A Monster Trade?

November 25, 2011

Rumors are swirling that if Jonas Gustavsson continues his strong play, he could be traded when James Reimer is ready to return to the net later next week.  However, ‘Monster’ has been providing solid netminding for the last few games.  In the last two, the Leafs managed to outscore their opposition by a total of 14-2.  Even with Reimer in the net, Leaf fans are not accustomed to blow out wins and top notch save percentages – and certainly not both in the same game.  So if there is interest in Jonas Gustavsson, the return would probably have to be fairly substantial for Burke to be willing to toss away what looks like a very nice insurance policy.

That said, I doubt there are any managers out there willing to deal a lottery pick for a hot-and-cold goaltender like Gustavsson.  Burke was a little late to the party if he wanted Greg Sherman to bite on that kind of deal.  Still, a good prospect or a high pick (2nd rounder) might be enough to entice the Leafs GM. Read the rest of this entry »

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Prediction Time: North West Division, Pt. 2

September 30, 2011

Bringing Up The Rear...

There is little doubt that someday soon the Edmonton Oilers will be a force in the Western Conference.  You can’t compile as many 1st overall, and 1st round picks as the Oilers have and not see a turnaround at some point.  Still, by no fault of the talented trio pictured above, the Oilers will be hard pressed to shake-up the bottom half othe Western Conference standing chart in the 2012 season.  The Colorado Avalanche will have something to say about the Oil moving up that list, as they have nothing to gain from trying to ‘Fail for Nail’. Read the rest of this entry »