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February 17, 3:00 PM ET
Chat with Barry Melrose

Barry Melrose
  (3:05 PM)

I hope everyone is enjoying the playoff race we're having right now. It seems like every night we have a team either gaining a playoff position of losing one.

josh (nj)

BARRY THE DEVIL WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS, ENOUGH SAID

Barry Melrose
  (3:06 PM)

Josh, I'm afraid you're a dreamer. They have to claim over at least five teams and I don't see that happening. It will be a great story but I don't see it happening.

Steve (Ohio)

barry, how bout my jackets the last few weeks, im starting to build hope again, the west is really tight spots 4 to 10, do you think the jackets can sustain and push for the playoffs?

Barry Melrose
  (3:07 PM)

I don't think so. I don't think they are as good as Chicago, Minnesota, Dallas or LA. They have a great story but I don't see them getting a playoff spot.

kurt (Buff)

Sabres, buyers or sellers? or both?

Barry Melrose
  (3:07 PM)

I think buyers. I think they realize they a close and I think they will be looking to add something to their team, especially scoring at the deadline.

Matt (Fresno, CA)

With the Kings current hot streak, do you still see them making a move by the deadline?

Barry Melrose
  (3:08 PM)

Yes. I think the Kings will be very aggressive at the deadline. They have been talking to the right teams already and I see them making a move.

Jimmer [via mobile]

Leafs... have a shot at 8th seed?

Barry Melrose
  (3:09 PM)

The Leafs are a lot like the Devils and Islanders, they are playing well but they have to jump over some teams to get it. That means teams ahead of them have to play bad and they have to play well the rest of the season and I just don't see that happening.

Peter (Boston)

Do you see the Rangers making any trades?

Barry Melrose
  (3:10 PM)

Yes. I think they will try to be active. They remember what happening last year so I think they will be a time that will try and do some stuff.

Ara (Philadelphia)

Barry - who should be the Flyers goalie in the playoffs? Bob or Boosh?

Barry Melrose
  (3:11 PM)

I think they will like Bobrovsky but I think it will come down to who's playing the best. I think Philly feels Bobrovsky is the better goaltender but it will come down to who's playing the best at that time.

Matt (Huntington Beach, Ca)

why wouldnt the kings go after brad richards, they need another center

Barry Melrose
  (3:12 PM)

I think it depends on if Dallas will move Richards. I think if he is on the move there will be number of teams after him. It all depends on if Dallas wants to move him.

CB (Philly)

Any word on Peter Mueller and his concussion? Will he play again this year? Ever?

Barry Melrose
  (3:14 PM)

He's a very young man so I would have to think he will play again. Obviously he has concussion problems and I don't think it's a guarantee that he will play again this season.

Bud (Charlotte)

How about my Ducks

Barry Melrose
  (3:15 PM)

The Ducks are playing great. They are winning without Jonas Hiller. but they did lose a tough game last night. And the Ducks have proven that if they make the playoffs they are capable of upsetting anybody.

Jeff (Pittsburgh)

Do you see Sid returning to the ice this year?

Barry Melrose
  (3:16 PM)

Yes. All the reports are saying Pittsburgh feels he will be back in March and obviously they need him desperately.

rocque Trem (cleveland ohio)

Barry what's going on? How about those Cleveland Lake Erie Monsters?

Barry Melrose
  (3:17 PM)

I'm not sure what the point is but it's great to see hockey in Cleveland.

Elisabeth (New York, NY)

Who are the Bruins dangling as trade bait to get that coveted puck-moving defenseman?

Barry Melrose
  (3:18 PM)

Their extra first round pick. That's whats all teams want and that's what the Bruins are willing to give up.

Graham (Washington DC)

Who do you think the caps will try to add before the deadline?

Barry Melrose
  (3:19 PM)

I think the Caps will try to add solid players. They won't trade any of their stars. They have good young players in the minors and they are just looking to add some good secondary players.

Keith (Hamilton)

Do you think I am right when I say Boston is the only threat to Philadelphia in the east?

Barry Melrose
  (3:20 PM)

No. I think Boston is a threat, Pittsburgh when Crosby comes back and Washington is are threats. I think Philly is the best team in the East right now but after the trade deadline, a lot of other teams will be better.

David (Edmonton)

Who are your updates western/eastern reps for the stanley cup final

Barry Melrose
  (3:21 PM)

In the West I still like Vancouver. In the East, Philly is the best team.

Keith (Hamilton)

Will Chris Neil be playing for Montreal come Feb. 28?

Barry Melrose
  (3:22 PM)

I'm not sure about Montreal but I don't think he will be in Ottawa. I think a lot of Senators will switch positions before Feb. 28.

Jon (DC)

Of the nine teams within 5 points of each other in the West, which three miss the playoffs?

Barry Melrose
  (3:23 PM)

That's a tough question. Columbus, Minnesota and Calgary would be my three picks.

Joe (DC)

What can we get for Tim Connolly at the trade deadline? Who is interested?

Barry Melrose
  (3:24 PM)

I think teams will be interested in him. He's a skilled forward and he will help a lot of teams power play. I think there is a market out there for him.

christopher (brooklyn)

who do you like tonight wings or bolts?

Barry Melrose
  (3:25 PM)

I think the Wings. They are playing well and they have most of their players back. I think they will go into Tampa and win.

Wingnut (Ohio)

If you are Ken Holland do you try to acquire a defenseman, a goaltender or both?

Barry Melrose
  (3:26 PM)

I would say both. The Red Wings are always looking to make their team better. They would like to acquire both those positions if they can.

Matt (Melbourne, FL)

Barry, what do you make of the people camping out in Atlanta demanding the team be moved to Quebec?

Barry Melrose
  (3:29 PM)

Well that's not going to happen because Quebec doesn't have a rink. Atlanta needs to find a way to make the playoffs to get people fired up about the team in a positive way.

Joe (BUFF)

Who do you think gets the 8 spot in the East.

Barry Melrose
  (3:29 PM)

I still think Carolina with their schedule will get the 8th spot.

Mark (Maine)

Is Matt Cooke the dirtiest player in the NHL?

Barry Melrose
  (3:30 PM)

Matt Cooke is in the middle of a lot of incidents in the NHL. What's overlooked is he's a pretty good hockey player.

TJ (DC)

Tampa or Washington for the Southeast division?

Barry Melrose
  (3:31 PM)

I think Tampa wins the Southeast division. I don't see them falling apart in the next 25 games.

Barry Melrose
  (3:31 PM)

Everybody enjoy the games.