Slumping Snipers

Dany Heatley: 1 goal in last 9 games, 3 shots in last 3 games
Teemu Selanne: 2 goals in last 10 games

Combined those two guys potted 98 goals in the regular season but both have been in horrendous playoff scoring slumps. If one of them can break out, it could be the difference in the series. It’s something to watch for in the remainder of the Stanley Cup finals.

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  1. My bet is on Selanne. The Ducks seem to able to change their game a bit more than Ottawa. As Cherry showed last night, Selanne almost scored on a set play where the Ducks iced the puck, but he raced in to recover.

    And, totally off topic but thought this would be a good place to ask: what’s with all the NHL trade activity? I realize its only teams out of the playoffs, but what is the rule for trades after the deadline?

  2. Selanne had a decent game last night but Heatley had his first good game in a while with a goal and 6 shots (more than 26% of all Ottawa shots). Unfortunately for the Senators, most of the team took the second and third periods off.

    All the NHL trade activity? Or did you mean lack of trade activity?

    I think teams out of the playoffs can make trades now (though not 100% sure) but there is no rush to do so for another week or two. Expect trade action to pick up as we get closer to draft on June 22-23.

  3. Yep, that’s what I mean. I believe that after the trade deadline, teams can still trade if the player(s) pass the dreaded waiver wire.

    I’m not sure, though, when non-playoff (and teams who have been put out?) can start non-waiver wire trades again AFTER the deadline. You are right, the movement has been minimal, but it doesn’t seem fair to the teams still IN the playoffs.

    I know, they have better things to worry about, but what if there is one of those great deals available, and you can’t do anything about it.

  4. It now appears as if Heatley was playing with an injured lung. Hard to ‘step up’ when you’re struggling to breathe properly 🙂 Selanne won a cup, good for him!

  5. sorry, that’s “teams cannot sign UFAs until July 1”, but you probably already knew that.

  6. Well, technically they can sign UFA’s whenever they want, just that players with expiring contracts don’t become UFA’s (or RFA’s for that matter) until July first. They can of course sign their own soon to be UFA’s and RFA’s whenever they wish.

  7. Well, here’s what I mean:

    Hockey transactions
    Canadian Press May 17, 2007, 12:05 AM EDT

    COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS-Traded D Adam McQuaid to Boston for a 2007 fifth-round draft pick.

    Now, both teams here are out of the playoffs, and there is no word if McQuaid had to clear waivers, but what if any of the teams in the playoffs wanted a look at him? Are they in the running at all?

    As mentioned, I thought the trade deadline went from whenever it was that year to after the last game of th e playoffs. I’m still confused.

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