Author Archives: Trade Man
When does a coach lose control of a team?
When does the team stop picking up what he is metaphorically putting down?
No matter how good a coach you have, if he cannot get a team on board. He has to go.
Teams looking to add will have many options this upcoming deadline. Here’s how the numbers shake down.
The entire hockey world knows that this is the Montreal Canadiens centennial season and expectations for Les Canadiens are higher than ever! Like many other Habs fans I witnessed their last two games this past weekend (losses to Buffalo and Toronto) with much concern. This is a team that is severely lacking intensity, motivation and urgency. Just a year ago the Habs were the surprise of the NHL, storming up the standings with Alexei Kovalev leading the way amidst the chants of MVP at the Bell Centre. A year later Kovalev (with the exception of his MVP all-star game performance) is dragging this Canadiens team down with his uninspired and unproductive play.
The Ottawa Sun is reporting that the Flyers are very interested in Jay Bouwmeester and they may be offering a package deal that would include James van Riemsdyk and Scott Hartnell for the soon to be unrestricted free agent.
On the CBC satellite Hotstove last night it was discussed that they believe that Burke will target the Sedin twins this upcoming offseason.
Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun is reporting that Pavel Kubina is willing to waive his no trade clause.
Ever since the rumours of a pending Lecavalier trade to Mtl, the Habs have played terrible hockey! Kovalev played well at the all star game, but there really wasn’t anyone trying too hard to stop him. He stated after the game that he would keep it going for the rest of the season..what happened there?
If it were all about points then Evgeni Malkin would be the obvious winner, but his team isn’t even top 8 in the Eastern conference, so it’s hard to say he’s deserving. Okay, maybe give it to one of the elite defenders. So who’s the best defender in the league again? I’m not sure. No stand out goalie either? This might be an interesting battle for league MVP.
The Ottawa Sun is reporting that some tid bits of speculation that have been discussed at length before … but here we go. They are reporting that Atlanta will most likely look to deal Mathieu Schneider and Niclas Havelid, that the Oilers and Bruins have been talking trade (sending Cole to Boston) and they also report that the Predators and Flames may be talking about the possibility of Calgary sending Matthew Lombardi to Nashville for Dan Hamhuis.
London Knights forward John Tavares suffered a sprained acromioclavicular (AC) joint in Friday night’s 4-3 loss to the Windsor Spitfires and will not play for the rest of the weekend, according to team officials.
Tavares left the game in the first period after being hit behind the net by Taylor Hall, who is second to Tavares in league scoring.
The Edmonton Journal is reporting that the latest trade talk is not bothering Keith Tkachuk. It is also noted that the Bruins, Black Hawks, Blue Jackets, Penguins and the Oilers are showing interest in the aging veteran player.
Growing up a Flames fan in Montreal was pretty tough. On one hand you the whole history against you. On the other you the likes of Nieuwendyk, MacInnis, Gilmour, Fleury, Otto, Suter, Veron, Makarov and Roberts all in their primes. And who can forget Lanny and Macoun. Not a shabby line up. However things start to grow on you. When you can walk down the street and shake hands with Mr. Gillett and Mr. Gainey as they go out to get a bite to eat, things change.
STLtoday.com is reporting that the St. Louis Blues have placed goalie Manny Legace on waivers. If he does clear … which is not too likely, he will be sent to the minors.