Is Hasek the Best Goalie Ever?

With Martin Brodeur matching and soon passing Patrick Roy for the most wins by a goalie in the history of the NHL there has been a lot of discussion of who was the best goalie ever. Is it Patrick Roy or is it Martin Brodeur? Out of those two goalies, I think the edge probably still lies with Patrick Roy for a number of reasons that I won’t go into right now. What I want to discuss is Dominik Hasek and how he is probably a better goalie than either Roy or Brodeur. Hasek is an interesting case and most

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Why no Third Option for Leafs?

A recent blog post from Howard Berger suggests that because of that lack of moves by Brian Burke at the trade deadline we should take it is as an indication that Brian Burke is in no rush to make over the Toronto lineup, despite what everyone thought when Burke took over the team just over 3 months ago now. Well, everyone except me. Back when Burke was hired I wrote the following: Other than Antropov, I really don’t think anyone is a sure bet to be traded. I don’t think Burke will come in and say ‘I have to trade

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Has Pro Sports seen its Heyday?

We all know that we are in a global recession right now and that this is likely to have a serious impact on a number of industries, including professional sports. We have seen several sports leagues and organizations cut back staff or cut ticket prices and we have all read about the speculation of how the recession will impact salary caps in leagues where the salary cap exists. No doubt the recession is going to have an economic impact in the short term, but what kind of effect will it have in the long term? The last 20-30 years has

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Late Trades…

I’ll update this with any late trade announcements as they come in. Florida trades Noah Welch and 3rd round pick for Steve Eminger Columbus acquired Kevin Lalande from Calgary for a 4th round pick San Jose sends Kyle MacLaren to Philadelphia for a 6th round pick Chicago acquired Sammy Pahlsson from Chicago for James Wisniewski San Jose acquires Travis Moen and Kent Huskins from Anaheim for Nick Bonnino, Tim Pihlmeye and Conditional Draft Pick Los Angeles trades Patrick O’Sullivan and the Flames second round pick to Carolina for Justin Williams Carolina trades Patrick O’Sullivan and Carolina’s second round pick to

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Carcillo/Upshall/Antropov

The Flyers have acquired toughness in Dan Carcillo from the Phoenix Coyotes for Scottie Upshall and a second round pick. I think the Coyotes did well in this trade with Upshall and a second round pick but the Flyers do well as well by adding a high energy physical player for a guy, Upshall, who really was lost behind all of the other Flyer forwards. Also, the Leafs have traded Antopov to NY Rangers for a second round pick plus another conditional pick. Brian Burke wanted a first round pick but he had to settle for a second round pick,

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Guerin to Penguins

Bill “where will he go” Guerin has been traded to Pittsburgh for a conditional pick. Along with Kunitz this is a very good deal and gives the Penguins a solid second line of Crosby, Kunitz and Guerin. The Penguins, should they make the playoffs, are now potentially a team that can make another long run. The deal is Guerin for a 5th round pick, but if the Penguins make the playoffs it becomes a 4th round pick, and if they win a playoff round it becomes a 3rd round pick.

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Recchi to Boston

Mark Recchi has been traded to the Boston Bruins with a 2010 second round pick for defenseman Matt Lashoff and forward Martins Karsums. As good as the Bruins have been, they don’t have a ton of experienced playoff performers so this (along with Montador) is a good pick up for the Bruins. Recchi has a lot of playoff experience and a couple of Stanley Cup rings.

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Jokinen to Calgary

TSN is reporting that Olli Jokinen and a 3rd round pick have been traded to Calgary for Matthew Lombardi, Brandon Brust and a first round pick. The Flames will need to free up some cap space and the most likely candidate to be moved Adrian Aucoin and his $4 million contract. In another minor trade, Boston has traded Petteri Nokelainen to Anaheim for defenseman Steve Montador. Montador isn’t the Duck defenseman that the Bruins were rumoured to be after (Pronger) but he’ll provide some good depth for them.

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Waiver pickups and minor trades

There have been four waiver pickups and a pair of minor trades. -Toronto picks up Martin Gerber off waivers from Ottawa and defenseman Eric Reitz from New York. -The Dallas Stars have picked up Brendan Morrison off waivers from Anaheim. -The Pittsburgh Penguins have picked up Craig Adams off waivers from Chicago The Buffalo Sabres have acquired goaltending insurance by picking up Mikael Tellqvist from Phoenix for a 4th round pick. Pittsburgh has acquired defenseman Andy Wozniewski from St. Louis for defenseman Danny Richmond.

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