Since I've been able to watch some Buffalo games, I think Thomas Vanek represents the best possible fit for the Pens at the current moment. Big guy who works the front of the net better than anyone in the league, bomb of a shot, tons of offensive creativity, doesn't miss a lot of opportunities, and is a right handed shot.
If Buffalo were out of it, and opened to trading him, I'd eat his huge cap hit this year and next to have him on this team.
I don't think we're good trade partners with Buffalo unless they just want to dump Vanek's contract for picks and prospects. They are pretty deep with D prospects like we are so we aren't ideal trade partners. He would be a great addition if something can be worked out and if we can squeeze the cap hit in. He'd be a huge upgrade on Sid's wing and a huge upgrade as a net front guy on the PP.
Vanek always seems to start every season with guns blazing, then gets some injury and isn't the same for the rest of the season. He'd be awesome on this team no doubt. But I don't want to know what it'd take to get him nor go anywhere near that cap-hit.
Not sure about that. Jets have lots of young talent and are 2-2. Panthers are 1-4.
The Panthers are absolutely devastated by injury right now.
From the main board:
Weaver is recently back from a mild concussion.
Bergenheim is said to have a groin injury, but still remains a mystery, he's not being treated by team doctors and is not skating, -Tallon "I don't know where he is".
Gudbranson dislocated his shoulder in a wakeboard accident.
Versteeg injured his hip in the final training before opening night, rumor floating is he had a hip surgery?
Weiss, lower body, day to day.
Panthers are just getting some reversion. They had an overall losing record last year and were outscored by 25 goals on the season. There were only 6 teams in the entire league that were outscored by a margin significantly higher than the Panthers. They made no major additions to that team. There's pretty much no way they were going to make the playoffs again this year. They got as lucky as a team could last season.
Injuries or no injuries, they're just not a good team.
Flyers fall right back to Earth with a 5-1 loss to Tampa.
“The most terrifying fact about the universe is not that it is hostile, but that it is indifferent. If we can come to terms with this indifference and accept the challenges of life within the boundaries of death, our existence as a species can have genuine meaning and fulfillment. However vast the darkness, we must supply our own light.” - Stanley Kubrick
Watching this Blues-Wild game on NBC Sports and St. Louis on the powerplay is something to behold. Pierre McGuire mentioned that their entry was so methodical and I have to agree. The Blues are probably my favorite team to watch in the west.