Author Archives: Trade Man

Pens Hopes Lie On the Ice

The Pittsburgh Penguins have once again established themselves as the worst team in the NHL. There was plenty of hope in Steeltown when the team won the draft lottery and ultimately the rights to Sidney Crosby. The team then added several talented veterans to surround the young phenom. Playoff aspirations were in the air. But the wheels fell off as players got hurt, retired or performed well below expectations and the Pens returned to their last place standing.

Heated Playoff race in the West

The final 4 spots for the Western conference playoffs are very tight and will come down to the the last few games:

5th Colorado 82 pts.

6th Anaheim 80 pts.

7th Vancouver 80 pts.

8th Edmonton 79 pts.

9th Los Angeles 79 pts.

10th San Jose 78 pts.

Jaromir Jagr or Joe Thornton…. hmm

Well with 15 games left I think its pretty clear as to whom the MVP candidates are…..

KINGS FIRE ANDY MURRAY!!!

Sportsnet.ca and hockey central are reporting the LA kings have fired head coach Andy Murray.

My Leaf plan

Prepare for an exsessively long article about the relatively short team future of the Leafs.

CHL- Road to the Memorial Cup

The drive towards the Memorial Cup has begun. The CHL 2005-06 regular season was capped off by an amazing 11-point performance by Quebec Rempart’s forward Alexander Radulov (NAS). Can the league’s top scorer lead the Remparts to a Memorial Cup birth? Calgary Hitmen goalie Justin Pogge (TOR) is the leading candidate for the CHL MVP honours and the Hitmen will need him to elevate his game beyond World Junior Championship levels if they want to become WHL champions. The Peterborough Petes and the London Knights look to be on a collision course for OHL supremacy but the Brampton Battalion and Kitchener Rangers may throw a wrench into those plans. I will also add my two cents by predicting the individual league champions and who will take home the Memorial cup.

What The Leafs Should Be Doing

Alright, I’m making it clear that this is not a suggestion of trades or rumors but rather an opinionated gameplan of mine if I was the GM. I hate the constant Leaf rumors as much as the next guy, I’m unbiased, and not really fan. That’s where I come in, and besides it’ll be pretty interesting to see what really happens in Toronto this offseason. After all, they may very well be the most scrutinized team in the NHL. (Toronto being like one of the biggest hockey towns in the world.)

Deadline Day – Fantasy Fallout Pt.II

Written by Darryl Dobbs from www.dobberhockey.com

A high amount of trades on March 8th and 9th, but not so much in terms of fantasy impact. Here is a look at what the deals mean to your hockey pool, by team:

Flyers poised for cup run?????

What a year this has been for Philly, decimated by injuries, yet somehow still within striking range of winning the division. Credit Hitch***** for doing a good job keeping this team in the runnings for first place in the division.

How to build a winner…

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but the Ottawa Senators built their hockey team better then any other team, and there are a few reasons why.

Notable 2006 NHL UFA Crop

Here is a list that I have compiled of the most notable unrestricted free agents that will hit the market starting July 1st. As you can see there are several interesting players that can help teams in need, this coming off season.

Realistic Leafs Moves

If the Leafs make it to the playoffs or don’t here

are some realistic moves the Leafs could do:

Havlat and Hasek to return before playoffs?

Source: tsn.ca

According to Bob McKenzie, Martin Havlat needs only medical clearance to be back on the ice with the Northeast leading Senators. McKenzie reports that Havlat practised on a line with Danny Heatley and Daniel Alfredsson on Wednesday (March 15) and could be back before April 10th, his original return date.

The Race for #1 Has 3 Horses

With roughly just under 20 games remaining for most Eastern Conference teams the division races are still largely undecided. Carolina is expected to hold their division lead from Tampa, but the Rangers are closely tailed by Philly, and Buffalo is a mere 2 pts behind Ottawa for the Northeast.

Can the Leafs be contenders next season? Sure, why not?

With the regular season winding down, and a post season that barring a very hot Leafs team, won’t include the buds for the first time in 7 years, JFJ has EVERY opportunity to turn this team into a winner in the off season. We’ll start with the players that are under contract past this season, that should be locks heading into next season.

900 For Super Joe

Yes Super Joe is still making his way up in the history books.

He Just got his 900 career assist (while playing the Flames on Sunday) and also came 11 in nhl in points,by passing Stan Mikita.

Maybe missing the playoffs is a blessing in disguise for the Leafs

Leaf fans are getting used to making the playoffs, but never winning the stanely cup, now the Leafs might wake up and realize that a change is needed.

Bert Gets some white stuff?!

According to ESPN, in a letter sent to Todd Bertuzzi contained a white powder that ended up not being Harmful at all but you never know.

Is Eric Lindros a hall of famer?

Eric Lindros looked like he was a lock for the hall of famer before leaving the Flyers, now, while his numbers still support it, not alot of people do.

TRADE DEADLINE PREDICTIONS

Alright People so if you remember back right before the New Years I asked who everyone thought would be traded. I asked for your trade deadline predictions and for anyone who would be able to pick the exact deal to perhaps receive his/her own button.

BUTTTT no one got any of their predictions correct so great job everyone.. you suck. hahah. Anyways here are the top players that where put into almost every trade prediction by the HTR fans.