Author Archives: Trade Man

Time for Oilers to clean house

By Dan Barnes

You can busy yourself washing the windows, dusting the furniture and vacuuming, but the toilets aren’t going to clean themselves.

Over time, it will become impossible to ignore the smell.

Saskatoon still dreaming of Coyotes on the Prairies

The Saskatoon Coyotes? Well, for five games a season anyway.

The dream for part-time access to an NHL team remains alive in the heart of the Prairies, where the CUC Centre, home to the WHL’s Saskatoon Blades, is showing itself worthy of hosting a major hockey event.

Could Ian White 'C' Leafs' future?

As the Maple Leafs’ long unanswered question lingers – who will be the next captain? – there are candidates emerging.

The latest could be Ian White, who seems to be gaining supporters, at least judging by the unscientific standards of fan support and email. And it doesn’t hurt that he scored the game winner in Pittsburgh on Sunday.

Washington, Columbus make a trade

TSN is reporting that Washington traded Chris Clark and defenceman Milan Jurcina to the Columbus Blue Jackets for winger Jason Chimera.

http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=303820

Canucks look to deal Mathieu Schneider to resolve playing time issue

Botchford

A dispute over playing time created a rift between Mathieu Schneider and the Canucks, and has left Vancouver GM Mike Gillis trying to deal the defenceman and former client.

RUMOUR DU JOUR

Expect to see Philly C Jeff Carter dealt once the Christmas roster freeze is lifted. The Kings are considered front-runners for Carter, but there is plenty of interest in him. He has a year left on his contract at $5 million US and doesn’t have a no-movement clause.

Ilya Kovalchuk wants 100 million dollar deal

Rumors around Atlanta, where Thrashers boss Don Waddell last week reported a snag in contract talks with Ilya Kovalchuk, have the star Russian winger looking to gross $100 million over 10 years, with a hefty portion of the payout front-loaded (like the Marc Savard deal and many others over the last two years).

Kovalchuk, Halak and Coaching News from the Toronto Sun

Atlanta Thrashers forward Ilya Kovalchuk is looking to hit a home run with his next contract and maybe shoot for the NHL maximum of $11.36 million a season.

Why not? Aim high. That’s 20 per cent of the current salary cap of approximately $56.7 million a team, the maximum allowed for an individual player.

Bruins seeking a top 6 forward

It’s a good bet that the Bruins will part with some of those picks between Monday, when the holiday roster freeze is lifted, and the March 3 trade deadline. The Bruins have some young and inexpensive talent on their big-league roster, such as Tuukka Rask, Blake Wheeler, Mark Stuart, and Matt Hunwick, that might attract interest around the league and fill some of the Black-and-Gold needs.

The Bruins’ No. 1 priority is a top-six forward who can put shots behind goalies, while a puck-moving defenseman would also be an important upgrade.

Prospective Leafs Trade – What do you think???

There has been much discussion this season about the requirement of the Blackhawks to clear cap space for the 2010 season, but we all know that Stan Bowman is reluctant to make a blockbuster trade now to reduce cap space IF it is going to reduce his teams chances of playoff success NOW.

With that being said, I think that I have a potential trade that works for both Chicago and the Leafs…