Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Game Preview and Other Thoughts

Tonight the Lightning will host a Phoenix team coming off a 5-2 drubbing by the stinkin' Panthers. Phoenix is sitting 14 points out of a playoff spot and are all but out of it. They have traded their top scorer Ladislav Nagy to Dallas, and appear on track to dump more players before the trade deadline.

Speaking of trades, what if anything will the Lightning do? All has been pretty quiet on the trade rumor front as of late. What seems to be the hold up? It all comes down to timing, and beleive it or not, Peter Forsberg. With the trade deadline looming, the Flyers have yet to move the big guy. There are about 4 to 5 teams interested in his services. Where and when he ultimately ends up will trigger the rest of the league to get a move on in the trade department. The price for Forsberg will be hefty, so few teams are wheeling and dealing yet. Another hurdle is the fact that there is so much league parity. With about 2 weeks until the trade deadline, there are only a handfull of teams that can be conisidered sellers. So the pool of available players is a bit low. As we get closer to the 27th, we should see a lot more action. Hopefully, the Lightning will sure up its defense and maybe, just maybe, its goal tender situation also. Only time will tell.

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