these guys lightly. The big factor for TB is Khabibulin. I don’t think he’ll be as good as he was last series. Also, it took the Bolts 6 games to defeat the much weaker (compared to the Devils) Capitals. NJ in 5 (maybe 6)

    Dal/Ana – If they met up in the first round everyone would be saying Dallas in 4. However after the Ducks’ great performance against the Red Wings everyone is starting to question the “super teams” in the west. I doubt if the Ducks have enough in them to defeat the deepest team in the league. Dal in 5

    Van/Wild – This is surprising to me. I still can’t get over the Wild’s victory (I’m just starting to get over the Ducks’ run). Anyway, I don’t know much about these teams except the Wild have one of the lowest (possibly lowest) payrolls in the league and if you named half the players most casual fans would say “who? huh? what?” The ‘Nucks have their #1 line firing on all cylinders and actually being their #1 line. If they want to win though, Linden’s line with the Sedins will have to produce like they did in game 7 against the Blues. Van in 7

    So there we have it. I’d love to see both remaining Canadian teams advance and I’ll be rooting for them all series long. Although I really like the Wild too…Lemaire was great to the Devils and the Wild have become the NHL’s version of the late 90s Albany River Rats.

  36. Pock says:

    Sens in 6. Philly may turn out to be the Toronto of last year, a team after the first round that should have went to the cup final, but fatigue took its course. This Ottawa team scares me, all the talent in the world, they addressed there weakness in toughness from the pass, but they still managed to not show up for two games against the isles. They stole the first game in Long Island to recapture the series lead. They stole alot of games they should have lost this year, but thats what good teams do.

    Roman may not being asking for more shots in this series, or why aren’t these guys hitting me in the chest w/ there shots amy be the proper response.

    Jersey in 5. The Madden line shuts down Lecavalier and St. Louis. Same as the Boston series, and the return of Brylin to that line is huge.

    I do worry about the devils scoring in this series though. But they’ll win w/ those close games.

    Vancouver in 6. Beware the other trapping team in the league. I expect Linden to get a bit more scoring in this series though, kudos to the wild for getting to this point.

    Dallas in 4. No miracles this time around. The return of Guerin and Turgeon will be way too much for Anaheim to handle.

  37. jsFALLEN says:

    I agree with the Isles comment. The team needs to rid itself of a few players. One of the top four defense men are out and Kvasha, Parrish, and a second round pick are probally gone as well. If this series taught them anything is that they need a bonafide top winger.

  38. OldNord says:

    As a Hab’s Fan I might take a chance with Kvasha, big size center and still young, maybe he is not washed up yet. MTL are small at center, 3rd, 4th line, he can fill the hole.

    Can we return Czerkawski at your team? jk

  39. sumthingbruin says:

    zhamnov’s a free agent? Won’t happen because O’connell doesn’t want to have anybody signed through the expiration of the CBA.

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