Author Archives: Trade Man

Ice Age: Talking trades or the lack thereof

You never say never in this business and anyone who disputes that notion can look back on Aug. 9, 1988 — the day Wayne Gretzky was traded to Los Angeles.

Sens goalies struck down

The Senators’ muddled goaltending situation took a bizarre twist yesterday.

Less than 24 hours after goalie coach Eli Wilson was fired, Pascal Leclaire suffered what coach Cory Clouston called a “mild concussion” after taking a shot in the head during the morning skate and backup Brian Elliott was too ill to make last night’s start against the Rangers.

Kovalchuk deal may tempt Isles

The Islanders have managed to become relevant this season, despite the absence of an established goal scorer.

But GM Garth Snow may be in the market to change that, if Atlanta’s star left wing Ilya Kovalchuk is made available before the March 3 trade deadline, a source told The Post yesterday.

Svatos on the block

Talking to some sources around the league of late, and one thing has been brought to my attention: Marek Svatos is definitely available at a decent offer. Maybe just an OK offer. He’s a guy in the last year of his contract, making pretty good money, who isn’t playing right now and wants to play. So this is no huge scoop, but there are some talks going on between the Avs and a few teams with some interest.

Kovalchuk, Ovechkin to KHL?

Could the lure of $20 million a season cause Ilya Kovalchuk to leave the NHL and return home to play in the KHL?

At least one NHL general manager thinks it is possible.

Leafs Kaberle says trade rumours are false

If Tomas Kaberle were involved in as many scoring plays as trade rumours, he would have won the Art Ross Trophy by now.

Peppered yesterday with queries about his potential willingness to be dealt from the Maple Leafs, a defiant Kaberle insisted he has not been approached by general manager Brian Burke about being moved.

A LOOK AT THE 2010 OLYMPIC HOCKEY POWER'S ROSTERS

With the Olympics just weeks away, let’s look at just what kind of fire power all the “Hockey powers” have to bring to the games. I also took the liberty of what the end result might be as far as medals. So tell me what you all think and who might pose the biggest challenge for who i believe will be the gold medalist, TEAM CANADA.

(Note: all the listed line combinations are what i believe will be the most likely combos coaches might put together. Also pay no attention to line numbers as i have not indicated Line 1, Line 2 etc…..)

Oilers' Souray wants out

In 2007, star defenseman Sheldon Souray(notes) signed a five-year, $27 million contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Now Souray apparently would like to escape Edmonton. He let the team know last week that he would waive his no-trade clause, according to the Hockey News.

Back surgery likely for Khabby

Edmonton Oilers goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is expected to have his herniated disc surgically repaired.

An announcement could come as early as today, after Khabibulin recently consulted with a surgeon in Denver.

Demitra, Johnson close to returning

Pavol Demitra and Ryan Johnson took part in the Canucks full practice Tuesday evening at St. Paul.