Author Archives: Trade Man
First off, let’s make a couple of assumptions.
One — that Flames general manager Darryl Sutter, still so in love with his core, won’t rock a blockbuster in the coming weeks. So no Vinny Lecavalier. No Nathan Horton. No Jeff Carter. No Eric Staal.
BRUCE GARRIOCH, Ottawa Sun
Vincent Lecavalier could be headed to Broadway and a reunion with John Tortorella, his coach from the 2004 Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning.
The last thing Tomas Kaberle wanted when he agreed to a below-market contract with the Maple Leafs was any kind of attention.
That was the plan. Sign for less. Slip under the radar. Let the high-priced help take whatever heat was around.
The 2010 NHL trading deadline is less than two months away, but one player that has been mired in trade rumors all season has been Atlanta Thrashers sniper Ilya Kovalchuk. The 26-year-old forward is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
You never say never in this business and anyone who disputes that notion can look back on Aug. 9, 1988 — the day Wayne Gretzky was traded to Los Angeles.
The Senators’ muddled goaltending situation took a bizarre twist yesterday.
Less than 24 hours after goalie coach Eli Wilson was fired, Pascal Leclaire suffered what coach Cory Clouston called a “mild concussion” after taking a shot in the head during the morning skate and backup Brian Elliott was too ill to make last night’s start against the Rangers.
The Islanders have managed to become relevant this season, despite the absence of an established goal scorer.
But GM Garth Snow may be in the market to change that, if Atlanta’s star left wing Ilya Kovalchuk is made available before the March 3 trade deadline, a source told The Post yesterday.
Talking to some sources around the league of late, and one thing has been brought to my attention: Marek Svatos is definitely available at a decent offer. Maybe just an OK offer. He’s a guy in the last year of his contract, making pretty good money, who isn’t playing right now and wants to play. So this is no huge scoop, but there are some talks going on between the Avs and a few teams with some interest.
Could the lure of $20 million a season cause Ilya Kovalchuk to leave the NHL and return home to play in the KHL?
At least one NHL general manager thinks it is possible.
If Tomas Kaberle were involved in as many scoring plays as trade rumours, he would have won the Art Ross Trophy by now.
Peppered yesterday with queries about his potential willingness to be dealt from the Maple Leafs, a defiant Kaberle insisted he has not been approached by general manager Brian Burke about being moved.