As we hit the 1/8th point of the season, there are a handfull of teams already looking to shake things up.
One is Columbus, who had huge expectations coming off of a busy offseason. This team is in their eigth season, with no playoff berths to show for it. Some are wondering how long this franchise can continue to operate without the success that is necessary.
From what I am hearing, the Blue Jackets would love to add a #1 centre, and some goaltending insurance. Mike Comrie is a player the Jackets do have interest in, while Peter Prucha's name has come up a lot. While niether of these players are #1's, they are a start. Look for the Blue Jackets to pull the trigger within two weeks if their record does not improve.
The Stars are another team looking to make a move. They'd like to add some more scoring up front, and are apparently willing to move some defense to get a deal done. I have heard rumours of a Trevor Daley for Vermette deal with Ottawa, while Matt Niskanen is another player teams woud love to get their hands on.
Early season surprises that I am excited to watch over the next month, to see if they can keep it up:
Minnesota (3rd in the West)
Nashville (5th in the West)
Buffalo (4th in the East)
Toronto (8th in the East)
All four of these teams are having monster starts as far as I'm concerned.
One game is underway right now. Hemsky's first goal of the season has the Oilers up 2-1 over the Flyers.
Game of the night:
CGY @ ANA
both these teams are red hot after getting off to slow starts.
Leafs @ Hurricanes should be good too, both these teams are playing great hockey right now. They both played last night, it will be interesting to see how they react to a 5 pm game time.
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