Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/18/13 at 08:32 AM ET
from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,
- With rookie Jake Allen bailing the St. Louis Blues out of their goalie woes, they’re the only team carrying three netminders, with Jaro Halak backing up and last year’s top dog Brian Elliott (nine shutouts) in the press box. They don’t want to put Elliot on waivers, figuring he’d get picked up, but maybe not off his $1.8-million salary for this year and next. Never a good thing fiscally when $5.5 million worth of goalies are watching a kid making $816,000.
- There are five NHL teams better than everybody else this season. With the dog-pile of teams in the playoff hunt, I don’t see a lot of action on April 3, trade deadline day. There aren’t enough obvious sellers right now, only the Florida Panthers and the Sabres, for sure in the East. In the Western Conference, the Colorado Avalanche look like they’ll be on the outside looking in. The Oilers, the Calgary Flames and the Columbus Blue Jackets are only a couple of wins from eighth, but could still become sellers if they lose two or three in a row. Same with Nashville, if they don’t get out of their tailspin.
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