Monday, February 27, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
2) We will be back at this again next Saturday when 9 games will be played. Ofcourse the deadline is approaching but from what we have heard it probably won't be all that active. In fact it might be a down right snoozer of a day disappointing many fans expecting big deals to propel their teams. As many of our sources tell us to many teams are looking so prices are "exorbitant". If anything is close and we hear about it we will pass it along. As always, keep it here for all the latest!
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh: Pittsburgh
St. Louis at Winnipeg: Jets
Phoenix at Edmonton:Coyotes
Washington at Toronto: Maple Leafs
Boston at Ottawa: Senators
Buffalo at NY Rangers: Rangers (Lock of the week)
Florida at Carolina: Hurricanes
Colorado at Detroit: Red Wings
Chicago at Los Angeles: Kings
San Jose at Nashville:Preditors
Philadelphia at Calgary: Flames
Sunday, February 19, 2012
2) For the day we had an impressive 7-1 record for the day/evening to elevate our season long record to 133-97, or a .578 winning %. We also continued our 'Lock" mastery to bring that stat to an amazing 16-3. We will be back at it next Saturday when a full 11 games will be played. Also its the final week prior to the Trade Deadline. Contrary to conventional wisdom I think from talking with folks that it will be a busy period indeed. Look for some of our discussion and relate rumours that we hear.
As always, keep it here for all the latest!
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia: Penguins
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Nashville at Boston: Bruins
Florida at New Jersey: Devils
Los Angeles at NY Islanders: Islanders
NY Rangers at Philadelphia: Flyers
Winnipeg at Pittsburgh: Penguins
Edmonton at Ottawa: Senators
Tampa Bay at Buffalo: Lightning
Montreal at Toronto: Maple Leafs
Colorado at St. Louis: Blues (Lock of The Week)
Columbus at Minnesota: Wild
Chicago at Phoenix: Coyotes
Vancouver at Calgary: Canucks
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
- Carolina: Tuoma Rutuu, Jaroslav Spacek. Not gonna get much more than a 4th rounder at most for Spacek, but Rutuu is another story. Rutherford could parlay that into a 2nd rounder and or a prospect.
- Montreal: Chris Campoli and Hal Gil if healthy could get back something decent. Travis Moen will also be in demand with his size and playoff experience. Hey Gauthier, dangle Gomez for free! ;)
- Buffalo: Paul Gaustad will be the player most asked about. Also Brad Boyes, Jochen Hecht, might also be dealt
- NY Islanders: Evgeny Nabokov is the player everyone will be expecting to be dealt. He's having a good season so Snow should be able to get back a decent pick. Additionally PA Parenteau as an impending UFA having a point/game season could get the Isles a decent return if they feel they won't be able to resign him. Frans Neilson would also get a teams interest as a good penalty killer/defensive forward. Additionally Steve Staos and Mark Eaton would get back a modest return for a team looking for defensive depth
- Tampa Bay: Have a bevy of depth/character players available, including Dominic Moore, Ryan Shannon, Adam Hall. Pavel Kubina might also interest a team looking to add a defenseman. Maybe Stevie Y could convince a fellow GM to take on Vinny L's contract? Hey Gomez for Lecalvier? Probably not ;)
- Columbus: They should be very busy. In addition to maintaining our Nash trade scenario, we look toward Howson dealing Huselius, Pahlsson and Prospal for mid round picks/lower prospects. He might even get back something decent for Radek Martinek if he can stay healthy. Goalie Steve Mason is also on the block Fedor Tyuton could also be leaving Ohio?
- Edmonton: While all eyes are on Sam Gagne, and his recent offensive surge will elevate his value, we also expect teams to ask about Ryan Smyth and Ales Hemsky. The former though has a NTC and its unknown if he wants to move once again? Certainly Andy Sutton will get back a nice return
- Anaheim: While the rumors will persist we doubt the Ducks will blow up the ir roster and instead deal impending UFA s like Jason Blake, and Niclas Hagman. While Finn vets Teemu Selanne and Saku Koivu have NTC's it will be interesting to see if they waive them to try to win a Cup?
