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Question #1: Erik Johnson says he wants to make the St. Louis Blues rue the day they ever traded him. Will they?
Craig MacTavish: I'll say they won't. I know Doug Armstrong, this is definitely not his first rodeo. I know it would be very difficult for him to part with the first overall pick. But in a lot of these instances, when a guy gets traded at this young stage with this pedigree, it's processing information on the ice, defensive side of the puck. I'll say no, there's a chance they won't regret it.
Ray Ferraro: I'm going to say they will. A 22-year-old defenceman of that size who can move around the ice like that doesn't come around very easily. Look, I know there are some warts in Johnson's game, but last year he had 39 points, he was very good in the Olympics. I just think it's a little too early to say that Johnson's a bust and that they won't regret trading him. I think somewhere down the road, they're going to wish they had him.
Bob McKenzie: They won't regret it. I'm not going to say 'rue' because I don't think people know what 'rue' means. The reason, though, is nothing to do with Johnson, it's more to do with the guys that he got traded for. The Blues won't regret it because Kevin Shattenkirk is a really good young defenceman who's going to be good, and Chris Stewart is a power forward who can score some goals, so they got enough coming back the other way. Even if Johnson lives up to expectations, they got a nice bounty on their end of it.
Question #2: You have a choice between Alexander Ovechkin, Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin or Steven Stamkos to finish the season on your team. Which one of those guys do you choose?
McKenzie: I'm going to go with Ovechkin. He hasn't had a great year but you know what? He really looks like he's starting to warm up. He looks like he's getting in better game shape. He's got five goals and 11 points in his last nine games, three goals in his last four games, his last two goals have been power play goals, and the Washington power play has been dismal this year. It's a big reason why they haven't been a very good team. And it looks to me like the power play is starting to heat up, Ovechkin is starting to heat up and I think he's getting ready to go on a tear.
Ferraro: I'm going to go off the board. I'm going to go with one of the hottest players on one of the hottest teams. That's Ilya Kovalchuk. As bad as the New Jersey Devils were at the start of the season, Ilya was that bad as well. He couldn't score, he couldn't get to the net, he couldn't create a shot. Well all of a sudden he's on an 11-game point streak since the first of February, he's got seven goals in those games, he's starting to show the vigour of his game, much like Ovechkin as Bob mentioned. He's gotten into a little bit better game shape perhaps. Kovalchuk played in the playoffs last year and I think he's a guy I'd like on my team.
MacTavish: I'm going to say Ovechkin as well. Beware of a superstar player like Ovechkin coming off a sub-par statistical year. He's highly motivated and I think he's going to be a firehouse the rest of the way.
Question #3: There were a record 31 trades last deadline day. We're setting this year's over-under at the previous high of 25. Which are you betting on?
Ferraro: I'm going to take 'under' because it just seems to be like there have been so many deals so far, that while there'll be the 17, 18, 19 trades where teams are moving around pieces at the deadline, before we get there, I still think there are going to be a couple more deals, so I'm going to say 'under'.
MacTavish: I'm going to disagree and say 'over'. There are seven teams in the Western Conference within two points. It's an opportunity for the GM to really rubber stamp an advantage for his team, so I'm thinking it's going to be very active.
McKenzie: 'Under'. I don't have to fill all the time on the panel with James Duthie, I just have to sit back there and put the line in the water. You fish, you catch a fish, you don't catch a fish, it doesn't matter. You're fishing the same, but James has actually got to entertain while the fishing is going on.
Question #4: New Buffalo Sabres owner Terry Pegula broke down and cried when he called Gil Perreault his all-time hero. Which all-time hero would make you break down and cry?
McKenzie: I will say Tim Horton, but I just want you to know, I didn't actually cry, I only teared up a little bit. And it was on a very special occasion and a somber occasion, and that was on his death, which was 37 years ago just the other day. Now I'm a jaded media guy. There isn't an athlete in the world that would make me cry. The only time I cry now is if the lineup is too long at Tim Horton's.
Ferraro: I'm going to go with Bobby Orr. He was my idol growing up, he was the player I wanted to be before I realized that I didn't know how to skate backwards and I was going to have to play forward. I loved the way Orr played, I loved the way that everything around the NHL was about Orr. He was better than everyone else, he played with such flair. I met him one time. The first time I met him I was playing for the Hartford Whalers and I was so awestruck, I couldn't think of anything to say.
MacTavish: I'm going to say Darryl Sittler. He was my idol growing up in London, Ontario. He played for the London Knights, went on to play for the Toronto Maple Leafs. He played the game with a lot of passion. Tearing up might be a little bit of a stretch if he walked into the room, but I definitely had a great deal of admiration for the way he conducted himself and the way that he played.