Author Archives: Trade Man

Canucks Survey

So how does McCabe stack up?

Some people here feel McCabe is a tier 1 D-man, others say he is tier 2. Most people feel the money he is getting paid is excessive.

So, how does he stack up statistcally against the other “top tier” D-men over the last 3 years…

2006 Free Agent Listing

This listing is the complete package. A total listing of UFA’s, RFA’s and signed players. A must see.

The latest update by Cory Brolund of his Free Agent list. Just in time for the UFA shopping season starting on July 1, 06.

Enjoy the list.

05-06 Rangers Offseason Reviews

Team: New York Rangers

Record: 44-26-12

Conference Rank: 6

Point Leaders: Jaromir Jagr 54G-69A-123P

Aebischer to sign with the Habs ?

According to the RDS Broadcasting and LCN ( Quebec news channel ), David Aebischer is going to receive a 1 year / 2 millions offer from Bob Gainey.

Canucks to sign Luongo to long term deal.

As reported on TSN it appears the Canucks are close to signing Roberto Luongo to a 4 year 28 million dollar contract. While Nonis is playing a little coy I think the deal is as close as the sources are mentioning.

Canadiens Poll

Leafs Defence core

With McCabe signed on it seems very unlikely that the pronger door will open, but thats not to say that the leafs defence core wont get a free agent boost.

McCabe signs with Leafs

TSN is reporting that McCabe has quit toying around with the Leafs and has accepted the 5.7 million per year for 5 years offer.

The Curse of LEAFdom and the Bad Sports Writer!

LEAF fans should wary about the information circulating in their Hometown.

Note: I nearly died of a stroke when I read the article in question.

Pohl hits the Net!

AS of 1:22PM I heard an Interview of John Ferguson Jr. on AM 640 LEafs Lunch.

JFJ has signed John Pohl to a two year, ONE WAY, contract. Money was undisclosed.

Montreal's Offseason Goals

The Montreal Canadiens maintained their status as a playoff team this year; despite a rollercoaster ride that saw head coach Claude Julien fired, former MVP Jose Theodore traded and former top liner Richard Zednik as a healthy scratch. Luckily for the Habs; replacements for these players were found. Chris Higgins shone alongside Saku Koivu; Cristobal Huet became a star after being fleeced from Los Angeles, and Gainey himself stepped behind the bench.

But what moves does the club need to make to continue their eventual road to the elusive 25th Stanley Cup?

Lidstrom, Wings close in on deal

According to, the Red Wings are close to re-signing defenseman Niklas Lidstrom.

Lidstrom is one of several players set to become an UFA on July 1.

Predators RFAs and UFAs

As reported in the Tennessean this morning (Article Link):

The Predators have made qualifying offers to 10 restricted free agents: forwards Greg Classen, Martin Erat, Adam Hall, Scott Hartnell, David Legwand, Libor Pivko, Jordin Tootoo and Brandon Segal and defensemen Sheldon Brookbank and Dan Hamhuis.

Havlat for Toskala?

According to The Score, the San Jose Sharks are expected to deal goaltender Vesa Toskala to the Ottawa Senators for right winger Martin Havlat.

Sullivan Gone

Espn reports that the Bruins have fire Head Coach Mike Sullivan

Pronger is the key if used in the right door…

With rumours heating up regarding Chris Pronger, I thought I would take some time to share my view on the situation. I read that Tomas Kaberle is furious that the Leafs would incorporate his name in trade rumours. Frankly, so am I. We have taken years to develop a player (Kaberle) that was drafted in the 8th round, 204th overall. How many players can the Leafs say they chose that late in the draft and are all-star caliber today. Not too many.

HABS: David Aebischer + draft pick for Martin St. Louis ???

According to several reports including the Team 990 in Montreal and La Presse, the Montreal Canadiens are about to pull the trigger on a deal that would send G David Aebischer and a 2nd round draft pick to Tampa Bay for speedy scorer Martin St. Louis.

Cuban to invest in the Penguins

According to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review Pittsburgh native and current Dallas Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban has joined a group headed by Andrew Murstein to purchase the Penguins and with the intent the team stays in the Burgh. Pittsburgh native and formed NFL qb Dan Marino is also rumored to be part of the Murstein group to buy the Pens and keep them in Pittsburgh.

Bondra to Retire? is reporting that Thrashers GM Don Waddell says he expects Bondra to retire.