NHL on TSN Quiz: You be the general manager

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2/10/2011 12:33:15 AM
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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 all the big issues with our insiders. Read up on all 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: If you were Montreal GM Pierre Gauthier, which defenceman would you target - Eric Brewer, Joe Corvo, Tomas Kaberle or Chris Phillips?

Ray Ferraro: Tomas Kaberle - I believe he fits best with the Montreal Canadiens. They aren't a big or physical team so they have to have someone that can efficiently get the pick out of their zone with a quick first pass and up to the speedy forwards. Kaberle will also help a power play that is in the ditch right now so I think he's a perfect fit in Montreal.

Craig MacTavish: Chris Phillips - I'm a fan of Phillips. I had him when I was an assistant coach at the World Championships. He's had a horrendous year in Ottawa, just like everyone else, but this guy has great dimension to his game. He's an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season, he's highly motivated and excellent in the locker room. He's also a good second power play guy, he can kill penalties and he'll be a very versatile and complete player in the playoffs.

Bob MacKenzie: Eric Brewer - He's an unrestricted free agent at the end of the year. I know Kaberle would be good, I know Corvo would be good and I know Phillips would be good but those are Eastern Conference teams and it's harder to make a deal within the same conference. I think Brewer would give them something in terms of defending but also generate some offence with a big shot from the point on the power play. 

Question No.2: If you were Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi and desperate for scoring, which forward would you target - David Booth, Marian Gaborik, Milan Hejduk or Dustin Penner?

Ferraro: Marian Gaborik - I know he hasn't had a great season in New York, he's also had trouble getting on track and had groin issues in the past. On the plus side, this guy is fast, he's a goal scorer and I can picture him along side Anze Kopitar. I think Gaborik has a lot of big numbers ahead of him so if I'm Lombardi, this is the guy I'm targeting. 

MacTavish: Gaborik - LA is a slow team so they need speed and the home run ball which they can get in Gaborik. I saw him firsthand, he's got incredible speed, he's had a terrible year in New York and I don't know why. This guy is a gifted goal scorer and I think he'd be a big help to LA.

MacKenzie: David Booth and Milan Hejduk - They picked Gaborik who earns 7.5M in salary but Booth and Hejduk combine to earn the same amount. I think they can make a deal with the Florida Panthers, who don't really want to trade Booth but the Kings have good young assets. They can get a rental like Hejduk and he can get some playoff experience, I think it's the best of both worlds.

Question No.3 Over the past two seasons, Matt Cooke has been suspended two games for a headshot on Artem Anisimov, knocked out Marc Savard with a blindside hit, hit Keith Yandle in the head with a forearm, kneed Alexander Ovechkin and earned a 4-game suspension for slamming Fedor Tyutin into the boards. If you were Cooke's teammate and questioned him after last night's hit, would you go Andrew Ference and publicly criticize him?

MacTavish:  No, I agree with everything Andrew Ference said in his commentary but I disagree with the forum in which he criticized a teammate. I'm an old-school guy, I've had many run-ins with Cooke when he was in Vancouver and I agree with Ference, but I wouldn't do that to a teammate.

Ferraro:  Yes, I don't think anything that Ference said was out of line, other than the fact that he spoke about a teammate. He didn't do anything but point out the obvious that those are hits you want to take out of the game.  Cooke has a rap sheet as long as my arm, I don't see anything wrong with pointing that out.

MacKenzie:  No, I wouldn't say anything publicly until I said it to his face first. If you are a Pittsburgh player and you want to say something about Cooke, go in the dressing room and say it to his face and your teammates and say now I'm going to go tell the world. I think your team is owed that first as opposed to hearing it on the radio, seeing it on TV or reading it in the newspaper.

Matt Cooke (Photo: Scott Levy/NHLI via Getty Images)


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