Author Archives: Trade Man

Kessel Update

According to a story on, it is possible the Bruins may not re-sign Phl Kessel, but rather trade his rights to move up in the draft. With New York and Tampa Bay semmingly unwilling to trade away their picks, one possible partner mentioned was the Colorado Avalanche, who have the 3 pick. This is still not guaranteed, but the Bruins management is certainly open to other options. If the Bruins were to end up with the 3 pick, they would likely take Matt Duchene or Brayden Schenn.

Burke plucks Allaire from the Ducks

Brian Burke has succeeded in luring Fran├žois Allaire to Toronto to be the Leafs Goaltending Consultant/Coach.

According to an interview on CKAC (a french, Montreal-based, all-sports radio station), Allaire had been mulling over the idea of moving back east for the last 2 years so as to be closer to his family. Anaheim offered him a contract extension at the end of this past season, but he declined the offer and let the Ducks organization know of his wishes to move closer to home.

Who gets the A.. Team Leadership huh.. What about Neil?

So here’s something that really gets to me.. Yea I’m not liking what Heatley’s doing, but what was management thinking when they gave him the “A”, permanently?! I remember watching the first or second game since he’d been promoted; with that fancy letter on his jersey he started it off with an undisciplined 10 minute misconduct cross-check to a player the opposing team… In a close loss if I remember it right..

NHL News and Rumor Roundup – June 11, 2009

Rumours fly following Heatley’s alleged trade request

Pens will be in market for blueliner

Jacques Demers: selling a Vinny trade to fans would be difficult but doable

Game 7 – Do or Die

So it all comes down to one game.

I am at a place where I have ZERO idea who is going to win. The teams have flip flopped so much. If the pattern persists, the wings will take it. Can the Pens pull a miracle out of the hat and break their dreaded Joe Louis curse?

What are everyone’s thoughts?

Flyers to Announce Emery Deal Wednesday

The Flyers will hold a press conference Wednesday at 11 a.m., at which time general manager Paul Holmgren will announce the team has a one-year contract agreement with goalie Ray Emery.

The press conference can be seen live on and Comcast SportsNet.

The deal is reported to be worth an estimated $1.5 million, however the team cannot officially sign Emery until July 1. Emery flew from Ottawa into Philadelphia on Tuesday night while his agent, J.P. Barry, attended Game 6 of the Stanely Cup Final. Barry is expected to fly to Philadelphia in Wednesday morning.

Heatley wants out of Ottawa

As per the Ottawa Sun:
“Two league sources confirmed to Sun Media this morning that Heatley has informed Ottawa GM Bryan Murray he’d like to be dealt. It’s believed Heatley has a rocky relationship with coach Cory Clouston and would like to be moved so that he can get more an opportunity to play.”

Leafs-Rangers rumor

This is a rumor I came across while routinely surfing the net.

Darren Dreger of TSN apparently reported on the air that NY Rangers GM Glen Sather has made an offer to the Maple Leafs’ Brian Burke as follows:

To Toronto: Wade Redden, Brandon Dubinsky, and Marc Staal

To New York: Tomas Kaberle, Anton Stralman, and this year’s first round (7th overall) pick

NHL News and Rumor Roundup – June 9, 2009


Battle over Coyotes comes to a head

Leafs done with Cujo

June 8 Rumor Roundup

Phoenix Coyotes’ mess heads to court

Long line for vacant GM position in Florida

The goalie roulette continues for Flyers

Hawks winger presents long-term solution to Crosby line dance

Next Years Northwest Division…

Before you start reading this I must point out to everyone that I am a Canucks fan… (Not one of the stupid ones)

I don’t know if there are other people out there that feel the same way as I do, but i truly believe this is something that will happen next season…

#1, #2, #3 – take your pick

With tough decisions for the top 3 teams at this years entry draft, I have compiled a list of the last 20 (from ’89 to ’08) top 3 picks in each draft and broken them down into a team. A fun look at the value of a #1 and how these picks pan out.

Definetly the #1 overall team has the best group of forwards, but the #3 overall team has the best group of Defenman. The #2 team overall may have the best well rounded talent from top to bottom. Vote below on which team you think is best.

Everyone gets it but you

Will it be Tavares or Hedman? The answer may not be certain but one thing is! Year in and year out, Gary Bettman is heckled every year during any appearances on stage at the NHL draft. I can’t help but wonder if this guy gets it or not. He has become the George Bush of hockey, it’s quite obvious no one supports you mr. Bettman but you just keep doing it; pissing people off. Although it seems he isn’t about to expand the NHL, just the small stories here and there about possible future expansion to places such as Las Vegas just shows how this guy really doesn’t get. I mean forget expansion, the NHL should get rid of 2-4 teams.