The Hockey News was right when it reported that Ladislav Nagy was a likely Coyote on the move. Nagy and his poor defensive play have come to the Dallas Stars in return for Mathias Tjarnqvist, an unimpressive youngster who was merely an extra, plus a couple of draft picks. For the Stars, they acquired a sniper in the form of Bill Guerin, who should be good for 20 goals a year when he has a play maker. Nagy also will help replace the loss of Brenden Morrow to injury, and will give the Stars good depth on the wing once Morrow returns. Tjarnqvist, on the other hand, will probably get regular playing time on the Coyotes and could be one of the young guys that can help turn Phoenix around. Nagy has 8 goals and 41 points this year, and averaged 20 goals per season before now. Tjarnqvist has 1 goals and 4 points this year, and has 4 goals and 12 points in 70 career games.
Peter Forsberg's next team has been debated for this whole season, and all sorts of places have come up. From Ottawa to Detroit, Vancouver to the Rangers, and even Anaheim have been mentioned as likely places. I say, Atlanta. The Thrashers aren't necessarily weak at center, but they lack a true set-up man. Steve Rucchin has filled that position in past years, but he is in his 12th season and hasn't put up the points after the lockout. Eric Belanger is also a good center, but is mostly a 3rd line player, not to mention that Alexander Frolov and an old Luc Robitaille are probably the best wingers he has centered. Bobby Holik was thought to be the right kind of player, but he has never broken 65 points. Forsberg is the answer. The Thrashers could deal off either Rucchin or Niko Kapanen, along with a prospect/draft picks.
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Penguins- I just passed that time in the game where everyone is waiving people, and managed to claim Chris Kunitz and Mark Giordano, and then sneak Giordano and Shane Hnidy down to WB/S. I'll keep Kunitz up with me and send Dan Carcillo to WB/S also, as Carcillo is exempt from regular season waivers. That's 2 good youngsters in my pocket. I also won an exhibition game between me and Edmonton 7-2. Ryan Malone scored 4 times, and Andrew Hutchinson had 1 goal and 2 assists.
Rimouski- Patrice Cormier made it from camp, and Kris Letang was loaned back to me, so that should help after a 1-2-0 start.
Prince Albert- Getting Martin Hanzal loaned back to me would be the only good news if I hadn't started the season 2-1-0. Hanzal is still with the Blues, but the good start is real.
Oshawa- Signed a couple of youngsters to help fill in for the accidental loss of Cal Clutterbuck. I had news, but didn't read it. I released Clutterbuck, and the made another off to Nick Foligno. Then I read the news. Clutterbuck released. I knew that. Foligno signs with Ottawa. Darn! Bryan Lacey should help, though.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton- 5 players assigned to me by Edmonton, and 3 from Pittsburgh, so I technically have a roster now. Only 20 roster players, and 3 are goalies so that's 19, and 2 are injured, so that's 17.