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01-29-2013, 03:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Vikes88 View Post
Rebels Sitting Tight with 20 Games to Go

Rebels' captain John Tavares takes a shot on Jonas Hiller during practice on Monday afternoon

The Halifax Rebels (27-24-8-2, 62 P), after a big win over 9th place Carolina, have "shot" up into 6th place, with the 7th place Jets and 8th place Lightning only one point behind. With Ryan Jones (79) and Andrew MacDonald (81) returning from injury, the Rebels are feeling confident that they can stay in contention for a second consecutive play-off birth in just their 3rd season in the league.

The team has been rumoured to be shopping for an upgrade to their 2nd line, with league sources citing an interest in Buffalo's Kevin Sundher (79, 8 G, 38 A) and Pittsburgh's Brandon Sutter (82, 7 G, 17 A), but nothing has been finalized to date. Given the relative lack of depth on the Rebels roster, it seems that Rhett Rakhshani (81, 11 G, 12 A) or Jesse Joensuu (83, 15 G, 11 A) might be likely candidates if the team continues to look for an upgrade up front.

Around the League

Montreal traded Alex Galchenyuk to the Canucks for Chris Higgins, a minor leaguer, and a 3rd round draft pick. The Canucks are most likely looking to fill the void of losing the Sedins during free agency, as Vancouver is currently the worst team in the league.

Anaheim traded Bobby Ryan to the Leafs for Cody Franson.

In prior trades, Ottawa also traded Daniel Alfredsson to Minnesota and the Lightning acquired Jay Bouwmeester from Calgary.

Alex Ovechkin currently leads the league with 40 goals. and is tied for the league lead in points with 71. Malkin, who is tied with Ovechkin at 71 points, is not far behind with 35. Crosby has 31. Fun fact: Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins are on fire for Edmonton, sitting at 67 and 65 points, respectively.

Winnipeg's Alexis Loiseau (80, 3.5 stars) leads all rookies in scoring with 8 goals and 32 assists for 40 points. Philadelphia's Luke Pither (81, 3.5 stars) sits at 39. Another Calder contender is Anaheim goaltender Frederik Andersen, who has 22 wins and 20 losses with a 2.61 GAA and .914 save percentage in 49 games.

Right now, four goalies are making a strong push for the Vezina: Ryan Miller (26 W, 11 L, 1.89 GAA, .936%), Cam Ward (20 W, 15 L, 1.90 GAA, .936%), Mikka Kiprusoff (27 W, 9 L, 1.90 GAA, .937%), and James Reimer (24 W, 9 L, 1.90 GAA, .933%).
Nice write-up. But wow EA, Ryan for Franson? Galchenyuk for scraps? How can they claim to have fixed the GM AI and then let atrocious trades like these still happen.

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