Eastern Conference Playoff Race Scenarios

With the Rangers and Carolina winning tonight here is how the playoff race in the east looks right now and their games remaining. 6. NY Rangers (91) – atNYI, vsPTL, atPIT 7. Tampa Bay (90) – vsCAR, vsFLA, atATL 8. Montreal (88) – vsBOS, atNYR, atTOR 9. Toronto (87) – vsPHI, atNYI, vsMTL 10. Carolina (86) – atTB, vsATL, vsFLA 11. NY Islanders (84) – vsNYR, vsTOR, atPHI, atNJ With so many teams still in the race and so games being played against each other and with the crazy 3 point games there are far too many scenarios to figure

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Garth Snow??

I thought for a bit that maybe, just maybe, the Islanders had finally decided to act like a professional franchise and get rid of Mike “I’ve never made a good trade” Milbury (sort of) and replace him with a qualified general manage as well as hire a qualified coach. But today we find out that that was just a joke and the franchise is yet again a poorly run franchise destined to live in the world of mediocrity (I’m being generous). For whatever reason the qualified GM, Neil Smith, has left the franchise whether it was his decision, the teams

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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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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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New York Islanders

(Also posted at The Devils Advocate) What they lost: Experience and leadership. Mike Peca, Adrian Aucoin, Dave Scatchard, and Marius Czerkawski are all gone. Peca was their captain last season, and before him it was Kenny Jonsson who will play in Sweden this year. Peca has also won the Selke trophy twice in his career as the best defensive forward… making him a player who is not easily replaced. What they gained: Stepping into the Nassau Coliseum this year are Miroslav Satan, Alexei Zhitnik, Mike York, Brad Lukowich, and Joel Bouchard. Satan is a skilled forward who can be relied

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