Author Archives: Trade Man

Markov , Schneider gone! So are hopes?

Andrei markov is out for three weeks with a knee injury and Mathieu Schneider is gone for the season with shoulder surgery on the way.
What does this do the the habs post season chances.

News on Darcy Tucker

The Toronto Sun is reporting on the possibility that Darcy Tucker may have his contract bought out by the Avalanche at the end of the season.

Hawks working on a contract with Havlat

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the Black Hawks are in discussions with Martin Havlat about a new deal. HTR notes that it is well known that Havlat is set to become an unrestricted free agent on July first.

Ilya Bryzgalov to be shopped?

Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun is reporting that Ilya Bryzgalov is falling out of favour with the Coyotes and could be shopped. Ilya Bryzgalov has been replaced in recent games by prospect Al Montoya who has gone 2-0.

Oilers Prospect Omark being chased by Russian team

The Edmonton Journal is reporting that Oilers super prospect Linus Omark is being chased by a team in the Russian KHL.

Leafs 2009 Draft

It looks like because of a number of wins in the last month the leafs will end up drafting in the 5-8 range. Who would you take around here. In my opinion the leafs should pick Brayden Schenn. He is a good 2-way player. He is physical and would only get better playing with his older brother. Who would you pick.

Bruins Resign Thomas

The Bruins just resigned G Tim Thomas to a reported 4 year deal worth $20 million.

I think this is terrific value for Thomas when you consider that Backstrom recently got $6 million a year, and some of the other signings in the past (ie. Khabibulin). I only worry about the cap situation with Krejci and Kessel next year, but if Thomas is willing to sign for that much money you have to take it.


Kevin Lowe handed the reigns over a year too late. By the time this team is ready to win, the vets will be long gone (or shells of themselves). He moved 3 key core roll players last summer that this team could desparatly use.

Leafs Set To Sign Tyler Bozak

According to Damian Cox of, and according to, the Toronto Maple Leafs are about to sign prospect Tyler Bozak as a free agent.

Bozak was one of the half dozen highly sought after US College free agents that have become available in recent weeks. Bozak was on the Leafs radar as well as several other teams, but according to Cox, its Toronto who has won the bidding for Bozak’s services.

Leafs sign Hanson to Two Year Entry Level Contract is reporting that Christian Hanson has signed a two-year entry level contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“We are excited to have Christian signed to a contract, and look forward to seeing him play for our organization,” said president and general manager Brian Burke in a media release. “He is a very intelligent hockey player who has good size and a solid scoring touch around the net.”
The son of Dave Hanson of the famed Hanson brothers from the move “Slap Shot”, Christian is a centreman with the NCAA’s Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
At 6’4″ and 225 pounds, the 23-year-old Hanson is considered to be a sturdy two-way centre who scored 16 goals and 15 assists for 31 points in 37 games for the Fighting Irish this season.

Hanging on by a thread…off-season

Right now the Habs are playing better, but are still not to where they need to be! If they can keep making progress and win the majority of their remaining games, they should make it, especially if a couple of teams chasing them stumble.

Coach of the Year…. Who get's it?

Who should win the Jack Adams this year? It’s a tough call, who do you give it to? My pick might suprise you a bit, but it might not.

Chicago's Goaltending Situation

There has been something bothering me over the past little while with regards to the Chicago BlackHawks goaltending situation.

Before the start of the year, Chicago signed Cristobal Huet to a 4 year deal worth 5.6 million dollars/year, but when they signed Huet to that deal they still had Nikolai Khabibulin with a 1 year deal left at 6.75 million dollars. Now that being said, I’m going to assume that when they signed Huet to that deal, they figured he was going to be the #1 goaltender for them. I’m not going to take away what Khabibulin has done this year, but it seems like Chicago is going with Khabibulin for the most part for the rest of the season into the playoffs, even though they signed Huet in the off season to take over the number 1 job and take this team to the next level.