Author Archives: Trade Man

No quick fix for Jets

If you’re waiting for Kevin Cheveldayoff to pull the trigger on a couple of blockbuster deals and completely blow up the roster because the Winnipeg Jets are off to a slow start, it’s time to give your head a shake, take a deep breath and adjust your thinking.

It’s simply not going to happen, especially not eight games into an 82-game season.

Rumour mill churns full-time around Flames

Here they come.

Here come the rumours, blog bull and innuendo that so sadly surround the wayward, the struggling and the conflicted.

Seven games into the NHL season and the Calgary Flames are all of the above, prompting the rumour mill to pump out pulp fiction.

The latest laughable link to the Flames suggests perhaps Daniel Alfredsson would be the object of the team’s desires at some point down the road.

More Rumors from Lebrun

LeBrun: I heard from sources on other teams Monday that Gauthier was phoning around looking for help on defense. The thing is, he’s not alone. Tampa and the New York Rangers are among the other teams also looking for blue-line help. It just so happens that Cody Franson is available in Toronto, although I’m not sure whether any of those three teams has interest in him.

Columbus bringing back Ken Hitch*****??

Plenty of rumours that Columbus ownership is considering forcing a change behind the bench — bringing back Ken Hitch*****. The team is paying him $1.3 million on a deal ending after this season.

What will Connolly's debut mean for Leafs?

Now that there is a “when” for Tim Connolly’s debut as a Maple Leaf, the team must prepare to answer the follow-up questions that go with the news.

It is expected the team’s big free-agent acquisition will be in the lineup here on Thursday when the Leafs face the Rangers.

With Tyler Bozak also due back after missing two games with a foot injury, Leafs brass can spend part of their two off days in Manhattan determining how to re-configure the roster.