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Editor’s note: In our “Friday Face off,” ESPN.com NHL writer Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Toronto Star columnist and frequent ESPN.com contributor Damien Cox (based in Toronto) duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!
This week’s topic: Is Alexander Ovechkin poised to be the new Gretzky, the player all the others will be chasing for years to come when it comes to goals?...
Scott: We often hear people bemoan the lack of a dynastic team, a team that captures the imagination of the hockey world. Do you think a single player can have that effect? We all know Crosby has proved himself to be special early on, but his high ankle sprain is going to cost him back-to-back MVP awards and league scoring titles. But if Ovechkin got to 60 or 65, do you think that would be some sort of catalyst to great excitement that transcends the normal?
Damien: Nope. Not while he’s in Washington. I know that won’t make the millions of Capitals fans across the world happy, or owner Ted Leonsis, or GM George McPhee, but the fact is, having Ovechkin not only in D.C. but in the Southeast Division just isn’t going to afford him the profile he deserves. At least not in the near future.
NEW YORK—With four days remaining until the NHL trade deadline Tuesday at 3 p.m., ET, League-wide competition is as tight as ever. The 2007-08 regular season passed the three-quarter pole Thursday with 25 clubs within seven points of a berth in the Stanley Cup playoffs, four clubs more than last season at this stage. At the three-quarter mark of the 2003-04 season, just 19 clubs were in such contention.
In addition, 17 clubs are within seven points of a division lead and five of six division leaders are in front by four points or fewer.
from RDS (translated),
Tom Kostopoulos can breathe a bit easier since he has learned that there will be no charges against him in Florida in the wake of his arrest last week.
Kostopoulos aurait pu être accusé d’entrave au travail des policiers. Kostopoulos would have been accused of obstructing the work of police.
Le joueur du Canadien a présenté une lettre d’excuse aux policiers pour être intervenu lors de l’arrestation de son coéquipier Ryan O’Byrne. The Canadian player submitted a letter of apology to police to be intervened with the arrest of his teammate Ryan O’Byrne.
Many Detroit area residents are probably familar with the name Greg Brady. Greg used to co-host the morning show on WDFN until the Detroit economy got the best of him.
Greg is now co=hosting the Bill Watters show on 640am in Toronto and also has beem suggesting a few trades on his blog…
TRADE #6: St. Louis Blues trade Lee Stempniak (F) and Jay McKee (D) to Detroit Red Wings for Kyle Quincey (D), Tomas Kopecky (F), Dick Axelsson (F), and Valterii Filppula (F).
Why the Blues do it: I know, I know. This is the most boring trade yet, Brady! Are you losing interest in your little filibuster here? Are you tired yet of watching Thompson Twins videos on Youtube while you stammer on and on? No, and…..possibly. Anyway—the Blues don’t hesitate to do this.
read on and make sure to check the sidebar for more suggested trades…
from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the AJC,
Hey, Donny…look. You and your GM buddies were all hanging by the pool in Florida earlier in the week. Please, please…for the love of all things good and holy…PLEASE tell me you were nosing into the possibility of getting some help on defense…a Tomas Kaberle or a Campbell…or just SOME-FRIKIN’-BODY that maybe…JUST MAYBE…won’t act like a toll booth worker at the blue line as opposing forwards scamper by. “Exact change…Thank you…buh-bye…have a nice day”!
from Stan Fischler at Game On,
If the Rangers sedan has a rear view mirror, it should be immediately adjusted.
That ominous brigade in the background is neither a mirage nor a mistake. It IS the New York Islanders, of all people; of all playoff-seeking contenders.
Chauffeur Tom Renney must wonder whether he should be watching the road ahead of him—it leads to Buffalo on Saturday night—or the rampaging SUV with Nassau County plates on his tail.
from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,
When it comes to Sutter’s Flames on deadline day, that warning label should read: ‘Prepare to be disappointed.’
Although the Flames likely will be working the phones and kicking tires right until the clock strikes 1 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, history has shown Sutter refuses to overpay for the impact players most readily available at the deadline.
The biggest name brought aboard in the second half of a Sutter season here was Chris Simon in 2004, a few days before the actual closing date.
from Bob Ford at the Philadelphia Inquirer,
The losing streak has taken the Flyers from first place to last place in the Atlantic Division and has taken them entirely out of the playoff seeding in the Eastern Conference. Where they go from here is unknown. The trading deadline is Tuesday, and general manager Paul Holmgren couldn’t be blamed for taking advantage of it.
With Simon Gagne out for the season, the Flyers have extra money available for salaries, but that isn’t so easy, either. Every team looking for players is also looking for wingers and defensemen, just like the injury-riddled Flyers. They are loath to offer any of their younger players in trade, although there is an increasing sense that, if they do, it could be Jeff Carter who is moved.
more... In my opinion, the goaltending in Philly has been average at best, get better goaltending, the team gets better.
Mats Sundin has stated he does not want to leave Toronto, over and over again. So why this?
from Darren Drager of TSN,
Sources tell TSN that Toronto Maple Leafs interim general manager Cliff Fletcher and captain Mats Sundin met on Thursday to discuss his future with the team.
It’s believed Fletcher asked Sundin for a list of teams he would consider playing for, although the Leafs GM stopped short of officially asking him to waive his no-trade clause.
from the Edmonton Sun,
Dwayne Roloson hasn’t come right out and asked for a trade, but he’s already moved his family out of town and says if a choice has to be made between sitting in Edmonton and playing somewhere else, there’s no choice to be made.
At some point, and he’s been at that point for some time, the need to play outweighs a guy’s fondness for a city and an organization.
“Definitely,” said Roloson, who hasn’t played a game in 21 days, and isn’t scheduled to start tonight in Dallas. “It’s outweighs it big time.”
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