Red Wings Rally For Shootout Win over Devils

The Detroit Red Wings rebounded from down 4-1 for a 5-4 shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Mike Cammalleri scored from the bottom of the left faceoff circle just 28 seconds into the second period to give the Devils their three-goal lead. It was his second goal of the night and New Jersey’s second on the power play.

Only 1:27 later the Red Wings pulled back to within a pair, as Xavier Ouellet scored his first NHL goal. Ouellet pinched up into the slot to take a pass from Darren Helm in the right circle and bang the puck past Devils’ netminder Cory Schneider.

With 7:08 left in the period, Justin Abdelkader scored from nearly the same spot, beating Schneider off a feed from Henrik Zetterberg at the side of the net.

Drew Miller tied things up at 10:07 of the third period, putting the rebound of a Niklas Kronwall shot past a sprawling Schneider.

Gustav Nyquist would score the only goal of the shootout in the third round, beating Schneider glove side. Schneider stopped Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Tatar while Detroit netminder Petr Mrazek stopped Jacob Josefson, Cammalleri, and Michael Ryder.

Jaromir Jagr had opened the scoring at 2:18 of the first period, putting the puck into the open net as Mrazek recovered from blocking an Andy Greene shot with his mask.

Riley Sheahan tied things up 1:32 later, deflecting a Kronwall shot from up high past Schneider from in the slot.

Cammalleri’s first of the night put the Devils back in front. With 6:08 left in the first, Cammalleri’s shot from the top of the right faceoff circle sailed through a screen by Adam Henrique and past Mrazek to make it 2-1 on the power play.

Peter Harrold snapped a shot from the right wing past Mrazek 1:26 later to make it 3-1.

Mrazek finished the night with 21 saves on 25 shots while Schneider stopped 28 of 32 chances.

Both teams scored twice on four power play opportunities.

Free Agency Preview 2013

With the 2013 NHL Entry Draft completed, focus around the hockey world turns to the league’s free agents.

We’ve hit Canada Day, the traditional start to NHL free agency, but it will be a quiet day this year as the new CBA has pushed free agency back to July 5 to avoid this week’s holidays in the United States and Canada.

With a couple days before unrestricted free agent signings begin, I figured I’d take a quick look at where the Red Wings sit right now.

Overview
With pending restricted free agent Jakub Kindl having been signed last Friday, Detroit currently has 21 players signed for next season and roughly $8.2 million remaining in space under the salary cap. The 21 players include forward Tomas Tatar, who spent most of last season with the Grand Rapids Griffins but is expected to join the Red Wings full-time next season (and has also requested a jersey switch from #21 to #90, reportedly). Not included are any of Detroit’s seven pending free agents.

External Targets
Now-former Tampa Bay captain Vincent Lecavalier is the only external target I’d really like to see the Red Wings bring in, even at the cost of internal options, and I don’t expect him to come cheap. He’s reportedly asking for $5 million per season for five years. The $5 million I think is entirely appropriate (much more so than Valtteri Filppula requesting that amount, which I’ll get to shortly) but the term worries me. I’d hate to see the Wings lose out on him because of term, though. The contract he was just bought out of carried a $7.727 million cap hit and carried through the 2020 season.

Nathan Horton (Boston) and Viktor Stalberg (Chicago) are other names that Detroit is being associated with, as well as Stephen Weiss (Florida). Horton has injury concerns and Stalberg is entirely unproven, I have no interest in them. Weiss has local ties, having played with the Plymouth Whalers, and I like him if the Wings are unable to land Lecavalier or retain Filppula, but he has to come at a good deal. He carried a cap hit of $3.1 million on his last deal with an actual salary of $4.1 million, I’d hate to see the Wings give him more than $4 million annually.

Mike Ribeiro (Washington) and Michael Ryder (Montreal) are also options but will likely want more money and/or term than Detroit is willing to offer.

Unrestricted Free Agents
The aforementioned Filppula is Detroit’s highest-priority unrestricted free agent. There were rumors that his rights might be moved during the draft, ending his tenure with the Red Wings. As that didn’t happen, it would appear that the two sides are still working on a deal to keep Filppula with the team that drafted him. He’s reportedly asking for five years at $5 million or more, which is an obscene amount for a player who’s scored twenty goals once (though he came close with 19 in his last contract year). He’s likely to get it in the open market as there’s a weak free agent pool this summer. I think he’s gone and I’d rather give his money to Lecavalier anyway.

