Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/03/13 at 09:12 PM ET
from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
Loser: Philadelphia Flyers
The Flyers traded Sergei Bobrovsky to Columbus last season – and now Bobrovsky is playing so well, he is a candidate for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s best goaltender. One theory: Bobrovsky is playing without the kind of pressure there is in Philadelphia. So now the Flyers have acquired a goaltender from the Blue Jackets, but it isn’t Bobrovsky. It’s Steve Mason, who has struggled with his confidence and performance since winning the Calder Trophy as the NHL’s rookie of the year in 2009. Is he going to recapture his form in Philly, of all places? The Flyers might want to buy out Ilya Bryzgalov, and they might not have wanted to pay the price for Ben Bishop. But it will be incredible if Mason becomes the answer to their chronic goaltending woes.
Winner: Minnesota Wild
This is the next step in the Wild’s evolution as an organization. First, the Wild drafted well and built a base of assets. Then the Wild landed the top free agents on the market last summer, signing winger Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter to matching 13-year, $98 million deals. Then the Wild started competing for a division title. And now GM Chuck Fletcher has made a splash at the deadline by adding Pominville, a former captain and top-six forward who has a season left on his contract at $5.3 million. The price was high, very high – prospects Johan Larsson and Matt Hackett, plus a first-round pick and a second-rounder, with a fourth-rounder coming back. But the Wild has enough young talent to make this deal and try to start winning now.
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