Author Archives: Trade Man
In 2007, star defenseman Sheldon Souray(notes) signed a five-year, $27 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Now Souray apparently would like to escape Edmonton. He let the team know last week that he would waive his no-trade clause, according to the Hockey News.
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is expected to have his herniated disc surgically repaired.
An announcement could come as early as today, after Khabibulin recently consulted with a surgeon in Denver.
Pavol Demitra and Ryan Johnson took part in the Canucks full practice Tuesday evening at St. Paul.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a plethora of needs. Goaltending, a top centre, recouping a 1st round pick, more prospects and draft picks, wingers with finish, more toughness and grit, you name it, they need it.
But one of the most important things they need is more cap space.
Everyone knows the potential that this offseason holds. Players such as Patrick Marleau (on pace for 51 goals, a season after he broke his own personal best for goals in a season, and seems to have developed a knack for scoring more than 10 seasons after breaking into the NHL, which in itself is impressive.), Lidstrom, Niedermayer, Gonchar, Nabokov, Martin, Kovalchuk (the prize if he hits free agency) all set to hit free agency barring any deals as well as the most talented crop if RFA’s ever. The league is also expected to have its salary cap go down which could force teams such as Philadelphia, Boston, Calgary and of course Chicago to make some radical changes to fit under the cap.
BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency
Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking to add a centre to help get the team out of its scoring doldrums.
As the Senators continue their five-game road trip tonight against the Thrashers and struggle to hang onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, two league executives told the Sun yesterday that Murray is trying to deal for a centre.
Alex Burrows scored two more goals Monday night, but it was a pair of third-period penalties that the Canuck winger wanted to talk about after Vancouver’s 3-2 loss Monday night to the Nashville Predators.
Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said Monday that he is not actively seeking to trade star Ilya Kovalchuk. However, a trade remains a possibility should a new contract agreement not be reached.
Waddell said unequivocally in May that he would not trade Kovalchuk, who will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, if contract talks reached an impasse.
The trade deadline is less than two months away and I really doubt that the habs will make the playoffs if they keep playing the way they do, they might be playing pretty well after all those injuries but playing for .500 won’t get you a playoff spot. So if things aren’t getting better by the deadline, should the habs get rid of unwanted or unsigned players they do not wish to keep pass this season?
The Rangers’ recent correction in which they have gone 8-1-3 since the Dec. 16 Garden defeat to the Islanders that prompted the twin two-game exiles of Wade Redden and Ales Kotalik presents a challenge for GM Glen Sather.
Because even though the Blueshirts seem to be a playoff caliber team in a conference overloaded with deficient squads, this run against a succession of terrible opponents should not and must not interfere with the real business at hand of constructing a Stanley Cup contender.