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Tue, 01 Mar 2011 17:01:41 GMT
Who won the Trade War?

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?

Mon, 19 Oct 2009 17:31:54 GMT
NHL Eastern Conference Predictions
These are my predictions for the NHL Eastern Conference.

Rangers

The Rangers are off to a great start. Nothing new. Lunqvist does this every year. Don't credit anybody but Lunqvist and laugh at hockey analysis who make anything of the Rangers fast start. Lunqvist comes back to Earth as the season wears on him.

Senators

If Leclaire keeps it up, then expect the Sens near the top of the Northeast division.

Capitals and Penguins

The Pens and Caps will shoot it out again for the conference title.

Sabres

If Miller remains healthy, then the Sabres are playoff bound.

Thrashers

Great start. Maybe they can make the playoffs. Maybe. It's 50-50.

Devils

Still getting worse and relying on Brodeur more than ever. Brodeur will likely get them into the playoffs yet again. Someday he won't.

Flyers

Amazing team outside of management and goaltending. How do you put Randy Jones up for grabs? How do you gamble on the Emery headcase? If Emery doesn't implode the team, then they make the playoffs.

Bruins

Should easily make playoffs. GM is executive of the year for the Kessel trade. Last 12 months have put them into Stanley Cup contention for the next 10 years.

Lightning

They can't play defense. I feel sorry for their goaltenders.

Hurricane

Getting old. Need to surround Cam Ward with younger players. This is likely a good year for them to exit from the playoff picture and get a good draft pick. Ward may make that difficult.

Panthers

They suck again.

Canadians

Too much change in team personel, plus Andrei Markov not heathly, equals a lot of unfair doubt on Carey Price's skill and no playoff.

Islanders

The Isles will never make the playoffs until Garth Snow is fired.

Leafs

This franchise is turning into a joke. The Ducks cup win obviously had little to do with Brian Burke.
Mon, 16 Feb 2009 23:50:24 GMT
Schneider to Canadiens

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.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=409562

Thu, 30 Oct 2008 21:51:58 GMT
NHL Update

We just updated all the NHL rosters.

New Jersey Devils
Chicago Blackhawks
New York Islanders
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers
Detroit Red Wings
Philadelphia Flyers
Nashville Predators
Pittsburgh Penguins
St. Louis Blues
Boston Bruins
Calgary Flames
Buffalo Sabres
Colorado Avalanche
Montreal Canadiens
Edmonton Oilers
Ottawa Senators
Minnesota Wild
Toronto Maple Leafs
Vancouver Canucks
Atlanta Thrashers
Anaheim Ducks
Carolina Hurricanes
Dallas Stars
Florida Panthers
Los Angeles Kings
Tampa Bay Lightning
Phoenix Coyotes
Washington Capitals
San Jose Sharks
Tue, 02 Oct 2007 16:20:53 GMT
Steve Downie 20 Games - Episode #6

I recorded a new episode of the talk-sports.net podcast on time for the first time since Thursday. We had to cancel yesterday's show. Sorry.

Southeast Preseason Preview

http://recordings.talkshoe.com/TC-53113/TS-47444.mp3

Wed, 18 Apr 2007 19:21:16 GMT
Thrasher Playoff Intro

This plays on the scoreboard at the start of every Thrashers home playoff game.

Wed, 11 Apr 2007 21:29:39 GMT
2007 NHL Playoff Predictions Eastern Conference

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.

Goaltending: +Sabres
Defense: +Sabres
Offense: +Sabres
Coaching: +Islanders
Heart: +Sabres

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
Defense: +Devils
Offense: +2 Lightning
Coaching: +Devils
Heart: +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.

Goaltending: +Rangers
Defense: +Thrashers
Offense: +Thrashers
Coaching: +Rangers
Heart: +Rangers

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.

Goaltending: +Penguins
Defense: +Senators
Offense: +Senators
Coaching: even
Heart: +Senators

Fri, 14 Apr 2006 00:48:56 GMT
Leafs v. Isles, Game 79

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.

3rd Period

Overtime

3 Points out-of-a playoff spot.

Wed, 08 Feb 2006 01:48:59 GMT
Leafs v. Thrashers, Game 55

Missed the 1st period. Tae Kwan Do practice for the kids.

2nd Period

3rd Period

Sat, 07 Jan 2006 02:22:58 GMT
Leafs v. Flames, Game 41

First Period

Intermission

2nd Period

3rd Period

Sun, 20 Nov 2005 14:44:43 GMT
Leafs v. Thrashers, Game 21

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.

Lines

D

Fri, 21 Oct 2005 00:18:05 GMT
Leafs v. Canes, Game 7

First period

Second period

Third

Overtime

Game thoughts

Lines

D

Sat, 15 Oct 2005 00:20:00 GMT
Leafs v. Thashers, Game 5

First and second period (I'm listening, no video).

End of second. Total domination by the Leafs! (almost)

Lines

D

Wed, 05 Oct 2005 16:56:04 GMT
Southeast Division Predictions
  1. Tampa Bay - Without Khabibulin, this is no longer a Stanley Cup contender. But still enough firepower up front to win the division easily.
  2. Florida Panthers - Very strong in net with Luongo, average everywhere else. They have a chance at making the playoffs.
  3. Carolina Hurricanes - Mediocre all around. Doesn't look like a playoff team.
  4. Atlanta Thrashers - Hossa is gonna find out it's a lot hard to score on a bad team. They need work on their golf game.
  5. Washington Capitals - An awesome youngster named Ovechkin and the worst D in hockey history; Biron, Heward, Witt. It's a good thing they have three goalies (Zolzig, Johnson, Ouellet).
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