The Bruins were in 5th place with 53 points. We've added Colby Armstrong to replace Michael Ryder. Ryder was having a down year, but Armstrong adds two-way hockey and grit to our 3rd line. His energy will be a major boost. Jere Lehtinen replaces Byron Bitz on the 4th line. Lehtinen has remained relatively healthy this season, and he's still one of the best defensive forwards in the league. Finally, Dennis Seidenberg has been having a fantastic season. He add's offense to the blueline along with steady defensive play.
This team is clearly a contender in the East this post season.
Going into the trade deadline, the Devils were the best in the East. With the moves we made, there's no question this is the team to beat.
The Devils only had 2 needs going into the trade deadline. First, we added Eric Belanger to solidify the 2nd line and improve the team in the faceoff dot. Jersey wasn't getting a ton of offense from the back end, but Lubomir Visnovsky is an elite scoring defender. He makes a solid PP even more deadly.
The best goalie in the league, scoring from 3 lines, and an elite defensive system should see the Devils playing in the ECF and possibly the Stanley Cup.
Kris Versteeg Jonathan Toews Patrick Kane
Patrick Sharp Dave Bolland Marian Hossa
Andrew Ladd John Madden Dustin Byfuglien
Troy Brouwer Colin Fraser Ben Eager/Adam Burish
Duncan Keith Brent Seabrook Scott Niedermayer Brian Campbell
Cam Barker Niklas Hjalmarsson
Our top nine is filled with guys who can put the puck in the net and still play a sound defensive game. I actually not sure if we would match lines because I am confident in our defensive play.
We will roll our lines but still limit time for our 4th line.
John Madden although he has declined a bit is still a very good third line center and is capable of shutting down our opponents teams.
Keith/Seabrook may be one of the best pairing in the league.
Our defense is absolutely amazing. Our top four defenseman are ridiculous with Keith, Seabrook, Niedermayer, and Campbell. They will play the majority of our minutes but expect to see Hjalmarsson getting the odd shift with Niedermayer.\
Probably our biggest addition is Tomas Vokoun who has the same stats as Huet when he was playing for the Florida Panthers who aren't a very good team. He has the ability to steal games and that's exactly why we brought him in.
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Dany Heatley - Joe Thornton - Patrick Marleau
Alex Tanguay - Joe Pavelski - Devin Setoguchi
Jamie McGinn - Manny Malhotra - Torrey Mitchell
Blake Comeau - Scott Nichol - Jed Ortmeyer
Andrei Markov - Dan Boyle
Douglas Murray - Rob Blake
Matt Smaby - Jason Demers
Players that could see some playing time aswell: Logan Couture, John McCarthy, Ryan Vesce, Derek Joslin
Great top 6 fowards with plenty of skills and scoring ability.
Very good shut down 3rd line with Malhotra being one of the best faceoff guy in the NHL.
Good sound defensivly 4th line and bring alot of energy.
Markov-Boyle...possibly the best top pair defence in the NHL, both world class talent with tremendous hockey sense.
Murray-Blake...will be use more in a shut down tendem playing against the bigger offensive line and dominate with the physsical play.
Young and inexperience 3rd pair but both young men are very good players. Both bring a different element to the game and they complete each other well. They will see limited minutes as the top 4 will see much of the ice time in the playoff. Look for Jay Leach to play some games for more experience and stabilty if needed.
