Author Archives: Trade Man

Why Can Montreal Goalies Never Realize Their Potential?

Since Patrick Roy was traded from the Montreal Canadiens to the Colorado Avalanche during the 1995-96 season, there have been a parade of highly touted youngsters tending goal for Les Habitants. The problem is that few have them have ever been able to turn their potential into consistently good results for an extended period of time. Why is this?

Playoff predictions

With the playoffs around the corner, lets say the teams that are in Playoff positions keep it. in the east, we’d have:

Boston vs Carolina, New Jersey vs NY Rangers, Washington vs Montreal, and Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh.

in the west we’d have:

Financial Uncertainty To Be Felt by NHL Free Agency?

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.

Speed Kills!

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!

A look at the 2009 free agent listing

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

Could Tavares Hold Out?

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.

Cap Casualties

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.

Islanders to me moved?

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.”

Carbonneau FIRED!

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.

Jagr to the Oilers???? Next Season

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.

Things looking up in oil country

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 gets an A?

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?

Ho-Hum Leaf Management Bails on Season

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.