4) Next the teams that should look towards 2012-13 even though they have a mathematical shot at the playoffs:
- Winnipeg: Not a huge number of tradable assets to unload. Johnny Oduya, Kyle Wellwood and Jim Slater might get interest they won't bring back anything more than a mid round pick. Nic Antropov could get a tad more from a team looking to add a top 4 forward.
- Colorado: No shortage of possible UFA's to deal with Jones, McClement, Winnick, Hunwick available but unlikely to fetch all that much. Shane O'Brian on the other hand could garner enough interest to get back a decent return to warrant dealing the defenseman. If someone came sniffing for Giguere or Paul Stastny Greg Sherman would be wise to listen
- Calgary: Jay Feaster should totally retool his roster and not think they have a chance. As such ALL players over 28 should be available. Including Jokinen (no trade clause), Stepniak, Sarich, Hannon, However players like Jarome Iginla, and Mike Cammellari should be approached to drop their NTC. You would think they would want a shot at a Cup? It aint gonna happen in Cow Town any time soon!
5) That's 11 teams who we feel should be clear cut sellers. Only leaves 3 teams that are truly "bubble teams":
- Phoenix: The teams future in the desert still in doubt, as is their playoff hopes. They could still pull it out, but realistically would/could they do much once there? Maloney should attempt to deal but all his tradeable commodities have NTC's. Doan, Rozival, Whitney, Langkow, and Aucoin all have no movement clauses.
- Dallas: Micheal, Ryder, and Sheldon Souray would get back the best return but being so close to the 8th seed and in need of playoff revenue its unlikely the Stars will be big sellers
- Washington: Jeff Schultz and Alex Semin most available Caps, but with their recent injury woes will they part with them? Mike Knuble could also be had, but wouldn't fetch much.
Monday, February 6, 2012
2) In reality we're told one man Clyde Bellecourt is the one who is pushing the issue. He is an American Indian Movement activist who says “They think they honor our people by turning us into nothing but mascots for their fun and games,”. Oddly however Clyde refuses to allow the Standing Rock Sioux tribe members to vote on the issue, like the other tribe, Spirit Lake Sioux did when they OK'd the continuation of the use of the name. Could a pay off from the school (or lack there of) have been the reason for the lack of permission? One insider tells us that members of the Tribal council quietly asked for the school to fund several projects in their reservation and the school turned them down fearing an avalanche of such requests thus cementing their refusal to allow a vote and to nix the schools long standing logo.
3) The NCAA, ever trying to please everyone and thus displeasing everyone has been on the war path-sort of speak- to try to eliminate all school nick names that even one person might find offensive and replace them with Lilly-white, fluffy, happy, usually inane nick names that have zero connection to the institution. The kicker to this story is that ND does NOT have a replacement name yet approved and thus their teams going into the 12-13 college season will be nameless. How sad as well as dumb will it be for one of the premier hockey programs in the US to be stripped of their iconic name? A school that has churned out the likes of Doug Smail, Jason Blake, Troy Murray, Zac Parise, Dennis Hextall, Drew Stafford, Craig Ludwig, Jonathan Towes, James Patrick, Dave Tippett, Travis Zajac, Dave Christian, and Ed Belfour. Its too bad the school and the hold out tribe couldn't bury the hatchet, smoke a peace pipe and continue to keep things as they are. For if we can live in a country where there is no real out cry over a team called "The Red Skins" (an actual racist-inflammatory name) there shouldn't be one over a team that gives respect, and praise to the older North Dakota Immigrants,(they are no more native than any of us!) the Sioux.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
2) We will be back for week 18 next Saturday when a dozen games are on the schedule, half of which are afternoon contests. We also will continue to monitor the latest trade rumour news as the deadline is fast approaching(2/27)
As always, keep it here for all the latest
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Pittsburgh at Boston: Bruins