Author Archives: Trade Man

Hometown Team

Back in the day, say 50 years ago… NHL teams where built on local products. All the French players played for Montreal and all the GTA boys played for Toronto. Me and my Montreal friend are bored at work and decided to built a homegrown only team to play heads up against each other. The criterias are the player has to be HOMEGROWN or live less then a hour’s worth from downtown.

So Toronto had the GTA (excluding KW, London, Barrie, Peterborough, Hamilton to make it fair). And Montreal has the island and both north and south shores. Here are our rosters:

It's A Tight Fit With This Cap

At the age of 41, the guy certainly deserves another shot – with a roster with which he has a chance to win. . . .Sales of several NHL teams are apparently on the table right now, and must be approved by 75 percent of league owners to go through. Reportedly, the Florida Panthers have an offer of $240 million for the team, its arena and adjacent land.A deal that still seems doomed is the attempt by BlackBerry billionaire Jim Balsillie to buy the bankrupt Phoenix Coyotes and move them to Hamilton, Ontario. hl/

Minnesota shopping players?

According to spectorshockey, new Wild GM Chuck Fletcher is shopping a few of his players due to economic uncertainty.

Minnesota has always been an organization reluctant to spend to the cap and these rumours make sense. Players speculated to be on the trade block are:

Goalie Josh Harding
Centre/LW Pierre-Marc Bouchard
Enforcer Derek Boogaard
Slowly developing prospect M-A Pouliot

NHL Organization Rankings June 2009

Well the new NHL organization prospects list has been updated as of June 2nd, 2009. I know many of you think that they are over valuing the other teams and undervaluing your team, just remember they are not the biased armchair GM’s.

As Exciting as it seems!!

Like most of the Habs fans, I like the thought of Vinny LeCavalier in a MTl jersey. But, having said that, the cost would be too high for the potential rewards. Mtl is still in the enviable position of having some very good players in the pipeline as far as defence goes. Since defence is the toughest position to break into the NHL and Mtl has some holes to fill since Komisarek might leave and Brisbois, Dandenault and Bouillion should probably be gone. Schneider should also go. He was a big help down the stretch, but at his age and price, I would rather see Weber or Subban broken in instead. That leaves Markov, Hamrlik, Gorges, and O’Byrne. Hamrlik is a great mentor, but at this point should be a # 5, possibly a #4 d-man. If O’Byrne isn’t traded before the season starts, he will need to have a great camp and pre-season, or he will be gone. If you count Markov as the # 1 guy and Gorges as the #4, then a #2 and a #3 guy are required. Beauchemin may be a good choice for the 3 spot if his knee is sound. Bowmeester hasn’t shown me that he is a truely worthy of his status on the free agent market, but I’d like to see him in Mtl in the number 2 spot and then see! Emelin will be at camp if you can believe what is reported so that will put a lot of pressure on O’Byrne at al having Subban, Weber, Emelin and possibly McDonough knocking on the door.

How to Land a Star

I’ve always wondered what it would take to acquire those “untouchable” players in the NHL. Act as the GM of your favourite team (or of any team I guess) and try to land the game’s biggest stars. I’ll be Peter Chiarelli of the Bruins trying to land Sidney Crosby. NTC’s and realism do not apply.

Second NHL team in Toronto?

The Toronto Star’s Kevin McGran is reporting that a news conference will be held today (June 5th, 2009) to unveil plans of building a new arena and getting an NHL expansion team in Toronto by 2012.

Flyers to sign Emery

Tim Panachio of is reporting that the signing of Ray Emery is imminent. J.P. Barry, Emery`s agent, stated that he is confident that a deal will get done soon. The Flyers GM, Paul Holmgren has confirmed that discussions have been held between the two camps as of late, but has refused to comment on what exactly has been discussed.

What If?….

What if the salary cap didn’t exist and you were the GM of you favorite team? What would you do with your team? I’ve got a wild spin on the Bruins here, and while it certainly is 100% guaranteed to not happen, it still looks pretty good.

Hossa to be locked up by Detroit after Cup Final

According to Micahel Farber of CNNSI, Marian Hossa will likely be signing a long-term deal with the Red Wings once the Stanley Cup Finals are over. Farber is speculating that it will be around 7 years.

Chris Neil to Toronto Maple Leafs?

The Maple Leafs are reportedly one team interested in unrestricted free agent Chris Neil who the Ottawa Sun has reported will not likely return to the Senators next year.

Centers situation in Montreal?

It is known or most likely that Saku Koivu won’t be back next season and that the Habs will need help at center since Robert Lang will also be leaving as he said he wanted to play for a stronger team. So who will be Montreal’s 4 center next year? Personnaly “I” think Thomas Plekanec will get back on track and become our new #1 center “UNTIL” we find a better condidat, Cause “I” doubt we will find a better center than Thomas Plekanec on the UFAs, Unless the Habs make a trade to get that big 1st line center they’ve been looking for desperately.
But then again I don’t see how the habs could trade for a center better than Plekanec without dismantling the whole team. Lets see who has been mentioned in the past few weeks.

Inconsistent Calls

Watching last nights game became more and more frustrating as the clock wound down. It never ceases to amaze me how the refereeing changes from the first three rounds into the Stanley Cup Finals. I’m a believer that the game should be called the same way throughout the playoffs but that’s not even the biggest issue here.