Time For Trades? Maybe Not
Last season there were no trades in November and December. Why? There was no hockey dummy!
But two seasons ago, there were only 3 minor deals in November and only 6 in December (The Habs getting rid of the shitty Thomas Kaberle and Kyle Turris finally being paroled out of Phoenix)
Three season ago? 8 deals were made in November including the insane Tomas Fleishmann for Scott Hannan trade after Thanksgiving. December saw the KINGS acquire Marco Sturm from Boston and James Wisniewski went from the Island to the Habs (he didn’t help) but again, only FIVE deals consummated in December.
How about the 2009-10 season? One MINOR trade in November. ONE. Following Thanksgiving, were there a FLURRY of deals? Four. NONE of them front page worthy.
But, but there so much TALK on the radio and ESPN and the “insiders”. There’s GOT to be SOME deals!!!
2008-09? Now were talking! Wade Belak for Nick Tarnasky! WOW! Sydor for Boucher? How about Stempniak for Colioccovo and Steen (whom the Lefas could sure use about now). December saw only FOUR deals, all for draft picks and future considerations.
So when you’re hearing TALK, that’s all it is… TALK
How BAD is the Metropolitan division? Pittsburgh, who leads it, wouldn’t even be in the playoffs if they were in the West.
Only Edmonton has a losing record Vs the East. Phoenix, San Jose and Chicago are a COMBINED 21-2-4 vs the East. BRUTAL! Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and Washington all have 72 goals for. Chicago, Anaheim and the Blues have 92, 83, 82.
The Kings are 2nd worst in the league (behind Ottawa) by taking 99 penalties. Shockingly, they’re 4th in the west at killing them.
If the season ended today, the Kings would have the 26th pick in the draft.
Manchester is 6-3 since Vey and Pearson were called up to the show. Brandon Kozun has stepped up his game, but Nick Shore looks to be a flop.
FYI. Jonathan Bernier 2.14gaa with a .934 save percentage – Ben Scrivens 1.44gaa with a .947 save percentage.