College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
On Tuesday the New Jersey Devils were in Toronto as the Leafs welcomed new additions Dion Phaneuf, J.S. Giguere and Fredrik Sjostrom. Tonight the Leafs are in the Garden State and this time it may be the Devils welcoming a new acquisition. New Jersey traded defenceman Johnny Oduya, rookie forward Niclas Bergfors, headhunting prospect Patrice Cormier and draft picks to the Atlanta Thrashers for their captain Ilya Kovalchuk, former Devil d-man Anssi Salmela and a draft pick. Initially a great move for the Devils as they fill a major hole in their team in preparation for the playoffs. New Jersey is 21st in the league in scoring and with Kovalchuk in the red and black it shouldn’t be long before they’re move up the ranks in that category. Kovalchuk is sixth in the league in goals with 31 and instantly he’s the top guy in New Jersey. The issue with the Russian sniper is the cloud surrounding his contract expiring at the end of the season. There are multiple rumors a $20 million dollar deal is waiting for him back home in the KHL. Back to tonight’s game – the last time either team played was on Tuesday in Toronto. The Leafs blanked the Devils 3-0 with Giguere getting the shot out in his first start. Back up Yann Danis was in net for the Devils, so expect Martin Brodeur to get the start. The new Leafs have gotten some time to get to know each other, but it may be all for not. The trade-freeze for the Olympics kicks in seven days, leaving only three days before the March 3rd NHL trade deadline, once the league resumes play. So you have to believe Leafs Gm Brian Burke will have a couple more press conferences before then in his quest to remold his team.