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by Paul on 04/14/12 at 09:15 PM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
• The Philadelphia Flyers traded away Mike Richards and Jeff Carter because they didn’t believe they could succeed with them. And the Flyers are up 2-0 on Pittsburgh. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Kings, who traded first for Richards, later for Carter, are also up 2-0. It’s a long long shot, and seven weeks away, but wouldn’t Philadelphia-Los Angeles make for a fascinating Stanley Cup final?
• There is a movement being pushed by some NHL general managers that won’t allow teams to “bury” contracts in the minor leagues in the future, the way the Leafs have done with Jeff Finger or Colton Orr or the Rangers with Wade Redden. And if that goes through in the next collective bargaining agreement, it will mean the Leafs have $15.75 million already committed next season in Mike Komisarek, Matthew Lombardi, Colby Armstrong and Tim Connolly, who were a combined minus-54 and are virtually unmovable in any trade.
• The fact the Pittsburgh Penguins have had the NHL’s scoring champ in 14 of the past 26 seasons is somewhat stunning — especially when you consider that 17 teams have never had a scoring champion even once. The last Leaf to lead the NHL in scoring: Gord Drillon in 1938. The last Ranger: Bryan Hextall in 1942.
• Did you know that every scoring champion post lockout has been a Top 3 pick in the NHL Draft.
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