Author Archives: Trade Man

FIRE SALE Time to look Toward TOP 5 PICK and Kovalchuk

It’s no secret that the Rangers are a 1 and done team if they make it to the playoffs. They have the tolls to turn this around. And by “Fire Sale” I DO NOT MEAN TRADING callahan and dubinsky.

Here is how the Rangers can obtain a Top 5 Pick and free up the cash for Kovalchuk when he hits the open market.

Clock’s ticking on Leafs' goaltender choices + Possible Goalie Targets

David Shoalts

An alternative could be Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun. Even though the Panthers are almost as inept as the Leafs, Vokoun quietly re-established himself as one of the best goalies in the league. Word is that if the Panthers remain out of playoff contention leading up to the deadline, GM Randy Sexton will starting looking to trade his goaltender.

Time for Canadiens to consider trading Price

Elliotte Friedman

Last week, one of my 30 thoughts concerned the Montreal goaltending battle. I asked a scout about Jaroslav Halak and Carey Price. He said that if Halak was made available, 10 teams would be interested. If Price was made available, everyone makes a pitch.

Flames in a freefall, but Sutter’s biding his time

Eric Duhatschek

NHL general manager Darryl Sutter was going on and on about trade rumours the other day – dismissing all the speculation percolating around his Calgary Flames – and, on one level, what’s not to believe?

OILERS' SOURAY GIVES GM PREFERENCES IF HE IS TO BE TRADED

Consider Sheldon Souray officially on the market.

The Oilers defenceman gave GM Steve Tambellini a list of preferences in the event that he is shipped out before the trade deadline, according to the National Post.

Trade speculation surrounds Leafs

Unrestricted free agents Toskala, Stajan rumoured to be on block

By TERRY KOSHAN, Toronto Sun

The future of Mike Komisarek and several of his Maple Leafs teammates is about as clear as the bleak January skies.

Rumors from the Edmonton Journal

Jim Matheson, Edmonton Journal

This ‘n’ that

– – Columbus winger Raffi Torres, on pace for 25 goals, will be an unrestricted free agent July 1. Do the Blue Jackets buck up to keep him or deal him for, say, a second-round draft? Bet on the latter. There would easily be eight to 10 teams willing to give up a No. 2 for Torres, who may be an inconsistent offensive talent but has the ability to turn a game with a hit. Just ask Milan Michalek. who got steamrollered in 2006.

The Kovalchuk Conundrum

Without a doubt, Kovalchuk will be traded at the trade deadline.

If Atlanta were capable of re-signing him, they would have done so by now as Kovalchuk has consistently expressed a desire to stay in Atlanta and seems to be happy to not play the fishbowl that is a major hockey market.
Atlanta simply cannot keep him around just so they can maybe make the playoffs and maybe get a couple of home playoff games in. If they were to do so, and then attempt to trade his negotiating rights at or before the draft, the return they would get would be minimal at best and would leave a team struggling at the box office without a star to sell to its fans.
So he WILL be traded.
The question now becomes to whom, and in return for what? A lot of that depends on if he gets dealt as a rental player or if a team is allowed to negotiate an extension with him before hand. Either way, the matter that is most important is the numbers for this season… and that may not be as much of an obstacle as some would think.

No Russian to make move

GM says Flames won’t trade for pending free agent

By ERIC FRANCIS

Despite his club’s offensive struggles, Darryl Sutter sees no scenario in which he’d be part of the Ilya Kovalchuk sweepstakes he’s been linked to.

NHL News and Rumor Tidbits – January 25, 2010

Penguins Notebook: Flyers’ Asham accuses Cooke of biting

Canucks decline CBC interviews as show of support for Burrows

Mitchell may have concussion, Salo is still sore, but Rypien now ready

Cap crunch on Kovalchuk