Author Archives: Trade Man

Rumor: Gagner and Omark Available

I’ve heard from two different people today that the Oilers are shopping Sam Gagner and Linus Omark in an effort to acquire a Top 4 puck-moving defenseman. In respect to both players, they are being made available because of the depth the Oilers have, and the team’s need to get bigger up front.

Identifying early-season trade candidates

During the first few weeks of the season, most general managers will be in full evaluation mode. Once November hits, the most aggressive teams will start addressing early-season issues. Last November, Ryan O’Byrne, Ian White, Anton Babchuk, Matt Hunwick, Tomas Fleischmann and Scott Hannan were among the notable players involved in a fall trade.

Don Cherry must apologize or could face lawsuit: sources

Accusing hockey’s best-known commentator of “a complete lack of decency,” three former NHL enforcers have raised the spectre of legal action against Don Cherry for controversial comments he made last week.

On Tuesday morning, the Nashville-based law firm Kay, Griffin, Enkema & Colbert released a statement saying former NHL players Chris Nilan, Jim Thomson and Stu Grimson are “considering further recourse” with regard to a rant Cherry made on Hockey Night in canada, calling these players “pukes,” “hypocrites” and “turncoats.”

Kadri speeds back

Ron Wilson has been caught off-guard by Nazem Kadri’s speed.

His recovery speed, that is.

“The little bastard is back faster than I was led to believe,” Wilson said lightheartedly after watching Kadri work out with the team on Monday.

Are there any interesting players out there for the Stars to add?

As we referenced earlier, the Stars are in jeopardy of slipping beneath the salary cap floor when healthy, and are looking for a player to add who could help the team and boost the payroll.

So who could be available?

It appears that for a new player to help the floor situation, he would have to make $1.2 million or more a year. Young winger Tomas Vincour is on a two-way contract, so he would be the candidate to move to the AHL to make way for a more expensive player. Because Vincour makes $800,000 a year and because the Stars could fall about $300,000 under the floor (it’s a complicated formula in which that number changes daily, but that’s pretty close), the Stars need to add a pretty healthy paycheck.