Author Archives: Trade Man

double standard in the NHL?

Larry Brooks

It’s not that there’s a double standard when it comes to NHL supplementary discipline, it’s that there is no standard whatsoever. To wit: Georges Laraque sticks out his leg in a reflex reaction, injures Detroit defenseman Niklas Kronwall with a knee-on-knee, and receives a five-game suspension for an unintentional but reckless play. Curtis Glencross on the other hand, intentionally delivers a forearm to Chris Drury’s chin, thus concussing the Rangers center though he was nowhere near the puck, and receives a three-game suspension for his intentional and flagrant foul.

Oiler season may be over

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI

The injury to Oilers winger Ales Hemsky could be more serious than originally thought.

Habs' Markov skating, aims for January return

By Dave Stubbs

­ Andrei Markov, sidelined with a sliced tendon in his left foot since Game 1 this season, skated briefly at the Bell Sports Complex Thursday morning, for roughly 10 minutes. The Canadiens’ all-star defenceman turned a few laps earlier this week, too, but playfully wouldn’t say where.

Hard to see Hemsky hit

By DEREK VAN DIEST, SUN MEDIA

It’s never good to witness a teammate get drilled from behind.

It’s even worse when that teammate happens to be one of your best offensive players.

Brian Burke had two deals cooking with the Chicago Blackhawks

General manager Brian Burke had two deals cooking with the Chicago Blackhawks on the weekend, but they were believed to focus on defenceman Brent Sopel and were dead by Sunday. Burke has found the trading market to be a difficult one.

Goodbye Guy, hello Pouliot

PAT HICKEY

The Canadiens traded one problem child for another yesterday, sending Guillaume Latendresse and his unfulfilled potential to the Minnesota Wild for Benoit Pouliot, who arrives in Montreal with even more unfulfilled potential.

Burke itching to trigger moves

STEVE SIMMONS

Brian Burke has the go-ahead to send any Leafs player to the minors — essentially burying National Hockey League contracts — without clearing it with his bosses or the board of directors of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd.

And that could happen as soon as this week.

Would the Ducks actually trade Bobby Ryan?

By Greg Wyshynski

The news over the weekend that the Anaheim Ducks and winger Bobby Ryan(notes) have put their contract talks on hold was naturally going to lead to speculation that he’ll be on next summer’s Brian Burke free-agent buffet, and the Toronto Star didn’t disappoint.

Marian Hossa could make Chicago Blackhawks debut Wednesday

Marian Hossa was discussing the difference in the maturity level between the Blackhawks and his former team, the Red Wings, when fellow winger Dustin Byfuglien sidled up next to reporters as if to join in on the questioning.

Canadiens send Guillaume Latendresse to Minnesota

By Pat Hickey, The Gazette

The Canadiens traded one problem child for another on Monday, sending Guillaume Latendresse and his unfulfilled potential to the Minnesota Wild for Benoit Pouliot, who arrives in Montreal with even more unfulfilled potential.