Author Archives: Trade Man
A year after Nik Antropov was shipped out of Toronto, will his buddy Alexei Ponikarovsky also be on the move come the March trade deadline?
If Maple Leafs president Brian Burke does, in fact, hold on to slick puck-moving defenceman Tomas Kaberle, there are indications from around the league that Ponikarovsky would be the one remaining Toronto player who would fetch the most in a deal.
Georges Laraque will not play another game with the Montreal Canadiens.
On Wednesday, the Hurricanes named Eric Staal the team’s new captain and also asked leading scorer Ray Whitney and defenceman Niclas Wallin to waive their no trade clauses.
While general manager Jim Rutherford says he expects the team to compete for the rest of the season, he indicated that he’ll likely trade away some veteran players before the March 3 deadline.
The danger in evaluating the individual components of a ruined hockey season sometimes lies in assessing too much value to the few who have actually performed well.
I know it doesn’t matter in the real world of sports, but I like Marty Turco.
He’s a good guy who does a lot of good things for a lot of people. He donates time and money to charity. He believes it’s part of his job to sell the South on hockey. He finds ways to make his job fun.
By MICHAEL RUSSO
Right winger Petr Sykora passed through waivers without being claimed Wednesday and will now stay away from the Wild until his future is crystalized.
With the help of agent Allan Walsh, General Manager Chuck Fletcher is trying to trade Sykora and appeared to be getting closer Wednesday.
Yes I know, the season isn’t over, the Leafs can still make a miraculous run to the playoffs and end the 40 year drought, yeah yeah yeah. Anyone who has watched this team without Leaf goggles on knows that they are absolutely hopeless. The goal scoring this year has been decent, the defense has been improving, and the goaltending has been horrendous. Gustovsson plays respectably, but he is not good enough to make this team respectable. Toskala has been terrible, no other word for it, we can usually count on him for one weak goal per game if not more. But with every problem comes a solution, and whadda ya know? Another Leaf article giving one.
Anyways, the Leafs off-season wish list is long, and it will take a lot of signings or trades to get it done. Assuming they don’t resign any UFAs here is what they need.
Will the Red Wings be active at the March 3 trade deadline?
Will Nicklas Lidstrom retire after the season?
Jed Ortmeyer got his first goal in 28 games, Scott Nichol his first in 27, Rob Blake his first in 17, Manny Malhotra in 12 . . .
And on it went for the San Jose Sharks on Monday night as they fattened up on the Calgary Flames while setting a franchise record of having eight different players score during that 9-1 victory.
This was the sort of breakout game the Flames had hoped for, a game where players like Nigel Dawes, Eric Nystrom, Jarome Iginla and Daymond Langkow would break out of prolonged goal-scoring slumps.
Thrashers sniper may price himself right out of Atlanta
By LANCE HORNBY, TORONTO SUN
A Maple Leafs fan with a big imagination has already trumpeted via e-mail next season’s supposed weapon of mass destruction: A Special K line of Ilya Kovalchuk, Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel.