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expect John Michael Liles back into the line up tonight after being out since december 22 with a concussion
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Later on tonight, the Buffalo Sabres will be announcing their decision on a huge trade with the Anaheim Ducks. The Ducks have proposed a trade to the Sabres that will move Stanley Cup Champion and Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Getzlaf, who is arguably the Ducks best player, for Buffalo’s young and extremely talented defense men, Tyler Myers. If this trade goes down it will be one of the biggest trades in NHL history. You don’t trade players like Getzlaf and Myers.
Personally, I think this deal would be slightly in favor of the Ducks. Even though Getzlaf is a very decorated All-Star and only 26 years of age, Defense men like Myers are the rarest players to find. He’s compared to players like Chara, Weber, and Pronger, who are all elite Defense men that set the pace of a game. Look at the history of Stanley Cup winners over the last 10 years and you will find every team had an elite defensive pairing. But the Buffalo Sabres feel like they need an elite center like Getzlaf to compete in the East. More to come with the results later tonight!!!!
Other trades! (rumors)
Shane Doan- Phoenix coyotes FOR Evander Kane- Winnipeg Jets
James Van Riemsdyk- Philadelphia Flyers FOR Luke Schenn- Toronto Maple Leafs
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With the NHL trade freeze starting tommorow, GM’s have their hands full discussing trades to make their teams better. Being dead last in the NHL standings, the Columbus Blue Jackets have alot of work to make up. What better way to fix a struggling team than a good old fashion trade? Rumors have it that Columbus has team captain Rick Nash, and young but talented center Derick Brassard, on the trade block. Trading Nash would be huge! That would indicate Columbus is jumping into a rebuilding phase. Nash has spent his whole career with the Blue Jackets, getting drafted first overall in 2002. He’s had two 40+ goal seasons and several 60-70+ point seasons. The 6’ 4”, 216 pound winger would be a great addition to any team. The teams I hear are interested in Nash are the Carolina Hurricanes, Toronto Maple leafs, L.A Kings, and the San Jose Sharks. If any of these teams do acquire Nash, watch out cause they’re all teams that can do some damage, especially with an addition like that.
Derick Brassard, the young center that would fill a second line spot on any team is more likely to get traded. There’s a few teams interested, including the Buffalo Sabres, Toronto Maple leafs, Pheonix Coyotes, and the Vancouver Canucks. I personally would like to see Brassard go to the Sabres, and play along side Drew Stafford and Tyler Ennis. There’s a huge amount of talent in this young center’s hands, and I feel it would be used best on the second line for Buffalo. If he were to get traded to Vancouver or Toronto, both teams having solid centers already; Brassard would most likely end up on their 3rd line with a checking role. I’d much rather see his offensive talent used. I will be updating tomorrow when more information is revealed.
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Phil Kessel, #81 of the Toronto Maple leafs. He’s having the best season of his career, leading the league with 39 points; 19 goals and 20 assists in only 32 games. I was lucky enough to get him 6th pick overall in my fantasy draft this year. He’s a rising star in the NHL, and at only 24 years of age has a tremendous amount of potential moving forward in his career.