February 5, 2010
Kovalchuk a Devil
With the Devils acquiring Ilya Kovalchuk last night from Atlanta for practically nothing, they look to return the favour the Leafs bestowed upon them on Tuesday night. Have a new, big name player jump into the lineup and make a huge impact.Last Friday on the 29th of January, the Leafs were at the Prudential Center to face the Devils. For both teams it was the first of 3 of the next 4 against one another. Stories in Toronto were that these teams were going to get very accustomed to each other. It couldn't be further from the truth. Since that game, New Jersey has acquired Kovalchuk and Anssi Salmela. The Leafs have acquired Dion Phaneuf, Fredrik Sjostrom, and J.S. Giguere.A total of 7 players who played in last Friday's game are no longer with either team. The Leafs no longer have Nik Hagman, Jamal Mayers, Jason Blake, Ian White, Matt Stajan (who got the tying goal late in the third) and Vesa Toskala, who came in relief for Jonas Gustavsson. The Devils, of course no longer have the services of Johnny Oduya. What a difference a week can make.