Jackets Deadline Deals
Columbus Blue Jacket General Manager Doug MacLean was a somewhat busy man Tuesday, trying to better his team for the 2002/2003 season. Although the deals he made were no Pavel Bure-New York Ranger type blockbusters, the Jackets made some payroll available by sending two players packing.
As expected and predicted, the Columbus Blue Jackets dealt the franchises first and only captain, Lyle Odelein. However, Odelein did not go to one of the teams I had predicted he would go. I counted on a trip to either Detroit or Colorado. Odelein, as we all know now, went to the Windy City, Chicago.
Odelein certainly brings a lot of characteristics to the Hawks, who were obviously happy to bring him in. Odelein has been to the big show before, winning the cup with the Montreal Canadiens. He’s obviously a strong role-model and leader in the dressing room, otherwise he wouldn’t have been named captain in Columbus. He’s a character player who plays solid defense and can play a rough game.
In exchange for Odelein, I feel the Jackets did rather well. They picked up Jaroslav Spacek, a defenseman with a lot more upside. Despite being 28, Spacek is only in his fourth NHL season. He has struggled this season, registering only 3 goals and 13 points in 60 games this season. He has a career high 10 goals and 36 points while with the Florida Panthers in his rookie season. Along with Spacek, the Jackets also picked up a 2nd Round Pick in 2003, a draft hat is said to be deeper than that o Read more»
In what had become a cruel process, the Oilers have finally traded Tom Poti and Rem Murray to the NYR for Mike York and a 4th round pick in 2002. In an earlier deal, the Oilers also traded Sean Brown to Boston for prospect Bobby Allen. The Oilers have finally addressed their concerns at the center position, but in doing so have really weakened their blue line. Each deal on their own is a fine trade, but when you consider that the Oilers have given up two defencemen off their NHL roster, you have to wonder why the Brown deal was processed…
Sean Brown was originally a draft choice of the Boston Bruins and was traded to Edmonton with Mariusz Czerkawski and a first round pick for Bill Ranford in 1996. Since that time, Brown has been in and out of the line up and struggled with consistency and his confidence. What he has never had a problem with is racking up penalty minutes, and always sticking up for his teammates. In 269 career games with the Oilers, he has amassed 664 PIM. Brown started the year playing with Scott Ferguson and both were a steady pair on the blue line. Once Tom Poti was signed, both Brown and Ferguson were taking turns in the press box and it really affected Brown’s play.
Making his way to Edmonton is promising young D man, Bobby Allen. A second round pick in 1998, Allen is described as an exceptionally mobile defenceman with outstanding defensive skills. The Oilers feel he has a very bright future in the NHL, but will report to Hamilton for the time being.
Tom Poti saw his meteoric rise to stardom halt this season, mostly due to the fa Read more»
The Saskatoon are playoff bound for the first time in 2 years. They
will face the division champion Brandon Wheatkings in the first round of the
Eastern conference Playoffs begining Saturday night in Saskatoon. The
Blades will host the first pair of games at home due the Royal Manitoba
Winter Fair. Games three and four will be in Winnipeg, game five in
Saskatoon followed by games six and seven in Manitoba with game six in
Winnipeg and game seven in Brandon.
The series is likely to be a very low scoring series if regular season
head to head games are any indication. In nine meetings during the season
the Wheatkings outscored the Blades 28-19 or just over 5 goals being scored
per contest. The Blades were 3-6 vs Brandon this season including a 2-2-0-0
home road while only going 1-4 in the Keystone Centre. With the first pair
of games slated to take place at Sask Place, the Blades may have a better
opportunity to jump on the Wheatkings and perhaps win a couple if not
atleast split heading to Winnipeg. With the games likely to be very tight
checking and low scoring specialty teams could become a huge factor.
Blades were 9 for 53 vs the Wheatkings on the power play this season while
the Wheatkings were 8-45 vs the Blades on the power play. Although through
the course of the season the Wheatkings had a very successfull power play
finishing 4th in the league this season at 21.4 while the Blades opporated
at 18.3 which ranked them only 14th. Brandon also owns the leagues best
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