Author Archives: Trade Man

Should Ottawa start to rebuild?

The question is simple: should the senators make a trade for a puck moving defenseman (and possibly others) to make the playoffs, or become sellers? Over the years, Ottawa’s success in the regular season diminished their prospect pool, not only with poor draft positioning but buying at the deadline. (2nd rounder for arnason, 2nd rounder for saprykin, 2 2nd rounders for bondra). Not only that, but their scouting and development has become increasingly poor. With the exception of (possibly) Zubov in the minors, there arent many jewels for ottawa drafted past the second round.
Now, salary cap reality has shown us that you can’t win without youth. Youth are enthusiastic, energetic, built for the new NHL, but most of all, they are cheaper than veterans. Getzlaf and Perry in anaheim were underpaid given their contributions. Zetterberg was paid 2.7 million last year (he’s not as young, but you get the picture). Heatley and Spezza were paid 4.5 million 2 years ago. Lets not forget Staal in carolina, crosby and malkin in pittsburgh, etc.

Habs Minor/Major Adjustments

Here is just a thought as to what the HABS could do to changing things up by the numbers with 1.550 Cap space.
If they were to try to sign Sundin

Is Havlat on his way out ???

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is reporting that the Black Hawks may be looking to deal Martin Havlat.

Problems brewing in SJ

San Jose is a solid team. They do have one glaring weakness. There 3rd line. Now my suggestion? Very simple. TRADE CHEECHOO!!! I dont care what his value is get rid of him. Dump him to another team. He should not be in SJ any more. Sure he won a Rocket Richard with 56 goals. He hasnt scored more then 30 in 2 years! He is injury prone lazy and frankly could cost us the cup. Trade him to a team desperate for scoring. Say Ottawa as a possibility. I say get a 2nd and maybe a 4th. Remember this team is desperate and would be willing to take a chance on him.

Recent Trade Rumors

Bruce Garrioch of the Toronto Sun provides his speculation regarding Mats Sundin, the Canucks, Panthers, Rangers and he also speculates that the Thrashers may be ready to trade both Kovalchuk and Mathieu Schneider.

Vrbata and Gratton waived by Tampa

Poor Tampa and their new owners. They had such high hopes for this season but now they’re losing money and trying to move some guys who have been dead weight so far this year. RDS.ca has reported that Vrbata and Gratton have been placed on waivers

Sundin to make up his mind soon

A bunch of media outlets are reporting that the Mats Sundin situation is drawing near, it is reported that he will make his decision by December the 15th.

The Ship Continues to Sink

As you all know the New York Rangers came flying out of the opening gate to start the season……but

Something other than fantasy updates and leaf articles.

Fantasy Hockey: Around the Western Conference

Written by Joe Cutroni, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer

December 5, 2008

HIGHLIGHTS: Joe Cutroni provides an inside look at who’s hot and who’s not around the Western Conference to give you the edge you need in your fantasy hockey league.

Statistics referenced are current as of December 4, 2008.

Fantasy Hockey: Eastern Conference Scene

Fantasy Hockey: Eastern Conference Scene

Written by Frank Mazzola, Rotoexperts.com Staff Writer

HIGHLIGHTS: Frank Mazzola takes a look at the NHL’s Eastern Conference and keeps you up to date on the latest developments.

Sucess with roster suffling… Habs ready for trade

With coach Carboneau’s seemingly successful line shuffling, fans now have a better idea of who might be expendable for a trade. Are players like Higgins worth more on the team or on the block?

Is it time to trade Kovalchuk?

Mark Bladley of AJC suggests that it is time for the Thrashers to trade Kovalchuk.

And the riggin' continues…

About a month ago, the NHL decided to remove a good chunk of votes towards Habs players for the All-Star game based on the fact that some motivated fans had tricked the vote with automated scripts. Subsequently, the NHL decided to add a “Captcha” software to prevent fans from using cheating methods to get their favorite players to the All-Star game…

For some reason, in the past few days, the Penguins players on the All-Star ballot have been performing through the roof! Well it seems that some Pens fans have found a more sophisticated way to keep the riggin’ rollin’. Click on the link below and go at the bottom of the page.