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Ryane Clowe - Vincent Lecavalier - Mike Cammalleri
David Perron - Tomas Plekanec - Brian Gionta
Travis Moen - Steve Ott - Maxim Lapierre
MA Bergeron - Tom Pyatt - Ryan White
*extra : Georges Laraque
ME Vlasic - Stephane Robidas
Joni Pitkanen - Jaroslav Spacek
Josh Gorges - Yannick Weber
*extra : Shawn Belle
Players acquired :
Roster players : Vincent Lecavalier, Ales Hemsky (injured), Ryane Clowe, David Perron, Steve Ott, Joni Pitkanen, ME Vlasic, Stephane Robidas and Martin Biron
Prospects : Alexander Radulov and Alex Chiasson
Picks : STL 2010 3rd round pick, STL 2011 2nd round pick and SJS 2011 2nd round pick
Players traded :
Roster players : Scott Gomez, Andrei Kostitsyn, Sergei Kostitsyn, Max Pacioretty, Glen Metropolit, Benoit Pouliot, Matt D'Agostini, Andrei Markov, Roman Hamrlik (waivers) Hal Gill, Ryan O'Byrne, Mathieu Carle and Jaroslav Halak
Prospects : Ben Maxwell, Danny Kristo and David Fischer
Picks : MTL 2010 1st round pick
Coaching staff :
Head coach : Patrick Roy
Assistant coach : Bob Hartley
Assistant coach : Kirk Muller
Goalie coach : David Marcoux
Milan Michalek - Jason Spezza - Daniel Alfredsson
Nick Foligno - Mike Fisher - Alexei Kovalev
Peter Regin - Chris Kelly - Chris Neil
Jarkko Ruutu - Jesse Winchester - Shean Donovan
Extra: Ryan Shannon
Filip Kuba - Erik Karlsson
Chris Phillips - Alexandre Picard
Chris Campoli - Matt Carkner
We figured we wouldn't make the playoffs this season, so we dealt long-time defenseman Anton Volchenkov away, garnering a return of a nice forward prospect in Ryan Stoa and adding Vancouver's 1st round pick. We also dumped Jonathan Cheechoo's $3M/year, and managed to get a 3rd round pick in return. The cap space acquired in the Cheechoo deal will help in the offseason.
We feel the addition of Brunette and emergence of Luca Caputi will solidify the only real weakness on our team. Guerin goes to Malkin's line because his style of play better suits Geno anyways, Brunette will move to Sid's line to provide more offense, and whoever is playing better (Caputi or Fedotenko) will play on Malkin's left side.
Here are some reasons to vote for the Avalanche to make the playoffs, and to go far.
Anton volchenkov- This guy is a playoff warrior. He gives his all every night, blocking shots, finishing checks and even chips in with the nice tape to tape pass every once in a while. Such a good defender that he gets my vote to be a possible Vezina nomination.
Bieksa- Solid all around player
Grabner- Playing on the second line with Duchene and Jones, he should be a key secondary player.
Alexander Frolov- him and Stastny = Magic. Frolov is a great offensive player, and instantly becomes a top player while playing with Stastny and his playmaking ability.
Already first in the divison, I think the Avs can make a serious run to the conf. Finals
Why we can beat the Sharks, Hawks and other solid teams:
With Anderson in net, and our much improved Defense, we have the ability to shut down any player in the league. Our Offense has the perfect mixture of shooters and play makers, and our top line has the ability to do some damage.
We approached the deadline looking to improve upfront scoring, two-way forward play, better in the face-off circle, and improving on the power play. We've done that and then some.
Jason Pominville and Alex Ponikarovsky join our top-six on the wing, while sniper Jussi Jokinen joins our 3rd line. All three can be effective on the PP and the scoring owness off Iginla, Jokinen and Bourque.
Vern Fiddler takes over centering our 4th line, and Craig Conroy returns from injury to center our 3rd line. Both are top face-off specialists who will improve our special teams play. Both are also tremendous penalty killers.
Our defense remains in tact with the exception of Robyn Regehr. Henrik Tallinder replaces Robyn on our back end, and is a capable shutdown defenseman with some scoring touch. With Tallinder joining Phaneuf, Jaybo, Giordano, Pardy and Sarich on the back-end we feel we remain incredibly deep in front of Kipper in net. We expect to continue to be a league leader in goals against, but our improved offense makes us a much better team down the stretch.
