Author Archives: Trade Man

Kessel effect could have unexpected consequences

By Damien Cox

To lock up Phil Kessel for five seasons, the Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment condo developers surrendered $27 million, and right now that looks like an equitable deal in today’s NHL for an explosive offensive player.

Wild fire: Gear gone, but game goes on

Players must break in new equipment for tonight’s contest in Ottawa.

By MICHAEL RUSSO, Star Tribune

The Minnesota Wild has been the hottest team in the National Hockey League’s Western Conference since mid-November, but it was taken to a new extreme Friday.

Time to Toss Toskala

Time has come and passed and Vesa Toskala has proven that he needs-no HAS to be tossed to the wayside. After three years of getting progressively worse, he has hit rock bottom.

Rich Hofmann: It's no time for a Flyers' panic move

IT HAS come to this: that a good effort, one point out of two, a shootout loss at home to the Pittsburgh Penguins, is being viewed as a step in the right direction for the Flyers. Such is their current state. Such is their fragility.

The last thing they need now is a trade.

Rangers show life (for one game) as crybaby Redden sits

Yes, Virginia, there is a Glen Sather, and he is the Rangers’ GM this morning, just as he will be tomorrow morning, and the morning after that and the morning after that regardless of the outcome of any individual game or sets of games.

Waddell says report of Kovalchuk impasse ‘false'

Chris Vivlamore

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell claimed a report stating that negotiations with star player Ilya Kovalchuk were at an impasse is “certainly false.”

The Kessel Trade – 3 Months Later

Alright. It has been just about 3 months since one of the biggest blockbusters of the off-season went down. After a few weeks of rumors, Burke finalized a trade which acquired a young, goal scoring phenom and signed him long term. Oh yeah, and he gave up a 2010 1st, 2nd, and 2011 1st. It is a steep, steep price, and with Kessel being injured for the first month of the season, and the Leafs having a horrendous 0-7-1 start to the season, Leaf fans were not happy about the deal.

Tick, tock. Tick, tock.

Frank Seravalli

That noise?

Oh, that’s the ticking time bomb inside the Flyers’ locker room.

You may not need to wait much longer for the shoe to drop with this Flyers team; they could be within hours of a major implosion.

Tortorella must lay down law

Larry Brooks

John Tortorella came to New York with a reputation as the toughest sheriff around. He was going to be the demanding presence to hold players accountable no matter the names on the backs of their sweaters or the numbers on the dotted lines of their contracts.

No Spezza — and no deal for Senators

Centre out 6-8 weeks, but Murray can’t afford to bring in replacement player