Reserve forwards in order of possible use: Rodney Pelley, Matthew Halischuk, Nick Palmieri, Andrew Peters, Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond, Patrick Davis
Reserve defensemen in order of possible use: Mike Mottau, Mark Fraser, Matthew Corrente.
New Jersey features arguably the best corps of forwards the team has ever had. Ilya Kovalchuk has scored at a PPG pace since being acquired from Atlanta and gives NJ two lines that are legitimate first lines on any team in the NHL. New Jersey also added David Clarkson, back from injury, who was scoring at a torrid pace prior to breaking his ankle. The third line features two more twenty goal scorers and a solid defensive/offensive center, and the fourth line features two of the elite defensive forwards in the NHL and a solid rookie on both sides of the puck in Vladimir Zharkov.
Defensively, New Jersey added Scott Niedermayer and Paul Martin to a corps of defensemen that already was leading the league in the Jennings-trophy hunt. While Niedermayer has taken a step back this season, we're asking him to play a simple, solid transition game and focus on the defensive side of the puck. Pairing him with a former partner, Martin, should also work wonders as Paul has long been NJ's best defenseman and while he has missed most of the season with injury, he will recover fully before the playoffs begin.
In goal, New Jersey has Martin Brodeur, who desperately wants to prove himself one more time, and who was rested down the stretch as a consequence of coach Jacques Lemaire's sudden willingness to use Yann Danis more often.
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Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Daniel Alfredsson 'C'
Paul Karyia - Mike Fisher 'A' - Eric Fehr
Chris Neil - Matt Cullen - Peter Regin
Shaun Donovan - Chris Kelly - Ryan Shannon
Filip Kuba - Chris Phillips 'A'
Johnny Oduya - Erik Karlsson
Chris Campoli - Matt Carkner
Keeping the top line intact, Ottawa adds veteran Paul Karyia and Eric Fehr to a solid 2nd unit. Fehr at 6'4 220lbs, gives Ottawa the proto-typical power forward that become so valuable in the playoffs. Spezza and Alfredsson will continue to be the focus of the offense, while Cullen and Regin will be counted on to balance the bottom six scoring. Moving Chris Kelly to the 4th line with Ryan Shannon gives the Sens a fast fore-checking unit to round out the forward groupings.
The top pairing will be given much responsibility in the new system. Kuba will be the playmaker while Phillips will continue to be the shut-down dman. Oduya brings a physical game, sprinkled with some offensive upside. Karlsson continues to develop into a top flight set-up man. Carkner brings the muscle as Campoli rounds out the bottom duo.
Finally... the Sens have a top flight goalie! Tomas Vokoun is now the number one man between the pipes. Tomas is as consistent as they come, and performed beyond belief playing for a below average team. Now given the opportunity on a playoff team, Ottawa is very excited to go into the 'real' season with a top 5 netminder.
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Thomas Vanek Derek Roy Jochen Hecht
Clark Macarthur TJ Oshie Jason Pominville
Keith Tkachuk Paul Gaustad Mike Grier
Tim Kennedy Adam Mair Pat Kaleta
extras: Matt Ellis, Nathan Gerbe
Craig Rivet Tyler Myers
Tony Lydman James Wisniewski
Dennis Wideman Chris Butler
Extras: Steve Montador, Luca Sbisa, Nathan Paetsch,
The Buffalo Sabres have addressed their key weakneses, mobility on their defense by adding James Wisniewski, Dennis Wideman and Luca Sbisa and size in the top-9 by adding TJ Oshie and Keith Tkachuk. We feel that we can make some noise in the playoffs with our solid top-9 and and a very deep and talented defense highlighted by Tyler Myers. Also we have the hottest goalie in the league right now in Ryan Miller. We think we can hang in there with the big boys like Washington, New Jersey and Pittburgh
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We entered the deadline sitting 4th overall in the NHL and 4th in the Western Conference. We sought to tighten up our defense, significantly improve our power play, and add a 3rd line playmaking center. We achieved each of those goals along with adding one of the league's best penalty killers to our already strong PK, which ranks as one of the league's best.
