2.02.2007

Rumors popping up again

Hey, I got another trade right. Boston traded one of it's blueline prospects, in this case Milan Jurcina, to Washington. Man, I hope this burns Boston bad, because Jurcina wasn't bad, and Washington's defense already has key D-men on the young side, such as Mike Green, Shaone Morrison, Steve Eminger, and Sasha Pokuluk. When these guys are NHL ready, you could hear 'good defense' and 'Washington Capitals' without the 'don't have' in between. Thanks to The Hockey News (www.thehockeynews.com), here are some more trade rumors floating around.
Ladislav Nagy- Did I already say this guy? Because I should have. He does have occasional greatness on offense, but you can almost predict how bad of defense he will play. The Coyotes are severely disappointed with his lack of defensive play combined with his large contract. He's almost like Ilya Kovalchuk, except at least Kovalchuk is consistent on offense. He does, however, lead the Coyotes in scoring with 8 goals and 38 points.
Marco Sturm- Boston not only short-changed itself by letting Joe Thornton go, but now there is talk of either Sturm or Brad Stuart leaving. Those two, along with Wayne Primeau, were acquired from San Jose for Thornton, but couldn't make up for what Thornton brought offensively. Sturm is more likely to go, because he is struggling on offense, has a good playoff history, and Stuart is part of Boston's big three D-men. Sturm has 13 goals and 23 points in 46 games.
David Tanabe/Niclas Wallin- Carolina has 10 D-men once all of them recover, so someone will get traded. Tanabe has only been an extra, and hasn't displayed his normal offensive talent. Wallin, however, was a key defenseman in last years playoffs, and is one of the most underrated defensemen around, and averages 18 minutes of ice time. Tanabe, you probably won't stick with Carolina the second time around either.
I don't want to feel like I'm copying The Hockey News, so, again, visit www.thehockeynews.com to see a better description of who's going to be traded. Later!

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