Author Archives: Trade Man

NHL News and Rumor Roundup – June 16, 2009

Thrashers Lehtonen staying in Atlanta

Olympics blow a hole in Canucks schedule

Oil trade for Dany still alive

Caps in talks for game at ‘Big O’

Western Conference prediction

I know its early to start makeing predictions on how the season will play out and the order of finish for the conferences however here is how I see the Western Conference shapeing up for the upcoming season. Of course this is subject to change given the remaining freeagent signings and possible trades.

Have you ever seen an off-season like this?

I have been following the Habs for many years and I can’t remember a time of such change and speculation. As sad as I am to see Koivu, who gave everything, go, I can’t say that I am surprised to see Kovalev gone. With all the skill and talent, came the over questioning and inconsistency. Last season he seemed to be getting caught from behind all too often. Tanguay has had too many injury problems and his shoulder is suspect. Would you pay the type of salary that he was making on a player who may only play half the season. Now it is like paying double the salary!!

July 15, 2009 – NHL News and Rumors Roundup

Zubov’s career with Dallas Stars likely finished

Blackhawks president John McDonough admits recent contract bungle provided catalyst for firing Dale Tallon

Chiarelli says Kessel will be back with Bruins

Source: Shanahan to Sign With Devils or Rangers

Lang and Jagr can be reunited in the KHL

The Sather Experiment has Failed!…AND NEEDS TO END!

A quick look at this offseason, my take on the Gomez deal, and why Slats, and not Bob Gainey should be the first GM fired.

July 14, 2009 News and Rumors Roundup

Report: Chicago Blackhawks fire GM Dale Tallon

Big bucks for NHL Commish Bettman

Oilers’ patience wearing thin

Tanguay's agent: Panthers are in the mix

Steve Gorten

I finally was able to get a hold of free-agent winger Alex Tanguay’s agent today for a few minutes on the phone.

Tanguay’s agent, Robert Sauve, said the Panthers are one of five or six teams he’s talking with that Tanguay is considering signing with.


Jacques Lemaire is returning for a second stint as coach of the New Jersey Devils.

NHL News and Rumors – Monday July 13, 2009

Looks like Jiri Hudler is off to Russia

Blue Jackets wait for trade opportunities

Ducks and Canucks talked a Pronger deal?

Very few NHL goaltender openings remain

Leafs-Hawks talking trade?

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a surplus of defensemen. The Chicago Blackhawks have an abundance of scoring forwards.

So it might stand to reason that the two teams would make suitable trading partners.

Tim Sassone of the Chicago Herald reports that the Leafs and Hawks indeed may be talking trade.

Was Kreider almost a Hab?

Kevin Paul Dupont

Kreider was selected 19th overall in the first round, one slot after the Canadiens chose hometown boy Louis Leblanc with their first pick. The hootin’ and hollerin’ over Leblanc had barely died down among Habs fans in the Bell Centre, and all around the city, when the Rangers followed by picking Kreider. The Habs stalled for a couple of minutes before choosing Leblanc, possibly because they were torn over whether to take Leblanc or Kreider.

Rangers can make run at cup with right moves!

Going into the free agent frenzy the rangers started with a bang by trading away underachieving Scott Gomez and then signing injury prone sniper Marian Gaborik with his money which in my opinion was a good move but now the rangers need to fill in the little pieces to the puzzle to make them more than just a playoff team like the past couple years have gone.

Dear Mr. Burke…

As a long time TML fan I have come to notice every year Toronto pushes for a playoff spot until around the trade deadline when they give up. This year I was hoping to grab IMO one of the best forwards in the draft. Brayden Schenn. However draft day came as a dissapointment. No disrespect to Nazem Kadri. But by not being able to draft Schenn. Why not trade for him? I think one of your “lesser Defensmen” packaged with something could bring Brayden to the blue and white.