We believe we match up with the best the West has, and expect to return Lord Stanley's Cup to Canada this summer.
One of the best lines in the NHL,this line consists of the leagues leading scorer Henrik Sedin,the 3 best PPG game player in Daniel Sedin and Super Pest who is on pace for over 30 goals Alex Burrows.
2 nd line
This is a great line,Kesler who is a favorite for the Selke this year IMO he's on pace for over 20 goals and 70 points,Raymond who's having a great year by far the best year of his career he's on pace for just about 30 goals ! and is also one of the fastest players in the game.Wolski who's having a great year,he's on pace for almost 80 points and is money in the Shootouts.
3 rd line
What a 3 rd line,Bernier is a great 3 rd liner who hits and is also capable of scoring 15 + goals,Chris Clark who was just acquired from the Jackets is also a solid third liner he bring intangibles such as fighting,Hitting,solid defensively and most important he's a great leader.Matt Cullen who was also acquired is everything the Canucks needed,a solid 3 rd line center who's good at both ends of the rink.
4 th line
Also a very solid 4 th line,Rypien is by far the best Pound for Pound fighter in the game he's also capable to score a goal here and there,Tanner Glass has been great for the Canucks this year,he's solid at both ends of the rink and also plays on the Canucks PK.Hansen is the most underrated player on the teams IMO he does everything and has a good scoring touch.
1 st paring
Ehrhoff has become a solid top paring defenceman this year he's been the Canucks best all round defenceman this year,Edler who had a rough start to the year is finding his game,IMO he'll be a solid top paring Defenceman in the near future.
2 nd paring
A great shutdown paring,Mitchell is one of the best defensive defenceman in the game he does everything for us he's a born leader and scored a nice goal tonight Salo is also a very good defenceman,he has one of the best shoots in the game and he's also very solid defensively.
3 rd paring
Both these defenceman are great Power Play QB's,Lilles is good for 30 + points a year,same with Corvo.
One of the best goalies in the game,Luongo has the best save percentages in playoff history,Raycroft also is a good backup.
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Evander Kane - Rich Peverley - Bryan Little
Brandon Dubinsky - Artem Anisimov - Ville Leino
Todd White - Marty Reasoner - Aaron Asham
Eric Boulton - Jim Slater - Chris Thorburn
Tobias Enstrom - Zach Bogosian
Ron Hainsey - Michal Rozsival
Boris Valabik - Anssi Salmela
(Kari Lehtonen - IR)
We obviously went for the rebuilt and we don't expect to make the playoff, far from that. We do expect to be very low in the rankings but what we tried to do here as a new management, was to fix the mess that Don Waddell had created.
We want to start fresh and build the right way. We have some very interesting young players and we hope to see them continue to improve their game.
Dallas' top line can compete with the top line of any western team. They have skill, grit and size.
Our 2nd line has the size, grit, determination, experience and skill required to provide the secondary scoring. And the best part is if there are any injuries we have Modano, the highest scoring american player in history and Ryder, a proven 30 goal threat.
Our 3rd line provides that extra energy and has our PK specialist in Wandell.
Our 4th line will pester and if need be, hurt you. That is exactly the reason why Thornton was added to our lineup.
Our spare is Brunnstrum, he has had a dissapointing season, but we feel he can fill in a 3rd line role and may even be able to handle 2nd line minutes as well.
If you get past our forwards and their hard forecheck you then have to deal with...
It is big, mobile and plays a solid transition game. We can pair an offensively gifted Dman with a shutdown dman on all 3 pairings. We can also place a L and a R handed shot in either role on all 3 pairings.
Our D can boast youth and experience. Hamrlik filled in nicely as Montreals top dman in Markov's absence. Greene was the stabalizing force in LA. Add them to Grossman, Niskanen, Fistric and O'Byrne and we have a very difficult blueline to deal with.