Both the Red Wings and forward Daniel Cleary have said they’d like to work our a deal but I just don’t see a roster spot for him. At 34 he might be convinced to come back at a discount to the team that resurrected his career following the Great Hockey Stoppage of 2004-05 but even if he signs for $1 million annually, I don’t see a spot for him unless the Wings move players out before the start of the season. They may have to do that anyway (more on that below) so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cleary brought back on the (relative) cheap but I expect him to head elsewhere.

Damien Brunner is the big wild card of the UFA bunch. He says he wants to come back and Detroit wants him back but how do you value a player who has half an NHL season under his belt? I wouldn’t mind throwing him a three or four year deal for Filppula’s old cap hit of $3 million but, like Filppula, Brunner has a chance to get paid on the shallow open market. Brunner is the only Detroit UFA I’d be disappointed if they lost out on.

Ian White is Detroit’s last unrestricted free agent and it’s already known that the team won’t offer him a contract, nor should they. He should have been dealt at the trade deadline, as he only played a grand total of two games after that date anyway.

Restricted Free Agents
With Kindl signed, Brendan Smith is Detroit’s lone defensive RFA. He’s not going anywhere, the Red Wings will match offers for any of their RFAs this season. I don’t think Smith should get much more than Kindl’s $2.4 million cap hit but he’ll probably get somewhere between that and the $3.775 that Kyle Quincey makes. Smith hasn’t proven himself so the Wings would be paying for potential if they hit the high end of that range, which always happens with players coming off their entry-level deals.

Gustav Nyquist falls into that scenario. As a projected top-six forward, he’s got a lot of potential to get paid for. He hasn’t shown (because he hasn’t had the opportunity) that he can play on a top line consistently, though, so I wouldn’t be shocked if he got a deal under $2 million, in the Justin Abdelkader range.

Joakim Andersson is in much the same position as Nyquist but seemingly has less offensive upside. On a team loaded with bottom-six forwards, that doesn’t give him as much leverage. $1.3 million?

Buyouts / Trades
Even assuming the Wings retain only their restricted free agents and don’t bring in anyone new – thus losing Filppula, Cleary, Brunner and White with no replacements – the team will still have 24 players on its roster heading into training camp. Someone won’t be coming back.

Mikael Samuelsson is a frequent mention as a possible candidate for a compliance buyout, which would get his $3 million off the books. He’s got a no-trade clause so this is the only way the Wings could be rid of him, but he may not be eligible for a buyout as he spent much of the 2013 season injured and injured players can’t be bought out. If he’s injured all year next year that’s not a problem as he can go back on long-term injury reserve but it’s tough to count on him being hurt the whole time. Samuelsson is probably the fan consensus as the most likely buyout.

Todd Bertuzzi is another buyout candidate with a NTC and a $2.075 cap hit. I have to think the team would prefer to keep him but might buy him out if Samuelsson can’t be dumped.

Defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo is almost assuredly gone, whether by buyout or trade. General manager Ken Holland was reportedly looking to move him during the draft but apparently didn’t find any buyers. The thought on Colaiacovo has been that he’d been a relatively cheap veteran guy for a team to pick up, so there would be trade interest. If no trade is found, he’ll probably be bought out, so we should know what happens to him by July 3 (the last day a player can be placed on waivers with enough time to clear before the July 4 buyout deadline).

Jordin Tootoo is like Colaiacovo in that the team seems open to trading him. They probably won’t buy him out, though, so if a deal comes along that works they’ll take it but if not they’re fine keeping him.

Cory Emmerton could be this year’s Mattias Ritola. The Wings likely won’t try to move him until they know whether or not they have to as the season gets closer. If they can’t move him, they’ll lose him for nothing on waivers in October.

Red Wings Avoid Shutout but Fall to Stars

The Detroit Red Wings narrowly avoided being shutout for the second time in three games on Tuesday night, dropping a 2-1 decision in their home opener to the Dallas Stars.

One night after being the shootout hero who gave the Red Wings their first victory of the season, rookie Damien Brunner scored the team’s only goal. Pavel Datsyuk‘s pass across the top of the crease reached Brunner on the far side with a wide open net for his first career NHL goal, coming with just three seconds left in the game.

