NHL on TSN Quiz: Iggy, UFA deadlines, Sharks and Habs

TSN.ca Staff
12/17/2008 10:04:45 PM
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Each week, the NHL on TSN panel voices their opinions on the hot topics of the day in the Wednesday Night Hockey Quiz.

As a follow-up, TSN.ca offers you the opportunity to chime in on the big issue with our insiders. Read up on the questions and answers from TSN's hockey experts, and put in your own two cents on our popular Your Call feature.

Question No. 1: St. Louis Blues head coach Andy Murray says Calgary's Jarome Iginla may be the best forward in the game. Who is your choice for best forward - Iginla, Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin or Alexander Ovechkin?

Pierre McGuire: Alexander Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals is the best forward in the NHL today because he's vicious; he plays hard and goes after guys who target him. He's already scored 19 goals in 30 games, he's responsible defensively and attacks guys who play against him!

Bob McKenzie: Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was off to a bit of a slow start this season by his standards, but he's picked it up of late. Now he's second in scoring behind Malkin. He plays 200 feet in all three zones and is a dynamic presence in every way, shape and form. If it's ever close and whenever you're in doubt, always buy Canadian.

John Tortorella: Ovechkin. He's becoming a complete player - killing penalties, one of the most dynamic players in the game. He'll hit, but also take the hit to make a play. He is finding his way and becoming a complete player.

Question No. 2: Should the NHL set a deadline for signing unrestricted free agents as they do for restricted free agents?

John Tortorella: Yes. I think it's wrong that players sit around waiting to see which team makes the playoffs and come into it. I don't blame the players - I blame the fact that it's allowed by the league.

Bob McKenzie: No. Restricted free agents have a deadline of Dec. 1, but unrestricted means you're unrestricted. That means teams are building up their lineups until the trade deadline and it doesn't just apply to superstars. It could be guys in the minors going up to the NHL just before the trade deadline, or a guy in Europe getting back into the NHL.

Pierre McGuire: A deadline on Nov. 1! If you're an unrestricted free agent and you have no documentation of any injuries, your cut-off date is Nov. 1. If you can't make it by then, you're not playing that year.

Question No. 3: Which was Doug Wilson's best offseason move in San Jose - hiring Todd McLellan as head coach, signing defenceman Rob Blake, acquiring defenceman Dan Boyle or signing goalie Brian Boucher?

Bob McKenzie: Hiring Todd McLellan. Ron Wilson was a good coach with the Sharks, but it was time for a fresh face and voice. There's no question that Patrick Marleau and the rest of the Sharks have absolutely responded to McLellan.

John Tortorella: Danny Boyle. He was hurt last year and was awful. He knows it, he's a pro, a thoroughbred and you knew he was going to have a great year. He is the guy.

Pierre McGuire: Danny Boyle was clearly the best move in the offseason. They've scored more offensive points than anyone in the NHL, he leads all defencemen in scoring and he's a plus-9 to boot. What a terrible trade by the Tampa Bay Lightning and a great move by Doug Wilson and his staff in San Jose.

Question No. 4: Who does the underachieving Montreal Canadiens miss most right now - Mike Komisarek (9-5 with him, 7-9 without him), Mark Streit or the Alex Kovalev of last season?

Pierre McGuire: Mark Streit. When you have a power play in the NHL that was No. 1 for two seasons in a row and is now ranked 28th, you're missing a key component in him. Not only is he a great power play producer, but he's versitile. He also can play up front at the wing and in a shutdown situation.

John Tortorella: Streit. You watch that Montreal power play with all that talent out there and wait for it to get going. You see it's missing something and it has to be that player.

Bob McKenzie: Alex Kovalev. He has only two fewer points this year than last year, but has seven fewer goals and a lot of them came on the power play. They wouldn't be missing Streit so much if Kovalev was burying some of the chances he was being set up on. 

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Jarome Iginla (Photo: Dale MacMillan/Getty Images)


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