Philadelphia traded Peter Forsberg! To Nashville! For Scottie Upshall, Ryan Parent, and 2 draft picks! Wow! I'm going to have to look over this very carefully.
On Phialdelphia's point of view- Peter Forsberg was a great player, and captain, for those 40 games he played, but it was clear that Philly wasn't going where Foppa wanted to. The Flyers were also under severe pressure to go young, and couldn't reach an agreement with Forsberg on a contract extension. Nashville, despite being relatively strong at center, was ready to make a trade, and it happened. In return, the Flyers get two high draft picks, plus Scottie Upshall and Ryan Parent. Parent is a strong physical defenseman in the OHL, and could be ready by next year. Upshall is a gritty winger with lots of potential, but he has already had 77 games to show his stuff, and he has only provided 29 points. The draft picks will help ensure that the Flyers get either Angelo Esposito, Logan Coutoure, Karl Alzner, Alexei Cheraponov, or James van Reimsdyk.
Nashville acquired Peter Forsberg, and here are some (fake) thoughts from team players.
Jason Arnott- "Same old, same old. Back to the 2nd line.
David Legwand- "I was just getting used to scoring again!"
Scott Nichol- "But I like Philadelphia!"
Paul Kariya- "Haven't I played with you before-- NO! I CAN'T PLAY LIKE THAT AGAIN!"
Martin Erat- "Cool.....right?"
Darcy Hordichuk- "Can I play on the 1st line? Please? I promise I'll score 5 goals. Isn't that enough?"
Sorry, I just had all that running through my head, and it's really funny and has a slight chance of being true. Arnott got stuck on the 2nd line for the longest time behind Modano in Dallas, and he'll be seeing that again. I think that the Preds should have traded Scott Nichol, and Paul Kariya had one terrifying year in Colorado on the same team as Forsberg, and Darcy Hordichuk's career high in goals is 7, from last year. Otherwise, the Preds have cut in line past Buffalo to be first for the Stanley Cup.
- The Pittsburgh Penguins roster has changed a lot. Seriously. In the 05-06 Yearbook from THN, their 12 forwards were Lemieux, Crosby, Palffy, Malone, Malkin, Recchi, LeClair, Pirjeta, Roy, Koltsov, Kraft, and VandenBussche. Others who played for them not in the top 12; Christensen, Armstrong, Surovy, Talbot, and Oullet. Malkin did not play for them. Top 6 D-men; Gonchar, Tarnstrom, Jackman, Orpik, Whitney, and Melichar. Others with significant time; Scuderi, and Cairns. Goalies; Thibault, Fluery. Others; Sabourin.
06-07 Yearbook, 12 forwards; Malone, Crosby, Armstrong, Ekman, Malkin, Recchi, LeClair, Christensen, Petrovicky, Ruutu, Moore, and Roy. Others that have come; Staal, Talbot, Oullet, and Thorburn. Top 6 D-men; Gonchar, Whitney, Eaton, Orpik, Melichar, and Welch. Others; Scuderi, and Nasreddine. Goalies; Fluery, Thibault. Others; None yet.
That's a lot of change. Then, here's something mind-blowing. My roster for the Pens on EHM.
Goalies owned- Gerber, Budaj, Thibault, Penner.
Defensemen owned- Salvador, Gleason, Tverdovsky, Hutchinson, Hnidy, Giordano, Orpik (I forgot he was still here), Whitney, and Salei. I might have forgotten some names here and I will post a full roster later.
Forwards owned- Kunitz, Crosby, Malkin, Dumont, Malone, LeClair, Recchi, Ekman, Perrault, Drury, Moore, Christensen, Carcillo, Santala. Again, might have forgotten some abnd will post full roster later.
That's all for now! February 28th will be a lot of writing like this. :-)