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January 14, 2011

Several Teams Make A statement At The NHL Trade Deadline

As the NHL season winds down the playoff battle is as fierce as ever. Every night is a must win situation for some teams. Other teams that are currently in playoff positions could be out with just a few losses. A couple of teams that are on the edge of the eighth and final playoff spot made bold statements with the trades and acquisitions they made today.

The Colorado Avalanche has become a much better team in the past few days. They got in touch with some old friends, namely Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote. Of course, there was that rumor about Forsberg not playing this season about a week ago so we should have all known that we would see him soon. Forsberg, the sly guy, who was expected to go to Philadelphia, or not at all this season, returns to the team where he first tasted Stanley Cup glory. Another example of a player playing in a town that he wants to play in.

In addition to Forsberg the Avalanche also re-acquired Adam Foote and traded Skrastins for Ruslan Salei. They strengthen their blue line and added Forsberg to the mix which includes some of the injured players that have been out for months like Joe Sakic.

The Washington Capitals also made some moves that will increase the possibility of them not only making the playoffs but getting past the first round. Washington has been in the building their team for a few years now. It seems that the Cap’s are ready to take that all important next step into the playoffs. With Coach Bruce Boudeau at the helm the Capitals seem to be

As the NHL season winds down the playoff battle is as fierce as ever. Every night is a must win situation for some teams. Other teams that are currently in playoff positions could be out with just a few losses. A couple of teams that are on the edge of the eighth and final playoff spot made bold statements with the trades and acquisitions they made today.

The Colorado Avalanche have become a much better team in the past few days. They got in touch with some old friends, namely Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote. Of course, there was that rumor about Forsberg not playing this season about a week ago so we should have all known that we would see him soon. Apparently, whatever foot and ankle problems he was having will be soothed in Colorado because he signed a year contract with them. Not that we should be surprised since it seems that Forsberg, on occasion, plays a redued amount of games in a season. This sly guy who was expected to go to Philadelphia, or not at all this season, returns to the team where he first tasted Stanley Cup glory. Another example of a player playing in a town that he wants to play in.

In addition to Forsberg the Avalanche also re-acquired Adam Foote and traded Skrastins for Ruslan Salei. They strengthen their blue line and added Forsberg to the mix which includes some of the injured players that have been out for months like Joe Sakic.

The Washington Capitals also made some moves that will increase the possibility of them not only making the playoffs but getting past the first round. Washington has been in the building their team for a few years now. It seems that the Cap’s are ready to take that all important next step into the playoffs. With Coach Bruce Boudeau at the helm the Capitals seem to have stepped up their play. It looks like they believe that they can win games and the addition of Cristobal Huet with further that belief. Huet will give the Capitals more depth in goal. While Olag Kolzig has been brilliant for the Caps’ over the years his career is winding down. Huet, the late bloomer who had a breakout year last season with the Canadiens will sustain they Caps’ confidence.

Another fabulous move by the Caps’ is the acquisition of Sergei Federov. Federov will bring experience, intelligence and leadership along with a few goals and assist. He is a quality player that would benefit any line up but will be especially useful to the Washington Capitals. The Capitals are still a relatively young and inexperienced team. Having a seasoned veteran that has raised the Stanley Cup will assist the Caps’ in the playoff hunt.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have been able to stay on top of their game without their phenom Sidney Crosby. In his absence Evgeni Malkin has lit up the score board and Ty Conklin has kept pucks out of the net to keep the Penguins in the thick of things. However the Penguins must have been thinking that there is no such thing as too much offense when picked up Marian Hossa. Hossa was one of, if not thee most attractive player on the market. In a package deal the Penguins picked up both Hossa and Pascal Dupius, another winger that will help with the ailing penalty kill. They also grabbed defenseman Hal Gill to get a tighter grip on the blue line.

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