Author Archives: Trade Man
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.
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.
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…
With the Olympics coming out and Team Canada almost ready to announce the roster, lets play the prediction game…
Who would YOU put on the roster?
MICHAEL RUSSO, Star Tribune
Clayton Stoner continues to impress during his promotion to the Wild after 4 1/2 years in Houston, but it’s too early to determine whether the defenseman will stick.
LANCE HORNBY, QMI AGENCY
As Rick DiPietro’s long, strange trip back to starting duties with the Islanders nears its end, Martin Biron’s not-so-Magical Mystery Tour of the NHL will likely start again in 2010.
Rangers’ management is using the eight-day holiday roster “freeze” to evaluate the club while contemplating personnel changes once waiver and trade restrictions are lifted after midnight on Sunday.
It’s almost half way through the season and many injured players are coming back to the Habs line-up, which will soon force Gainey to make a trade due to a surplus of players also Jaroslav Halak has been on fire and has asked to be traded. The Habs biggest problem is offense besides Kostitsyn, Cammellari and Plekanec nobody seems to be able to score, Gomez has been a disgrace and can’t even justify half of his salary which will make it very hard for Gainey to resigned Plekanec and Price by the end of the season so therefor Gainey will have to make cap space to be able to sign those two long term.
While the argument of the greatest goalie of all time can go on for ages due to several immeasurable but essential characteristics (the “Money Goalie” phenomenon) this argument is much more defined. Who is the greatest statistical goaltender of all time?
The Atlanta Thrashers were unable to agree terms on a long term contract with their star player Ilya Kovalchuk which casts doubt on his future in Atlanta.