Trade dealine:12 Pm ET for eastern trades, and 3pm eastern time when western team involved.
- Leetch for Maxim Kondratiev (D), Ronde 1 2004 and Jarkko Immonen (A), Ronde 2 2005(rangers)
- Francis for a 4rd rounder
- Malakhov for Rick Kozak (A) and Ronde 2 2004 (rangers)
- Greg De Vries (D) for Karel Rachunek (D) and Alexandre Giroux (C)
- Gonchar for Shaone Morrisonn (D) and Ronde 1 2004, Ronde 2 2004 (capitals)
- Nylander for 2nd rounder 2006 and future considerations (capitals)
- Brad Boyes (C) Andy Delmore (D) for jillson (sharks)
- Kovalev for Balej and a 2nd rounder 2004 (rangers),
- Dowd for a 4 rounder 2004 (wild)
- Vydareny for sylvain blouin. (canucks)
- Kozlov for Christian Berglund (A) and Victor Uchevatov (D)(panthers)
- Hrdina for Michael Rupp (A) and Ronde 2 2004 (coyotes)
- Webb for Nasreddine(pens)
- Karpotsev for a 4th rounder in 2005(blackhawks)
- Neckar for a 6th rounder in 2004
Colorado: Barnaby, Salo, gratton, Vaananen
Vancouver: Rucinsky, Sanderson, Bergevin, Varlamov
Dallas: Therien, Bure V
Calgary: Simon, Nilson
Los Angeles: Dempsey, Carter
San jose: Brown
Nashville: (Sullivan), Zholtok, Bombardir, Hnidy
St louis: Sillinger, Savage
Phoenix: (Comrie), Morris, Ballard
*Alexei kovalev !!!
Biggest Surprise untill now, Bob "Pokerface" Gainey caught everyone by surprise. In return of Balej and a 2nd rounder, the rangers sent the talented russian Forward Kovalev who becomes an UFA by the end of the year. Nevertheless, Montreal now has the winged sniper he always wanted/needed and koivu has now a complete Trio worth of the top Nhl Lines.
Minnesota shipped Jim Dowd In Montreal for a 4rth rounder. Experienced player, he helpe the wild go as far as the final last year and brings depth and "panache" to the lineup. Begin found himself a good friend who does the little things that are so usefull for a team.
Analysis: (From Hochey's future)
A highly-skilled player, he relied mostly on his offensive skills while in junior (both in Slovakia and with Rimouski), so his defensive skills were more or less neglected until this season. However, his offensive skill set is impressive. Vydareny boasts a hard shot from the point, which is also usually on net, excellent skating skills, including good speed and acceleration. His first pass out of the zone is solid and usually on target.
Defensively, however, a lot of work still remains to be done. Positionally, he's below-average, with good foot-speed that lets him process the game quicker; and to get back into position. Vydareny pinches too often, and ends up getting burned down at the other end. He's not physical, but that can be fixed eventually.
Eastern Conference Standings:
Team GP Pts
1. * Tampa Bay 69 91
2. * Philadelphia 70 88
3. * Ottawa 69 88
4. Toronto 69 86
5. Boston 69 85
6. New Jersey 68 83
7. Montreal 71 82
8. NY Islanders 68 73
9. Buffalo 68 67
10. Florida 69 65
11. Atlanta 69 64
12. NY Rangers 69 60
13. Carolina 67 59
14. Washington 69 52
15. Pittsburgh 69 40
Thu, Mar 11 Florida 7:30 pm
Sat, Mar 13 Toronto 7:00 pm
Tue, Mar 16 Colorado 7:30 pm
Fri, Mar 19 at New Jersey 7:30 pm
The more I look at the Kovalev deal, the better I like the deal.
1) We got a a proven top-end talent top 6 forward with size upfront. That's something we don't in the WHOLE organization FOR YEARS.
2) I only have to give up Balej, a B class prospect for him. The second rounder this year accounts for nothing. The depth of the pool is shallow. You can see that since Dowd worths a 4th rounder THIS YEAR.
3) It raise the morale of the team since the trade didn't take anyone away and it shows the management cares about the team and cares about winning.
4) We may go deep in playoff and break even on the financial side.
5) It gave us, the super, loyal, extra-ordinary Habs fans something to excite and cheer about
I'd love to see Daze in Montreal. Why not? He sure won't cost us much.
Depends what it would take. I wouldnt give up a roster player unless his name was Sundstrom or Dagenais or Perreault, I wouldnt give up a 1st and I wouldnt give up a better prospect then Plekanec. Basically is draft picks and a lesser prospect, which is the cost IMO. After that, I would go for a faster more physicall 3rd line RW then Sundstrom (Washington might have one?) and a 6th/7th defensemen, they are very important for the playoffs.
Basically, what I'm saying is:
Bulis-Begin-Grier(or Wright, something like that)
Keep some players for depth.
As for Daze... it would be fun to see in CH, but I hope Gainey is careful not to trade more of our future, not anyone playing with Bulldogs atleast. Balej, 2nd and 4th is a big chunk for playoffs rentals already.
Maybe Korpikari would attract them? Hes been playing for same team as Blackhawks prospects Viuhkola and Kukkonen. And Dagenais as a warm body to take Erics place.