Michael Ryder provided all of the offense for Dallas.

At 5:41 of the first period, Ryder carried the puck from the left wing boards across the top of the faceoff circles and flung a shot on net. The puck deflected off of defenseman Kyle Quincey‘s stick early and sailed over goalie Jimmy Howard‘s shoulder, into the top corner.

Ryder struck again at 5:34 of the third period when he was left wide open in the left circle, taking a pass from former Red Wing Ray Whitney and snapping a shot past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 32 saves on 34 Dallas shots. Stars’ goalie Kari Lehtonen made 40 saves on the 41 shots he faced.

Though Brunner’s goal came with Howard on the bench for an extra attacker, the Wings were scoreless on four power play tries, still looking for their first power play goal of the season. Dallas did not score on either of their two tries with the man advantage.

Having completed three games in four nights, the Red Wings are now off until Friday when they host the Minnesota Wild.


Former Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom, who announced his retirement earlier in the day, participated in a ceremonial puck drop to start the game… The Red Wings were without forwards Mikael Samuelsson, Darren Helm, Todd Bertuzzi, and Jan Mursak, defensemen Jonathan Ericsson, Jakub Kindl and Carlo Colaiacovo, and goalie Jonas Gustavsson… Defenseman Kent Huskins made his Red Wings debut, having been signed earlier in the day due to the injuries decimating Detroit’s blue line… Forward Gustav Nyquist was called up from the Grand Rapids Griffins to fill in up front. He and goalie Tom McCollum were returned to the Griffins after the game.

TGTW: Wings Drop Three Consecutive Games in Week Six

The Games That Weren’t is one of many projects simulating the games lost by the NHL lockout. In the absence of actual games to write about, I’ll be checking in periodically on the fictional Red Wings’ season.

Three consecutive losses dropped the Detroit Red Wings out of a tie for first place in the National Hockey League in the season’s sixth week but the team remains in a tie with the Los Angeles Kings atop the Western Conference.

The Red Wings dropped their first overtime game of the season on Tuesday when they hosted the Dallas Stars.  Dallas’ Vern Fiddler opened the game’s scoring at 9:27 of the first but Johan Franzen responded for the Wings with 49 seconds left in the period to even things up.  Pavel Datsyuk made it 2-1 in Detroit’s favor at 1:51 of the second, a score that would hold until Michael Ryder made it a 2-2 tie with 7:38 left in regulation.  At 1:34 of the overtime period, Eric Nystrom gave Dallas the win.

Detroit goalie Jimmy Howard allowed the three goals on just 19 shots while Dallas netminder Kari Lehtonen made 19 saves on 21 shots.  The lone bright spot for the Red Wings was the return of Todd Bertuzzi to the lineup after missing two games with concussion-like symptoms.

The Wings’ skid continued on Thursday with a 5-3 loss to the visiting New Jersey Devils, fueled by three quick goals in the middle of the third period.  Datsyuk got the Red Wings out to a quick start, scoring just a minute into the game and adding another at 9:38 of the first on a power play.  Ilya Kovalchuk got the Devils on the board at 3:21 of the second and Dainius tied things up with a power play goal at 6:14 of the third.  Jordin Tootoo‘s first as a Red Wing put Detroit back out in front at 8:05 but Tim Sestito re-tied it 23 seconds later.  Adam Larsson gave the Devils their first lead with 9:32 remaining and Zubrus extended after only three seconds, chasing Howard from the crease in favor of Jonas Gustavsson.

Gustavsson stopped the three shots he saw in the final 9:29 of play after Howard made 24 saves on 29 shots.  New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur stopped 29 of the 32 shots he faced.

A six-round shootout loss in Minnesota closed out the week for the Red Wings.  Cal Clutterbuck got the Wild out to an early lead at 1:04 of the first before Darren Helm responded with his first of the season at 6:46.  Valtteri Filppula put the Red Wings out front at 6:58 of the second with a power play goal and Jakub Kindl extended the lead 53 seconds later.  With 8:35 left in the third, Jared Spurgeon cut Detroit’s lead to a goal.  Just eight seconds later, Kyle Brodziak tied things up.

