Around the League

By Alex Giubelli

Hello Dear Dawsonites who love this wonderful thing that we call sports! I wrote my first “Around the leagues” column last week, but since it didn’t get published (*cough, * *cough, * crappy sports editor), I’ll say hi to every single one of you who takes the time to read my stuff!
In my column, you’ll find all the important trade rumours, things that happened during the week and even some useless info. As the football seasin is now over and no one really cares about golf, we’ll concentrate this week on hockey, basketball and the important event going on in Vancouver, the Winter olympics. Enjoy.
Trade Rumours:
NHL
-Los Angeles Kings forward, Alexander Frolov could potentially be traded to Montreal, for either Max Pacioretty or Roman Hamrlik.
-All the rumors around Vincent Lecavalier are far from over, as the Tampa Bay forward will probably get traded before the deadline. Many are talking about the Ottawa Senators, while others are talking about the Montreal Canadiens…again.
-Washington Capitals GM George McPhee isn’t really happy with his goaltenders. He’ll probably wait after the Olympics to make a move, but it’s likely that he will acquire the services of Marty Turco from the Dallas Stars.
-The Philadelphia Flyers seems to be interested in the services of Florida’s goalie, Tomas Vokoun.
NBA
-The New York Knicks are trying to acquire the services of Tracy McGrady. In exchange for the injured superstar, the Houston Rockets would receive Jared Jeffries, Jordan Hill and either All Harrington or Larry Hughes.
-The Cleveland Cavaliers are trying to get their hands on forward Amare Stoudemire. In exchange for the all-star, the Cavs would give up Zydrunas Ilgauskas and J.J. Hickson.
-Rumour has it that Jerry Colangelo would come out of retirement to take over the New Jersey Nets.
What Happened this Week:
-Jennifer Heil won the first medal for Canada. She won the silver medal in freestyle skiing as the Americans, Hannah Kearney and Shannon Bahrke, finished with gold and bronze medals respectively. A really good performance, but it’s still disapointing as everyone expected her to win the gold.
-The Montreal Canadiens lost their two games against the Philadelphia Flyers. The first one 3-2 and the second one 6-2. They are now eighth in the Eastern Conference. A pretty disapointing result for them as they killed their chances for having four points. Now the Boston Bruins moved ahead of them in the overall standings.
-Alexandre Bilodeau won the gold medal in men’s freestyle moguls last Sunday. He made history, as he is the first Canadian to ever win a gold medal on Canadian soil! Congrats! The Australian Dale Begg-Smith and the American Bryon Wilson ended up with the silver and bronze.
Don’t miss this week:
-Don’t miss (at 4:30 p.m.) as Canada takes on Switzerland in men’s hockey. Canada will probably win this one, as the only player that can really have an impact for Switzerland is Mark Streit.
-Don’t miss (on Sunday at 12 p.m.) Russia taking on the Cezch Republic. It’s going to be intense! So a bit of history here for you hockey fans, the Czech hate, but when I say hate it’s HATE, the Russian because of the communism goverment the USSR imposed on them. It’s not going to be a normal game, it’s going to be war so watch it!
-Don’t miss (on Sunday at 4:40 p.m.) Canada against United States. Another intense game as Ryan Miller will try to hold back the offensive of the Canadians.
-Don’t miss the last game of the day at 9 p.m. as Sweden is taking on Finland. Why an important game? Because they are both rivals, as (another bit of history for you). Finland and Sweden were once one country and than they split. So they kind of have this love-hate relation that it will be interesting to see. So again, watch it!
-Don’t miss my dear NBA fans here that the trade deadline is today, Feb.18! So watch out for a lot of action around the league!
Pointless information of the week:
The 1900 Paris Games remain the only Olympics where no medals were awarded. Instead, winners were given valuable pieces of art.

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