Author Archives: Trade Man

Best Players in the League

Ok… I want to start some debate with this one. This might have already been done before but I haven’t seen anything like it so here goes: ranking the top ten players in the league. This includes not only this season’s performance but the overall prestige behind the player. For example: Martin St. Louis, despite having a worse season than David Krejci would still be ranked ahead based on past performance. I know, not the most concrete formula, but this is all subjective and meant to stir arguments.

NHL Exploring Hartford for a NHL Team?

The Hartford Courant is reporting that city officials have met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman to discuss plans for a new area in an attempt to lure an NHL team back to Hartford.

Early Predictions

Yes I realize this is way too early to be doing predictions but I am putting them up anyways.

Eastern Conference

1. Boston Bruins – Despite losing Sturm for the year and Kessel for an extended period of time, the Bruins have way too much depth to squander a 9 point lead with two games in hand to washington. expect 110-115 points easily.

Predators News – Trotz Safe + Speculation

The Tennessean is reporting that Predators head coach Barry Trotz is not in danger of being fired despite the teams recent poor play.

Rangers' Report

Now that the 21 of the Rangers are done for the week, and the King is off the MontrĂ©al, I’d like to take some time to review where they are at, what’s gone wrong, what has to improve, playoff outlook, draft situation, Sean Avery speculation, and brief look at 09-10.

Fighting shouldn't be changed

I am sick and tired of all of this nonsense about taking fighting out or adding rules like the OHL. If you add those rules:

a game misconduct and an automatic one-game suspension for players who remove their helmets or undo their chinstraps before or during fights.

All-Star Performances At The All-Star Break

With the All-Star game not too far ahead, there will be plenty of offensive excitement and goal scoring to look forward to. The most exciting players in the world will meet in Montreal this weekend to face off and prove themselves as the most dominant, exciting players in the NHL. In honour of the All-Star week I would like to present the 5 most exciting teams (and 5 least exciting teams) in the NHL leading up to the break.

Devils shopping for a defenseman

NJ.com is speculating that the Devils most likely have their sites set on a defenseman prior to the trade deadline.

Mark Bell done as a Leaf?

The Toronto Sun is reporting that Mark Bell believes that his days with the Leafs organization are numbered.

2009 NHL Mock Draft

It is about 5 months until the long awaited 2009 Entry Draft. Here is a little mock draft I cooked up about which team will be getting which player, what I know about the player, and justification for the team that gets him.

Forsberg to make another return?

The Denver Post is reporting that Peter Forsberg is on the comeback path.

Will the Sens move Ruutu and Kuba?

The Ottawa Sun is reporting that teams could be lining up for the Sens Ruutu and Kuba.

Kings Set Up To Make A Bold Move

The Los Angeles Kings are well on their way again to missing the playoffs for the 6th straight season.

While that likely means the team will be sellers at the upcoming trade deadline, the Kings this time seem poised to try something drastic to somehow expediate the development of the team.

The following are projected to be UFAs: Derek Armstrong, Kyle Calder, Denis Gauthier, Sean O’Donnell, Erik Ersberg.

According to nhlnumbers.com their cap number is $45 million.

The team wouldn’t mind as well moving Michal Handzus or Tom Preissing.