Franzen and Brodziak scored to open the shootout.  Datsyuk was stopped and Devin Setoguchi scored in the second round but Henrik Zetteberg scored and Howard stopped Pierre-Marc Bouchard to keep the Wings alive.  Mikael Samuelsson, Matt Cullen, Bertuzzi, Steven Kampfer and Drew Miller would all fail to score before Ryan Suter beat Howard to give the Wild the win.

Howard finished the night with 24 saves on 27 shots.  Niklas Backstrom made 29 saves on 32 chances.

After six weeks of play, Filppula remains the team’s leading scorer with 26 points, five more than Datsyuk and good for second in the NHL, one behind Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin.  Datsyuk sits fourth in the league in scoring.  Howard’s 2.09 GAA puts him at fifth in the league.

The next week will see the Wings host the Penguins and Blues before visiting the Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

Red Wings Break NHL Record with 21st Consecutive Home Win

The Detroit Red Wings set a new NHL record Tuesday night, winning their twenty-first home game in a row with a 3-1 victory over the Dallas Stars.

Detroit had tied the old record of twenty wins on Sunday night. That mark was set first by the 1929-30 Boston Bruins and tied by the 1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers.

Down 2-0 entering the third period, the Stars controlled play early in an effort to avert history. It wasn’t until Jiri Hudler scored with 4:49 left that the victory was secured.

Hudler’s goal came on a play that saw him sneak into the Dallas zone down the right side of the ice while the Stars’ defense was focused on Valtteri Filppula on the left wing. Filppula flipped a pass over the Hudler, who settled the puck and snapped a shot past goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Adam Burish would break the shutout with 33 seconds remaining, deflecting a pass from Michael Ryder past Detroit goalie Joey MacDonald with his skate. It wouldn’t be enough, however.

Detroit had opened the scoring at 7:57 of the first period on a power play. Zetterberg threw the puck to the front of the net from the bottom of the left faceoff circle and hit bounced right back to him. With Lehtonen having shifted to the middle of the crease, Zetterberg put it into the empty side of the net.

Just 1:18 later, Brad Stuart threaded a shot from the right wing boards through traffic and past Lehtonen to make it 2-0.

The Red Wings would finish the period having put twenty shots on net to Dallas’ ten. The scoreless second period was much more even but still saw Detroit outshoot the Stars, 11-6. Even in a third period that saw Dallas carry much of the play, they managed only five shots to Detroit’s six.

In all, Lehtonen made 34 saves on Detroit’s 37 chances. MacDonald stopped twenty of the 21 shots he faced.

Zetterberg’s goal was the only power play tally on the night. Detroit had five tries with the extra attacker while the Stars had two.

The Red Wings will get the chance to extend their streak on Friday when they host the Nashville Predators.


The Red Wings were without goalie Jimmy Howard and forward Danny Cleary, both of whom expect to return from injury on Sunday against the San Jose Sharks… Mike Commodore was the healthy scratch on defense.

Hudler Scores Lone Goal of Shootout as Red Wings Down Stars, 3-2

Detroit forward Jiri Hudler scored the only goal of the shootout Tuesday night, giving the Red Wings a 3-2 win over the Dallas Stars.

The goal kept the Red Wings unbeaten in the tiebreaker this season and at least temporarily moved them into first place in the Western Conference.

Hudler faked twice on Dallas netminder Richard Bachman but couldn’t sell anything before resorting to the cutting to his left and pushing the puck out to the right, into the open side of the net. It was the same “Forsberg move” that Henrik Zetterberg successfully executed last week against Phoenix.

Pavel Datsyuk hit the post on Detroit’s first shot and Todd Bertuzzi fired into Bachman in the third round.

Wings’ goaltender Ty Conklin stopped Loui Eriksson, Michael Ryder and Trevor Daley in earning the win.

Detroit opened the game’s scoring at 6:41 of the first period. Jan Mursak beat Bachman to the puck behind the net and sent it to Justin Abdelkader, who only tipped the puck on his shot attempt from the side of the net. The puck slid out into the slot where Tomas Holmstrom fired a slapper back past Bachman for the early 1-0 lead.

Brenden Morrow tied things up with 9:01 left in the opening frame. With the Stars on a power play, Alex Goligoski fired a shot from above the slot. The puck deflected off of a jumping Morrow at the top of the crease and bounced past Conklin.

