Heading into Vancouver to face the Canucks, the Flames and the Canucks share one main goal, get their first win of the season. Both teams have got off to sluggish starts as they are winless in their first two games. While the Flames have battled inconsistency, the Canucks have been surrounded by their never ending goalie conundrum between Corey Schneider and Roberto Luongo. One team will get on track tonight, while the other will be digging a deeper hole.
With the Canucks leading the Western Conference, and by having a descent idea on how teams are playing, I think it is time for me to make some predictions on what will happen near the trade deadline for the boys in blue and green starting from the net working our way out.
I see Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider both staying in Vancouver, especially the way both have been playing. Luongo looks rejuvenated and has the passion to play hard. Even watching his practices, you can tell he wants to win and make up for last year’s loss. His game has improved a whole lot better since the beginning of the season. Canucks fans can only hope that Luongo keeps paying stro...
Since he has entered the NHL, David Booth has not made the playoffs with the Florida Panthers. Could his first year with a playoff contending team be a long run?
David Booth, 26 years old, still has lots of hockey left in him and now that he is with a contending team, it is only a matter of time before we see him in his 2008-2009 state (where he had 60 points in 72 games).
In practice, he has been skating on the second line with fellow Americans, Ryan Kesler, and Chris Higgins and by having Booth on the wing, it will be a perfect with for Kesler and Higgins, seeing as he has played with both of them at some point of his career (Higgins in Florida, and Kesler in the World Junio...
We've all seen it before. A team makes a trade and sends a well-liked player out of town for a player that either is deemed an unreasonable replacement or is not liked right off the bat because they will never be like the player the team lost.
Even early in the season recently, there have been a number of trades that have been made that makes you wonder what the rest of the team members involved were thinking when they happened. It's not like the trades were huge in terms of players involved, but all in all, I think there are several psychological factors that influence a team's feelings towards trades and player moves in general.