Monday, February 26, 2007
The Canucks have just picked up Sopel and Smolinski as they look to add to a team that has surprised many and must be considered a pretty good darkhorse pick in the upcoming playoffs. With a nice top 4 D, Roberto Luongo and the ability to win on the road they are a team that I would want to avoid if I had my druthers.
Lots of action today as teams try and strike early - I think we'll see reaction trades tonight and tomorrow as teams try and keep up with the early buyers.
The Oilers won't be buying. After a terrific win in Detroit Friday night they sat five out but you could see what was coming and it did. Flames won Saturday. Oilers lost to Wild on Jack Lemaire last night. A Flames' victory tonight puts them and Minnesota nine points clear of the Oil.
The Oilers have been playing pretty good hockey lately but its not getting them anywhere and its too little too late as they say.
Carter costs a fifth but Zednik a second? Who knows what Sykora will bring - I guess it depends on the buyer. After the Carter deal I figured a third but now, maybe a second or a first?? I'd rather have him then either of those retreads.
Remember when the Flyers picked up Zhitnik and everyone said wtf? Well, they flipped him for Brayden Coburn (desperation in Atlanta) and they look pretty smart now. They now have two pretty good young prospects on D to go with Pitkanen or does this allow them to move him? Oh, to dream.
Going to Leafs/Sabres tomorrow night. $50.00 seats - for those of you unfamiliar with Leafs' seating, that means we'll be in an alleyway near Richard Peddie's office - they project the game onto a bedsheet. Pretty quality shit from MLSE.
As for Lowe tomorrow - who knows what he will do? I have a feeling that he's going to pull something nobody expects but besides that I think its safe to say that Sykora, Tjarnqvist and Markannen will get moved. Smith is an outside possibility but it would take a great offer because without him next year is this year but worse. Maybe a package including Torres will head out for that Dman we've needed all year. He's the logical one to get moved and if talks went well for Smyth today then he's a goner. JFJ needs a spot just like Pouliot did. He's wasted on the fourth line and its time he got his shot.
Or maybe a package of kids. Greene is a possibility. Does he have a lot of potential? He sure does. But something has to give with a blueline loaded with prospects, many who look to have more upside then him.
As for Smyth well I've gotten up and down with this saga and I am up again. Rumours that Smyth has asked for 5/25 and is being offered 4/20- makes me think they're going to get it done, provided its accurate. That's too small a gap to fail to act on.
Lowe sells tomorrow but softens the blow by announcing Smyth is an Oiler for life. The Oiler faithful give him a standing O, as does a buck naked, fully erect Mark Messier, who gives Lowe a handjob at centre ice on behalf of the legions of bemulleted Ryan Smyth fans from the Kootenays to the Avalon Peninsula.
Posted by Black Dog at 7:42 PM