Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Looming Trade Deadline

With the trade deadline looming how will tonight’s teams perform? The trade deadline tomorrow at 3pm must be on the minds of some of the players as they hit the ice tonight. In action tonight fighting for a play off spot are: Capitals, Hurricans, Sabres, Panthers and Lightings.
A key game tonight is the Washington Capitals v Carolina Hurricanes. With these two teams tied,  tonights game will secure the 12th seed for one of these teams jumping over the Flyers in the ranks. Today the Capitals acquired Joel Rechlicz in exchange for forward Matt Clackson.  Carolina Hurricans add a new face to their roaster, Marc-Andre Vergeron from Tampa Bay Lighting.
Ottawa Senators, a team plagued with injuries, matched up against the Boston Bruins tonight.  The Senators are still a competitive team curtsey of goaltending and depth of goals. But, will the Senators be able to compete against the Bruins, a team who just acquired Jaromir Jagr? Jagr, a big time player and a great fit for the Bruins, it will be great to see this player back on the ice for the Bruins.
Does the streak continue for Pittsburg Penguins tonight against the Buffalo Sabres, making tonight their 16th straight win?  Even without their team Captain Crosby, who is out with a broken jaw but may return before play offs, the Penguins are still a very adaptive and competitive team. Newly acquired players for the Penguins are the very sought after Jarome Iginla, Brenden Morrow and Douglas Murray.
The Florida Panthers and Tampa Bay Lightning face off tonight as they work their way up from 13th and 14th. New Coach, Jon Cooper was hired in late March for the Tampa Bay Lightning and in a trade with Carolina Hurricanes, Tampa Bay has acquired player Adam Hall.  So far, there are no trade discussions for the Florida Panthers as of right now.
James Reimer goaltender of the Maples Leafs has made it known that he will be glad with the trade deadline is over tomorrow. Reimer said, the forthcoming deadline is distracting but lucky for Reimer, the Leafs have had a 4 day break leading up to the trade dead line, as they prepare to play the Philadelphia Flyers tomorrow.
As pucks drop tonight, it will be telling to see how teams perform a midst the approaching deadline. With the numerous new additions to the teams, development of players and the quickness to learn the systems will be key in seeing these players perform with their teams. But for teams who have not made final decisions, with the trade deadline looming could some players have more on their mind then just the hockey game? 

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