Author Archives: Trade Man
Kovalchuk decision looming: analysts
A decision by Atlanta forward Ilya Kovalchuk on his future is coming soon.
Watch for a full-fledged goaltending controversy in Montreal
MICHAEL RUSSO, Star Tribune
General Manager Chuck Fletcher said he won’t make any panic moves for quick fixes.
“I don’t think we want to react to the injuries and say we have to make a trade and fill those holes,” Fletcher said. “If we can do something that makes sense from a longer-term perspective, we would do it. But I don’t think we’ll look to move assets or make a trade to do something short-term.”
Maple Leafs and Blackhawks could help each other out
The other day, I read a proposal about the Leafs taking Campbell’s lengthy contract off the Hawks salary capped hands and my immediate gut reaction was an emphatic “no way”. I figured it would push the Leafs too high to the cap limit for too long, dampening their chances of spending money where it is more needed besides another defenceman.
6 games and counting. Goals Against doubled up the goals for. Last in the entire league. No catch net below the tight rope we walk. These are the thing facing Leaf nation. Everything seems so bleak and doom is being preached by every leaf hater, Toronto media and pessimistic leaf fans. It seems like all hope is gone. But is it.
The first thing you do when you take over an organization or start a new season is you put together a plan.
Here is the Stars’ plan for goaltenders.
By ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA
Since his arrival in Toronto, Phil Kessel’s workload has been relegated mostly to the treadmill and post-practice solo skates as he recovers from a shoulder injury.
Pens defenseman kicks cold, talks contract
Burke won’t wait forever for shake-up
Can’t give up on Huet just yet
Brad Ziemer, Vancouver Sun
While there was no official word out of the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday, it seems career injury No. 38 for defenceman Sami Salo will be like many of the 37 that preceded it.
By LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA
Since the verbal warning shots were having no effect, Ron Wilson took aim with his pen and struck off the names of high-profile forwards Matt Stajan and Niklas Hagman from the Maple Leafs lineup last night.
With a 0-5-1 record, its maybe time for a coaching change in Toronto.
Yes, its only been 88 games into Ron Wilson’s career as coach of the Maple Leafs but already he appears to have lost the attention of the players.
While the demise of the team early this season is not all his doing, he is part of the problem. And as the old saying goes, its easier to can the coach than dump 20 players, especially in a cap world.