Author Archives: Trade Man

NO DEPTH OR SIZE AT CENTRE

With the losses of Kovalev and Komisarek, the Habs will be hard pressed to fill the voids. However, by letting Koivu go, as expected, they now have to fill yet another spot down the middle. Gainey and the Habs need to lay to rest the Lecavalier rumors once and for all. To be forgiven for allowing fan favorite Kovalev go, Gainey will have to pull off a miracle….Vinny may be the only miracle for forgiveness in La Belle Provence.

Leafs TraDe Bait

Common sense tells us that the Leafs will trade at least 1 of their Dmen away to get a forward(s). Brian Burke was on TheFan 590 today and did absolutely nothing to dismiss these rumors.
I suggest we look at a couple options about what we could get in return for some of them.
First off lets look at Toronto Defencemen

Who stays? Who goes?

It had been a busy week for the Maple Leafs. Bryan Burke has done a great job so far but he has definatly set himself up for future trades and possible buyouts. So far this week he has accomplished in no perticular order..

Signing Mike Komiserak 5-year, 22.5 million contract
Signing Francois Beauchemin 3-year, 11.4 million contract
Signing Jonas the MONSTER Gustavsson 1-year, 900k contract
Signing Colton Orr 4-year, 4 million contract
Re-signed Mikhail Grabovski 3-year, 8.7 million contract
Traded Pavel Kubina to ATL for Garnett Exelby and Colin Stuart
Also re-signed Ben Ondrus (Marlies captain) and a couple others

Trade Sense

As a leaf fan, I cannot see how our team is going to penalty kill let alone score goals. One thing that I think Burkie should do is this:

Jordan Stall
for
Tomas Kaberle

New identity Habs

With the departure of captain Saku Koivu now official, the team habs fans have supported (or critizised) through thick and thin has now been all but dissolved. Although this change in personnel could’ve been seen coming a mile away, most fans would’ve expected more than what Gainey has put together. What’s even more discouraging is the salaries of the newly signed players leave next to no room for improvement.

Rumors and Notes from the NHL

1. Spezza speaks about Heatley

2. Free Agent Winners and Losers so far

3. Sharks could be in the Market for a free Agent

4. Devils interested in Brendan Morrison

5. Leafs shopping for a penality Killer

Koivu To Anaheim

Former Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu has landed in Anaheim and will join the Ducks.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=284086

He signed a 1 year contract worth 3.25 million.

Hudler Leaves The NHL

The offseason became a lot more challenging for the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday, as reports indicate that restricted free agent forward Jiri Hudler has agreed to a contract with Dynamo Moscow of the Kontinental Hockey League.

Thanks, Joe

This is a tough goodbye to a legendary player. Every year we lose guys who will likely make the Hall of Fame. Sometimes we lose them in groups of three, four, or five. But it’s not often we lose the quality of man we are about to lose in Joe Sakic, and I have one word for him.

NHL Rumors and Notes for July 8th

1. Salary Cap could squeeze out veteran players

2. Leafs Not Done Yet

3. Kris Versteeg to Resign with Hawks

4. Claude Lemiux retires

Sakic Retires

ESPN is reporting that after 20 seasons, Avalanche superstar Joe Sakic has decided to retire. Sakic spent his entire career with the Nordiques/Avalanche and has been a face of the franchise ever since Quebec moved to Denver, Colorado in 1995. Sakic is one of seven players that has 600 career goals to go alongside 1,000 career assists. Sakic is just one of the greats on that list, one that includes greats like Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, and Mario Lemieux.

LEAFS SIGN JONAS THE MONSTER GUSTAVSSON

According to sportsnet.ca and tsn.ca the Leafs have signed Swedish sensation Jonas Gustavsson to a one-year $810,000 contract with $90,000 in signing bonus.

YEAH BURKIE!

http://www.sportsnet.ca/hockey/2009/07/07/monster_maple_leafs/

http://tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283954

Kovalev to Ottawa

nordiques100 writes” The Ottawa Senators have made a major bold signing, picking up former Hab Alexei Kovalev on a 2 year 10 million dollar deal.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=283891

The signing comes on the heels of the failed Dany Heatley trade and now with Kovalev in the fold, it likely means something may be in the oven involving Heatley.

The team has chosen to move forward, and the skilled Kovalev is a fine start. He is one of the best one on one players in the NHL when he puts his mind to it.

Spurned by the Habs, Kovalev now joins the rival Sens. With Komisarek in Toronto, Ryder in Boston, Rivet in Buffalo, several former Canadiens will be seen often in Northeast Division battles.

It will now be interesting to see what can be salvaged with Heatley. They are in a cap conundrum if he stays, and really, they will be in trouble if he stays whatever the reason. He is the most hated man in Ottawa. His time to leave is now.

But if there is a team out there willing to shell out big dollars and big assets, its not been found just yet. Until then, Sens fans should at least be appeased by this signing as its a good indication the team isnt going to let one player ruin their ability to move forward.