First off, if this site still has any big fans, I’d like to apologize for not updating a lot recently, but I’m not gonna make a big deal about it so on with the news… Eric Lindros has added three teams to his list of aceptable destinations: Detroit, Washington and St. Louis. Thankfully, Ken Holland doesn’t seem interested. Neither are the Capitals, but the Blues are chomping at the bit for him or the Coyotes’ Keith Tkachuk. The Wings win out if Tkachuk goes elsewhere and Lindros goes to St. Louis because Eric the Red (or would it be Blue?) will go down before the end of the season. Nonetheless, the rumor out of Toronto is that Lindros would go to Detroit for Saturday’s hero of the day Brendan Shanahan, who would waive his no trade clause because he doesn’t like Scotty Bowman. They’re over-reacting in Toronto, everyone hates Bowman but he makes people win so the players tolerate it. Holland isn’t stupid.
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But first, the recaps for the bad tie with Phoenix and the even worse loss to Los Angeles.
Now the fun trade stuff… San Jose picked up sniper Teemu Selanne from the Ducks for goalie Steve Shields, winger Jeff Friesen, and a conditional draft pick. Selanne makes the Sharks a threat in the regular season but San Jose will be forced to ride a rookie goalie through the playoffs. Phoenix dealt holdout goalie Nikolai Khabibulan and Stan Neckar to Tampa Bay for defenseman Paul Mara, forwards Mike Johnson and Ruslan Zainullin and a second-round draft pick. The Blues picked up d-man Alexei Gusarov from the Rangers for rookie blueliner Peter Smrek. Defenseman Sean O’Donnell was picked up from the Wild by the Devils for Willie Mitchell and future considerations. I bet this much doesn’t happen on the day of the deadline.
The leapfrogging continues as the Wings jumped back ahead of St. Louis for the lead in the Central Division with a 3-1 win in Anahiem while the Blues fell to Edmonton. Detroit is as hot as any team in the NHL has been this season, going undefeated in twelve games – or the entire month of February. Should Detroit manage to stretch this streak through next week – which includes a Saturday afternoon matchup with the Blues – it will be a new team record of sixteen games. The first shot at stretching it is tonight in Phoenix.
Several minor deal have happened across the league, including Ottawa picking up Eric Lacroix from the Rangers for Colin Forbes and Carolina getting potential UFA Scott Pellerin from Minnesota for prospect Askhat Rakhmatullin and a third-round draft pick in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
I never got that multimedia update done and it’s been pushed aside for at least a week, but it’s still a priority. Expect some changes in drwcentral.net across the next week, I’ll be doing some work on the site while I’m on break from classes.
The Red Wings dropped to second in the Central with the Blues’ win Monday night but the good news in Detroit is that Chris Pronger is down for the rest of the regular season. HAHAHA!!!!
Anyway… Great comeback Sunday, have to hope Ozzie starts Wednesday or he’ll begin to doubt himself. After starting every game for about a month, he was bound to slip once. No big deal. The Freep has the recap and a little bit about Fedorov’s facial injury. No one else is talking about anything so why don’t you talk about something in the Fan Forum?
Could the night have been any better for the Red Wings? Chris Chelios played his first game in over three months, Steve Yzerman got his 1,600th career point, and Detroit downed St. Louis to move into the top spot in the Central Division. Eh, I guess the Rob Blake powered Avalance could have lost to the Wild, but that doesn’t matter.
For now, Detroit is in second place in the league. The Blues could reclaim the lead in the Central Saturday night with a win over the Bruins, but we won’t worry about that now, will we? The Blues have two games in hand on the Wings and the teams play each other twice more before the end of the season. Should Detroit manage to go undefeated against St. Louis, they’ll likely take the Central.
Just a note on the streak: Wings are unbeaten in their last ten games and haven’t lost at home since December.
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Yeah, yeah, yeah, the Wings won huge over Chicago and are one point back of the Blues, who they play on Friday, but even the most die-hard Detroit fan knows that’s not a big deal with “the trade” having been made.
All Star defenseman Rob Blake has been dealt from the Los Angels Kings to the Colorado Avalanche. Blake was sent to the Avs along with center Steve Reinprecht for forward Adam Deadmarsh, defenceman Aaron Miller, a 2001 first-round pick, a prospect to be named later, and future considerations. It’s the second time in as many seaosn the Avalanche have picked up a star d-man at the trade deadline, having added Ray Bourque last year.
The Wings were rumored several weeks ago to have won the Rob Blake sweepstakes, but nothing came of that. Detroit will now likely pursue the more affordable Sean O’Donnell out of Minnesota.
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With last night’s tie in Nashville and the Blues’ loss in Tampa, the Red Wings are within striking distance of the top spot in the Central Division.
News about the Rob Blake sweepstakes… Kings GM Dave Taylor has been ordered to trade the All Star defenseman. The Wings say they’re not looking to add him, but everyone else says they are. Other trade news has the Leafs – Flyers deal for Eric Lindros falling apart. One trade did go through however, as the Habs dealt Eric Weinrich to Boston.
“We’re not going to be able to play like that against Detroit … they’re going to kill us.” – St. Louis Blues center Craig Conroy following the Blues’ loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday night.
The big win over Dallas pulls us even closer to St. Louis in the race for the top spot in the Central. With the Blues’ loss tonight, it’s possible for the Wings to move into a tie with them for first place by Friday night. Detroit will have to win both games left this week and St. Louis would have to lose both of theirs, but the important match is Friday’s Wings – Blues game in Detroit.
Elsewhere in the league, the Lindros Saga may be moving to another chapter as PenaltyBox.com is reporting that the Flyers and Leafs have reached an agreement to get the Cup-less Wonder into a Maple Leafs sweater by Tuesday. Considering it was also reported weeks ago that Rob Blake would be a Wing, I’m not sure what to believe. Frankly, I’d love to see Lindros sit for the next several years, but you can speak your mind on the drwcentral.net Fan Forum.
Nice little win over one of those pesky expansion teams last night, CNN/SI has the boxscore and the Free Press recaps.
Slava Kozlov finally got himself a goal, two in fact. Now that his drought seems to be over, let us know what you think about his chances of being traded in the Fan Forum.
We can all thank the Blackhawks today, last night they beat the Blues, 6-2, which pulls us two points closer in the race for first place in the Central.