We added Shane Hnidy to our bottom pairing to take the pressure off rookie Sami Lepisto. Sami's had a great rookie year for us replacing Kurt Sauer, who we expect to return to us any day. Getting Kurt back is like us landing another solid shutdown defenseman, giving us depth on the blueline we haven't had all year. We were one of the league's top defenseive teams at the deadline and adding Hnidy and Sauer makes us that much better, and gives us options down the stretch and keeps us fresh for a deep playoff run.
Improving on the power play was vital if we're going to make that deep run, and we targeted two forwards in particular who were among league leaders in power play goals. Andrew Brunette and Glen Metropolit had combined for 30 goals by the break, 18 on the power play. Brunette is a solid two-way forward who does his best work in the front of the net, and he'll be there on hour PP. Metropolit brings great speed, solid two-way play, and does his best work on the PP. They also bring 30-41-71 to our 3rd line now centered by Brunette's Wild teammate, Eric Belanger. With Belanger's 13-22-35 our 3rd line averages chipping in about 2 points a night, giving us solid and balanced scoring up and down the lineup.
We have no superstars, but our Pack mentality has served us well all year and each of our acquisitions fit that style of play very well. And in Belanger we got one of the best face-off men in the NHL (~58%), who can also kill penalties with the best of them.
Vezina candidate Ilya Bryzgalov remains between the pipes and our improved defense in front of him, along with a vastly improved power play should carry us deep into the playoffs and we firmly believe we are a dark horse to win the cup this year.
Only Washington, San Jose and Chicago have more overall points than the Coyotes which means we're positioned for home-ice advantage in the 1st round. And with a home record of 22-9-2 and an above .500 road record at the deadline, we'll be a very tough team to knock off.
The Dallas Stars are in the midst of a mini rebuild, but still boast a great line up. Underrated could be used to describe our roster. Future stars in the league Neal and Eriksson are lighting it up and will continue to do so. There is enough playoff grit to go around, seen in Owen Nolan, Ryan Clowe, Jere Lehtinen and Trent Hunter. We have a highly underrated blue line, with the addition of Hejda, Vlasic and Edler. We've got a great 1a/b situation in the pipeline with Marty ready to take over if Kari falters in the post-season. This Dallas team is made for some upset victories.
Frazier McLaren, Jannik Hansen, Logan Couture, Steven Zalewski
Kent Huskins, Derek Joslin
San Jose made some major changes this offseason. The team felt it could use some upgrades and improved depth throughout the line-up. Our major moves were the acquisitions of Ian White and Brenden Morrow at the expense of Ryan Clowe, Marc-Eduoard Vlasic and picks.
In Morrow we get a 70 point power forward who brings tons of grit and heart that hasn't been seen in a teal uniform since the trade of Owen Nolan. We expect he will reach 80 point form next year while playing a gritty role on the top line with Thornton and Heatley.
In White we get a player who brings a solid defensive game that while largely cover Vlasic abilities, while also bringing far more grit and offensive ability (21 EV strength points to 11).
In addition, we brought in Jordan Leopold and Richard Park adding a #4 d-man and 3rd line forward. Also, our team has gotten significantly more mobile, as we have lost Kent Huskins, Nicklas Wallin, Jody Shelly, and Brad Staubitz, replacing them with four very quick players (Leopold, White, Park, Ferrerio).
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Mike Cammalleri - Tomas Plekanec - JP Dumont
Benoit Pouliot - Peter Mueller - Brian Gionta
David Perron - Saku Koivu - Tuomo Ruutu
Steve Ott - James Sheppard - Evgeni Artyukhin
* Dominic Moore - Mathieu Darche
Andrei Markov - Brent Burns
Roman Hamrlik - PK Subban
Josh Gorges - Ryan O'Byrne
* MA Bergeron
Top 2 lines : We have decided to keep our core in Mike Cammalleri, Tomas Plekanec, Brian Gionta and Benoit Pouliot. On top of that, we were able to bring in a talented veteran in JP Dumont. We feel that he is a serious upgrade over Andrei Kostitsyn. As for Peter Mueller, we are confident to see him find back his game but we won't ask him to do wonders this year. That said, we fully expect him to match Scott Gomez production, with a way better cap hit.
