Author Archives: Trade Man

Will the Oilers start to move out veterans?

I’m a realist. With the Oilers in the position they are in, will they start to unload some veterans and try to rebuild — like Souray, O’Sullivan, Moreau, Staios etc.?

Penguins Notebook: Gonchar contract talks still ongoing

It won’t be known until sometime today whether Sergei Gonchar will be able to dress when the Penguins face Philadelphia at 7:38 tonight at Mellon Arena.

Plekanec a keeper – Gainey

PAT HICKEY, The Gazette

Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey said his intention is to keep Tomas Plekanec beyond this season

Slow down with Kovalchuk talk

Tim Sassone

If I have learned anything in 22 years covering the Blackhawks and the NHL, it’s that anything is possible.

Wayne Gretzky was traded. The Hawks rose from the dead. And the Carolina Hurricanes won a Stanley Cup.

Khabibulin's back situation is bleak


It’s looking more and more like Nikolai Khabibulin is done for the season.

The Oilers netminder was given an eight-week window to let the disc problem in his back heal on its own, and it’s not.

Quick fix for season gone bad? No way

John MacKinnon

The Edmonton Oilers are learning so many lessons the hard way, aren’t they?

Lessons like what comes of neglecting defensive-zone coverage.

Habs' Jaroslav Halak at centre of trade rumour

Dave Stubble, The Gazette

As seen by Allan Walsh, the agent of Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak, Bob Gainey doesn’t have a problem in nets. Montreal’s general manager, Walsh says, has an issue.

Leafs' free agents to be trade bait for Brian Burke

With the trade deadline approaching, a number of pending free agents to be dealt with and a team making a series of starts and stops at the bottom of the standings, Leafs GM Brian Burke wants stability for his players.

But he doesn’t promise it.

Predators' lease may be in default

Metro lawyers and a designee of the Metro Sports Authority will meet as early as this week with Nashville Predators officials to hash out issues surrounding lead owner David Freeman’s federal tax troubles and whether the team is in default on its arena lease with the city.

Time to move on from the last pieces of the JFJ era?

The last few weeks have proven the Leafs current roster is not good enough to compete for a payoff spot, let alone a Stanley Cup run. This project is extremely far from being finished and the only ones who really know that is the Leafs management.