Thursday, July 21, 2005
Three Key Restricted Free Agents: Hossa, Havlat and Spezza. They will join Alfie, Redden and Chara. This team is still very solid, and when rumors of trading Phillips for a strong power forward are floating around you know you are solid. This actually could be a good fit for Tkachuk in many ways. Or maybe Niewendyke. You also have a rested Hasek to deal with. This team is already geared towards speed, and probably second to the Lightning in the East in that department....the new rule changes will make that factor even greater. Smolinski is the only possible rumored buyout. This team will once again challenge for the top of the East.