Hi everyone! Welcome to my first Hockey Buzz blog post! As a New Jersey Devils fan, you will find that my postings will typically revolve around issues affecting the Devils in particular, and the Atlantic Division in general. But of course as with any huge NHL fan I may stray from time to time!
Anyway - lets begin by talking about the bold move Paul Holmgren just made in Philly by trading cornerstone players Jeff Carter and Mike Richards on the same day! Now as a Devils fans, we take every opportunity we get to "remind" our Flyer Fan friends that their team has not won a cup since 1975. Granted they have come close - including losing the finals to the Blackhawks 2 years ago. But you know the old saying about horseshoes and hand grenades, right?
It would appear that Holmgren has come to the long overdue conclusion that the Flyers inability to win a cup is directly related to their revolving door of mediocre goalies - Boucher, Bobrovsky, Leighton, Biron, Emery, Esche, Nittymaki, Cechmanek, etc etc etc. The list is endless. And trading a player (Carter) to free Cap space so that they could sign Bryzgalov does make sense - Bryzgalov immedialtely becomes the best goalie this team has had since Pete Peters (Sorry guys - Hextall was NOT an elite goalie). But trading BOTH Carter and Richards, and then signing the 31 year old Bryzgalov to a 9 year deal?? 9 years?? Really?? The only way any of that makes sense is if another deal is on the horizon (Brad Richards?). Otherwise it appears the Flyers took a huge step backwards. Only time will tell.....
As for our beloved Devils, I am heading to The Rock tonight for their Draft Party. I am certainly excited to be drafting 4th this year (not happy about why we are drafting that high - small consolation) but considering this is a thin draft compared to past years I only hope that Lou Lams and David Conte have done their homework and can generate some of that old draft magic (Brodeur, Neidermayer, Parise, etc). Given my choice I would hope for Gabriel Landeskog, but I doubt he will fall to 4th. My gut tells me to expect Adam Larsson as the pick. We shall see!