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- HEAD SCRATCHER OF THE DAY -

3-Way Deal

The head scratcher of the day would have to go to the 3 way deal between Carolina Hurricanes, Edmonton Oilers and the Los Angeles Kings. Carolina essentially traded away Justin Williams to the LA Kings for Patrick O’Sullivan and the (Calgary Flames) 2009 2nd Round Draft pick. Carolina then in turn traded O’Sullivan and (Carolina Hurricanes) 2009 2nd Round Draft to the Edmonton Oilers for Erik Cole and a 2009 5th Round Draft pick from Edmonton.

Ryan Enta

Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago at 7:24 PM.

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- TRADE DEADLINE HEADLINE -

“Olli Olli Oxen Free!”

Olli Jokinen will finally be put to the test in what will be his first ever playoff run with the Calgary Flames. Jokinen was traded from Phoenix to Calgary for young talent and was the talk of the day at the NHL Trade Deadline. The Flames had to trade away youth for the veteran forward and in return the Coyotes acquired Matthew Lombardi and Brandon Prust. Both are hard working, talented forwards - both will most likely become future assets to watch out for. This move just may lead some of us to believe that Lord Stanley has a much greater chance of seeing himself in the Red Mile at the end of the ‘09 NHL season.

Ryan Enta

Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago at 7:22 PM.

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Leafs Pass On Pascal??

After looking at what the Toronto Maple Leafs had done this year at the trade deadline i found myself quite content with the position Burke has left Leaf fans in. Being a Leafs fan myself, i find it quite odd that for once in a blue moon i am beginning to feel comfortable with positioning ‘our’ team for what looks to be a short rebuilding process. With losing Mats and now Antropov, the transitions have been surprisingly painless.

What grinds my gears though is not trading to get someone like Pascal Leclaire. I am not saying that their was a deal in the works or that this was in any way a possibility for the Blue Jackets to want someone like Nik Antropov or Domenic Moore. Although, it wouldn’t shock me to see the need for strong forwards who can score 20 goals a season to help out their franchise. It was even hinted that Blue Jackets were looking for a presence to play with Rick Nash. I can only hope that given the opportunity to acquire another premiere player from Columbus won’t be missed again down the road.

Ryan Enta

Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago at 7:20 PM.

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Gerber Baby a Leaf

Toronto Maple Leafs acquire Martin Gerber off of the waivers from Ottawa. Leaf fans say goodbye to Nik Antropov and Domenic Moore for 2nd round draft picks. Burke is hesitant to disclose information about the Kolzig, Heward, Rogers & 4th Round Draft Pick deal. So it turns out the Maple Leafs decided to look towards the future and are in good shape to do so. With Vesa Toskala being placed on the IR for the remainder of the year it is a blessing in disguise; if the Toronto organization is intending on rebuilding. Lose a few more games here and there…not such a bad thing these days. Although no big names are coming to Toronto there wasn’t an intense feeling of anxiety as there was in past years. The Leaf Nation is not crying out for “MORE.”

Ryan Enta

Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago at 7:18 PM.

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Impact of Adding Matt Birk at Center

After losing Jason Brown to the St.Louis Rams, the Ravens have signed Center Matt Birk, from the Minnesota Vikings. Birk is a 6-time pro-bowler and will provide an immediate upgrade to the Ravens offensive line. Birk is a veteran and has seen it all in his 11 years in the NFL. Calling out the blitzes and defenses, as well as helping the young line progress are the reasons Ozzie brought Matt in. The players are excited to have him and him and Joe should be able to form a terrific chemistry throughout the off-season program

If the season started today and the Ravens didn’t add anyone via the draft (doubtful), they would still be able to field an extremely strong line. It consists of youth, and legendary veterans. They did a Heck of a job last year and there is no reason to think they won’t be even better next year.

Jared Gaither, Benn Grubbs, Matt Birk, Marshall Yanda, Willie Anderson.

Nolan Shulman
nolan@flagrantfouls.com

Posted 3 weeks, 5 days ago at 5:36 PM.

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