Bottom lines : Those are the major changes we made. Sure, we will need some time to adjust and install the chemistry but Saku Koivu, Tuomo Ruutu (they actually know each other pretty well), David Perron, Steve Ott, Evgeni Artyukhin and James Sheppard are obviously upgrades over the players we had in their spots before the deadline. In fact, we believe that our third line (Perron-Koivu-Ruutu) could be a 2nd line on a lot of teams and our 4th line (Ott-Sheppard-Artyukhin) could really well play on a 3rd line. Then, you add to that two excellent depth players in Dominic Moore and Mathieu Darche.
Defense : We have decided to keep our defense pretty much the same but we made one of our biggest acquisition in Brent Burns. Along with Andrei Markov, we feel that we have one of the best top pairing in the NHL.
Goals : It was important for us to put an end to the goalie controversy. Halak prove this year that he can play at the same level than the best goalies of this league and we think that Martin Biron is perfect as a veteran backup.
Overall : We won't win the Stanley Cup but we should be able to get into the playoffs and surprise a lot of people.
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Offense-Still intact, same as it has been recently. This offense is 7th in goals/game in the league, and we figured we shouldn't mess with anything that's working. Offers 3 solid lines that can all score goals.
Defense-This is where we made a big addition. With the loss of Matt Carle, we felt the need to acquire a good replacement for him, and we feel we've done that in acquiring Joni Pitkanen. Joni is great in both ends, and is a great passer. Teamed with Chris Pronger, we feel that that will be one of the best pairings in the league. Kimmo Timonen is the same underrated, tremendous defensive player he has been for years. Krajicek has been a nice surprise thus far. Parent and Bartulis are both solid, but not spectacular, making the simple play. We were already 11th in goals allowed, and we feel this defense is even better.
Goaltending-This is where our biggest improvement has been. The acquisition of all-star goalie Niklas Backstrom is what makes the Flyers a legit cup contender. He is a top 10 goalie in the NHL who will flourish playing behind this defense. He's got a career 2.35GAA, and we think he will be able to more than sustain that in Philadelphia. His numbers have dipped this year because Minnesota is going through a re-build, but playing in front of a team that is already 11th in goals allowed opposed to the 20th ranked team.
The Red Wings can upset nearly any playoff team. After struggling the first half of the year with many great players injured, everyone is healthy now and success will return.
The offense is led by star centers Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg. On the wings of Datsyuk are veteran scorer Tomas Holmstrom and the very talented Johan Franzen. The young but skilled Valtteri Filppula and the revived Todd Bertuzzi are the wings for Zetterberg.
The defense is likely best in the league, led by Nicklas Lidstrom, one of the best defenseman of all time, and another veteran in Brian Rafalski. Niklas Kronwall and Brad Stuart is one of the best second pairings in the league. The young playoff success story in Jonathan Ericsson, along with Brett Lebda finishes off a very serviceable bottom pairing.
In front of the net, rookie Jimmy Howard is having an excellent year. Cup Champion Chris Osgood will back him up, as he is a veteran playoff performer.
The Red Wings do not expect to win the Cup, but do expect to make the playoffs and win a series or two.
The Blues are only 4 pts out of a playoff spot right now, but are supremely confident that 6th place is within
Boyes(4)-Gomez (7.3)- Backes(2.5)
Having Gomez in our lineup gives our top line a premier playmaker, overpaid yes, but you cannot argue his talent
in getting the puck on the tape for an open shot. Lining Boyes up with him puts a pure shooter on his left, the
addition of Backes gives this line a top power forward who can really score.
McDonald(4.7)-Berglund(1.246)- Stafford (1.9)
Stafford was a deadline acqitision to add size to our 2nd line, he plays a tough physical game, he can score,
dig the puck out of the corners, get dirty in front of the net and he is responsible defensively. Berglund
is a big strong centreman who can score and make a great pass, he's tough to seperate from the puck as well.
McDonald provides another 30goal scoring touch and great playmaking abilities, he can feather a pass or hammer home
that late goal.
This line is going to be a tough, agrivating energy line that not only can play a great defensive role, but can
score as well. Ruutu can irritate the Dalai Lama into a peanalty, Steen is a great faceoff man who can score 15
goals and can play a defensive game. Skille was another late addition, he can be a power forward on the top 6
and is very responsible in a checking role providing depth scoring and will also grind a tema down
The 4th line can provide some toughness and play the defensivce role needed to succeed.
