Sean O'Donnell, Sean Brown + Waiver moves

After acquiring Ken Klee and Brad Lukowich the Devils had an extra defenseman and so they traded Sean Brown to the Canucks for a 4th round pick. The Canucks get some much needed defense depth to fill in for their currently injury riddled defense squad. The deal works for both sides. Sean O’Donnell has also been traded to Anaheim for a draft pick or future considerations of some sort. Nothing significant but the Ducks pick up some toughness and depth on defense. Meanwhile there were a few waiver wire transactions. Apparently the Ottawa Senators have filled their goalie needs with

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Give it a rest Leaf fans and media

The Toronto hockey media and Toronto Maple Leaf fans are quite amusing if you follow them closely like myself. It is completely rediculous how much Toronto GM John Ferguson Jr is getting scolded for trading a 5th round pick for Luke Richardson. Chris Selley of Battle of Ontario criticized the deal. Ninja at Raking Leafs didn’t have too many positive thoughts on the deal either. And callers into and hosts on the Fan 590 are almost outraged at the deal. Come on guys, it’s a 5th round draft pick. That 5th round draft pick has somewhere between 5-10% chance of

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Lukowich, Simpson traded

Two minor trades have been announced so far. Montreal adds some toughness and defense depth by acquiring Todd Simpson from Chicago for a 6th round pick. The New Jersey Devils have acquried their second defensemen in 2 days by picking up Brad Lukowich from the Islanders for a 3rd round pick. I really like what the Devils are doing by adding Klee and Lukowich. I thought last year the Devils tried too hard trying to replace Niedermayers offense by adding Malakhov and McGillis but now they are getting back to more typical New Jersey players by adding more defensively responsible

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Game Predictions – 3/9/2006

It is trade deadline day which is going to make predictions on tonights 11 games kind of difficult as we don’t know which teams will make trades and some teams may end up having to play a little short handed as the the they wait for the players they traded for to show up. But there are some big games with big impacts on the playoff race. Montreal/Boston – This is a must win for Boston if they want to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. They currently trail Montreal by 7 points and Montreal also has a game in

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Klee to Devils

As a clear follow up to the Luke Richardson trade, the Leafs have traded Ken Klee to the New Jersey Devils for prospect Alexander Suglobov. This is one of those deals that should help both teams. The Devils this year and the Leafs in the future. Klee is a pretty good defenseman who can play 18-20 minutes and will do a good job stabalizing the Devils defense which is still trying to adjust after losing Stevens and Niedermayer. He is more of a Devils-style player than Malakhov and McGillis who haven’t lived up to expectations in New Jersey this year.

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Parrish, Sopel, Theodore, Richardson traded

A couple more trades have occurred over the last couple hours: 1. Luke Richardson to Toronto for 5th round pick and conditional 4th round pick 2. Sharks get Nieminen from Rangers for a 3rd round pick. 3. Mark Parrish and Brent Sopel to L.A. Kings for Denis Grebeshkov and Jeff Tambellini and conditional 3rd round pick 4. Montreal trades Jose Theodore to Colorado for David Aebischer At this point in his career Luke Richardson isn’t much more than a 5th/6th or depth defenseman but what this deal might be is a precursor to another in which Klee, Berg or Khavanov

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Trade: Roloson to Edmonton

The first significant trade has been made. Dwayne Roloson has been traded by Minnesota to Edmonton for a first round pick and a conditional pick. This is a good deal for both teams. Minnesota has committed to Fernandez as their goalie for the next several years so Roloson was expendable and getting a first round pick will help them to continue to build out their team. The deal is good for Edmonton as well. Edmonton is a Stanley Cup contender but not with the goaltending they had. Roloson has never been a true #1 goalie in his career but in

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NHL Power Rankings – March 8, 2006

Ottawa remains on top of the Power Rankings and barring a collapse look like they will remain their for the remainder of the season. After Ottawa though we have 6 teams tightly packed together – Detroit, Buffalo, Calgary, Colorado, Dallas and Carolina. In my mind these are your top Stanley Cup contenders. This weeks movers include Colorado (down to 5 from 2), Los Angeles (up to 10 from 13), Phoenix (up to 16 from 20), and Philadelphia (down to 18 from 14). (Be sure to scroll down past the Power Rankings for bonus information) Rank Last Week Team AdjWinP SchedStr

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Game Predictions – 3/8/2006

There were a lot of close and hard fought games last night. Of the 11 games, 6 went to overtime and 4 of those went to the shootout. The other 5 games featured 2 1-goal games, 2 2-goal games and a 3 goal game. What a night for hockey. It wasn’t a good night for my picks though as I got just 5 of the 11 correct. Home Team Road Team Predicted Winner Confidence Philadelphia Carolina Carolina Some Washington Pittsburgh Washington Some Atlanta NY Rangers NY Rangers Some Florida Ottawa Ottawa Strong Tonight won’t have quite the same impact on

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Game Predictions – 3/7/2006

Last night was a pretty good night for game predictions going 4 for 5 and only missing out on the Washington win. We have 11 games on the schedule tonight and I am aiming for at least 7 correct. There are some pretty important games to. Toronto/Montreal – Despite what Pat Quinn says the Leafs are in dire straits to make the playoffs now but a loss tonight would all but eliminate them as they would fall a full 10 points out of the playoffs. Whiel that doesn’t mathemeatically eliminate you the chances of making that up and climbing over

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