Author Archives: Trade Man

Kovalchuk, Ovechkin to KHL?

Could the lure of $20 million a season cause Ilya Kovalchuk to leave the NHL and return home to play in the KHL?

At least one NHL general manager thinks it is possible.

Leafs Kaberle says trade rumours are false

If Tomas Kaberle were involved in as many scoring plays as trade rumours, he would have won the Art Ross Trophy by now.

Peppered yesterday with queries about his potential willingness to be dealt from the Maple Leafs, a defiant Kaberle insisted he has not been approached by general manager Brian Burke about being moved.

A LOOK AT THE 2010 OLYMPIC HOCKEY POWER'S ROSTERS

With the Olympics just weeks away, let’s look at just what kind of fire power all the “Hockey powers” have to bring to the games. I also took the liberty of what the end result might be as far as medals. So tell me what you all think and who might pose the biggest challenge for who i believe will be the gold medalist, TEAM CANADA.

(Note: all the listed line combinations are what i believe will be the most likely combos coaches might put together. Also pay no attention to line numbers as i have not indicated Line 1, Line 2 etc…..)

Oilers' Souray wants out

In 2007, star defenseman Sheldon Souray(notes) signed a five-year, $27 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Now Souray apparently would like to escape Edmonton. He let the team know last week that he would waive his no-trade clause, according to the Hockey News.

Back surgery likely for Khabby

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is expected to have his herniated disc surgically repaired.

An announcement could come as early as today, after Khabibulin recently consulted with a surgeon in Denver.

Demitra, Johnson close to returning

Pavol Demitra and Ryan Johnson took part in the Canucks full practice Tuesday evening at St. Paul.

Leafs Biggest Need is Cap Space

The Toronto Maple Leafs have a plethora of needs. Goaltending, a top centre, recouping a 1st round pick, more prospects and draft picks, wingers with finish, more toughness and grit, you name it, they need it.

But one of the most important things they need is more cap space.

The Chicago Conundrum

Everyone knows the potential that this offseason holds. Players such as Patrick Marleau (on pace for 51 goals, a season after he broke his own personal best for goals in a season, and seems to have developed a knack for scoring more than 10 seasons after breaking into the NHL, which in itself is impressive.), Lidstrom, Niedermayer, Gonchar, Nabokov, Martin, Kovalchuk (the prize if he hits free agency) all set to hit free agency barring any deals as well as the most talented crop if RFA’s ever. The league is also expected to have its salary cap go down which could force teams such as Philadelphia, Boston, Calgary and of course Chicago to make some radical changes to fit under the cap.

Senators GM sets sights on centre

BRUCE GARRIOCH, QMI Agency

Senators GM Bryan Murray is looking to add a centre to help get the team out of its scoring doldrums.

As the Senators continue their five-game road trip tonight against the Thrashers and struggle to hang onto a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, two league executives told the Sun yesterday that Murray is trying to deal for a centre.

Vancouver Canuck Alex Burrows accuses ref of targeting him

Alex Burrows scored two more goals Monday night, but it was a pair of third-period penalties that the Canuck winger wanted to talk about after Vancouver’s 3-2 loss Monday night to the Nashville Predators.