Author Archives: Trade Man

Why Jay-Bo, I say go cheap

I know Jay Bowmeester is a very very good and complete D-man. But for teams interested, he is going to cost an arm and a leg. You are looking at a 1st round pick, a high end prospect, and a decent roster player. So if the Habs are interested it would cost them a 1st, someone like Pacioretty or Maxwell, and a Higgins or S.Kostitsyn. That is a high price to pay for a guy who could walk at the end of the season. Montreal also has to sign Komisarek long term and he will cost cost between 4-5 million per. To sign Bowmeester long term will cost over 6 million per, and with Markov, Hamrlik, soon to be Komisarek making over 5 million, The habs can’t afford Bowmeester long term.

Something has to be done

The sharks are sitting top the western division by about 5 points but their recent play as been nothing more then pathetic. Ever since JR went down, they’ve been playing mediocre hockey. Therefore something needs to be done. I feel we have 4 main issues. They are

My Evaluation On The Leafs Roster

This is an evaluation that who I think will get traded and who will stay in Toronto:

Vesa Toskala- He gets paid $4M, he’s not showing he’s worth that right now. He’s not a goaltender who can steal games for the Leafs, he will most likely be traded.

Curtis Joseph- Rumors are he could retire, I dont think he will. He will probably play 1 more year with the Leafs and then retire.

Get Ready Get Set – Winter Classic 09 is here

Happy New Year – The 2008/2009 Winter classic happens today in the windy city. In this post have your say about the winter classic … what are your thoughts about it … and predict what you think the score will be.

Islanders to move veteran player Doug Weight?

The New York Post speculates that Islanders veteran Doug Weight may be traded because of the Islanders present standing and the return that they could get prior to the trade deadline.

Sweeden prospects look bright for Ottawa Senators Future

Andre Petersson and Erik Karlsson have been great the WJHC so far and their play is what Ottawa will need next season. Both are eligable to come over and play in the NHL.

Just crazy enough to work

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of serious trade talks so far this year and this may be because most teams don’t have compatible trade partners. But there are two teams out there that both have glaring needs and both have what the others would want, I’m talking about Pittsburgh and Columbus. Here are two teams that should be talking because they have what each other wants. In Columbus their needs are obvious, a number one center and a PP quarterback. Pittsburgh on the other hand is in desperate need of a scoring winger to help out Crosby on the top line. They also happen to be over stocked with number one centers and PP quarterbacks. With Crosby, Malkin and Stall all playing for this team it is painfully obvious that somebody has to be moved and the only logical choice is Stall. Sure he plays a solid checking role but he is destined for so much more and from what we’ve seen so far he isn’t a very good winger. Because of this, he will never find a role on the top two lines not to mention he is in line for a nice raise this summer. Pittsburgh also has four offensive defensemen roaming their back end when Gonchar comes back. Both Letang and Goligoski have shown that they have the tools to be contributors not only in the future but in the present as well. Now don’t get me wrong Whitney is an excellent D-man but the Pens have shown that in his absence they can still be a good team.

Canucks Acquire LaBarbera from Kings

As per TSN:
“The Vancouver Canucks added some goaltending insurance Tuesday, acquiring Jason LaBarbera from the Los Angeles Kings for a seventh-round pick in the 2009 NHL entry draft.”

Jason is expected to take one Curtis Sanford’s job (holding the team together until Luongo returns) after Sanford sustained a groin injury Tuesday.

Evaluating Leafs Tradables

It seems likely that Kaberle will agree to be traded and if not he goes in the off season. Damien Cox feels Antropov will definitely go, he writes in his blog: “I agree Antropov is a good player. But right now, would you want to sign him for 5-7 years for between $5-6 million per season? That’s what it would take to get him to skip unrestricted free agency at this point. I just don’t see him as a player you would want to commet $30-40 million to, and the Leafs just can’t afford to lose yet another veteran asset without getting something significant in return. So Antropov has to go before the deadline

John Tavares: The best since the great one

Anyone remember what I said about Cindy and AO Before they got into the NHL? Wasn’t a huge fan of either of them. AO I’m a fan of now. Still hate Cindy. He’s better than I expected, still don’t like him. In fact, I’m always skeptical of NHL prospects. But John Tavares is different

Merry Christmas

We here at Hockey Trade Rumors would like to take this time to say “Merry Christmas.” Best wishes and happy holidays. If you are interested why don;t you take a minute to let the rest of us know what items Santa brought for you.

Again Merry Christmas- Best Regards,
Trade Man – Owner – HTR

Gaborik on the move to Atlanta ?

There have been rumblings about a potential trade for Marian Gaborik. The london Free press is reporting that Minnesota could be having talks with Atlanta in a trade that would involve Gaborik and defenseman Kim Johnsson for Ilya Kovalchuk and Colby Armstrong.

Heres the link

Sens and Stars strive for Shakeup

Without a doubt the two teams that are underachieving the worst thus far are perenial powers Dallas Stars and Ottawa Senators, who currently sit 25th and 26th in league standings respectively.

The Stars came into the season as a Cup contender building on a superb playoff drive that saw them defeat the powerful Ducks and Sharks only to fall to the Red Wings.

The Senators are 16 months removed from a Stanley Cup final appearance and despite their late season struggles last year, were still billed as a playoff team.

Both of these teams return virtually the same rosters they had from their respective highpoints so might still feel they have a shot at the playoffs and are looking to shake things up rather then liquidate assets and rebuild. This is where they could help each other.