Author Archives: Trade Man

Burke : Year One

The acquisition of Phil Kessel puts the stamp on the team that Burke has been looking for, and officially concludes the first year of Burke as General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs. With the new season starting very shortly, and no more moves likely to take place between now and then, perhaps it is time to look back at Burke’s work over the last year. Here is the list of major Maple Leaf transactions:


Henrik Zetterberg likely out for Wings' next two games

Dana Wakiji / The Detroit News

Red Wings fans will probably have to wait a few more days to see Henrik Zetterberg play.

The New Look Bruins

In the wake of the blockbuster deal that went down friday night regarding former Bruins forward Phil Kessel:

To Toronto:

Phil Kessel

To Boston:

1st Round pick in 2010
2nd Round Pick in 2010
1st Round Pick in 2011

what does this all mean for the Bruins?

Leafs Acquire Kessel and Sign to a 5 Year Deal

The Toronto Maple Leafs have traded their 1st round pick in 20102nd round pick in 2010 and their 1st round pick in 2011 to the Boston Bruins for Phil Kessel.

The leafs have also signed kessel to a five year, 27 million dollar deal for a cap hit of 5.4 million a year.

Report says Preds in hunt for Kessel

STEVE BUFFERY, SUN MEDIA is reporting that the Maple Leafs and Nashville Predators might begin a bidding war for Phil Kessel.

Let the post-Heatley era begin!

The Ottawa Senators were set to enter the 2009-10 season with more question marks on their jerseys than numbers. How would they respond to an intensified media circus? Would they be able to move their top sniper? These questions were mostly resolved with last weekend’s trade, and it appears the sens are on their way back to respectability with a new starting goalie, three new top six forwards, a group of players who all seem to be focused on a team first concept, and a great selection of prospects to choose from if the rookie tournament in Kitchener this year is anything to go on. The question now is what does Bryan Murray still need to address, and are there options out there for him to pursue?

Is Subban ready for NHL?

A lot of great rookies will make their debut in NHL this Season, one of them could be PK Subban, the only question is, is there any space for Subban on the Habs roster? With the addition of Gill, Spacek and Mara it doesn’t look very promising for the Habs prospect.

Phil Kessel Trade Rumors + Another tidbit

Phil Kessel trade likely

Sharks on verge of signing veteran Malhotra

Predators pursue Bruins’ Phil Kessel

Hard Times Ahead For Avs

The Colorado Avalanche have gone from perennial contenders to potentially perennial losers, at least for the near future. Drained by retirements, defections and years of trading for the present the Avs now are basically starting again from the ground up.

They’ve gotten off on the right foot with the selection of Matt Duchene. But there is so much work to be done with needs at almost every position but possibly centre.

With a likely very young team on the ice, and a rookie coach and GM leading the way, there may be lots of long nights on Colorado.

Patience Pays Off For Blues

After making 25 straight playoff appearances the St Louis Blues missed out for 3 straight years before returning this past spring to the post season. In that time, there was lots of growth, lots of work done and lots of patience shown which paid off last year with a mildly surprising playoff appearance.

Whether they can duplicate what they’ve done or even build on it remains to be seen in the tough West. But, the way they’ve gone about rebuilding their roster should be applauded.