Today, your questions concern trades, TV and ties.
I was wondering if you think Peter Forsberg is going to end up in either Detroit or Ottawa. I hope he comes to Ottawa so we can ship both Corvo and Schaefer the other way because neither of these two players are producing like they should be. Also, what is going to happen to Martin Gerber? Is he staying or going at the trade deadline.
Since Forsberg has a no-trade clause in his current contract, he'll only agree to be dealt to the contender. The Sens and Red Wings certainly fit the bill, but I think Ottawa has a bigger base of players from which to try and find a fit with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren's many needs.
That said, I think other teams will be able to beat your proposal of Corvo and Schaefer for Forsberg. I think any serious bidder will be offering a first round draft pick as part of the package.
And I think that, if John Muckler manages to unload Gerber and the $7.4 million remaining on his contract after this season, 28 other GMs are going to be sidelined with sprained eyebrows.
When will the current contract for TV rights expire? Hockey on a channel like Versus (which I cannot get) is a shame. Bring it back to ESPN!
As The Globe And Mail's James Mirtle noted earlier this week, Versus quietly picked up Â“an option to air the 2007-08 (NHL) season andÂ…the rights to three additional campaigns".
Ergo, there will be no return to ESPN for the league until the winter of 2011. You have no idea how hard it was to type that sentence while I was throwing up a little in my mouth.
I wanted to ask you if you knew about any trade rumors surrounding Ilya Bryzgalov. He has struggled lately and the Ducks also need a player who can play with Teemu Selanne and Andy McDonald. Do you think Brian Burke will pull off a trade?
Thanks, Parker Abdo
If there's one GM in the league I wouldn't put any trade past, it's Brian Burke. I mean that in the best possible sense; Burke has improved this team and others by not being afraid to take a man-sized risk.
Still, I'd bet Bryzgalov remains a Duck until the off-season at least. The sophomore goalie is going through the same kind of confidence crisis nearly all sophomores go through Â– and even if J-S Giguere holds onto the starting job, it's in the organization's best interest to get Bryzgalov in his form of last season before shipping him anywhere.
As for a third member of the Selanne-McDonald line, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Burke target a Fredrik Modin- or Marco Sturm-type of veteran. Both will be unrestricted free agents this summer and both have the speed to hang with Anaheim's fast-moving flock.
With reference to the eternal debate about overtime, 3 points for wins, shootouts and so on - what exactly is the problem with a tie? One point each; not as good as winning, but better than losing - what could be simpler?
It's as if North Americans regard ties as by definition a flaw in the logic of the game, to be remedied as a matter of course. Possibly the reason is that ties are not known in other major team sports, unlike in Europe.
I for one would argue that, in a sport where the object of competition is to score goals and deny them to the opposition, and where relatively few are scored in each game, ties are a natural and unavoidable part of the game, not an aberration to be excised from it. I don't see how a game is an iota less interesting or satisfying to watch for ending in a tie.
Best regards, Kjetil Aasland, Norway
Don't get me wrong, you make a convincing argument for ties. But, like soccer and Eurotrash dance music, ties just don't resonate with North Americans. I'm afraid it will be ever thus.
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