Now that the NHL Trade Deadline has passed our beloved Canadian teams are primed for the playoffs. Or are they? Some teams made decent moves, but others did nothing at all and that has left some including me scratching their heads.
1. Montreal Canadiens (last week: 1)
As I kept saying up to the trade deadline the Canadiens won’t do anything significant. They are a confident team and playing very well under head coach Michel Therrien.
2. Vancouver Canucks (last week: 3)
Hello Gary, it’s Mike here. I’d like to discuss how I can get out of Roberto Luongo’s contract. If this team doesn’t go deep into the playoffs I suspect a house cleaning will be in order over the summer. When your ex-number one goalie states in a press conference that his contract sucks, who is going to want the contract next?
Not saying the Leafs should have done more at the trade deadline or that they can’t win with the two goalies they have, only stating the benefits of having traded for a veteran goalie would have outweighed what they would have given up. Hopefully I’m proven wrong.
4. Ottawa Senators (last week: 2)
The latest edition of miracle on ice, the Ottawa Senators are looking good and GM Bryan Murray made a great trade with the Tampa Bay Lightning. The Lightning needed a goalie and how could the Senators say no to Cory Conacher.
5. Winnipeg Jets (last week: 5)
I think the Jets non-existence at the trade deadline will come back to bite them. All they were able to accomplish was picking up Mike Santorelli off waivers from the Florida Panthers, yay.
6. Edmonton Oilers (last week: 6)
The only trade the Oilers managed was getting Jerred Smithson from the Florida Panthers. As I yawn at the excitement I ask for a mulligan in predicting the Oilers making the playoffs.
7. Calgary Flames (last week: 7)
Here is a classic example of the inmates running the insane asylum. The Flames had no trouble dealing away the face of their club for the past 16 years, Jarome Iginla, but they didn’t or couldn’t trade Miikka Kiprusoff. Are you kidding me! This Flames team has been nothing but a debacle and laughing stock of the NHL all season and things just got worse at the trade deadline. I honestly can’t see how GM Jay Feaster will be a part of this team next year.