Our top two pairs are big, fast, physical and can provide some offence, our 3rd pairing is an excellent
shutdown pair. Spacek will play the role of 7th D playing 10 minutes per game including 2nd wave PP which
we feel is the perfect role for him at this stage in his career.
Goaltending is where we truly improved long term. Price's numbers are similar to Mason's with Price playing on a
team with a weaker blueline, But he has the ability now to steal games and playoff series' for us. With a Larger more mobile D here in St-Louis, he will have an easier time and we feel his numbers will improve, also the pressure he had on him in Montreal was amazingly hard on a 22yo phenom. In St-Louis he can focus on his game instead of worrying about the media. Conklin provides an excellent, steady veteran
backup who can not only support Carey, but help him along the way.
Cap hit 49.373M
Cap Space 7.427M
This team is locked up long term and will be a playoff fixture in the west for many years.
Also, while adding goals to the lineup the Blues have also managed to pick up several high picks, namely 3 1st rounders this year, two of which are currently in the top 10.
We have a dangerous top 9, a 4th line that can keep the opposition honnest. Our top6 D match up well with any team and our goaltending is all-star calibre. St-Louis is confident of making the playoffs this year and contending for the cup in the near future.
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Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom Mike Knuble
Brooks Laich - Tomas Fleischman - Alex Semin
Mathieu Perreault - Brendan Morrison - Jason Chimeara
Boyd Gordon - David Steckel - Matt Bradley
Anton Volchenkov - Mike Green
Dan Hamuis - Tom Poti
Dennis Seidenberg - Jeff Schultz
John Erskine - Brian Pothier
We have obviously added a lot on our blue-line. Heading into the dead-line we thought our defence was a weakness, but now we think we have a top-10 defence in the NHL. Adding Volchenkov, Hamhuis, and Seidenberg is huge for our team. We also have 8 NHL defenceman on the roster, and Karl Alzner, John Carlson and Tyler Sloan all the the AHL.
Even though we gave up Eric Fehr, we think we have the best offence in the league. We lead the NHL in goals, and Mathieu Perreault is a good, young player who can play on the 3rd line.
Our goal-tending has Varlamov who has potential to steal every single game, like he did last year in the playoffs. Theodore is a veteran who could step in at any time and be a good goaltender.
RJ Umberger - Brad Richards - Rick Nash
Kristian Huselius - Antoine Vermette - Jakub Voracek
Raffi Torres - Samuel Pahlsson - Jared Boll
Derek Boogaard - Derek Dorsett - Chris Clark
Fedor Tyutin - Anton Stralman
Rostislav Klesla - Erik Johnson
Kris Russell - Milan Jurcina
At the trade deadline Columbus added Stanley Cup winning forward, Brad Richards. The former Conn Smythe winner brings a tonne of firepower to Columbus' top line. Columbus depends on Brad Richards to get the most production out of Rick Nash. RJ Umberger is counted on to finish any scoring chances Richards and Nash create. The effectiveness of Columbus' 2nd line will depend on Antoine Vermette. Kristian Huselius and Jakub Voracek (both excellent playmakers) should create plenty of scoring chances and Vermette will be counted on to bury the puck. Raffi Torres is a player who will get under the oppositions skin and create PP opportunities. Samuel Pahlsson is the teams top PKer. The effectiveness of Columbus' PK will rely on how well Pahlsson forechecks and wins face-offs. Columbus added some grit at the deadline too. Derek Boogaard is a top-heavyweight enforcer in the league and will ensure the opposition doesn't step on our toes.
Olympian, Fedor Tyutin is paired with Anton Stralman. The two are capable of pushing the puck up the ice; Tyutin will be the anchor on the pairing keeping the oppositions top players out of the dangerous areas of the ice. Erik Johnson is featured on the second pairing with Rostislav Klesla; combined, that's almost a quarter ton of defense oozing with skill. Kris Russel and Milan Jurcina make up the 3rd pairing, and like the 1st pairing, are capable of pushing the puck up ice and clearing the crease.
If Columbus could squeak into the playoffs, our fortunes will lie in Steve Mason's hands. Columbus can score and our defense is capable of matching up with the best in the league, our goaltending is what will decide Columbus' future.
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