Monday, October 2, 2006
Look, we have proved we can mock any Pittsburgh media person at any time. But it's time to start talking hockey.
The home of the last two World Champions, the Carolina Hurricanes (2005) and the Tampa Bay Lightning(2003), the SouthEast division is loaded with big time players.
None better than Alexander Ovechkin. AO is a guy that you can honestly say is worth the price of admission. Other than that, though, Washington is a year or two away from anything.
Do not overlook Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St.Louis. The duo, along with the impeccable Brad Richards, can no question win alot more games this year. I think they miss Andre Roy though......
Florida is loaded with new goons. G Ed Belfour, RW Todd Bertuzzi made their way to south beach this year, looking to improve a 34-win team. But Ed Belfour is nowhere near his NHL 93 on Sega Genesis form, and if you trust Alex Auld as a backup... have fun.
Moving on to the Champs. Great addition in RW Scott Walker, but awful trade getting rid of prospect Jack Johnson.
I respect the World Champs, but they will not, repeat, will not win 52 games this year, and they won't even win the division.
Kovalchuk has not been the problem in Atlanta.
"Last season, the Thrashers scored 281 goals and allowed 275, a margin that is a little too close for comfort. The Carolina Hurricanes, for example, scored 294 goals and allowed 260, while the Ottawa Senators piled up 314 goals and allowed only 211."-NHL.com
Lehtonen, the number 2 player taken in the 2002 draft, is poised to build on his pretty solid 2005 campaign. Kari Lehtonen 20-15-0, 2.94 GAA, 38 appearances, .906 save percentage, 2 shutouts. Often injured though, the Thrashers quitely made an old friend of Pittsburgh the backup to fill in if needed...
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