Author Archives: Trade Man
John Down, Calgary Herald
If you believe the rumour mill, defenceman Dion Phaneuf has asked to be traded and Darryl Sutter is exploring the possibility of swinging a deal for Vinny Lecavalier or Ilya Kovalchuk or John Tavares or (fill in the blank).
Rutherford indicated Monday that trades and other transactions will be coming, noting, “Things are starting to open up now as far as moving players.”
“It’s not like we’re giving up on the second half, but there are some players we are developing who are closer to playing here,” he said. “We won’t just move someone out just to move someone out. We will try to build assets, whether it’s trading for a player or for drafts picks or getting a spot open for a player from Albany.”
Even tho Canada lost this WJC was still a great tournament. I think I speak for most when saying it was very exciting hockey to watch! What I look at each year is NHL draft picks and future draftees in the tournament because its the greatest 2 weeks to get to know tomorrows NHLers. So let’s take a look at each individual NHL franchise in reverse order and see how they did:
Peter Chiarelli has made it publicly known that the Bruins are in need of scoring help. The Miroslav Satan signing made it clear that the Bruins are desperate for any scoring help they can get. With most of their forwards under performing (ala Ryder, Recchi, Savard) and injuries killing the team, they need to make a big move in a big way.
I’m a realist. With the Oilers in the position they are in, will they start to unload some veterans and try to rebuild — like Souray, O’Sullivan, Moreau, Staios etc.?
It won’t be known until sometime today whether Sergei Gonchar will be able to dress when the Penguins face Philadelphia at 7:38 tonight at Mellon Arena.
PAT HICKEY, The Gazette
Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey said his intention is to keep Tomas Plekanec beyond this season
If I have learned anything in 22 years covering the Blackhawks and the NHL, it’s that anything is possible.
Wayne Gretzky was traded. The Hawks rose from the dead. And the Carolina Hurricanes won a Stanley Cup.
By ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI
It’s looking more and more like Nikolai Khabibulin is done for the season.
The Oilers netminder was given an eight-week window to let the disc problem in his back heal on its own, and it’s not.
The Edmonton Oilers are learning so many lessons the hard way, aren’t they?
Lessons like what comes of neglecting defensive-zone coverage.