At the very least, you will know you were in a game against Dallas and likely too beat up to pose a threat to anyone IF you beat us...but I don't see how.
Also, as a measure of desperation, we also have 3 call-ups who could be starters on many other teams:
at FWD-------Kyle Turris
at Defence----Ivan Vishnevskiy
in Goal--------Johnathan Bernier
Obviously our goal is as always to make the playoffs and compete for the Cup. But at the same time we had some deficiencies and did a mini rebuild and have gone with mostly youth, with a few veterans thrown in to lead by example.
Offense-We've got three legitimate scoring lines. Teams are going to have to have their 3rd pairing matched up against one of them, and we will be able to capitalize on that. Williams & Kozlov are both veteran forwards with scoring ability, and will bring good veteran leadership to the team. Williams has won a cup, and Kozlov has won two. The first two lines speak for themselves. They are both #1 lines on many teams in the NHL. The system that Laviolette has implemented caters much more effectively to the strengths of this offense, and goal scoring shouldn't be our problem. The Flyers boast the second best PP in the NHL currently.
Defense-The major problem the Flyers had the last two years with the Penguins was that Kimmo Timonen could only play 30 minutes a game. Now that the Flyers have the best minute eater in the NHL in Chris Pronger, we should be able to much more effectively match lines and neutralize the top forwards on other teams. Guys like Malkin & Crosby or Ovechkin & Semin will all be accounted for. Carle has made large strides as a defenseman, and is no longer a liability. Our 3rd pairing is nothing to sneeze at either, Parent and Bartulis are both competent in their own end, while being able to move the puck at the same time. This defense has made Michael ****ing Leighton look like an all-star. Imagine how effective the team will be when they actually have a #1 goalie behind them.
Goaltending-Ray Emery is our guy. We know what Ray is capable of, and we expect a similar performance to what he did in his run in Ottawa to the Cup Finals, and how he played earlier in the year. He's playing behind a defense that is vastly superior to the defense in Ottawa that year, and Ray does not have to be spectacular. Michael Leighton has looked like an all-star in front of this defense, so Ray is going to look like Marty Brodeur.
This team is built on what wins in the playoffs, defense. Any of our guys 1-7 could be playing top-four roles elsewhere in the NHL. Especially with talent like Regehr, Ballard and Myers This group also has veterans Craig Rivet and Tony Lydman and Jordan Leopold who will help the young guys stay focused.
That's without even mentioning the guys up front. We have easily the most underrated shutdown line in the league featuring hard nosed Paul Gaustad and veterans Jochen Hecht and Mike Grier. We also have a bevy of two-way forwards that can put the puck in the net. Tim Conolly, Derek Roy, Nigel Dawes and Drew Stafford can all play a two-way game, while Tim Kennedy has played very well thus far this season and can chip in the odd goal. With Thomas Vanek filling the net Kennedy's role will be focused more on the defensive side of the puck anyways.
Now we come to the main reason the Sabres will be representing the Eastern conference once the SCF's roll around...Ryan Miller. This guy is currently the best goaltender in the world, and gives this chance a team to win every night. Now with a newly improved defence in front of him it will be that much tougher to put the puck past him.
The main point of this is to point out that at this point in the season the Sabres are clearly in the group considered the upper echelon of the East along with the Devils, Caps and Penguins. This team hasn't downgarded, so logic would show that they should reach, at the very least, the second round of the playoffs. The other teams in the NE have all made some good trades and some bad, but the Sabres had a large point spread before the Olympics started, too much for any other team to catch up to.
Called-Up: Tyler Bozak (F), Viktor Stalberg (F), Carl Gunnarsson (D).
Lost: Tomas Kaberle (D-Traded), 6th (TOR) '10 (Traded), Matt Stajan (F-Traded), Alexei Ponikarovsky (F-Traded), Jeff Finger (D-Waived).
