Author Archives: Trade Man

An Ugly Mess in Phoenix

It may be difficult to focus on hockey in Phoenix these days with all that is going on. But the Coyotes must persevere and find a way to deal with the adversity and uncertainty of the franchise.

Lost in all this legal lingo is that the Yotes have a good young team and in time may be good enough to compete.

This year though seems like a lost one and the curtain is coming down on NHL hockey in Phoenix.

Defining Year for the Kings

The Time has come for the LA Kings to start showing some results from their long rebuilding process. They have arguably one of the best young core group of players and the kind of talent they have assembled should be ready to deliver.

They’ve missed the playoffs 6 straight years and have had 4 different coaches in that time. Already somewhat an afterthought in LA, another playoff miss would send this team further into oblivion. That is surely something they cannot afford.

A New But Old Beginning In Jersey

The New Jersey Devils have turned the clock back a bit bringing back former coach Jacques Lemaire to direct them once again from behind the bench.

This really changes nothing for a Devils team so focused on defence. While they’ve tried to open things up a bit in Jersey, the trap, and the stigma that has been linked to this team for over a decade, is back in full force and that could mean trouble for teams in the East.

HEATLEY TRADED !

“Disgruntled forward Dany Heatley and a fifth round draft pick have been traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Milan Michalek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second round pick. The trade ends a saga that began with a verbal trade request in mid-May.”

Source: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=290808

Leafs move to front of line for Kessel

LANCE HORNBY

Brian Burke is American, but seems to have adopted that old Royal Canadian Mounted Police credo to always get your man.

Tavares Era Begins

The New York Islanders have not won a playoff series in 16 years and have been a rather futile franchise with mismanagement, constant coaching changes and ownership issues.

But all that seems to be forgotten with the addition of 1st overall pick John Tavares. It is now his time, his team and his era and the Islanders are hoping that brings some renewed promise and hope to a team that has struggled for almost 2 decades.

Cap Strapped Stars Should Still Hang Tough

After a while of free spending, the now suddenly frugal Dallas Stars have a strict budget to work with thanks to the issues owner Tom Hicks is dealing with.

But yet this should not stop them from being a fairly dangerous squad this coming year as they’ve built up a good core of young players where some have already shown excellent promise.

The missed playoffs led to a major shakeup off the ice and it is now up to a couple of former Stanley Cup winners to bring Dallas back to the second season.

NHL Trade Rumors – September 11, 2009

1. MCKENZIE: NO TRUTH TO REPORTS THAT HEATLEY HAS BEEN TRADED

2. Kings: We aren’t part of a Heatley trade

3. Will Leafs cough up to get Kessel?

4. Canucks hoping Sundin will return

5. Sources: Kessel doesn’t plan to negotiate with Bruins

Things Wildly Different In Minnesota

After 8 years of doing things one way, the Minnesota Wild decided change was needed. Gone is Doug Riseborough, the man who built the Wild from the ground up. Gone is Jacques Lemaire, the man who brought some success with his defensive first approach, but a style of hockey branded as boring. And gone is the only player they’ve had who cannot be considered boring: Marian Gaborik.

With all this sweeping change, there is hope that with a fresh mind and new approach, this team can take things to the next level.

Ovechkin and the Russian Olympics

BIG time issue for the NHL considering they might drop out of Olympic participation by the time the Olympics are held on Sochie, Russia.

Ovechkin Quote: “I don’t care… I’ll go play in the Olympic Games for my country. If somebody says to me, ‘You can’t play,’ see ya.”

Apparently Kovalchuk, Malkin and others would fallow him to Sochie, Russia.