Sports by Randy Charles Morin.
Copyright 2005-10 Randy Charles Morin
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Who won? Lot's of team. Forget all the small trades, let's go thru the big ones. I'm only going to discuss those made on trade day.
Otherall winner is Florida. Picking up Evan Oberg, Samsonov, Hauswirth, Bergfors, Rissmiller, Kennedy and three 3rds. No blue chip prospects, but a lot of them. Unloaded salary and they are gonna suck for the next 20 games. Sign players in the off-season and start all over. I like it. Fans aren't gonna like the remainder of the season. But this is how you build. Brian Burke?
Nice draft pick steal by the Thrashers. Both a 2nd and 3rd rounder for a very old overpaid d-man in Matthieu Schneider. Montreal also has a condition pick coming back. It better be high. The Canadiens had lots of salary room to add players, which is now gone along with 2 draft picks. I don't understand this. Kaberle might have been available to them in the next few days.
We just updated all the NHL rosters.
Southeast Preseason Preview
This plays on the scoreboard at the start of every Thrashers home playoff game.
Sabres vs. Islanders
This will likely be a walk, since the Sabres are healthy and had good playoff experience last season. With DiPietro coming back off injury and not having played in a couple weeks, he might be stale for the first game. He is the key to the series. If he doesn't play his best hockey for six games, then the Islanders will be in trouble. The Islander push for the playoff was impressive, but nobody expect them to win and I think they've already hit their goal, just getting into the playoffs.
Devils vs. Lightning
This series should prove what is more valuable. Great scorers or a great goalie. The Devils would not have made the playoffs without Brodeur and the Lightning would not have made the playoffs without Lecavalier and St. Louis. My money is on the Devils, mostly because of the massive goaltending advantage. Holmqvist is by far the worst starting goaltender in this year's playoff and Brodeur is the best. But, with the recent problems in the Devils organization, I wouldn't preclude an upset. The key to this series is behind the bench. Will the Devils play for Lamoriello after he fired their coach?
Goaltending: +2 Devils
Offense: +2 Lightning
Thrasher vs. Rangers
This is looking like an upset. The Thrashers are new the playoffs and that usually means bad things. On the other hand, the Trashers have a scary defense and great scoring. Even if the Rangers win, they'll get beat up. Avery is the wild card in this series. He could lose it with the stupidity he's known for or he could play rough but smart and even up the Thrasher's physical advantage.
Senators vs. Penguins
The Penguins are the team of the future, but the Senators could be the team of 2007. The Senators are prime for a good playoff. They've changed the team. Brought in players that have performed in big tournaments (Heatley). Like the Trasher series, 1st year playoff teams like Pittsburgh often don't play up to playoff speed. The key to this series will be Crosby. Duh!? He could just want to win now and it'll happen.
Took the kids to Tae Kwan Do for the first two periods. Caught the end of the second and the Sundin goal while driving home.
3 Points out-of-a playoff spot.
Missed the 1st period. Tae Kwan Do practice for the kids.
The game that was marked on the calendar last month when Boulton ran Lindros. Belak was put in the lineup and was matched up shift-by-shift with Boulton. They faught on their second shift and the game settled down after that. The Leafs dominated the first 30 minutes of the game to a 5-1 lead and sat back the final 30 minutes and nursed the lead with a little help from Belfour shut the door on any comeback. Poniko was the star of the game with 3 points.
First and second period (I'm listening, no video).
End of second. Total domination by the Leafs! (almost)