Huge youth movement in Toronto. We dealt some experienced players but gained a lot of high-potential prospects. There were some questions regarding our prospect pools on defence (added Voynov, Mihalik, Deilert) and goaltending (added Irving, Helenius) but those question marks were removed on deadline day. We also helped ease the pain of losing our 1st '10, 2nd '10 and 1st '11 in the Phil Kessel acquistion by acquiring Calgary's 1st '10 and Philadelphia's 1st '10. We realize we are going to take our lumps this season but allowing so many young players to get their feet wet this season should prepare us for next season when we plan to have a solid, young team.
TOP-10 PROSPECTS NOT IN NHL (NO ORDER)
Brayden Schenn - F
Nazem Kadri - F
Vyacheslav Voynov - D
Jesse Blacker - D
Leland Irving - G
Phillippe Paradis - F
Jerry D'Amigo - F
Vladimir Mihalik - D
Mikhail Stefanovich - F
Jimmy Hayes - F
Lost: Ray Whitney (UFA), Aaron Ward (UFA), Jussi Jokinen, Matt Cullen (UFA), Joe Corvo (UFA), Joni Pitkanen
Gained: Tim Erixon, Dmitri Orlov, Mathieu Carle, Mikael Samuelsson, Kyle Wellwood, Cory Schneider, Fredrik Sjostrom, MON 1st 2010, WAS 2nd 2010, TBL 3rd 2010, WAS 4th 2010, VAN 4th 2010, VAN 2nd 2011
As you can see we tried to unload as many UFA's for picks, prospects and young players as possible, we feel that we are well stocked now for the 2010 entry draft and have some exciting Centre and Defense prospects coming up in the ranks, we also believe that Cory Schneider is one of the best promising young goalies outside of the NHL at the moment. We will continue to work hard this season and try to win every game, but we will be giving our young players a chance to show their mettle during the rest of this season.
*We may tinker with putting Z and Dats together again if the top line struggles, but this is the dieal setup. Howard and Osgood will platoon until one catches fire.
Did we make some big acquisitions at the deadline? Heck Yes! We 'acquired' the following players:
All of these players have missed part or most of the season with injuries, despite that the Wings have stayed in the hunt. Just having these players healthy for the stretch run accounts for several acquisitions.
In addition to that, we upgraded on the wing by Trading Leino for Afinigenov, and upgraded on D by replacing Lebda with Jurcina as a #6 Dman. Howard has proved capable down the stretch, and Osgood may have sucked in the regular season, but he was never overly great in the regular season...he ALWAYS steps it up in the playoffs though (check the stats, the difference is eerie).
We feel we have kept the chemistry intact and made the small tweaks necessary to make a long playoff run
Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Kyle Okposo
Sean Bergenheim - Doug Weight - Jonathan Cheechoo
Jeff Tambellini - Josh Bailey - Trent Hunter
Richard Park - Frans Neilsen - Tim Jackman
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Rob Schremp - Nate Thompson - Brad Staubitz
Mark Streit - Bruno Gervais
Paul Mara - Brendan Witt
Andy Sutton - Jack Hillen
Radek Martinek - Freddy Meyer/Andrew McDonald
Ilya Kovalchuk()-Nik Antropov()-Marian Gaborik(7,500,000)
Ryan Callahan(2,300,000)-Chris Drury(7,050,000)-Ales Kotalik(3,000,000)
Sean Avery(1,937,500)-Vaclav Prospal(1,1500,000)-Chris Higgins(2,250,000)
Enver Lisin(790,000)-Erik Christensen(750,000)-Brian Boyle(525,000)
Marc Staal(826,666)-Dan Girardi(1,550,000)
Matt Gilroy(1,750,000)-Ilkka Heikenen()
we believe we are a top 5 team in the eastern conference with the trade for kovy and the return of antropov, our offense can match with the best in the league but our defense is kind of weak which could hurt us in the playoffs but with our strong golatending by king henrik and our strong offense we can very well make a run to the cup