Author Archives: Trade Man
By MICHEL HEBERT, QMI AGENCY
After a long discussion with National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman last Friday, Quebec premier Jean Charest says he believes the NHL will return to Quebec City.
According to the premier, Bettman is “sincere” and wants to see a franchise return to the former home of the Nordiques. Charest noted that the “planets are aligned” in such a way that the profitability of a new professional team is no longer a question for him.
By PAT HICKEY
Andrei Markov will be back in the lineup sooner rather than later.
That’s the impression you get from talking to the veteran Canadiens defenceman.
Slumping Flyers goalie Ray Emery, who has not won a game in his last five starts, will have surgery today to repair a torn muscle in his lower abdominal wall and will miss at least six weeks, the team said.
OK I’ve read some reports that Bobby Ryan won’t be speaking to Anaheim for the rest of the season about his contract and have read that the leafs will be keeping a close eye on his progress this season as he is a rfa at seasons end..
Everyone says we wont be able to get him do to the lack of picks we have and prospects, but i have a proposal…
Hotstover Pierre LeBrun’s weekly ESPN blatherings included more rumblings that Vincent Lecavalier is unhappy in Tampa. I have no doubt Pierre is correct. Lecavalier simply does not trust Lightning management/ownership after everything that happened last year. No matter what anyone connected with that franchise says – number four was available for trade.
By Phil Coffey
Now that the NHL has seen its first coaching dismissal of the 2009-10 season, there will be an inevitable search on to see who might follow John Stevens out from behind the bench.
Don’t look at Columbus’ Ken Hitch***** as the next candidate.
The Phoenix Coyotes remain on the lookout for a veteran defenseman, but the blueline isn’t the only area the club is concerned about.
Coyotes GM Don Maloney has been searching for a new rearguard for several weeks. With more than $27 million in available cap space, the Coyotes have more than enough room to add players, but their confusing ownership situation may prevent them from making key acquisitions. Up front, Maloney wouldn’t mind adding another top-six goal-scorer and it has been widely reported that young center Peter Mueller could be made available.
Brian Campbell’s contract is the killer. His $7.14 annual salary is also his cap number, and he hasn’t justified the money. Goalie Cristobal Huet has two years and $11.25 million remaining on his contract after this season. That’s where the Blackhawks will be feeling the squeeze, even more if the cap drops after this season.
Nashville Predators GM David Poile has a couple of big issues to deal with before the trade deadline in March. Goalie Pekka Rinne, 27, who has taken over the No. 1 job with the Predators, is making $725,000 and has the potential to become a Group III unrestricted free agent on July 1 because of his age. The Predators can’t afford to let Rinne just walk away in the off-season which means Poile has to find a way to get the netminder’s signature on a long-term deal with a healthy raise. Then there’s defenceman Dan Hamhuis.
By FRANK SERAVALLI
Mike Richards was stunned.
Minutes after news broke that the Flyers decided to fire John Stevens and replace him with Peter Laviolette, both ESPN and WIP’s Howard Eskin reported that Richards relinquished his captaincy to defer to veteran Chris Pronger.