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Uneasy situation in Montreal

December 11th 2011 15:24
The chances of defenseman Matthias Ohlund playing this season are slim, as he hasn't skated for several weeks due to pain in his knees. He had knee surgery in mid-October, and it looks like GM Steve Yzerman will stand pat. There really is no reason to do something else, as Bruno Geravis has played well as a depth defenseman. I think the furthest Yzerman should go is call up Radko Gudas if things get worse on the blue line.

Before the Carolina Hurricanes were able to dump off Tomas Kaberle's contract on the Canadiens shoulders, the 'Canes tried to trade the $4.25 million man to the Blue Jackets. Carolina tried to package a second rounder and the 33-year-old for center Derick Brassard, but the Blue Jackets rejected this offer outright. Kaberle had a -11 this season with the Hurricanes, and it really seems like the only way to improve this sagging team is a complete overhaul. It may seem imprudent, but this strange collapse may be for real. The key players, such as Eric Staal, are here to stay, but guys like Kaberle and other older role players are expendable. I still can't believe the Canadiens would ever take the under-performing, aging Kaberle and- most of all- the contract that comes with him.

The team that obtained Kaberle, the Canadiens, are interested in shaking things up as well. The fan base has been calling for Jacques Martin's head, but there are also rumblings that GM Pierre Gauthier's job security is falling. Patrick Roy and the surprise firing Randy Carlyle are two names circulating around Martin (the vultures around a "corpse"), and even some players have said that Martin has a poor system that is too restrictive. The aforementioned Blue Jackets were among the teams who made head coaching changes, and they have gotten off to a hot start with their new coach. The Canadiens are coming off of a shootout loss against the Jackets, and maybe firing their head coach will help them out; I certainly think it will.
Tomas Kaberle
Traded to Montreal


6/2011 NHL Forward Rankings

June 9th 2011 14:44
1. Sidney Crosby
2. Alex Ovechkin
3. Daniel Sedin
4. Henrik Sedin
5. Evgeni Malkin
6. Steven Stamkos
7. Corey Perry
8. Jonathan Toews
9. Pavel Datsyuk
10. Martin St. Louis
11. Ilya Kovalchuk
12. Brad Richards
13. Ryan Kesler
14. Jeff Carter
15. Eric Staal
16. Anze Kopitar
17. Henrik Zetterberg
18. Joe Thornton
19. Alexander Semin
20. Zach Parise
21. Patrick Kane
22. Jarome Iginla
23. Dany Heatley
24. Ryan Getzlaf
25. Nicklas Backstrom
26. Claude Giroux
27. Patrick Marleau
28. Milan Lucic
29. Mike Richards
30. Vincent Lecavier
31. Danny Briere
32. Rick Nash
33. Phil Kessel
34. Devin Setoguchi
35. Tomas Plekanec
36. Ryan Clowe
37. Chris Stewart
38. Logan Couture
39. Mikko Koivu
40. Johan Franzen

2010 PSW NBA and NHL All-Stars

April 21st 2011 15:17
I have assembled both of my All-Star teams for the NHL and NBA with both league's regular seasons having ended. There are three All-Star teams (or lines for hockey) and there is a goalie for each NHL line. This has nothing to do with team value, but rather how well the player played overall.


Line One

G Carey Price
D Lubomir Visnovsky
D Nicklad Lidstrom
W Daniel Sedin
W Corey Perry
C Henrik Sedin

Line Two

G Tim Thomas
D Zdeno Chara
D Keith Yandle
W Martin St. Louis
W Jarome Iginla
C Steve Stamkos

Line Three

G Pekka Rinne
D Dustin Byfuglien
D Christian Ehrhoff
W Alex Ovechkin
W Claude Giroux
C Ryan Kesler


Team One

PG Chris Paul
SG Dwayne Wade
SF LeBron James
PF Kevin Love
C Dwight Howard

Team Two

PG Derrick Rose
SG Kobe Bryant
SF Kevin Durant
PF Dirk Nowitzki
C Tim Duncan

Team Three

PG Russell Westbrook
SG Manu Ginobili
SF Carmelo Anthony
PF Pau Gasol
C Andrew Bynum
Kobe Bryant
Still A Beast

2010 NHL Playoffs Round One

April 12th 2011 11:55
Eastern Conference

1 Capitals vs. 8 Rangers

The Rangers are a really inconsistent team, and their top player- Ryan Callahan- is out. That doesn't mix well against a Capitals team that is *gulp* better than they were last year. They are now much better defensively than they were, and Mike Green's return will signify even bigger and better things to come for Washington's defense. Prediction: Capitals in 4. MVP: Mike Knuble.

2 Flyers vs. 7 Sabres

The Sabres have surged lately to get to the playoffs, and they will meet a tough match against the Flyers. The Flyers have been off defensively of late, but it is very difficult to stop Jeff Carter and Danny Briere. Kimmo Timonen will hassle Vanek and Stafford en route to a close playoff series victory for the talented Flyers. Prediction: Flyers in 6. MVP: Claude Giroux.

3 Boston Bruins and 6 Montreal Canadiens

Wow. What a draw! The tensions are still boiling after the Chara hit, but the Canadiens don't have the talent to back it up. Carey Price and Tim Thomas will make up a battle between two Vezina finalists, but the Canadiens lack the star power that Boston has. It will be a great series that is filled with emotion, but the Canadiens just don't have the offense. Scott Gomez has not stepped up at all, and rookie P.K. Subban will not be able to win it all by himself. Prediction: Bruins in 6. MVP: Tim Thomas.

4 Penguins and 5 Lightning

Dan Bylsma has to be the greatest coach in hockey. He has led his Pens without two of the best players in the leauge and has turned them into one of the best defensive units. They are also great at penalty killing. They will meet a really good Tampa team that features Steve Stamkos and Martin St. Louis. Heck, Lecavalier and Gagne are great players too. This is going to be a must-see series, and I think the Pens win it because of their defense. The Lightning just don't have the defense, but this serious can go either way. As a Pens fan, I hope my prediction is right. Prediction: Pens in 7. MVP: James Neal.

Western Conference

1 Canucks and 8 Blackhawks

Nobody should be fooled by this eighth seed. The Hawks won it all last year, and they are still a formidable foe. This is a battle of two heavyweights; the best teams of the past two years. I think the Sedin brothers prove the difference in what will be a series everyone will be talking about. Prediction: Canucks in 7. MVP: Daniel Sedin.

2 Sharks and 7 Kings

This is yet another great matchup in what should be one of the best NHL Playoffs in years. The Sharks are always unfairly called "chokers", and I think they come up with a statement here. LA is a really good team with Jonathan Quick, Drew Doughty, and Dustin Penner among others. However, Joe Pavelski is the most clutch player in hockey, and I think he goes crazy in the postseason. Prediction: Sharks in 6. MVP: Joe Pavelski.

3 Red Wings and 6 Coyotes

Detroit is always up there every year, but I want to talk a little bit about Phoenix. They have done a great job of focusing and playing great hockey even in the midst of the whole Goldwater circus and the future state of their franchise. They are going to give this juggernaut all they have, but the Wings' playoff experience will just push them by in the final game of the series. Prediction: Red Wings in 7. MVP: Nicklas Lidstrom.

4 Ducks and 5 Predators

The Ducks have been incredible down the stretch, and that's thanks to former Stanley Cup MVP Ryan Getzlaf and especially Hart candidate and top goal scorer Corey Perry. Lubomir Visnovsky has been excellent, and Ray Emery has been a heartwarming surprise. Vezina candidate Jonas Hiller went down with an injury, and former Senators' star keeper Emery was put in the starting spot. He has been great after being deemed washed-up due to many injuries. The Predators are a solid team, but these Ducks are loaded. Prediction: Ducks in 5. MVP: Lubomir Visnovsky.
Ready for the Sabres

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