Author Archives: Trade Man

Woeful Start Could Spark Changes

The Blue Jackets, off to a woeful 1-9-1 start, may be on the verge of making substantial changes.

Multiple NHL sources have informed The Dispatch early Sunday that Jackets president Mike Priest has contacted Ken Hitch***** about returning as the club’s coach, and that former Calgary Flames general manager Craig Button has been contacted about taking on the same job with the Jackets.

A New Leaf Turned.

The new Toronto Maple Leafs seem to be on a warpath and their objective is to end this playoff drought. Now its still only October and there is still plenty of hockey to be played but the stats show that only 18% of teams who are in the bottom 8 move up into a playoff position by April so its looking pretty good for us Maple Leaf fans but who should get the praises? My props go out to a few people….

Monsters and Robots: The Goaltending Situation in Toronto

Through his first five games and four starts of this season, Jonas Gustavsson has ac*umulated three wins and sports unimpressive numbers at 3.85GAA and a .886 save%. His first 2 outings were shaky and The Monster seemed nervously out of place. With Reimer’s ever extending absence from the Leafs net, it’s anyone’s guess how long Toronto will have to lean on its backup tender. Despite his slow star, however, Gus seems to have settled down in net and has been making spectacular saves at key times to keep the Leafs in games. Over his last two starts, Jonas is 2-0-0, with a 2.50GAA and an impressive .925 save%.

Could the Maple Leafs have an unexpected challenge to their number one spot between the irons?

Which conference is dominant?

I’ve noticed that since the start of the season if a team is struggling, commentators in the media and on the forums remark that X team needs to be better in a dominant Y conference. If it’s Boston struggling, the line goes: “The Bruins can’t afford to leave point on the ice in the powerhouse Eastern Conference”. If the team in doubt is Vancouver we’re told: “The Canucks will need to play hard to climb the ranks, especially with how strong the West is this year”.

So the question is this: Which conference is more dominant this year?

Turris interests Sens

But don’t count on the Coyotes restricted free-agent centre wearing an Ottawa uniform anytime soon unless Phoenix GM Don Maloney makes a seismic shift in his stance on trading the 22-year-old Turris before the Dec. 1 deadline to sign him.

While reports Thursday confirmed Turris has indeed asked the Coyotes for a trade, it’s believed the Senators are one of six or seven teams — including Calgary and Vancouver — who have expressed an interest in Turris, but have been told he’s not going anywhere.

The Senators are trying to fill the void at centre behind No. 1 pivot Jason Spezza with Peter Regin out 6-8 weeks.