Author Archives: Trade Man
If you’ve been living under a rock, maybe you don’t know about the economic turmoil we’re stuck in. The recession has impacted every sector of our society, and the NHL and sports is no exception. This summer might go down as very unusual because of these tough economic times.
Either way you look at it speed kills! When a team has speed and uses it to their advantage by putting in the effort, they are extremely hard to stop. When they don’t use it and put in the effort, the blade cuts the other way!
With all the excitement of this years NHL Stanley cup playoffs, were yet to read about whats equally important and that is this years Free Agent cast which arguably will include some great stars and an interesting draft scenario as well. I’ve compiled what i thought was a important list of available talents around the league and or teams projects in a retention system they will try and follow
The similarities between John Tavares and another former Oshawa General, Eric Lindros, may not end with them playing on the same junior team and being highly touted phenoms in their draft year.
Something to ponder is whether Tavares will mirror Lindros and perhaps decide to not play for the NY Islanders (or another failing franchise), should the Isles win the draft lottery.
He is the consensus number 1 pick but he may never suit up for the team that chooses him first overall.
First the Washington Times reported on it, and now TSN is covering it as well. Many NHL teams will be facing a cap crisis either this summer, or the next. The past few seasons have demonstrated the financial woes teams suffer after achieving some degree of success, and most predict this off-season will be no different.
The Toronto Star is reporting that “Forget the Phoenix Coyotes, the Nashville Predators or any of the other NHL teams in the American Sunbelt: the next team to move just might be the New York Islanders, with their most likely destination being Kansas City.”
Guy Carbonneau has been fired as the head coach of the Montreal Canadiens. Bob Gainey will now take over as head coach of the fifth place Canadiens. The hot start has simmered for Montreal, as they are now in a battle for a playoff spot in the East.
Larry Brooks of the New York Post is reporting that Jagr was about to sign with the Oilers just prior to the trade deadline and that he is eying a return to the NHL next season and will possibly make a return to North American to play with his old coach Tom Renney in Edmonton.
With a season of dissapointment, and lack of offensive chemistry the Edmonton Oilers are on the verge of not only making the playoffs, But once again being whats know as a ” dark horse” in the Western conference.
Without having a bonified star caliber player like most teams in the league, alot of the oilers do show much needed character during the final stretch of the playoff run.
The following players ( only in my opinion ) are what has in any way kept the oilers in a playioff contention
Luke Schenn’s performance this season has been amazing. Schenn has been said to be the future of the Leafs organization. With Antropov and Moore gone as well as losing Kaberle, Van Ryn and Hagman to injury does Luke Schenn get the A? What do you think?
The trade deadline has passed, the results are in and Leaf Fans are left scratching their heads and asking, “What was all the excitement about?”
Going into the deadline, the Leafs were at a crossroads, buyers or sellers. While Burke et al. were satisfied with selling assets, only time will tell if the 2 second round picks for Moore and Antropov were worth shipping out these 2 players. The draft beyond the top 10 is a crapshoot, this is a real gamble.
The Tennessian.com is reporting that “For the first time in franchise history the Predators stood pat at the NHL trade deadline, choosing to stick with a team that has won five straight games but has struggled offensively for large chunks of the season.”
Before you shoot me down, let me just put one thing in perspective…
Gainey took over the team as general manager in 2003, after a somewhat disappointing season where they finished tenth in the Eastern Conference, with a regular season record of 30-35-8-9 for 77 points. The following four seasons, the Canadiens reached the playoffs three times, but failed to get very far, winning only one game in the second round, against Philadelphia last year.