With 3:32 remaining, Eriksson made it 2-1 by backhanding the rebound of a Sheldon Souray chance past Conklin with a broken stick.

Hudler scored the last goal of regulation at 1:43 of the second, bouncing the puck off Goligoski’s skate and past Backman on a crossing attempt.

Bachman stopped 30 of the 32 Detroit shots he faced on the night. Conklin made 25 saves on 27 shots for his third win of the season.

Detroit went scoreless on four power play chances. The Stars scored on one of their two tries with the extra attacker.

The Red Wings will continue their road trip on Thursday when they visit the Phoenix Coyotes.


Jakub Kindl and Cory Emmerton were healthy scratches for the Red Wings, with Mike Commodore and Mursak in the lineup in their respective places.

Hudler Scores Twice as Red Wings Hold off Stars, 5-4

Detroit forward Jiri Hudler scored two first-period goals Tuesday night as the Red Wings held off a late comeback attempt by the Dallas Stars for a 5-4 win.

Hudler’s linemates, Valtteri Filppula and Henrik Zetterberg, each had three points on the night. Filppula had a goal and two assists while Zetterberg notched three assists.

Filppula opened the game’s scoring at 8:02 of the first period. After an Ian White shot from the blue line, Henrik Zetterberg sent the puck from the left side to Filppula on the far side of the crease, who settled it down and flung it into the open net.

Hudler’s first made it 2-0 with 2:54 left in the period, when a Zetterberg shot deflected off Hudler’s skate and past Dallas goalie Kari Lehtonen.

Loui Eriksson got the Stars on the board just 50 seconds later, making a wide wraparound attempt through the right circle and into the slot to snap a shot past Red Wings’ netminder Jimmy Howard.

Hudler restored the Detroit two-goal lead with one minute left in the first. After rushing down the right wing, Zetterberg cut into the high slot and passed off to Filppula in the left circle. Filppula sent it back into the slot to Hudler, who was left uncovered for a wrister past Lehtonen.

Jamie Benn pulled Dallas to back within a goal at 1:04 of the second, beating Howard short-side from the goal line below the right circle.

Cory Emmerton returned the favor for the Red Wings at 3:51, putting a shot from below the left circle off Lehtonen and into the Dallas net.

Michael Ryder‘s first of the night at 7:25 of the middle frame made it 4-3 Detroit. Ryder snapped a shot from the left wing boards that Howard got a piece of before it fluttered into the net.

With 8:14 left in the period, Johan Franzen gave the Red Wings their fourth two-goal lead of the night. Lehtonen went down early and gave Franzen only the top corners, and Franzen lifted a shot from the left faceoff dot into the far corner for a 5-3 lead.

Ryder’s second of the night rounded out the scoring with 5:53 remaining, as he flung a shot through a screen from the right circle past Howard.

Howard finished the night with 25 saves on 29 shots against. Lehtonen made 26 saves on 31 Detroit shots.

Dallas had the game’s only power play just fifteen seconds in. They were held scoreless.

The Red Wings continue their four-game road trip on Saturday when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Postgame: Red Wings @ Stars – 1/3

Every win counts, but (as I suggested on Twitter immediately after the final buzzer) this was the sloppiest win of the season for the Red Wings, hands down.

Emblematic of the defensive side of Detroit’s game: Dallas’ fourth goal. Two Red Wings miscommunicate and collide inside the blue line, leaving Michael Ryder free to cut across the ice and overload the left side, then use Nicklas Lidstrom as a screen to get a shot past Jimmy Howard.

Howard got beat on shots through a screen three times, which I’m not sure what to think about. I feel like he should have been able to get at least one of them, as it’s not like the screens were particularly close to the net.

On the offensive side of the game, it’s crazy to think that the Wings scored five goals and that was with Kari Lehtonen playing out of his mind. It could have been 5-0 Detroit in the first period if not for some big stops, particularly on Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler. Lehtonen made those stops but then allowed one where he didn’t hold the post and had one go in off a skate, leading to a weird situation where the Wings’ offense generated great chances that they didn’t score on but the seemingly harmless plays did get a couple goals.

