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Trade: Spezza to Dallas

01 July 2014 - 10:06 AM

Elliotte Friedman @FriedgeHNIC 28s

Also per @SunGarrioch MT @MikeHeika Stars-Senators agreed to Spezza deal. Awaiting trade call. I'm hearing three forwards and a draft pick.

 

 

That sounds like a hell of a lot for Spezza!

 

Wait and see who the forwards are, but picks as well. Interesting.

 

Update:

 

Bob McKenzie @TSNBobMcKenzie 1m

DAL trades Alec Chiasson, Alex Guptill, Nicholas Paul and 2nd round pick in 2015 to OTT for Jason Spezza and Ludvig Karlsson. #TSN

 

 

 

(are we doing trades in their own threads as its not really a UFA signing ?, if not then please delete)

Trade:Kesler to Anaheim

27 June 2014 - 12:55 PM

All over twitter.

Kesler to ducks

Two players plus ducks 1st round pick (24th) to Vancouver

Check out @YahooSportsNHL's Tweet: https://twitter.com/...581872867020800

The 2014 World Cup- Brazil

21 May 2014 - 05:12 AM

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The world cup in Brazil is nearly upon us.

 

I think it is going to be one of the most exciting tournaments in a long, long while.

 

Here are the groups.

 

Group A

Brazil

Croatia

Mexico

Cameroon

 

Brazil will win this group with ease, I can see Mexico coming through in second place. Croatia will struggle with the heat, and Cameroon does not have the quality.

 

Group B

Spain

Netherlands

Chile

Australia

 

This will be an incredibly tough group. Spain have a brilliant squad, but are prone to playing some of the most boring possession football known to man, and risk not picking up as many points as they should. People don't rate the Dutch, but they always challenge. I think the table looks the same as above after the group games.

 

Group C
Colombia

Greece

Ivory Coast

Japan

 

The weakest group by far and one of the most difficult to predict. I see Ivory coast winning Yaya Toure could probably get an amature team out of the group stages on his own, and with Drogba, Bony, Tiote and Gervinho they have real quality. Then pick one of the other three, all have strengths, and somehow Greece always put up a fight. My pick is Ivory Coast and Columbia  

 

Group D

Uruguay

Costa Rica

England

Italy

 

Horrible group for England. Uruguay will win this one. Italy in second. 3 Games and home for England, especially with the lack of fire power up front and an indifferent Defence ( If John Terry was going England would have an incredibly solid Central defence with him and Cahill). Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are in the squad, both will likely play, neither should.    

 

Group E

Switzerland

France

Ecuador

Honduras

 

In true France style the scrape through into the tournament , draw the easiest group by a long shot and probably go through to the quarters. As for second, who knows? I can see a lot of draws in this group. Given the heat I would say one of the south American teams takes it, Lets go with Hounduras.  

 

Group F

Argentina

Bosnia

Iran

Nigeria

 

Argentina and Bosnia. Job done.

 

Group G

Germany

Portugal

Ghana

USA

 

Well this isn't a pleasant group for all concerned, all tough teams who work hard. Germany through as winners, Portugal in second. The teams that make it out of this group will have been through some of the toughest games.

 

Group H

Belgium

Algeria

Russia

South Korea

 

 

I think Belgium wins this, but again they will have a tough time. The other three teams all tend to perform well in big tournaments, I think South Korea may sneak second over Russia. Heat and humidity is again a factor.

 

 

 

As for the overall winner, currently the favourites are Brazil, followed by Argentina, Germany and Spain. I think its hard to look beyond those 4 for the eventual winner. Although the Brazil squad surprised my with some of their selections. Particularly the non selection of Lucas Moura.

 

My outside shot at the tournament is Belgium. They have an incredible squad.

 

Their midfield and defence is amazing:

 

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Atletico Madrid), Laurent Ciman (Standard Liege), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit St Petersburg), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Daniel Van Buyten (Bayern Munich), Anthony Vanden Borre (Anderlecht), Thomas Vermaelen (Arsenal), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham).

 

Midfield:Nacer Chadli, Mousa Dembele (both Tottenham), Steven Defour (Porto), Kevin De Bruyne (Wolfsburg), Marouane Fellaini, Adnan Januzaj (both Manchester United), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Kevin Mirallas (Everton), Divock Origi (Lille), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg).

 

And with Courtois in goal and Mignolet as a back up that is incredibly formidable.

 

As I said of England's chances, I don't see us getting out of the group. Players to watch from England, Ross Barklay of Everton. I have been saying for about 2-3 years he will be one of the best in the game. It may be too early for him this tournament but if he comes on as a sub he is one hell of a player.

 

Adam Lallana, again he is an extremely exciting player, again he might only start out as a sub but he will get a chance late in games. And finally Raheem Sterling, they guy has pace to burn , and is a real talent. although he can take way too long on the ball and tries to beat everyone.

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