Philly has expressed interest in Kovalchuk. If we were Don Waddell, we would be fixated on making a Carter deal happen.
Defending gold medalists Sweden without the Mule or the very vocal Mikael Samuelsson have to be expected to drop a few notches. The US wasn't going to win with Komisarek and Martin, let alone without them. Crosby will cross another thing on his to-do list this year.
- Hockey Plumber says that J.S. Giguere will be waaaay more popular in Toronto than Dion Phaneuf this time next year.
- The Carolina Hurricanes will sell some pieces off at the deadline and be better off for it next year.
- Dallas will try to make major moves too, but will do more damage than good. I've read a lot of reports that they have been dangling some of their young talent (Benn, Fistric and Neal) looking for some other team's puck moving defensemen. They will be sorry giving up on any of their own guys.
- Anytime Glen Sather does something smart... like dumping Gomez and turning his salary slot into Marian Gaborik... he is bound to make at least two really bad moves. Watch for Slats to at least try to give away some of his young talent for a quick "fix" at the deadline.