Weird game. Not indicative of the talent level of either team, so I hope the Wings take the points and immediately forget about it.

Bertuzzi Scores Another Pair as Red Wings Sweep Bruins

Todd Bertuzzi scored two goals for the second consecutive game, helping the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins and a sweep of the home-and-home series between the two teams.

Bertuzzi’s four goals is more than the Bruins scored as a team over the two games, with Detroit outscoring them by a combined 10-3.

Like Detroit did on Friday, the Bruins jumped out to an early lead. Just 1:29 into the game, Tyler Seguin knocked the rebound of a Blake Wheeler wraparound chance past Wings goalie Jimmy Howard.

Bertuzzi’s first of the afternoon tied things up at 6:09 of the opening period. Bertuzzi chased Brad Marchand into the Boston zone and picked off a blind pass in front of the goal. He recovered from a poke-check by Bruins netminder Tim Thomas and lifted a shot into the net.

Marchand would make amends for Boston with 7:43 left in the period, when he got open in front of the net to take a pass from a rushing Michael Ryder and put the puck behind Howard in the closing seconds of a power play.

The Red Wings took control of the game in the second period, outshooting the Bruins 19-6 and scoring twice.

Pavel Datsyuk tied the game up 3:54 in. A Bruin defender fell on Thomas as he made the stop on a Brian Rafalski chance from the right point, giving Datsyuk an open net to fire the rebound into.

Kris Draper gave Detroit their first lead with 7:16 left in the period, taking a feed from Patrick Eaves in the slot and snapping a shot past Thomas.

Bertuzzi wrapped up the game’s scoring with 6:25 to play, taking a feed from Johan Franzen on a two-on-one. Franzen outwaited Boston captain Zdeno Chara before sending the pass across to Bertuzzi for the shot into the back of the net.

Marchand’s goal was the only power play marker of the afternoon. Each team had three tries with the extra attacker.

Howard made 23 saves on 25 Boston shots in earning the win. Thomas stopped 32 of 36 Detroit chances.

The Red Wings will be off until Thursday when they visit the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Round One Draft Notes

I’ve mentioned before that I don’t usually pay too much attention to the draft because the Wings are picking so late and so rarely that there’s no need to stay glued to it. When Detroit does pick, it’s likely to be someone you’ve never heard of and won’t hear of again until four years later when they crack the lineup and become a superstar. Works for me.

I expected the Red Wings to deal their first round pick but it didn’t happen and they took goalie Thomas McCollum from the OHL’s Guelph Storm. This was the pick they had to make with all of their goalie prospects now in Detroit or Grand Rapids. Jimmy Howard should be the backup to Chris Osgood next year and Daniel Larsson will come over from Sweden to take Howard’s place with the Griffins so before this pick, there wasn’t anyone on the depth chart beyond that.

That said, the Wings would have no problem picking up a free agent goalie if none of these guys panned out, so I would have understood if they didn’t go for a netminder.

The trades are more interesting to me than anything.

This year we have Olli Jokinen going to Phoenix for Nick Boynton, Keith Ballard and the #49 pick. I think Phoenix absolutely screwed Florida on this one but it’s not like you’ll notice in the end ’cause the Panthers will remain mediocre; I don’t think the deal makes them worse, just that they could have gotten more.

Mike Cammalleri to Calgary came first and was a surprise to me ’cause I didn’t think the Flames would be the team to get him. I saw him going out East if anywhere.

Calgary getting Cammalleri finally made Alex Tanguay expendible and he was shipped to the Montreal Canadiens. This deal had been rumored back at the February trade deadline as Tanguay for Michael Ryder but ended up being a pick-based deal. It sounds like Montreal was the only possible destination for Tanguay, who Canadiens GM Bob Gainey said “was not comfortable with the Calgary Flames.”

The Philadelphia Flyers made two moves to wrap up the player trades. R.J. Umberger was moved to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a late first round pick in a deal that seems to show that Columbus will not persue Pittsburgh’s Ryan Malone, as had been rumored earlier this week. Umberger had a breakout season and I’m really not sure why the Flyers would deal him.

The Flyers then picked up Steve Eminger from Washington in another deal that surprises me a little ’cause I don’t know why the Caps would want to do that trade. Maybe those last two are a sign that I don’t pay enough attention to the Eastern Conference.