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Flames Sing the Blues

The Flames looked really bad against the St Louis Blues and lost again -- their fourth straight.

They will continue to fall further out of the playoff race if they cant turn this around quickly.

Feaster stood pat on TDD. Players should have been relieved. Instead the team looked frustrated and befuddled

That 7th Rounder Should Help

I got up at 8 am this morning, ready for a day of action, rumours and apparently deals involving the Detroit Red Wings. Boy was I wrong.

On a day where the Red Wings don't really ever do anything expect trade for minor leaguers, the Wings went even a step lower this year and I'm not pleased at all.

Only three trades were made by one o'clock, but guess what? Detroit made one of them! This is the move that would get us a depth forward that was big, physical and could score and was named Paul Gaustad! praise Ken Holland! The best GM in the league!

But no. 

Let's ship Mike Commodore to Tampa Bay and our buddy Steve Yzerman for a 7th round draft pic...

Flyers turn down deals; Keep roster intact for playoff push

As 3 p.m. came and went, so too went with it the Philadelphia Flyers last opportunity to improve their team.

With the NHL trade deadline expiring Monday afternoon, the players currently on the Flyers roster were able to breath a sigh of relief for the first time in weeks.

Despite speculation as to the team’s interest in adding a depth forward, in addition to other surprising areas of possible interest, the organization decided to stand pat with their current roster.

McPhee, Caps stand pat on Deadline Day

At the end of the day, George McPhee and the Washington Capitals decided not to enter the Trade Deadline fray, choosing instead to stand pat and keeps things status quo in D.C. 

While that may be all well and good in previous years past, it doesn't make sense considering the Caps currently find themselves out of the playoff picture in the East. 

Caps GM George McPhee didn't help out his team this time at the deadline. 

If the goal was to keep things status quo, then the Caps must be content with missing the playoffs in a season in which much greater was expected of them, Cup-wort...

The Most Over-Hyped, Over-Analyzed Day of the Year

Greger Buer looks at why Trade Deadline Day has become to most over hyped day on the NHL calender and why the Flames didn't do anything today, but have made moves in the past three months that made up for it.

Blackhawks Acquire Oduya from Winnipeg

The Chicago Blackhawks have acquired defenseman Johnny Oduya from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 2nd and 3rd round pick in 2013. 

Addressing a very glaring need for the Hawks on the blue line, GM Stan Bowman paid a decent price to land the 6'0" 190 lbs defenseman from Sweden in the hopes that he will help cut back on Chicago's recent defensive woes. 

In 63 games this year, Oduya has two goals and thirteen points and is a minus nine. His production this year has not been as significant as it has in recent years, but a change of scenery can certainly help with that.

Oduya carries a $3.5 Million dollar cap hit that will fit snugly into the remain...

The End of the Andrei Kostitsyn Era In Montreal

 


 The Montreal Canadiens and General Manager Pierre Gauthier were the first to make a "splash" on Trade Deadline Day Monday, and the result was the shipping of often troubled forward Andrei Kostitsyn to another conference. Kostitsyn now finds himself a member of the new Habs-West, otherwise known as as the Nashville Predators, where he will reunite with his younger brother Sergei.  The trade will give the Canadiens a second round pick in the 2013 draft. The Habs have also reacquired the conditional 5th round pick that was sent to Nashville as part of the Hal Gill trade not 10 days ago. On June 29, 2010, the Habs traded Sergei Kostitsyn out of t...

Leafs acquire Ashton for Aulie

The Toronto Maple Leafs have acquired forward Carter Ashton from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for defenseman Keith Aulie.

It’s a minor deal but one that makes sense for the Leafs. Ashton is 6’3, 215 pounds and addresses the Leafs’ need for size upfront---although not immediately. Ashton, a 28th overall draft pick, is a 20 year old power forward that needs more AHL seasoning before making the jump to the NHL. Power forwards generally take a bit longer to develop but Ashton is on the right track, producing 19 goals and 35 points in 56 AHL games.

Aulie was in the midst of a rough season, struggling at both the NHL and AHL levels. He has potential as a shu...

What's the next step in the fast-track rebuild?

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs are in a state of flux.

The Leafs, losing eight of its last nine games, appear to have little left in the tank and have been cutting its odds of a post-season berth (down to 30 per cent, according to sportsclubstats.com) with each passing game.

It’s easy to forget, however, that the general consensus in the off-season was that the Leafs would likely miss the playoffs for a seventh-straight season. Despite the panic spreading throughout the fan base, the Leafs are three points removed from the playoffs, with two games in hand over the eight-place Winnipeg Jets. Yes, the stats indicate that the Leafs’ chances are below 50 per cent...

Cloudy Future

A 2-0 deficit against the Vancouver Canucks, the best road team in the entire league, can be rather daunting for any team in the league this season. However, the Dallas Stars found a way to not only tie it late, but win the game in overtime on a thrilling goal from Loui Eriksson.

The Stars, early on in the trading season, looked to establish themselves as sellers. As predicted, Nicklas Grossman was shipped to the Flyers, but I figured they could figure out a plan to grab a forward from the Flyers because they have so many. Instead, the ever-shrewd Paul Holmgren sent draft picks. Flyers won that deal, let's move on.

So what's next?