Author Archives: Trade Man
By Adrian Dater
It’s only January, but already NHL teams are making decisions about whether to buy or sell at the league’s trading deadline. Why now, when the deadline isn’t until March 3?
Oilers blue-line big gun likely on the move before trade deadline
By Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal
Edmonton Oilers defenceman Sheldon Souray isn’t saying what clubs he would play for and waive his no-trade clause, but you can bet these teams are on his list — Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings, Phoenix Coyotes, New Jersey Devils, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.
Ok, it’s clear the Bruins have issues. They’ve limped their way through the season and currently sit in 9th place in the Eastern Conference, which has Bruins fans very unhappy. Peter Chiarelli has two options. he can either sit back and let the season go down the drain and try to up their chances of drafting Taylor Hall, David Seguin, etc. or he can shake up the roster and get the Bruins back into playoff contention. Neither is a bad option, but I’m sure Beantown loyals would rather see a return to glory. So, here are some trades I came up with.
It’s no secret that the Rangers are a 1 and done team if they make it to the playoffs. They have the tolls to turn this around. And by “Fire Sale” I DO NOT MEAN TRADING callahan and dubinsky.
Here is how the Rangers can obtain a Top 5 Pick and free up the cash for Kovalchuk when he hits the open market.
An alternative could be Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun. Even though the Panthers are almost as inept as the Leafs, Vokoun quietly re-established himself as one of the best goalies in the league. Word is that if the Panthers remain out of playoff contention leading up to the deadline, GM Randy Sexton will starting looking to trade his goaltender.
Last week, one of my 30 thoughts concerned the Montreal goaltending battle. I asked a scout about Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price. He said that if Halak was made available, 10 teams would be interested. If Price was made available, everyone makes a pitch.
NHL general manager Darryl Sutter was going on and on about trade rumours the other day – dismissing all the speculation percolating around his Calgary Flames – and, on one level, what’s not to believe?
Consider Sheldon Souray officially on the market.
The Oilers defenceman gave GM Steve Tambellini a list of preferences in the event that he is shipped out before the trade deadline, according to the National Post.
Unrestricted free agents Toskala, Stajan rumoured to be on block
By TERRY KOSHAN, Toronto Sun
The future of Mike Komisarek and several of his Maple Leafs teammates is about as clear as the bleak January skies.
Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal
This ‘n’ that
– – Columbus winger Raffi Torres, on pace for 25 goals, will be an unrestricted free agent July 1. Do the Blue Jackets buck up to keep him or deal him for, say, a second-round draft? Bet on the latter. There would easily be eight to 10 teams willing to give up a No. 2 for Torres, who may be an inconsistent offensive talent but has the ability to turn a game with a hit. Just ask Milan Michalek. who got steamrollered in 2006.